OK there’s one thing that ALL of asia has in common… they can’t drive! They are complete maniacs! 🙂
The plan was to take the sleeper bus from Hue and spend most of the fourteen hours fast asleep in noddy land. The reality was far from from it… but funny and terrifying at the same time 🙂 Our driver was driving so fast that when he eventually hit a pot hole he smashed the suspension on the left front side. We had to limp into a garage (or a bunch of blokes under a tarpalling smoking fags surrounded by flammable liquids and vehicle parts!).
To thier credit, they actually had a brand new shock absorber and spent the next four hours jacking up the bus and replacing it!
We stood and watched (just to make sure they did it correctly 🙂
Eventually we got back on the road in good condition and continued our journey. BUT and it’s a big BUT… about an hour in to this ride the bus slammed the brakes on (to avoid smashing into stationary traffic) and veered across the road (fly-over) and smashed into a truck on our right side! My life flashed before my eyes but we survived. Luckily no-one was hurt, but the truck was a bit worse for wear!
So consequently our 14 hour trip took 19 hours and was both terrifying and exciting at the same time. Couldn’t have been more glad to get to the hotel and crash out. We’ll explore tomorrow… time for sleep (again). 🙂