Our next destination was Hue. We took an overnight bus and because of this our first day there was basically a write off… we slept the whole afternoon! But, we made the most of the next day. We rented a bike again and just set off! We went through random communities, around the Purple Palace, and to some war bunkers. The whole day was rainy and meek, but still pleasant and seeing all these things was great! Especially the war bunkers. In fact, it was really quite creepy, yet intense to see them. And it was easy to picture how the war would have looked in the area, trees surrounding big open areas of red earth. Especially with the rainy grey sky. While Hue was quite uneventful and probably not my favorite place, I’m glad we got to see what we did. Danny ended up getting food poisoning here, so he probably would agree that it wasn’t awesome!
Our next destination was Hoi An, but now with his food poisoning we had a bit of a problem: two days before we had booked a bike rental for the journey, with stops planned along the way! But with him being sick, I woke up in the morning assuming he wanted to move it to the next day, or change plans completely. But, he wanted to power through! I was hesitant, but he was adamant. I guess in the long run it made sense not to waste a day, but being sick is so brutal on its own, and adding a bike on it is just torture! Since he clearly wasn’t in the best state, I did the driving. I was super hesitant at first (he had done most of the driving up until this point) and I was a bit nervous as we were planning to split it! But, once I got going all those nerves went away. It was raining quite a bit that day, so I started off extra, extra, EXTRA cautious, but I quickly gained a feel for the bike on the wet roads and realized it wouldn’t be as big a hindrance as I had thought. The only thing with the rain really was the fact that with no windshield protecting us, the rain was hitting our faces like little knives! Especially mine, being at the front! It was bruuuuutal. I was surprised I wasn’t bleeding! I even had to pull over at one point to give my face a break. Thank goodness it wasn’t like this the entire way. Since Danny was sick, we decided to only make one stop at Elephant Falls. It it had been a sunny day the stop probably would have been more worthwhile since we would have gone for a swim, but it was still beautiful! We found a big rock to lay on and just spent a while there, looking at the sky, laughing with each other.
After that stop, Danny went downhill and was really eager to get to Hoi An. I don’t blame him! But we still had about two hours to go. The weather had cleared up a bit by then, and without the rain the ride was more enjoyable. And the views were INCREDIBLE. We took the highway along the coast, winding up, over and around the mountains to Danang. It was phenomenal. I wish Dan was feeling better so he could have enjoyed it in the same way that I had. And not only was that fantastic, but I’m so proud of myself for navigating the windy roads safely and efficiently! And I was even-more-so proud when we got into Danang – the traffic was ridiculous! But I stayed calm and smart and managed to get us where we needed to go. We stopped at a vegetarian restaurant that was just on our maps and it was SO GOOD. Again, I wish Dan had been feeling better to be able to enjoy it in the same way I had. We sat down and they just handed us plates piled high with food. And we paid only about $0.80 for them! We didn’t stay too long, but after playing with the little girl and giving her lots of stickers, we headed on our way to finish the journey. We had booked a hotel before arriving, and as soon as we got there Dan CRASHED. It was this beautiful resort called Senvila that we found a really good deal for, and for only $40 a night we had a high king sized bed in a super fancy hotel room with a balcony overlooking the pool! Again, the weather here was not so good so we didn’t get a chance to take advantage of the pool. But everything else we definitely took advantage of. The TV, the housecoats, the breakfasts, the shuttles into town! Ah, it was great. And after a recovery night here, Dan was feeling much better and we were able to do some exploring!
Hoi An was really cute. A bunch of old, yellow buildings now housing restaurants and shops, and bars along the river! And at night, the lanterns strung everywhere lit up and the whole place changed into this magic. And the river was also lit up with candles set off in little paper boats. Seriously cute. And such good food! Although, since Danny didn’t have the biggest appetite we devoured tons of French fries – and I had no problem with that! Along with all the lanterns, Hoi An is also known for their tailors! It was kind of a mess of a process (they tell us one day and it will be finished, but that ends up being not so possible!) but we both ended up getting some things made! Dan got two dress shirts, one longsleeved and one short. And I got a bikini (the best thing ever!!!!), a dress, and a bodysuit. I wish I had had more time to get them all exactly as I wanted them, but for the most part they are very pretty! And it’s encouraged me to learn how to make my own clothes. I mean, if they can do it… what’s stopping me!
We scrambled to pick up all our clothing with all the different timelines we were given from all our shops, but we stressfully made it back on time to get picked up for our overnight bus to Nha Trang! Somehow.