Published: August 3rd 2011July 28th 2011
We decided that in the future when we return to Vietnam, we will make sure that the trip involves far less travelling. Between the trip to see Grandpa (a three-hour-each-way drive), the trip to Nha Trang, and the trip to Thailand it feels like we haven’t seen family in Dong Nai enough and we’ve spent about a bazillion hours in the car. By day eight, I had finished four books on the trip – some rather lengthy – and was glad that I packed a few more to last the remainder of the journey.
Our last day of the Nha Trang trip was spent in the van. At least a good (read “long”) nine hours was spent on the road. Thankfully, this was actually two hours shorter than the trip from Dong Nai to Nha Trang. Our driver was speedy, the weather was better, and traffic wasn’t quite so bad. We stopped at the same place for lunch that we had on the way up, and other than that and a few bathroom stops we just sat in the car, waiting to get home. We arrived in time for dinner and the aunts all exclaimed that we got darker and
thinner on this trip – when they heard that our food hadn’t been that great, they were happy that they had killed three chickens that day for dinner. Needless to say, we didn’t eat all of that, but it was nice to have good food once more.
On July 28, we started off slowly, getting ready for breakfast by 8AM. It is sad to think that 7AM is “sleeping in,” but after days of very early alarms and plenty of activity, any additional sleep is welcome.
We met Thu’s cousin, Guong, for bun bo hue (soup) for breakfast and then met a few other family members when we stopped for coffee. And even though we ate at 8AM, when we finally arrived at Ba Noi’s (around 10:30), the aunts had lunch ready and wanted us to eat. Oy vey! But the fried fish looked good. I didn’t eat very much because ever since the seafood at the beach I felt sick. (This persisted for several days until I went to a pharmacy, bought something that probably requires a prescription at home and sounded scary, and took it hoping to feel better. It – eventually – worked. But I missed
If I had paid attention and realized I could get five kilos of this fruit for a few dollars, I would've bought fruit for the evening.
meals – or ate just a few bites of rice or bread – for about four and a half days.)
We arrived at the airport, awaiting our Thailand trip, rather early and had a few hours to kill. When we met up with the tour we found that it would be about 35 people, around ten of whom were children. What would this be like? Especially with Vietnamese tourists? I will have to explain a bit about the Vietnamese personality, but that can wait for another day. For now, I’ll just finish by saying that we landed in Thailand, made it through passport control, and arrived at our hotel (Lantana Resort) after midnight and were told to be up at 6AM so we could be back on the road…again.
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