Ho Chi Minh

14-17th June 2016

As I arrive in Ho Chi Minh after an incredibly long train journey (two nights and three days, of which I’m the only person I saw who brushed their teeth!), I’m feeling pretty groggy and unwashed. Unfortunately, there’s also a problem with the train tracks and we’re ushered off before reaching the centre. On the brighter side they have put on buses to take us there. With limited English I am able to get on a bus and I hope it’s the right one. When I get to the final stop, I check my GPS to find we’re still not in the centre. The attendant tells me to get off. I see two more white faces and I gravitate toward them. They were told by their travel agent about the train tracks so assume that we’re there. Success was assumed too quick because we get off and are then ushered on to another train.

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Hanoi, Vietnam

 9-13th June 2016

It’s been a while since I’ve had those proper nerves about arriving in a new destination. I didn’t know what to expect in Vietnam though and this is the first time I’m really travelling overland. Somehow I need to get from the North to the South, through Cambodia to Thailand, Malaysia and then to Singapore. All without a plane. I’ve read stories about chicken buses and all sorts so who knows what might happen.

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