[Fruit lady on the streets of Hoi An]
Another day in transit. Goodbye Hoi An, I will be back! En route to Hanoi with a pit stop in Huế, the former imperial capital of Vietnam. Just enough time to try some local Huế cuisine and check out the Imperial City, another UNESCO World Heritage Site.
I must say, I am quite pleased with my open bus ticket. After doing a bit of research on fake bus companies, I decided to purchase my ticket through the real Sinh Tourist. You hear a lot of horror stories about travelling through coast of Vietnam in regards to safety. The road conditions aren’t the best, a lot of companies hire inadequate drivers, and the buses aren’t always in the best condition. In this case, cheaper isn’t always better. Keep in mind, the roads are always under construction, the bus will make random cargo stops, and sometimes you will arrive later than expected. Overall, the cargo stops have been minimal and only take a few minutes. The bus was only late once to pick us up, and this could have happened anywhere in the world. I also always add an extra hour to the estimated time of arrival, because you know that 12 o’clock doesn’t mean you will arrive at 12 on the dot. There are many forums out there against overnight buses in Vietnam, partly because 12,000 people are killed on the road every year. You also hear about buses driving off the cliffs and drunk drivers zigzagging around the mountains. At the end the day, make sure you weigh your options, do your research, and know the risks involved.
For a grand total of 725,000 dong (approximately $42), I’ve travelled through Ho Chi Minh City, Mui Ne, Nha Trang, Hoi An, Huế, and Hanoi. Plus, it’s an open bus ticket so you can stay as long or as short of a time as you please. No complaints here! Maybe I’m just happy to be alive, but it is definitely a cost-efficient way to see the country!
“Normality is a paved road: It is comfortable to walk, but no flowers grow on it” -Vincent Van Gogh