Next stop on the HCM trail is Nha Trang & since we decided we had to experience the overnight or sleeper form of transportation at least once in a lifetime, we boarded the bus at 6 pm in Hoi An for the 12-hour trip to Nha Trang. The bus has 2 levels with 3 rows across of reclining seats & is actually pretty comfortable.
With the typical horn blowing, telephones ringing & loud talking of the bus attendants (I use that term loosely) I’m not quite sure how much sleep we will get. Bob has an upper seat & I eventually scored the lower level since I had air blowing directly on me, despite stuffing paper into the air vents.
On the positive side (oops, just had a foot in my face from someone climbing down from the upper berth) it gives me some time to get caught up with my blog. Again a very economical way to travel the 550K at a cost of $11.00 each (step up in the world guys). Entertainment started off with Tom & Jerry cartoons, go figure in a bus filled with adults! While the Vietnamese women are very soft spoken, the men have not grasped the concept of using indoor voices! I couldn’t believe it either when the driver lite up a cigarette, one of many during the trip. Another thing noted is that some people just have no problem sleeping & the guy on the upper berth snored the night away. Glad someone had a good sleep!
Daylight is upon us & it is just after 6:30 am. The bus is rousing & after a night of horn blowing we have arrived in Nha Trang, this country’s third largest city known for it’s beautiful beaches. It is so different from the other places we have visited thus far & with the big hotels lining the beach it could be any big resort town in the world. The plan is to stay here for the next three days.