Getting to a hotel in the Old Quarter
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January 5th, 2010 – by: kirowind
Got hassled by people trying to get us to hire a taxi right at the airport. They'll take you to one of their "select" hotels and such. It's a serious enough scam that it's mentioned in Lonely Planet as well as a police officer in the airport handed us a flyer warning people about them. So we took the public transit bus instead. That was fun, the bus was already pulling away as we were trying to jump onto it.
For those of you who've been to China and seen the mess that traffic plays there, it's got NOTHING on Vietnam. Everybody's honking all the time, motorbikes are in the clear majority, and heck, bicycles (of the foot pedal variety) are standard fare too. But just like in China, there's no fear for crossing pedestrians, even when they're traversing over center dividers. The bus didn't take us as far as we wanted so we waited around for a taxi until a driver with sharp eyes saw us and headed into traffic THE WRONG WAY to pick us up. I love it.
We were originally to meet Mike's contact here from his last trip, Naht, but by the time we got to her place, we were late. So we went to the Old Quarter and Mike finds the hostel he stayed at last time. And the guy who helped take care of him when he hairline fractured his leg. This guy's eyes just go wide open and he just points at Mike like some ghost as we stroll up. Mike last told him he would make it back and sure enough, he kept his word. His hostel was full for today so we're staying at a nearby one he recommended for today and we'll check in to his place tomorrow. We've now gotten a hold of Naht and will meet up with her in a half hour.
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