09.03.2013 - 12.03.2013
So after a long journey (19hrs) to Hanoi we finally arrived at 9am! Still feeling really tired. Definitely think no matter how much you sleep on the sleeper buses its never good enough sleep so we always seem to still be tired once we arrive.
this is a photo of us and a Canadian guy we met, he was actually travelling with a friend but he's taking the photo! they were really nice and the 4 of us managed to share the 5 seats at the back! almost like a giant sofa. it made the journey a lot more enjoyable being sociable as I guess on most sleeper buses people are just trying to sleep rather than making friends! There was also some Germans on our bus who kept us amused, through their need for 'Wodka' at every place we stopped at. I don't think the bus driver was paarticularly impressed with the amount of alcohol they were consuming, but we were impressed that they hadn't passed out yet since they had obviously been drinking ALL day. They did pass out at 9ish though which was nice and gave everyone a chance to catch some ZZZ's.
Once we arrived we checked into the hotel and spent most of the day chilling in our room, I know we should have probably been out exploring the city but I think we were in a desperate need of a day doing nothing! We headed out to the night market that night though which was good although I began feeling really ill at this point so I returned to the hotel after our look round. Ab went out again for a mooch whilst i stayed in our room.
We woke up early the next morning, well me earlier due to the bug, and then packed up our stuff to go on a 2 day, 1 night boat trip around Halong bay. I wasn't sure i was up for it at first but i am glad I went as although the weather wasn't brilliant, there was still amazing scenery.
This was the boat we stayed on which was really nice and we had a really nice bunch of people on board. The guide who appears in the right of the photo was also really nice to me and understanding when I said i was ill.
These are the caves we visited on one of the islands which was really good actually although we felt like we were on a school trip being rounded up every so often to look at the different creatures our guide thought he could see in the rocks. it became very amusing after a while though, but I think we were all a bit relieved when we got out.
We then ventured to Ti Top island where Abi climbed to the top, it was apparently quite hard work and then some of the others went for a swim, can't say i envied them though as it was cold!
This was the spectacular view of Hanoi bay, the view that always seemed to appear on the postcards, admittedly it would have been even more amazing if we had had some sunshine but never the less, at least it wasn't raining!
This was our room on the boat! it was pretty cosy and a LOT nicer than being stuffed on a box (bedroom) on a yacht! we even had heated blankets!!! Which was really nice considering it was actually quite cold throughout the day!
The food was amazing too and a shame that i couldn't eat much of it but abi enjoyed it and especially enjoyed taking pictures of the flowers they had made out of some carrots and a chilli!
we Got back to Hanoi yesterday (11th) at about 5ish and decided to laze about abit, and abi had a well needed nap. The four hour journey back was very bumpy so people were lucky to getsome shut eye if they were tired.
Today (12th) it is raining! feels like we are almost home! athough i hear there is now snow in Hereford. We are catching a flight at 5.10 this afternoon to Bangkok and they we shall begin our adventures around thailand! I guess we should have spent more time exploring the city but we were going to today but the weather is horrible! we shall venture out for some good vietnamese food though!
Hope everything is well with eveyone at home.
Until next time......