Today I finally decided no matter how long it took I would sit at this very slow computer and write the blog. Photos will have to wait though, as technology here is not up to scratch!
So last time we were getting the train to Hue. This turned out fine and was actually quite comfy. When we got off the train we were bombarded with people telling us to go to their guesthouse, that theirs was the best and that theirs had a free minibus ride to it - no obligation to buy! We declined and then got very sweaty walking! Found a cheap clean place and stayed for 2 nights. Hue has an old town or 'Citadel' as it's known which was bombed during the war and has some interesting sights around it. To view all these we each got on a cyclo which is basically exactly the same as those cycle carts you get in the west end except that it's the other way around - you sit in front whilst the driver cycles behind you, good views but a bit scary when you are thrust into the road first while he peers over checking for traffic!
We left our cyclo friends a bit annoyed as the price issue had been 'misunderstood' and we ended up paying more than needed. Unfortunately this seems to be the way it goes in Vietnam, eveyone just wants money they don't care what you buy. We only have to walk 5 mins down the street where we are at the moment to hear 'Hey you, buy something!' demanding that you look in their shop or go in their restaurant. And they also have a habit of quoting different prices for ice creams, drink, etc. I had to ask 3 different people in the same place before I got a good one!
Moving on, we next got a bus to Danang which is mentioned as an ok place to stay on the way to Hoi An. k*** s! It's been the most dull and uninteresting place yet. So the very next day we left asap and got a bus to Hoi An where we are now. It's lovely here, there is a real French influence as with many of the places in Vietnam. There's a great beach which goes on for ages, nice restaurants and we're in a great hotel with pool for a cheap price!
So far we've just been relaxing here (when it hasn't rained!) We've rented bikes and ridden to the beach each day and around the town. Hoi An is also well known for it's tailoring so I have been measured and am having a jacket especially made for me by tomorrow for $25!
We think we're gonna stay here another day and then head onto the next beach town of Nha Trang. In the meantime we will be watching the rugby here at 3am on Sunday morning!! Bye x