29.03.2009 - 29.03.2009
Sleeping bus is not very nice to sleep in! Just as what has happened on the overnight train from Hanoi to Hue, I woke up every couple of hours. Arrived in Nha Trang before 5:30 a.m., and there is a big crowd at the beach already. I wonder what time do they actually wake up! Alighted the bus around 6 a.m. and I am now officially lost in Nha Trang, because I do not have a map of this seaside town! Nha Trang wasn't in my initial plan, as I planned to travel back to Da Nang from Hoi An and take a JetStar flight direct to Saigon. But I hesitated too long and eventually the cheap tickets were all sold out.
Sunrise at Nha Trang
It's not even 6 a.m., why are there so many people on the beach already?
I decided that I would prefer taking a train to Saigon tonight. So now I have to find the train station. I walked and walked and walked, trying to find some railway tracks. After an hour's effort, I finally found the train station. The ticket that I wanted to buy is a train that makes more stops, so that I can arrive at Saigon at a more normal time, around 8 a.m. the next day. But the tickets on that train were sold out! So I had no choice but to get ticket from another train, which goes faster and arrives at Saigon around 4 a.m.+. What am I going to do so early in the morning? I got my soft bed ticket at 320k Dong, so I think I have spent a million Dong on my transport alone so far. I am a milionaire! Haha.. Left my luggage at the train station for safekeeping so I don't have to drag it around, 10k Dong.
Nha Trang train station
The next important thing is to get a map. I found an internet cafe and took down pictures of Nha Trang map (they have no printer to print!). I finished that in 20 minutes, so only had to pay 1000 Dong. That's like RM0.20 for 20-minute use of internet! Very cheap ya... It was when I wanted to jot down something that I realised I lost my pen. Seems like I lose my pen everytime I go travelling. So again I walked around the place hoping to find a stationery shop. I finally found one after a while, and bought a pen for 2000 Dong.
As I am about to find my way out, I realised that the road I am on is not shown on the map! So again, I just base it on my guts to walk in the right direction, half expecting to meet a motor driver and buy a ride to the meeting place. But no! It was the longest stretch of road I have ever walked in Vietnam without anyone offering a ride! Really strange. It's nearly 8:30 a.m. by the time I reach the main road, and quickly approached a motor driver for a ride to the meeting place. 10 minutes later I am in the hall, sweaty, exhausted, and hungry.
Meeting starts at 9 a.m., very small group with a few of our friends plus a number of bible students. They conduct all five meetings in one shot, all conduct by the one and only elder. Except for the public talk, which was played out from MP3, given by someone in Saigon. After meeting we had some association and then went for lunch. Had bun bo hue for the second time. Tastes very good indeed! We said goodbye around 1 p.m.+ and I am on my own again.