26.03.2009 - 26.03.2009
Overnight train is a funny thing. You get tired doing nothing. I woke up every couple of hours last night. Don't know why. Maybe the bed is too narrow, maybe the air-con is too cold, maybe it's too jerky, maybe... I don't know. But it sure is an experience. The family of the old lady whom I exchanged bed with were very nice folks. They treated me to buns, soya bean drink and Mentos.
The train arrived ten minutes late. By then I was feeling sick already... Sick of staying in the train for the past 12 hours. So happy to get out of the train for some fresh air. And I finally saw some really blue sky! The guy from the guesthouse which I booked a room in has already arrived, but first I went to the ticket counter to buy a ticket for tomorrow to Hoi An, but was told that advanced ticket can only be bought after 3 p.m. (Don't ask me how I understood what they said, just somehow I did). So I hopped on the motorbike and took a ride to the guesthouse. The guesthouse guy recommended that I take a motorbike trip to Hoi An which includes visits to certain places at USD25. I tried to lower the price but he did not budge. So forget it. (Which was a good thing too, considering I got so broke at the end of my trip.. Can't afford to spend!)
I checked-in, but the room he gave me wasn't the one I asked for. I asked for a USD6 room but he showed me to a USD8 room. He mentioned that the guests haven't checked out yet. So I asked him to move my luggage when the other room is ready. Meanwhile he say that I can use the bathroom to freshen up, which I did. I took a shower and passed on my pants for laundry. It is so dirty with all the mud and water spots due to the rain yesterday. Soon I was on the road. The riverside is pretty and quite breezy, not to mention the blue sky which I missed all the while in Hanoi!
Trang Tien Bridge
Crossed the bridge to look for food. Stopped by at a shop called Lac Thuan. Feeling very hungry, so I ordered banh khoai (omelette served with salad, wrap up to eat), sweet and sour spare ribs over white rice, and a mug of iced tea. Taste delicious, best food since I came to Vietnam. And all for a reasonable (in comparison to Hanoi) price of 37k Dong. And I am all filled up!
Sweet and sour spare ribs over white rice