The bus ride to Hoi An was another interesting one to say the least, though I'm sure they all will be. It was only a 4 hour ride, which turned out to be closer to 6 hours since the bus driver (or taxi driver... I'm not sure) clearly had his own itinerary...
We were booked to be on a sleeper bus, because we bought an open ticket for the whole country it was always supposed to be the same style of bus. The difference was that for this, the shortest ride, the bus was in the worst condition. The seats did not give you the option of sitting or laying, instead you were forced to be in the laying position in the dirtiest seats i have ever sat in. This was the best of the worst on this trip. We were the last to board, with another north american couple, and therefore we were sat at the front. The driver and all of his friends (literally like 7 of them) all sat barely 1 foot from us chain smoking the whole way (in a bus with fake AC, so no windows). Besides not being able to breath, me (Sam) and the other girl sitting at the front spent the whole trip being stared at and quite uncomfortable. that being said though 4 hours went by quite fast and soon enough we were there.
Arriving in Hoi An was very funny. The bus pulled into the station, the doors opened, and a women in a very traditional attire got on and welcomed us to the city. A nice touch is what we thought, until she bombarded us with flyers for our hotel and offered a free shuttle to get there, which we took. It was a very simple and nice place and for $10 we got a room with 2 queen beds, air condidtioning, satelite tv, a complete bathroom, and a pool if we wanted. Perfect.
The highlight of this city was the food at a restaraunt called Sunshine Diner, owned by a lady we came to call "Momm". She was usually the only person working in the kitchen and dining room, and if you were willing to wait it was worth every second. We even asked for a traditional Vietnamese sub that we couldnt find on the menu and she said she would make it. The next thing we knew she hopped on her bycicle and went to the store to get the ingredients. Needless to say it was the best sandwich we have had, andpaired with the cheepest beers ever ($0.07). We had the most amazing meals and great drinks 3 nights in a row for $3.50.
One morning there we rented bycicles (since anything motorized is now off limits) and rode 2Km to the beach. It was beautiful, and we learned alot about the fishing and ways of that community from the locals. We ate seafood and drank beers until an amazing sunset and rode back to town.
We spent 3 days there before our trip to Nha trang, 14 hours away. Hoi an was amazing in every way, and we would love to go back!