An emotional goodbye

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Today was a sad day. We had to say good-bye to Snurf, who had treated us to many laughs, I feel Burger felt the emotional strain more than myself as he shaked our hands, for the last time. It was tr uly an emotional farewell.  Another early start  (6:30AM), but getting used to these now, so it's not too hard. We have to wait a little while, but get on the bus, which is practically empty. Only a few Westerners, and a few locals on a big tourist bus.

It's a beautiful day, and the road to Mui Ne goes through lots of little villages, and winding roads. It takes 4 1/2 hours to get to Mui Ne, through green fields, and distant mountains.  As is customary, the bus drops us outside of a "recommended" guesthouse, which of course we have no obligation to stay at. But we do. There's no reason not to, to be honest. Thai Hoa, is right on the beach. By right on, I mean a 5 second walk, and is 3 quid per person, per night. A steal! A bonus is that it's also right next door to An Phu tours (where we got our open ticket from), so we don't have far to book our journey to the next place, Dalat. 

We have lunch over the road, and meet an Easy Rider. Sounds dodgy, but lonely planet really recommend these guys. They are basically renegade motorbike riders, who will take you anywhere you want, and see some of the less touristy parts of Vietnam, for a really good price. Some people even adopt them, and take them all the way from Mui Ne, to Hanoi! We say no, but will probably hire some when in Dalat.

Due to our promise to book a local tour of the dunes with the Easy Rider, we don't book a tour at An Phu, across the road.  More out of guilt, than anything...

After a little nap in our guesthouse, and a venture into the murky sea, which is full of rubbish (and jellyfish Burg tells me later) I promptly break the reclining chair outside! Apparently it was already broke, but I'm not so sure...

We get food from a place nearby, and so far I'm really underwhelmed with Vietnamese food. Compared to Khmer food, there is no taste to it, very little spiciness, maybe this will improve further north, but I'm not sure..Also, a note on the beer. It is shit. Angkor kicks ass of all Vietnamese beer I have tasted, and I have tried a few, 333, Saigon, La Rue...all tasteless...

With our guilty period over, and the Easy Rider out of sight, we book the Sand Dunes tour for tomorrow, which takes in Yellow dunes, Fairy Spring, a Fishing Village and Red Canyon, for  $6 US . Not bad at all...

To end the night, an English idiot at the guesthouse ruins the reputation of all English travellers. He asks the staff for a DVD player, for his room.  When he gets no reply, he shouts at everyone, asking who speaks English, then storms off. What a prick. Who goes to a  $12 p/n guesthouse, then gets mad when they don't have a DVD player for hire. Nob.

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