As I exited the train station, well more of a building I was harassed by taxi driver after taxi driver. Picked one that look like he had a nice taxi out of the pool and off we went to the Prime Hotel or so I thought. One of the big scams if for a driver to tell you “your hotel closed they want you go to this new one” and drop you off at another hotel and quick have you bags out of the taxi – I called BS before even getting out of the car and made the taxi driver take me to the hotel I had already reserved on-line the night before. After a little yelling i ended up at the correct hotel and only paid him only half of what was on the meter.
My hotel turn out to be ok at $30 per night. It was down a long alleyway but was a newer, clean, nice hotel, what they would call a 3 star hotel in the books (check out the pool on the roof that I never went in. Unfortunately my room would not be ready until 2:00, it was not 6:30AM and they tried to get me to upgrade stating my room type was not available, another typical scam. After working this out, I left my suitcase in the hotel loby and when out to explore. I had my by large backpack with me, stuffed with everyting including my computer and what ever I would need for the day…
First order of business was to find breakfast, Pho and coffee, not in that order! Hit a small street stall and fuelled up for the day, but still just wanted a nap after a few long day I had simple run out of gas! This being a beach town, I found a spot out front of what will turn out to be my blogging spot, The Sail Club. With my bag snapped to me and the chair I was out cold for an hour or 3.
Waking up from a much needed nap, I realized my genius in selecting this spot, it had developed in to a prime location with everything I would need for the next few hours of re-energizing; A bar, local food, a great view of the mountains, sand, the sea, sun as well as shade, Wi-Fi the and most important thing that make the beach fun, other than the waves – for some of you a restricted sideshow will be coming shortly to your personal e-mails.