23.12.2015 - 23.12.2015
Boarded the 5am, we will pick-u-up at 4.30am, bus at 5.50 am. Not bad for Vietnam. Waiting for the driver & assistant to finish their first packet of smokes for the day does drag on at times.
Luckily booked a seat. Middle on the bottom & 2 back from the smoking and spitting driver. The only moveable window is thankfully next to him.
The usual 'can supposedly lie down / sit-up' seat configuration. Works well I believe unless your 185cm like me. Seemed to be a lot of sleeping happy locals in their cubicle world.
Dozed on & off waking to some body part in agony from cramping
Stopped for fuel, relief and lunch. All the same spots I've been to over the last 10 years on the same journey
At the start of the journey the driver had no idea where I wanted to get off. By the end of the ride the whole bus was able to give me assistance. Compulsory friendship can be such a help at times.
First driver was a take no prisoners sort of guy. Anything moving in front was a challenge to be left behind. The usual playing chicken most Viet drivers indulge in, but he was bit excessive. He knew his way around the gear box though. A nice change. Unlike the second driver who was more respectful of other drivers but rather abusive of the gear box.
Is all good entertainment
Arrived on the edge of Plekiu to be greeted by my fellow traveller and local friend
Then searched bus storage for box of medicines sent yesterday. Local friend, after 10 mins searching, pipes up that she has already collected.
Bus driver not happy
Anyway off to feed the face etc etc