It always feels so long between posts but I’ve just worked out it’s only been 12 days! I guess that’s down to the amount of things I’m lucky enough to get to do in between updating you amazing people with my antics 😉
Well what an unbelievable 12 days it’s been let me tell you! Being 31 so far has topped most other years! Firstly (and most crazy!!) I purchase (yes bought!!!) a motobike! This is after only having been on a moped for the first time the week before!! My mantra for this trip is to say “yes” to everything (within reason!) and I was asked if I wanted to ride from Ho Ch Minh City to Hanoi by bike… Well what could I say??!! Of course :/ a little apprehensive we went out almost the next day and bought a bike each (oh this is with Jules btw, a guy I met in Koh Rong and met up again with in HCMC for my bday). The bikes cost around £200 each and were little beauties (never thought I’d say that about a bike being a fully flung car lover!!)
So with bikes bought and the Saigon traffic mastered (those of you who know the CRAZY traffic there will know that was not an easy feat!!!) we set off on our first leg of the trip to Mui Ne at 5am. I soon got the hang of it and it was actually fun! The trip though was dirty, dusty, full of traffic and took 9 hours!!! Yes 9 hours on a bike… Talk about numb bum 😉 anyway we had taken a few wrong turns but it was quite a long way (226km to be exact). My first experience on a proper bike was love & dislike all at the same time.
Mui Ne… Hmmm not my favourite place. There was basically one long road that was parallel with the beach with not much soul, the beach was VERY resorty and basically it was full of Russians on holiday and very rude security guards ($6 to sit on a sun bed OR the sand!!!). The place did have some redeeming features though… The sand dunes! Yes in the middle of Vietnam there are two separate sand dunes!
Oh and there was the yummy Phat Burger restaurant and bizzarely a very good Greek kebab place. Anyway after 3 days (1 day too long really) we started out on the second leg of our epic journey up north (this time we actually went north): Mui Ne to Dalat, a beautiful ski like town up in the mountains.
Dalat was lovely. Big lake, very hilly and the locals very very friendly. It was a bit cold at night so my one warm outfit saw the light of day (or the cold of night should I say!) but the days were still hot. This is where I saw my first (second & third) ever waterfall 🙂
We also found some ‘weasel’ coffee which was amazing… They make it by finding the best coffee beans, they do this by getting a type of weasel/cat the eat and poo out the choosen beans!!!! Apparently the call tell the best ones! Yum!
Oh I should probably tell you at this point we haven’t had any major problems with the bikes… Jules’ has been a dream, and mine has had a puncture and… Well it broke down due to lack of petrol (in my defence the fuel gage is broken). Luckily we were in a town both times and not in the middle of nowhere so fingers crossed for the rest of the trip!
Having your own bike means you have so much more freedom to explore a place rather than just grabbing a taxi to take you straight to an attraction all of the time.
The time came to move on again and this time it was back to the beach; Nha Trang. The trip was a short 4 hour ride through the most breathtaking scenery I’ve ever seen (which really helped with the hangover!). The road was windy and I had to stop myself from taking my eyes off the road for too long!
So here we are in Vietnams Sihanoukville and we are here for a whole week while Jules gets his visa extended which I’m more than happy about 🙂 this will be the longest I’ve stayed in one place and there is LOTS to do 🙂 water parks, hot springs, boat parties, yummy restaurants and markets. Oh and some life admin is required… Birthdays coming up & things to be posted!
Oh and thanks to my amazing ex colleagues I got a bonus 🙂 so I think I may be out here till oct/nov now!!!!! Almost a year 🙂
Hope the weather is perking up in blighty xxx Loves xxx