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02.10.2006 28 °C
Hi all, well we thought it was about time we put the next storey in for you.
We arrived in Vietnam by boat so we had no more crap bus journeys. We stayed the night in Choudoc before heading down to Phu Quoc Island. We had a 5 hour trip by bus to catch the boat. We thought it might be a normal journey but again we were so wrong. we had a lift to the bus station by moped, i almost had a cardiac with my backpack on my back and holding on for dear life with my eyes shut, with their driving you would understand. Paul thought it was really amusing. on the bus we got stopped by the police they search the whole bus and the locals, thank god they left us alone. as we drove away we noticed the guy letting people on the bus had cigaretts stashed down his trousers and straped to his body. As all the locals got of the bus they produced more cartons of cigaretts. Then Paul had a guy sitting next to him rubbing his leg, i think he froze in shock. We found out he was doing it because of the hairs, they dont have any so they find it really interesting, i think Paul was glad he was not trying to pick him up.
We caught the boat over to Phu Quoc Island and stayed there 5 nights in this lovely bungalow right on the beach. The weather was nice the first night, then it all changed and we had a big storm that went through the island. high winds and extremely heavy rain was not in the plan. We are now really good at playing pool and i am the champion at playing the card game rummy (Nan you would be proud).we met Yasmin travelling on her own so she joined us and we went to the only night club Paradiso. We walked in and you could not see a thing the stobe light were continuous and the lazer beams burnt your eyes it would of given anyone a fit, we got hassled by the locals as i think we were about the only three tourists in there a man grabbed Paul on to the dance floor which i found highly amusing and they kept feeding us their whiskey so it was the cheapest night in a club we have ever had. We had a Gekko in our room which had the loudest noise ever, it went of like an alarm every 2 hours so that got kicked out the next day. There was a dog where we were staying we named her Penny and she had 4 tiny puppies they were so sweet. Because of the storm we had loads of power cuts which was a bit of a pain.
We left on the 20th Sept and flew to Hoi An. We stayed in a hotel which was like luxury, we had hot water for the first time in 3weeks and it even had a bath. We went to see My Son Temple which was ok but it was half gone as it got wiped out in the war. all that was left was a crater in the ground. on the coach i had this big yellow and black beatle crawling up my leg think i almost had a heart attack. We had free bike hire so we used to cycle in to the town every night, Paul had this lovely girls bike with a basket on the front, i think you guys will have quite a giggle at the photo i certainly did. we left by bus to Hue after 3 days in Hoi An which was good because on our last night there we had extremely heavy rain and got caught in it cycling. The day we left it was still heavy rain.
We stayed in Hue for 2 nights just so we could see the Dmz war tunnels and the museum. It was raining for the whole time there ,im sure you had less rain then we did. My poncho leaked on the tour so for the whole after noon i was soaked. The war tunnels were very interesting , cant believe people lived in them for 5 years.
We were glad to leave the rain behind and head for Hanoi. We stayed at the Backpackers hostel run by Australians. There was a great bunch of people in our dorm and we ended up going on a boat trip to Ha Long Bay for 3 nights. The Harbour in Ha Long bay was like something out of Pirates of the Carribean, with all the wooden sail boats. The trip was just amazing we had the best weather so we could cure the trench foot and the views were just great. We stayed on an Island the second night that was just the best place.we had nice warm sea and white sand. am i making you all jealous. we spent one more night in Hanoi going out with Sarah and Gavin, who we went on the trip with. We ended up staying out until 2:30am in a gay bar which we did not know until half way through the night when it was all men couples and started playing YMCA.
We are now in Koh Samui loving life on the beach. Which was well planned as a big hurricane has just hit Vietnam killing a few people and many places are left with no electricity.
Hope you are all well. bye for now.