The Vanilla Gorilla, for those who don't know is my cousin Tommy. This is a self imposed moniker. Tommy is studying, business I believe, in Hong Kong for the semester, and in his travels around Asia was able to make it to Vietnam. Tommy and his friends Rod, Josh, and Hayes have actually seen a good deal of Asia already. You can find details on their travels at Tommy's blog- http://novahongkong.blogspot.com.
So I took the midnight bus down from Da Lat to meet up with them in Ho Chi Minh. The buses here are not what you may think, they are quite nice. The bus company picks you up, and drops you off back home. The give you a blanket, a bottle of water, and sanitary wipe for your face. The seats lean really far back and no one complains about leg room, because Asian folks are short. I was able to sleep through most of dark dreary nighttime drive. I awoke some time outside of Ho Chi Minh, and could see in the hazy morning light the beginnings of the day. It doesn't matter where you are, when you see people commuting to work and opening their businesses, you realize that people are just people, wherever they may be.