Your Unexpected Visitor – Backpacker's Horror Story

By Mary Charie / 11/08/2016

Backpacker’s Horror Story: Your Unexpected Visitor


I was in Vietnam. Like any other tourist, I had been delving into the local cuisine and drinking until my heart was content.


It was early in the morning, I was travelling on a bus full of 50 other backpackers all heading towards Halong Bay to party. Half way between Hanoi and the dock we were heading to, my stomach suddenly feeling not so well. This was it; this was my body reminding me, I hadn’t been for a shit in two days. I tried as long as I could to hold it in, but my body didn’t agree. It demanded I go NOW! I went to the front of the bus to explain my situation to the tour leader. She kindly asked the bus driver to pull over in the middle of nowhere so that I could go elevate my bowls.


As I jumped out of the bus, I was one metre away from being run over by a trail of five scooters. I tell you, it nearly all came out there and then. To my luck, there was a building complex in the middle of nowhere on the side of the road. I run over to it, stormed into the first door I see to find two very startled  Vietnamese ladies (bear in mind I’m white and there was no other tourist to be seen for miles) dressed very formally sitting opposite each other in front of a desk, clearly having some sort of business meeting.


I tried to ask for the toilet in my very poor Vietnamese, but the message did not deliver. My next gesture was to hold my hands in front my trousers and swing my hips from side to side like I was spraying my pee. Again, no response. My last try at charades was to squat down in front of these two ladies to indicate I was using one of their squat toilets. One of them pointed me in the right direction and I made it just in time. That day was not the day that my excrement was to touch cloth!


–Mike, Vietnam 2015

Here are my Hostel recommendations for Vietnam.



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About the author

Mary Charie

She's the person behind this blog, she has been travelling since 2013. Torn between her itchy feet and writing, Mary found herself soaking up in the world of travel blogging. She travels on her own terms and tries to build her own world whilst pushing herself into every corner of life, breaking limit beyond her capabilities.

Anil Kumar - 04/04/2017

Hey Mary,I am jealous of you,your travels.

Iqbal Marwan - 03/03/2017

What a story, I never on that situation.
Hope this experience become one of your greatest experience in your life Mary.

    Mary Charie - 04/03/2017

    HI Iqbal! Thanks for dropping by! Not really my story but I’m sure Mike had a crazy day that time! 😀

    Reply - 22/09/2016

Keep up the good work

I am happy to your travels and Photostories are a treat … best of travels in near future

    Mary Charie - 24/09/2016

    Awww, thank you so much Sundeep! Cheers to travel!

Karlaroundtheworld | Karla - 15/08/2016

I can really relate to that feeling. You described everything as if you were all too tense and sensitive with every step you made and that’s how I felt when I tucked it in and endured for hours on a freeway.

    Mary Charie - 08/09/2016

    I haven’t really been on that situation, and I hope I’ll never have to. But I could only imagine the tense feeling!

Jordan Adkins - 14/08/2016

I can’t imagine anything worse…That god for that building right!

    Mary Charie - 08/09/2016

    He was lucky! 😀

Vyjay - 14/08/2016

These are some of the downsides of travel and probably happens to everyone sometime or the other. But the experience is nothing less than a horror story.

    Mary Charie - 08/09/2016

    That’s true Vyjay, these are things that are about to happen someway somehow

Chris - 13/08/2016

You know that they say, Shit Happens!

Sounds like a lucky escape! 😉

    Mary Charie - 08/09/2016

    Ha! That’s right! 😀

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