Ho Chi Minh City Travel Blog› entry 17 of 43 › view all entries
March 11th, 2008 – by: worldcitizen
My tiredness from the night before was turning into complete exhaustion. When you're an experience junky on a whirlwind South East Asia trip, this is bound to happen at some point.
This cab driver was the first person who really tried to rip us off. It was clear that his meter was going faster than it should. On the way to the museum which was further away from our hotel, it had cost us 26,000 dong. By the time we got back to our hotel the meter said our trip cost 50,000. We knew what was going on, but weren't in the mood to duke it out with the driver. The Canadian handed him a 100,000 dong bill and asked for change. He looked at us like we were crazy.
We were leaving that night on an overnight train to Nha Trang. One of the many downsides of an overnight train is that you have to check out at noon, but you don't leave for hours. So if you want to take a shower or a nap, you're S.O.L. Our hotel was nice, but the lobby was tiny. So when we got back, the comfortable seating was all occupied by other members of the group. Fortunately, they were heading to a museum so as soon as they got up, we took over their seats and tried to get some rest.
The day seemed to go by incredibly slowly until it was finally time to go to the train station. We waited for 10 minutes or so until our train arrived. For the first time I could see the benefits of a backpack. There is a large gap between the ground and the steps onto the train. Also, the hallways and doorways of the train are narrow and the rooms are small. On this train you had to lift up the bed to store your luggage in a compartment underneath. Roommate #2 had joined the trip after a business trip to Singapore and she had a large suitcase that didn't fit underneath the seat. In the carriage, there were bunk beds for four people and we shared our room with the Canadians. The air conditioning was on full force and it was freezing. I bundled up and slept soundly despite the fact that I was on an uncomfortable mattress on a wobbly train!
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