Lak Lake - Day 1
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After unsuccessfully trying to watch the Champion's league final at 2 in the morning (woke up to see the goal highlights at the end at least...) I was a tired boy come time to begin my trip in to the Central highlands. Sure enough Son showed up on a bigger bike than he'd used in the city, threw my backpack in plastic and strapped it on as a bit of a backrest for me.
I'd decided that I was going to let Son choose where we eat as we go so we kicked off the day with some seafood rice soup. I'm not sure how often in life I'll be eating prawns at 9 in the morning but it was absolutely fantastic! We farewelled his motorbike friend (who just refers to himself as Eddie Murphy) and then we were on the road, and exploring Vietnam from the back of a bike is absolutely brilliant! I highly recommend it to all, you get to experience a lot of things that you miss out on from a bus.
I haven't even touched on the spectacular scenery we were driving through either. It was one of those 'Louis Armstrong singing What a Wonderful World in the back of your head' kind of days. Going through these broad sweeping rice paddies among mountains in the distance, with people working the fields in the straw hats. Son had promised that I'd see the real Vietnam and I'd have to say he was right on that one
At one stage we had to stop and throw ponchos on, but a small price to pay (and kind of an experience in itself to have raining streaming at you on a bike). The night was out at Lak lake (still not sure where it is, middle of the highlands somewhere) which was just really quite, and a nice change from the normal tourist areas. Had the option of staying in a longhouse, but I've already discovered that sleep without a fan is pretty damn difficult for us sweaters of the world.