04.11.2011 - 06.11.2011
we decided it would be a good idea to rent scooters and ride them from hue to hoi an, just like they did on top gear.
I haven't seen it but apparently on top gear the weather is beautiful, and they see the most fantastic scenery. When we went, we were riding for seven hours and it chucked it down the entire time. We couldn't see anything through the fog. I loved every second of it, as did half of the group. The other half hated every second - Elliot described it as the worst thing he has ever done in his life!
One of the guys I met at the farmstay had bought a motorbike in laos and is riding it around asia, so he was glad to have company for this leg. Lloyd went on the back of his bike because he didnt have money to rent his own bike, roz came on the back of mine because she didn't want to ride, and everyone else had their own bike. We all had different coloured waterproof ponchos and different coloured helmets, so we looked like a special form of the power rangers!
we stopped for coffee at one point in a tiny little shack, where the owner was an old vietnamese man who spoke a strange form of french, and drank a glass of absolute rocket fuel that they call ca-phe out here. We rode on, and ate lunch at a place by the motorway where we feasted on a banquet of local prawns, beef soup, spinach with garlic etc, and it cost us about 2 pounds each!
we finally got to hoi an, after getting lost a couple of times in town we found the hotel we'd arranged to meet the welsh girls in (the ones from chiang mai), and had a pretty awful dinner at the hotel. Vowing never to eat there again, we had an amazing curry the net night before going out on the town. I saw the marble mountain today, and tomorrow we're going to the my son ruins. Getting the night bus tomorrow evening to nha trang