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So we grabbed a 4 hour train ride to Mui Ne which is a long strip of beach frequented mostly by kite surfers due to the strong winds blowing in off the South China sea.
The train ride was bearable, seats looked like they were used by the entire population of Vietnam. Twice. Saw a lot of the countryside and a lot of the outskirts of Saigon. People’s houses back up right on to the train track and usually have no doors so you can look in at everyone’s life; families crowding around the tv, motorbikes parked in their living rooms and lots of people just crashed out on hammocks or beds.
Every few miles the train passes a street where dozens of motorbikes are stopped waiting for the train to pass.
Dirty windows on the train made for poor pics.


Don’t worry, he was fine!

We stayed at the White Sands Resort for 7 nights and did nothing but lounge, relax, eat and rink. It was great. Our bungalow type thing was right on the water. The staff were friendly although their English was poor it didn’t really matter!


View from our balcony at sunrise


Sunset

We had a Christmas dinner on Christmas Eve and were entertained by traditional Vietnamese music and the head chef performing as Santa and a boogie master.

Note Colin before head being shaved. After-shot a bit below.


He had a tie for me and a scarf for Sharyn. Lovely.


And this is him as a Disco King. Hilarious!


Our musical accompaniment for our Xmas dinner. Give me Jingle Bells any day.


Colin after head shave. Sharyn isn’t naked.


As our resort was out in the relaxing middle of nowhere we took a taxi in to the main strip of Mui Ne a couple of times for a bite to eat. They welcomed all us (sic)!

And so after 7 days of relaxation we headed back to Saigon to stay one night before catching an early flight back to Honkers.


Looking out of the train station at Phan Thiet which is the biggest town beside Mui Ne to get the train to Saigon.

We stayed in a nice hotel called First Hotel chosen because of proximity to airport. We had dinner at the hotel restaurant which surrounded three sides of the hotel pool. Only swim there if you wanna show off your rocking body. At the time we were there it was only being used by thirsty bats which swooped down to grab a few sips of chlorine flavoured water. Silly bats.

And that was that. Vietnam. It’s a quicker flight form Honkers to Hanoi which is in the north. It’s said to be friendlier and cheaper so that could be worth a return trip. Never once did I think I was in a communist country and traces of the war is found only in garish tourist traps whether it be propaganda movies at tourist sites or silly military hats or Good Morning Vietnam t-shirts at the markets.

Next up for us…..who knows! But we have Chinese New Year coming up on the 23rd Jan and we then we are off work for two more weeks. Yes!

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I saw that we had 76 unique visitors to our blog yesterday. And for what? A terribly irregular updated blog.

I feel ashamed….

But enough with the shame, I can live with that. Let me fill you in on a few things. Just a few.

The weather has cooled here! Yay! Enough to warrant a light top or hoodie for our morning walk to the school bus. The locals are dressed like they are about to hike Mount Everest and look at us as if we were about to take all our clothes off.

I have meticulously planned our Christmas trip to Vietnam. We leave the Friday night school ends (19th December) and fly to Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon, comrades). We stay there for 3 nights and take a 3-4 hour bus journey north, north west to Phan Thiet. Which is a coastal resort area where lots of people go kite surfing and the like. A couple from school will be in that area so we will more than likely meet up with them. We stay there until the 29, then grab a bus back to Ho Chi Minh for an overnight stay in a hotel close to the airport so we can get to our early flight back to Honkers.
That will give us a nice little relaxing few days until we get back to the grindstone. Work.

What else..? Oh we are going to a Murder Mystery night in a hotel in Tsim Tsa Tsui. Should be embarrassing. You pay for a slap up meal and God knows what else.
I’m also going with a couple of dudes to a Masters Football Tournament in Macau on December 5th. All the old wiley pros from English football will be out to impress. Should be fun.

Speaking of masters and football, Hamsap FC are doing ok. I’m up to 9 goals for the season, having scored my best and latest one last Saturday waaaay up in the New Territories. Ball over my shoulder, one bounce on the knee and a chipped volley in to the far corner. Was happy with that one. Testing game on Saturday with a team above us. Will see how we go.

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