Dan and Lu's Travels
Dan had been trying to persuade me to rent a motorbike for the day but i'm to scared, even up here in Hoi An the traffic is quite scary. So we compromised and got two bicycles. They only cost 10,000vnd for the day each. I hadn't ridden a bike since for about 12 years so was a bit nervous, but like the cliche goes...... We found Hanh cafe to confirm our bus ticket for Hue tomorrow and took our suits to the post office to send home. What hassle! I filled in 6 forms; you have to put the sender's and the delivery address on each one (you use your uk one) so wrote Dan's parnet's address 12 times! It was 5kg and cost us 27 quid to send, air mail, should take 10 days. The we set off for the beach, which is 5km east of Hoi An. It was lovely ride there, about 5 minutes cycling and we were out into the counrtyside. There were still quite a few other bikes and motos but not half as scary generally. Although every so often you hear a really loud horn behind you and you know that its a truck or bus that will run you off the road if youdon't get off voluntarily. So you have to take your chances in the muddy ditches until it passes. Great fun! We cycled by rice paddies and little hamlets until suddenly the sea was there in front of us. Cua Dai beach stretches all the way up to Danang (30km away). It was quite overcast but warm so we sat and watched the sea for a couple of hours. There were the usual women selling fruit, cigarettes, jewellery, massages, pedicures etc. Two of whom said their names were Londa and Tracey, which was quite hard to believe..... On our cycle back we saw Kalle. He'd just arrived with Markus so we arranged to go for a drink, knowing this would be lethal as we had to get up for the 8am bus. Was just collecting our pasports from our hotel desk when Kale and Markus walked in - they'd arranged to have a drink with some other Swedish blokes they'd met in Nha Trang at their hotel before going out. Turned out they were in the room below us so we joined them, along with two Norweigan girls who they'd met. Drank some dreaded rhum then went to Tam Tam's with the idea of eating but only Christopher did. Anna and Kristie are twins and both nurses who studied for 3 months last year in Halifax!! Small world. Everything in Hoi An chucks out at 11pm. We all decided not to go the 4km on motos to the Full Moon Bar - which is an after hours club that sounds dodgy. The girls had heard bad things and the guys selling it didn't look too respectable. We bought rhum and wine from a stall and went to Christopher's room. Ended up playing drinking games. 'Whoosh, bang, up' and 'I have never...' - We will initiate everyone into these when we get home..... Needless to say we all got drunk and loud and the hotel staff came to shut us up about 4 times.... ooops. Got to bed about 3am.