I should veer off from my heavy posting about Tokyo and write something about Vietnam.
An Asian country that I would love to go back and explore more.
Taking a 4 hour sleeper bus from Pham Ngu Lao in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh) to Mui Ne, was a 1st time experience. Cramped legs, albeit the salesperson telling us it would be much comfortable than travelling in a coach. But trapping your legs into a compartment below your knees for long periods with no moving space, does not seem to justify that.
If you are looking for the possibility to lie down for a nap, this could be a better bet. In my opinion travelling in the daytime, with the passing scenery to entertain, 4 hours is really not at all tedious.
Surprisingly, the bus passengers composed mainly of the local Vietnamese people. Which I appreciated, than a bus full of tourists. A great opportunity to just observe in the background.
An English backpacker boarded, rather scruffy with his piercings. Yet settling really well with a Vietnamese family in the back of the bus. Quietly conversing, I was surprised by their ability to understand English quite well. Perhaps with the American influence during the war? There no real sense of xenophobia with foreigners it seems.
Though I conclude, maybe because we are all heading to a resort town. And travelling up from the touristy strip of the city. Meeting foreigners on the bus is a common thing. A few days earlier at a coffee shop, I did meet a girl in her twenties shying away from our attention. Language barrier.
The fact that I had absolutely no real idea where I was heading to, except a quick search on Trip Advisor for places to go in Mui Ne. All I knew was the Red and White Sand Dunes, Fairy Spring. Which added on to the fun. No expectations.
The perk about travelling on a bus (taking the bearable distance into consideration), was the ability to look out the window and watch the human activity ongoing on the way.
Let the photos be suffice.
A glimpse of Phan Thiet Water Tower (1934), which was designed by Prince Suphanouvong of Laos.