I have discovered Breaking Bad! Its making doing my blog really difficult!
Me and Brok decided to leave Vinh early in the morning to try and get ourselves to Dong Hoi in time to check out the place before the sun went down. However due to repairs needing to be done to my bike minutes after we set off we ended up getting out of town just before 12! Highway 1 was yet again a nightmare with the roadworks and trucks. We arrived in Dong Hoi just as darkness fell upon the place we took the first hotel we could find and headed out for some of the cheapest and tastiest street food so far. We put a movie on back at the hotel but as soon as my head hit the pillow I passed out. Riding a bike all day really does knacker you out!
Hue was only a short distance to from Vinh so we had a lie in and took it easy on the road, when we stopped for a rest and the daily fix of coca cola I noticed that my luggage rack had snapped on one side. How I don’t know as we had been taking it real easy! It would seem that something has to go wrong with this bike on every journey it makes! When we made it to Hue we stayed in a hostel as it would be here where we would be spending Christmas day. A hostel is guaranteed to have more travellers and the more the merrier for a christmas party. There was a good mechanic round the corner too and he was able to wield my luggage rack he also gave the bike a much needed oil change. When he went to do the oil on Broks bike there was no oil left in it! We had noticed it had been leaking a bit. Testament to Honda Wins you can ride them all day with no oil and they don’t break!
In Hue there wasn’t to much to do once we had seen the forbidden city which after seeing the one in Beijing was a bit shit. It didn’t really help that the Americans bombed the shit out of the place and near enough reduced it to rubble! The only thing left to do was get merry. On the way back from the forbidden city I stopped by the supermarket and bought a bottle of jim beam, some crackers and processed cheese triangles. We then hit the bars for cheap booze. We met up with all the other travellers at the local backpackers bar and stayed there until they closed, they announced as it was christmas eve they would stay open an extra half hour. Woo who how rock n roll! That meant they closed at 11:30. It was then on to brown eyes for a few more then home.
I woke up late Christmas morning hungover but just in time for the inclusive breakfast which was pretty crap but they did have fried eggs so I had 2 of them and a handful of painkillers washed down with watered down coffee. Hue was pretty quiet with not much going on anywhere so I decided to go back to the hostel and drink my christmas present to myself. I ended up drinking Jim Beam and chatting to my friend Bruno for about 3 hours. He was still awake as it was still christmas eve in the UK well more like 4 in the morning on christmas day. It was good to catch up with a friend I haven’t spoken to in 4 months.
The next day we headed off to Hoi An. The road from Hue to Hoi An is meant to be one of the best roads in Vietnam as you go from riding right next to the cost over the Hai Vân mountain pass then back down to the cost again. However on this day it was bloody raining and visibility was zilch so we could not see this incredible scenery and secondly we got soaking wet! When we arrived at Hoi An it was worth it though as the place had a magical feel about the place. It had old french and portuguese architecture either side of a river with silk lanterns everywhere making the place come alive at night.
During the day there were several cool bustling markets to check out where all the women had fags hanging out of their mouths while they sold their produce from baskets they had laid out in front of them. There were several temples to see and I met a really talented photographer here who had a gallery of his images. Hoi An had the right set up for travellers and it was easy to spend a few days here relaxing in a place where there was no hurry to do anything.