Continued from Train to Hoi An.
RL and I both slept just ok last night. Fall asleep, wake up, fall sleep. Rinse and repeat.
When I checked our location on the gps upon waking, it showed that we are a bit more than halfway to our destination. I woke up at around 5:30am to the sounds of SCREAMING kids. Seriously, what kids wake up screaming at 5:30am?? Then it’s followed by sounds of the very loud talking Vietnamese families in the cabins all around us. Ugh…seriously, it’s so early.
Then after that, all these random people kept on opening our door. First the ticket lady, to take trash. Then she came back again to check ticket. Then vendors started boarding the train while we were stopped at a station and would open the door to ask if we wanted to buy something. This one vendor lady opened the door, and when we waved no thanks to her with our sleepy eyes, she thought that it would be amusing to yell, “Wake up, wake up!” No lady, it’s like 6am, let us sleep! Door lock back on.
Vietnamese trains are not the nicest around, and we got the best cabin they have to offer. The mattress under the sheets seems like it hasn’t been cleaned in years. Gross. Speaking of mattresses, all the mattresses that we’ve slept on in Asia has been rock hard, with this train mattress taking the cake.
Arrived in Danang station, and now we need to find a taxi to Hoi An. It’s just a little bit past noon. That’s a very long train ride, about 15 hours. The German couple in our shared compartment are headed to Hoi An as well, cool, so we can all split a taxi to save costs.
In less than 10 minutes, we’ve reached the coast, and it’s beautiful. The weather here is also the nicest that we’ve encountered so far on this trip. The temperature is actually quite delightful over here. We hadn’t really planned on it, but with such a nice beach and nice weather, I think we’ll do a beach day over here in Hoi An.
Along the coast to Hoi An, we passed by rows and rows of fancy beach side resorts.
Got dropped off at our hotel! We don’t feel quite as disgusting as our previous overnight train in Thailand since we took a shower before boarding the train last night. The cooler and less humid weather also helps.
This is it…yup…that’s all. And it’s odd that the Vietnamese are celebrating a Japanese creation and that’s the symbol for the city. In fact, the bridge is even printed on the stamps that we got for our postcards.
So, Hoi An old town is just meh. Seriously, it’s just a bunch of tailor shops in a bunch of old houses. Definitely one of the lesser UNESCO sights that I’ve seen. The sights in Vietnam have been a little disappointing thus far.
Back to our hotel to rest now. It’s been a long day. I laid on the bed and passed out immediately. I didn’t even know I was that tired.
Bed, then beach day tomorrow!! We are both very excited about the beach tomorrow…there is however one cloud in the sky. There’s 80% chance of rain tomorrow, but hopefully that just means that it’ll thunderstorm late in the afternoon or at night like the past few times it’s rained here.
To be continued at Hoi An Day 2.