The ride to Hoi An

Descriptions of the little yellow bus that meanders on a scenic route from the bustling Vietnamese city of Da Nang to the UNESCO World Heritage town of Hoi An, didn’t quite capture the madness that unfolded over that 45 minute journey. Whether the driver was intent on re-enacting the final scene from Speed or simply behind schedule, he outright refused to stop. Would-be passengers were forced to throw themselves in to the arms of two ‘handlers’, whose job it was to haul them in by whatever means necessary to ensure vehicle the never had to come to a complete halt.

In some cases, pedestrians who appeared to be minding their own business were grabbed from the street and manhandled into a seat. We were convinced at least two passengers hadn’t intended to board and just got caught up in the general chaos. Getting off was equally terrifying, with the handlers not-so-gently nudging passengers onto the street while the bus was still in motion (we noted one sensible passenger was wearing a helmet). A blind man, who barely kept hold of his stick, was swung out onto the pavement by his armpits like a toddler, while a businessman had the misfortune of holding a coffee whilst being dragged aboard, which he proceeded to spill all over Loo’s shoes. Elliot decided this was too good to miss so switched seats and caught some of the chaos on his phone…

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