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Published: April 20th 2008
The greatest invention to come from within Vietnam is the open ticket sleeper bus, this way of travelling is a first for us so far, we paid $37 which got us from HCMC to Na Trang, then we will be going on to Hoi An, Hue to finally reaching Hanoi which is many many miles away, hopefully arriving sometime before our visa officially runs out. The bus picked us up from our hotel and each journey was spent laying in the semi or full supine position next to a breezy window, our first bus ran out of petrol up a hill some 5 miles away from the town, we had to bunk on some other passing bus.
Nha Trang is one long golden beach and the same temperature all day, every day. I lost my voice completely. Silence prevailed most of my time here. I managed a squeak once and that hurt like hell. After 3 days of trying to rest I gave up with the beaches as I couldn't deal with the constant hassles, because it hurt me to say 'go away, no not today, I already have one’. I gave up walking any great or small distance and
hid beneath the Air Conditioning in our much desired cold hotel room as its now pushing 35 degrees outside.
I had my best dress remade here, it was a classic £9.99 Sainsbury's TU own brand from the summer season 2005 collection. The chief copier had her tape measure poised, she closed one eye like an artist stood behind her easel, on tip toes she struggled to reach up or get round them on her own, she lassoed her tape measure, her assistant grabbed the tape from behind, when they both looked at my measurements they synchronised a loud 'Ohhh'. I have them know most ladies worldwide would kill for my naturalness and pay small fortunes just to achieve the same Ooohness. The Vietnamese are genius at copying not only clothing, DVDS but also bestselling novels are sold with half the page of one best seller at the top and half the page of another book entirely at the bottom.
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