Arrival in a less frantic place

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On the Minivan

After a deep breath, we made our way to the bus station and tried to find a public bus that would take us to Hoi An, especially after one or two minivan drivers quoted us extortionate prices. We were informed that there were no buses there today, which we didn't believe for a second. We had no other option apart from the train, and we had no idea about the times of trains or even where the station was. So we haggled some more and agreed on a price to Hoi An with a minivan driver. We scoured the town looking for more passengers for a while, and then set off, acquiring people as we went along. It's quite amazing how many people they can squash in!  Emma got chatting with a guy who was very nice and wanted to practice his English.

Our luxury, bargain of a hotel
We arrived at Danang, and our driver put us on a public bus to Hoi An, about 40km away. This one definitely took the prize for the most dilapidated bus so far of our travels; it chugged out of the bus station at 5mph, but amazingly managed to speed up enough to take part in the wacky races that are Vietnamese roads.

We arrived in Hoi An and the guesthouse we had chosen was full, so our motorbike drivers took us to another one that they knew. It turned out to be an absolute gem: a luxury room, breakfast included, pool and free internet, all for $15 a night. After a bite to eat, we went out to explore. The old quarter of Hoi An, set on the river, is charming, especially at night with its lantern lit streets. There is a sense of history here, with old Chinese shop houses and ancient pagodas, preserved due to the town's Unesco world heritage status. Cars are closed off to the old quarter, but there are still plenty of bikes and cyclists to catch unsuspecting pedestrians.  After a wander around the streets, we stopped for a couple of beers and a game of pool. Hunger set in, so we found a great restaurant set in a courtyard, and drank mojitos with some great food.

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On the Minivan
On the Minivan
Our luxury, bargain of a hotel
Our luxury, bargain of a hotel
The peaceful river in the city of …
The peaceful river in the city of…
First game of pool in 6 months
First game of pool in 6 months
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