Bus Rides and Flights of Fancy

The Sinhtourist bus ride trip report.

We started right at 830am for the 7 hour ride to Da Lat. Its now almost 1130 and we have been going for three hours and one rest break. The bus has these seats and reclining areas most likely built for smaller asian bodies than US backpackers and tourists. Its not uncomfortable just smaller.

There is free wifi on the bus which I am on now with the Mac laptop. Its okay too. It does what its supposed to do just a bit slower. But its free! And its on a bus! What expectations? :-). I don’t have any.

The bus rides at about 60 kilometers an hour I would say and the ride is not too bad. It has some interesting sounding air breaks which tend to squeal and complain when the driver decides its time to slow down for a bigger vehicle.

We are up in the forests and hills between Saigon and Da Lat now and the country is so much different! Its really nice to see trees and open spaces instead of a vast city.

I am wondering if they are going to stop for lunch or we just go straight through. Not particularly hungry. Not used to doing lunches. As I walked this morning stopped at a coffee shop and got a little Banh Mi sandwich and an americano coffee.

At the last rest stop I got some potato chips and an extra water. We got a free water on the bus but it never hurts to have more. The rest stop was more like a fast food place with countless isles of all kinds of food. Prices were reasonable.

We stopped for lunch at this place called the Mandagui Forest Resort. It’s more than half way to Da Lat. Now we are back at it again. Here’s a little ditty for you:

I’m riding the bus the bus to Da Lat
I don’t pack much but what I have I’ve got
This solo travel takes me in the air, rails, and ground
Whatever way I go it’s the best way around

Now I sit back in my chair and watch time tick on
Second or minutes or hours don’t matter alone
This road that’s getting twisty and the bus slows down
Good thing for brakes as long as they’re still around

This poem is done because this is all I have got
On this little bus ride from Saigon to Da Lat

So, in the end, I arrived about an hour late. Taking a bus for 8 hours is interesting but really no more so than riding a train for 30 hours I guess. The bus was built for small bodies and it really chugged up the hills while the other buses sped by. I have two trips here but they are on other buses. Yay!

I also got to the hotel. I’ll be here for 30 days and then decided to move to another hotel. I’m going to think through what my minimal goals are here. I think I would like to slow it down a bit from the 30 days in Ho Chi Minh City.