Linh has flown back to Perth and I have the rest of the week in Saigon. The rainy season has truly started and it's been coming down in bucket loads everyday. On the positive note, it has brought the temperature down somewhat.
Where did I leave you last? Oh, Nha Trang. We did eventually find proper food and it was outside of the touristy area. It was a lot of effort getting there for the one bowl of fish soup we had though. And of the few places in Vietnam where I've ridden a scooter, I didn't like riding in Nha Trang much at all. The other motorists all drive as if they have blinkers on their heads. No one looks around or checks what is happening beside them when they turn, swerve or change lanes! I was constantly trying to get out of the way of my fellow riders; kind of like playing dodge but also trying to make sure that my sister didn't fall off the back of the scooter!
So we were happy to leave Nha Trang and took a bus down to Mui Ne, a sleepy coastal town a few hours drive north from Saigon. It's a weekend getaway for many Saigoners who come up for the seafood, beach and surf. Mui Ne is known for kite surfing, windsurfing and surfing. No tourist sights around and so we spent the few days unwinding... well there wasn't much else to do as it rained cats and dogs and the roads were flooded.
After Mui Ne, we took our final bus back to Saigon. These bus rides feel like they take forever but 5 hours and at a cost of 4.50 USD... what can I say? We had the time, we wanted to try doing it the local way and actually some of these destinations are not reachable by plane. Overall, it wasn't too bad an experience and definitely budget-friendly ;-)
We spent the weekend in Saigon and wanted to get ourselves tidied up before we went back home. So it was the usual combination of facials, manicures, pedicures and massages. THIS is why I love Asia!! Hehehe