Here I am again. Back in Ho Chi Minh City.
The bike trip went well, but I don’t think I’d recommend it. I saw some pretty nice waterfalls and a few cool factories, but I think it’s more a thing someone would do if they’re new to Asia. Many of the things we saw I had seen in other places. Granted, they were slightly different, but not enough to justify the cost of the trip.
One really neat thing did happen though. I took a walk after supper (an evening constitutional) and I got hailed by these people hanging outside their house. Usually people who hail me are tuk tuk drivers, pimps, dealers or massage staff. These were just normal people hanging out by they house. They didnt’ speak English, but we had a little “chat” for about 2 hours. One of the kids brought his English book from school, and I used it to communicate. Sure, it was tough, but it was fun. Smiling and a bit of body language goes a long way here. So now, I have friends in the highlands of Vietnam. That’s pretty neat, right? The man who hailed me was getting a kick out of our time together. We took a picture together (he was standing on a chair) and he set it as his cellphone background. Nice people.
This was probably the highlight of my Vietnam bike trip. The rest was just ok (but not 150$ US of ok). Coming in second in terms of highlights, would have to be driving in the Saigon traffic. It’s just so congested and crazy. I’d describe the traffic as an old Hanna Barbera cartoon, only one where the background stays the same and the foreground (cars and scooters) keeps on repeating itself. It’s just so silly.
I’ve got one more night here. I’ll be spending it at the same guest house as before. It’s cheap and the lady is nice (though it’s crazy noisy) and I’ll be heading off to Cambodia tomorrow in the morning. I wonder how that place is.