March 5, 2010 – Day 435 – Vinh, Vietnam
Between the hours of 5am and 6:30am the next morning, we were on a bus. Correction: 2 buses. Crossing the Vietnamese border was pretty much a piece of cake. It was slower than it needed to be because it seemed like the officials were looking to find any possible reason to hold up someone just for the fun of it. Since everyone on our bus was prepared with a proper visa and everything else, there was nothing they could do but sulk. (It’s a universal border official pastime.)
Anyway, we got to Vinh at 5:30pm and the next bus on to Hanoi was at 10m. We made good use of the free time: drinking and talking loudly with new friends. We met a couple of Dutch kids, a quiet Russian guy, and a French Canadian who was more Canadian than French. Dinner was simple enough and the beer wasn’t the least bit cold but we were all happy to have some new company.
By 10:00 we were boarding the sleeper bus and discovered that the very back of the bus had bunk beds that held 3 people each, sleeping side by side. Why on earth there were such beds on this bus, we can only guess, but it was ridiculous and a bit funny that we 6 new friends were assigned those 2 communal beds. Needless to say, it was a crowded night bus cheap enough at only $6 for the overnight to Hanoi. And the best part, no Lao music! Good riddance, Lao buses!!