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For some reason once I jumped on that bus to Saigon, I slept and slept and slept.  The beds on this sleepr bus were a bit longer than the last and I can now tell you from experience that the option of stretching your legs to the maximum potential is the difference between a good sleep and a bad one.  Usually I wake up every two hours when the bus does its usual pit stops and many times in between but on this bus ride, I slept for the entire 10 hours, minus just one stop.  It was perfect.  After arriving in the hustle and bustle of Saigon, I realized that I hadn't been in a major city in a long time.  I can promise you that most of the people who have read this blog have never ever seen this many scooters driving on a road.  You literally couldn't find a spot to put another scooter on the road.  The roads in Saigon are complete chaos but somehow all of the chaos equals itself out and becomes a working system.  Its like a giant organism with a million little legs,  a millipede if you will... If there is one bad leg, it will screw up all the other legs but if they are all bad, all at the same time, then in essence they have completed a 360 and all work in unison.  That is the street of Saigon.  Organized chaos.  When I got off the bus I was asked by a scooter driver if I wanted a ride and I very assertivly turned it down.  I found a taxi and made my way to the airport.  I took off to Phu Quoc Island and made it there about an hour later.  It is beautiful here with white sand beaches and beautiful warm water.  Its quiet and gentle and all around wonderful.  I am here until the 7th and I fear it may get a little boring but if that is the case I may just switch my ticket back to Saigon earlier and then make my way to Bangkok.  If I leave this gentle paradise, my options are more days in Saigon or more days in Bagkok, both of which don't interest me much.  After arriving yesterday early afternoon, I made friends with John and Jenny, a couple from LA and as we both rented scooters we took off to explore the island.  Without paved roads we slowly (40km/h) explored the island with red sand suffocating us as huge trucks flew by us.  Eventually with the sun setting and nothing much to see while inland, we decided to head back towards the hotel.  I deicded to go into town and explore some more and found this amazing asian food market near the pier but without a kitchen (or for that matter skills to cook), I didn't buy anything except half a watermelon which I brought home and devoured.  I went to bed early last night, read some of the new book I am reading, Paths of Glory, yet another Archer novel (probably my last for some time as they are all starting to sound similiar), and then crashed.  ZZZZzzzzz'd until about 10:30am.  Its the heat I tell you.  It makes you sooo tired. 
Gagmel says:
Thanks for the entertaining reading and for the travelogue. There are time i feel I am right there with you. Can't believe you are looking to the end of your trip already - it seems like just the other day. What an experience you have had and how wonderfully you have documented your trip. Stay until the 7th and enjoy some peace , quiet and beauty - you need to start recharging for the real world! Miss you lots and wish you safe travels.
Posted on: Feb 03, 2010
bikerdad says:
Hey Wader: The batteries are beginning to sound like they're fully charged. That 10 hour bus ride sounds wonderful. The picture you paint of Saigon is one often featured in western style movies; I guess because it is so unlike anything one sees anywhere in North America. No point in doing the Saigon or Bangkok thing if you're not going to enjoy so you may rather chill and delight in the tranquility of Phu Quoc. When you're in the hustle and bustle of LA you may yet appreciate those extra peaceful Phu Quoc days with blue waters and white sandy beaches.
Posted on: Feb 03, 2010
sylviandavid says:
thanks for this nice blog... a fun read....
Posted on: Feb 03, 2010
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