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With gas bottles under your feet, your bag between your legs, your knees up to your chin, and your head rubbing on the roof of the minibus, you will be lucky to stretch your neck out of the widow

When you can, the views going over the 'Col des Nuages' are stunning.

Before leaving Hue for Danang, your driver will probably be stopped by the police for a leaky radiator, he will then have to stop again to take on more water.

The old ladies beside you will indicate that you paid too much for the biscuits, but happily eat them with you, and help to smoke your cigarettes; stained-teeth smiles all round.

The little trucks from Danang to Hoi An are a short walk away from the bus station, outside to the right.

You'll probably have to sit and wait, and then bargain again fiercely when the driver decides to go. The money-grabbing youth who swings around the outside of the moving vehicle like a monkey frowns like one too, when you refuse to pay his three dollar asking price.

Come on boys... it's three bucks on the tourist minibus from Hue to Hoi An.

While the Vietnamese price is 3-5,000 dong, depending on the amount of boxes and bundles they have, the monkey will make a big deal of collecting ten-thousand from each, and showing you their money.

The only way to stop the charade was to pull our bags off, and walk away......

"Okay, Okay...."

Asia Index

Nomadic Gatherings - Travels in Asia and Australia

Travel on trains and buses in Asia, then jump into cars with complete strangers in Australia and New Zealand as Michel introduces you to a collection of characters that bring Nomadic Gatherings to life.

If you can't afford to buy a copy of Nomadic Gatherings, the chapters are slowly being made available online - for free.

You may even decide that it really is worth having a hard copy in your hands; a useful read for those long bus journeys being written about, and for endless waits at ferry ports.

Nomadic Gatherings - Online Chapters.

Find out more about Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, The Middle East, and The Americas.
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