Our last day in hoi an, we wanted to leave earlier, but unfortunately the bus was full, so we leave at 5pm for a 12 hour sleeper bus journey.
I woke up feeling refreshed and went down for 4 breakfasts, I feel that when I hostel offers you free breakfast you should sample all it has to offer, I am proud to say that since I have been in Vietnam, I have not missed a single free breakfast. Except for one on castaway but that still upsets me so my brain is blocking it from memory.
As I am packing my backpack in the dark (everyone in my room was reviving from a horrendous night of fake alcohol at s***ty why not bar) I realised my iPad was not in my locker. I then realised I did not remember the last time I had it. Fear struck, as obviously that is not an ok situation whatsoever. After pondering for a while I realised I had left it in the safe behind reception at hue backpackers. Remember the evening I misplaced all my belongings yet they were all recovered, iPad went in the safe that same evening. Feeling like a f***ing idiot I ran to the hue backpackers sister hostel in hoi an, dk's. They rang hue for me and arranged for it to be put on the bus that was coming to collect me that evening. I was not happy, I wanted FedEx I tell you, FedEx!! But there was nothing I could do.
In a bad mood for the entire day, cursing my stupidity, I went to explore the old town. The old town was beautiful, they had lanterns everywhere, I would have loved to have purchased one, however I cannot justify carrying a massive lamp in my backpack for 3 1/2 more months. The streets were old and gorgeous though and I found a beautiful elephant 'silver' bracelet which a bought to make myself feel better.
As we wandered up the river, we saw a massive group of Japanese tourists, they were sitting in the bike things that seem to be the Vietnamese version of the Thai tuktuk. It amused me a lot. Please refer to picture.
After a spot of lunch we made our way back to the hostal, got our bags and were greeted by a very grumpy taxi man who shouted at us to hurry up, even though he had only just pulled up. d*** . Once at the bus station I tried to explain my iPad situation, I was the told I would have to get on the bus that got in before the bus with my iPad got in. By this point I was screwing. So there I was on my sleeper bus, arms crossed with a scowl on my face, until I fell asleep. Must have looked like a really fun traveller who everyone would want to make pals with. Thank god for my eye mask though, the bus drivers put on red and blue party lights. Seriously, who would even contemplate that as a good idea? Idiots, that's who.
Slept the majority of the way, got stuck in my seatbelt because it was broken and would not unfasten (no one else wore theirs, but safety first for little old me), and got rudely awoken when the bus driver started skidding around when he had to break sharply. The driver was very well described as like the night bus driver in harry potter. Erratic. Not really the most successful sleeper bus I have ever encountered, but my iPad was returned to me all packaged up safe, so all I can do is thank my lucky stars I got it back, and make sure I am never that idiotic again.