Cycling in Vietnam!

Friday 25th September
Today is little Joshy’s birthday!!! How on earth can he be 20 bloody years old???! Seems like only yesterday I was holding him for the first time at Welwyn Garden City Hospital! Happy birthday old boy!!!!
Well, it’s still bloody hot here. I’m sweating like a scouser in a job centre. Still, in the raging inferno we managed to cycle about 10 miles with our guide Johnny yesterday. It was stunningly beautiful, cycling past temples, pagodas and miles of rice fields. I sweated so much I destroyed a full packet of cigarettes in my trouser pocket! Disintegrated!!!
Hoi An is a really old town, much of it preserved. It’s like Yvoire in France, only bigger, and is an ideal place for sitting outside a riverside bar watching the world go by. The downside is that it’s very touristy. However, the locals are as friendly as ever, and children will always say hello as they pass you. Everyone loves to try their English on us. On an evening the river is full of floating lanterns. These are sold by wizened old ladies, offering them at “ten dorror rantern”. Crikey, from what I’ve read, ten dorror used to get you much more than a lantern!!!
Last night we splashed out at a highly recommended, upmarket restaurant. Amazing food, and even the higher prices brought it up to only £15 for the two of us. Beer was 90p a bottle! Outrageously extravagant! It’s possible in many bars to get a glass of local beer for 10p, but seeing as how we’re feeling pretty rich I’m sticking to bottles of Tiger at 30p!
We leave Hoi An tonight on the night bus to Nha Trang, where we have a beachside hotel with rooftop pool for a couple of days. £20 a night! So, 12 hours snuggled up in my tiny bunk bed – I’m actually looking forward to it! I can get really comfy, and read and listen to music before snoozing the miles away! We’re spending the rest of today lazing at the hotel pool. It’s a tough life……..
Breakfasts have been brilliant in Vietnam. There’s generally a choice of western, continental and Asian food, so I like to have a “World breakfast” – usually something along the line of sausages, bacon, omelette, fried eggs, cold meats, and chicken fried rice with stir fried vegetables! Very cultured I am!

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The Japanese Bridge

The Japanese Bridge

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Lots of wedding parties on the river. This seems to be the marriage centre of Vietnam!

Lots of wedding parties on the river. This seems to be the marriage centre of Vietnam!

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A beautiful Buddhist temple

A beautiful Buddhist temple

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A big hairy smelly beast..... And a water buffalo.

A big hairy smelly beast….. And a water buffalo.

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I have traded Charlotte in as a peasant farmer in exchange for a bottle of beer

I have traded Charlotte in as a peasant farmer in exchange for a bottle of beer

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