Crossing the border was pretty straight forward and didn't take long at all, our bus company were pretty helpful and made sure things ran pretty smoothly!
As we arrived in a hectic Ho Chi Minh, luckily the bus stop was a five minute walk from our guesthouse so we were there in no time, after a bag drop we realised it was too late to do anything other than head out for a bite to eat, immediately we settled on an Indian we had walked past as it smelt amazing, and it was just what we needed!
We then had a couple of beers and attempted to play darts, We had planned to go up to the 49th floor on the Bitexco Financial tower but unfortunately they didn't take USD and we didn't have enough Vietnam dong, so we headed back for some kip. Possibly one of the loudest places yet mind with lots of horns beeping, yelling, spitting, coughing, barking (and that was just Andrew, ha!) also a phone call to tell us the train was fully booked so this messed our plans slightly.
The following morning was a little bit chaotic, we were trying to arrange transport but the trains were all full, after lots of waiting around and false promises we headed out and arranged our own travel, the trains were full but we managed to get a train the following day to Nha Trang and then another train the day after to take us to Danang. We are wanting to be in Hoi An for the full moon festival hence the quick moves! Once sorted we arranged all accommodation for the following few days and then finally headed out for a distress and some food. We decided to go the War Remnants Museum. On the way we discovered Vietnams wet season, so invested in some pretty s*** ponchos! The museum was really interesting and thought provoking and a little sickening with exhibitions being quite vivid at times, especially the graphic images of Agent Orange. After a little stroll around and a disappointing walk to a cathedral, we grabbed some nice street food and relaxed in the park before heading back. The evening was spent with what was planned to be a drink and a game of pool ending in a 1am walk back to he hotel and eating burgers and fries, classy!
Waking up not feeling great, and currently residing in the train for 8 hours to Nha Trang. We've been going for five hours now, the scenery is incredible, lush greens, rolling hills, Vietnamese tending to there crops using machinery that we would probably see in a museum now! Beautiful! The train itself however is loud with a television blaring, people shouting into their phones haha and food trolleys every twenty minutes providing us with a variety from popcorn to chicken feet! The smell of cigarette smoke is crazy now, it's a big change being somewhere where they can smoke inside still