To get from Nha Trang into Hoi An we had to take a night bus – and we hate night buses. Especially in Vietnam. The air conditioning is always too strong, the driver always goes too fast, the road is never straight, the seats always uncomfortable. Forget sleeping. This time we had “sleeper beds” instead of regular seats, and it was no better for us. There are three rows of beds, and two layers of beds. The beds are really designed for Asians: they are really short. It was impossible to fully lie down, and with the “bed” not really being a full bed, the angle was just awkward. We hate sleeper buses so much that we have put them on our Murtaugh List – but sometimes, they really are the only option.
I may have slept an hour or two… maybe. I was wide awake for sunrise though, and it was lovely to see the countryside under the glowing light and a thick fog. The fog lifted nearly as soon as the sun came up.
Once in Hoi An, we had a hard time finding a room. We looked and looked and everything was unusual for Vietnam: rooms were dirty, expensive, and many had bed bugs. In the end the best one we found was more than we usually pay, but it was clean and had a balcony. And it happened to be in the same hotel I had stayed at 5 years prior!