05.09.2010 - 19.09.2010 103 °F
Ok this evening is my last night.... I have done and seen so much in such a short space of time. Vietnam will always hold a special place in my heart, people are amazing, I have packed in so much it is hard to remember everything. So my highlights of this trip are:-
- Shooting an AK47, yes I have a photo to prove it....
- Going through the war tunnels
- Spending the day on the back of a motorbike touring... would definatley recommond
- Mekong Visit... staying with the locals (love Mrs Moi)
- Shopping in Hoi An (having clothes, shoes and jewellery made....)
- Meeting new people some of whom I will never forget.
After dinner this evening, goodbye Hanoi/Vietnam.... next stop Bangkok.....
Last group dinner was at Koto such a lovely place which helps children in the community......will tell you more about Koto another time.
I will not be forgetting last night in a hurry, Christine, Kerry and I all left the group early as I for one had to be up at 5:00am in the morning to head to the airport for my flight. Well in good old Vietnamese style the taxi driver even after being told by our tour guide decided in his local language where we were going.... yes you guessed it - to drive around in circles for ages.... I talked to him straight away and informed the girls... He can drive around as much as he likes....he will be paid 50 Vietnamese dong which is how much it should cost. After stopping and making out he was really lost even after me telling him to turn off the meter the three times he got out the cab...he did not listen. In fact he took the time to stop and chat to what appeared to be his friends on the street, pointing all the time, like he was trying to get directions.
When I told him enough was enough, and the meter was now at 97 Vietnamese dong and still increasing... , he decided to pull up at the hotel down the road from ours which was on the same street.... I gave him the 50 Vietnamese dong and we all left the taxi where he chased us into our hotel reception shouting in his mother tongue.... Thank heavens for the guys on reception speaking good English, I told them our side of the story, and then asked if they could kindly tell the driver due to him trying to take advantage of us, he was not getting a penny more, with this we made a swift exit to our rooms. After 30 mins, I called reception to see if he had left and the guys were ok, they informed me they had to give driver another 40 Vietnamese dong before he would leave. Vu our excellent tour guide to the rescue, was left to deal with our final part of our trip upsets. What would we have done without him.
Vu a huge thanks for looking after us so well. Have learnt a lot from you that will serve me well on the rest of my advanture.
Looking forward to see what the rest of my trip has to offer.