Phnom Penh -> Ho Chi Minh City -> Hoi An -> Hue
22.08.2009 - 29.08.2009
I am writing this entry in ‘Hue’ in Vietnam. I a very crowed internet café, It full of kid plying online games. You should see how fast their fingers move across the keyboard!!! Hue is about 650kms south of Hanoi and was capital until 1945.
My time in Cambodia finished up well. I left Lavalla School on Saturday afternoon and spent the night in Phnom Penh before catching a bus early on Sunday morning to Ho Chi Minh City. It was a six hour bus trip that was really easy. The sign for the bus said that they had a border assistance service. I think this was a bit of an understatement. As we got lunch a man from the bus company took and passports and did all the official stuff for us. All we had to do was get a photo taken. The Easiest Border crossing I have ever done!!
HCMC was nice but there was nothing extra exiting to talk about so after spending 2 nights I go on a 24hour bus to Hoi An. Yes I full 24 fours on a bus (is 23 and a half including stops but 24 sounds better!!) it was a bloody long time!!! I was lucky enough to change to a sleeper bus halfway though so the night time was not too bad.
I spent a 2 night in hoi an, meaning I spent my birthday in the world heritage listed town.
Yesterday I got on a bus from Hoi An to Hue. In the afternoon I asked a motorbike driver to take me on a tour of the city. The driver turned out to be a character and a half. A very funny bloke! While he took me to the usual tourist spots of the Forbidden Purple city, the Thien Mu Pagoda and some dead king’s tomb he was very proud of the fact that he could take me to some of the out of the way places that people do not normally get to. One such place was a Buddhist monastery/temple that turned out to be the monastery that the some what famous Zen monk Thich Nhat Hanh studded at.
Now all of the adventures of traveling aside I have big news! The big news is………..I HAD cereal for breakfast this morning. Yes I know it may not be big news to you but after 4 months with out it I enjoyed it very much.
That all for now!