Day 06 (part 2)
27.03.2009 - 27.03.2009
Immediately upon reaching Da Nang, van and motor-drivers alike crowded up to get passengers for Hoi An. Seems like most people who arrive in Da Nang do so simply because it is the nearest station from Hoi An. Me included. (",)
Anyway the first guy who approached me offered USD12 for a motor ride to Hoi An. Either he is crazy or he thinks I am crazy. I said no to all offers and took a walk down one of the streets. Easier to talk in the quieter part of town! Soon a motor-driver approached. Another Vietnamese who speaks zero English. I wrote down "Hoi An" and he showed me 100k Dong currency note. I said no. He gave me eight fingers. I took out a USD1 note and gave him three fingers. He showed four fingers and I walked away. USD3, and I am on my way to Hoi An!
A bookstore along the street of Da Nang.
Quite a distance! It took nearly an hour to reach Hoi An. The driver asked where to drop me, I said anywhere. He showed the sleeping gesture, asking if I have a place to stay where he can drop me. I said no, so he went around asking people where is the guesthouse area. Seems like he is not very familiar with Hoi An. Well, eventually he didn't manage to get me anywhere so I asked him to stop and I can walk around following my map. At first he insisted on getting me somewhere, but I insisted on getting down so in the end I won and walked. I paid him USD3, plus another 5k Dong for his efforts.
I walked around and arrived at the guesthouse area. Hoi An seems to be a pretty expensive place to stay, especially after enjoying such great deals at Hue. I asked a few guesthouses with prices ranging from USD10 to USD30. I got tired of asking and eventually settled into a USD10 room.
It's already 3 p.m., so I rented a bicycle and cycled my way to Cua Dai beach. Bought some pastries along the way. That's my lunch! The beach is 4km away. My butt is really aching with all these rides on the motor and bicycle.
Scenery along the way to Cua Dai beach.
My rented bicycle.
There were many people on the beach, and almost all were foreigners. The waves are big and the breeze is strong, but I don't find it exceptionally beautiful. Even sitting on the beach benches will require something out of your wallet. So I ended up sitting on the sand.