I realized walking around during the day with the hot bright sun hovering over me was not my idea of fun no matter how eager I was to explore the city, so I crawled back to the hostel to bid time until sunset. In the elevator I heard that there would be free wine and a grand party for all owing to the Tet celebration (wide grin). So I had something to look forward to in the night.
Sadly I hit a bump on my very first day. I was hoping to travel to ‘Hoi an’ the next day but due to the festivities, all bus tickets were booked and flight tickets to Danang were expensive. But I did not want to lose hope, so I got out and walked around trying to find that one bus ticket that would make sure I reach hoi an as soon as possible. As fate would have it, a generous woman understood my plight and arranged a ticket for a price although expensive due to the demand, it was relatively cheaper than everybody else’s offers. At last I had a ticket for a bus ride which would leave on 9th and it would take almost 24 hours to reach hoi an . More on that later, let me get back to the hostel and join the celebrations.
It is not quite easy to be alone among groups of people. Being surrounded by strangers from different parts of the world can be a bit intimidating at first because you realize there is a clear social gap between them and you in many ways. But it is necessary you try to bridge that gap slowly and eventually you will know that even they have left the comforts of their homes to travel just like you and there is nobody better you can relate to than these kind strangers you are surrounded by.
At the party I found a lovely group of girls who had travelled around India before coming down to south East Asia, I spent the rest of the night talking and exchanging stories with them, drinking Saigon beer and having a lovely time. After the firework show at midnight, I was off to bed while many continued to party. I needed to wake up early as I had booked a tour through Mekong delta for the next day.
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