Updated on April 10, 2010
Riding with the locals
From Nihm Bihn we took the locals bus/van up to Halong Bay. What an adventure!!!!
It was a 4 hour ride with spectacular views and jaw dropping bus behaviors.
Here are some of the things I noticed while on the adventure.
The van doesn’t stop. There is someone who stands at the sliding door yelling out the van’s destination. If someone on the street appears to want to go that way the van slows down. The person is then pushed or pulled into the van all while we are still moving. The best was when a mother approached the van with her young child and the bus yeller picked the child up like a sack of potatoes and put him into the van and then grabbed his mom. Crazy.
Some people throw things on to the van, like bags of rice, and those bags are given to someone miles away. I am not sure how they know who to give it to or if they have to pay for this transportation service.
On our flight from Hanoi to Hoi An we saw a man carrying a HUGE bag of garlic coves onto the airplane as his check in bag. Very funny.
Its normal for people to fall asleep on strangers.