Travel agencies

So, essentially, never EVER use the “Viet Nhat” travel agency in Phan Thiet.

We’ve been charged $55USD (1,100,000VND) EACH for a sleeper train from Phan Thiet to Danang. Okay, fine, they’ve clearly made a profit. However, we get to the station and find out the tickets only cost them $15USD (300,000vnd) AND instead of a sleeper cabin, they’ve bought the hard wooden slatted seats in, what an elitist colonialist might call, the peasant coach.

20131226-205314.jpg
Now, I’m not an “elitist colonialist”, but when I’ve paid almost 4 times the price the agency paid, I expect to at least have a cabin to sleep in.

In the end, we made a 300,000vnd (15$) deal with a train worker to sleep in (what I assume is) his sleeping quarters.

I use the term “quarters” very loosely. It’s essentially a linen closet with a piece of wood covered in a straw yoga mat.

Upside, we got to spend some time watching the Vietnamese, sleeping on the floors, kids running about, mats and food and papers strewn everywhere.

20131226-205336.jpg
20131226-205410.jpg
Also got to enjoy a man continuously asking to buy a sip of our beer. (I suppose it doesn’t help that we’d previously been wandering the train with a bottle of rum in hand..)

20131226-205356.jpg
Looking forward to never using a travel agency in a hippie beach bum town again.

Advertisements

Comment?

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s