The worst thing about the overnight trip from Sapa back to Hanoi? Arriving in Hanoi unexpectedly at 3.30am, and nobody had anything booked because we all were told the bus would get in at 6-7am. Hanoi is a city where everything has to close by midnight, and this is enforced. So, arriving at this time, was not ideal. Far from it!
Whilst still on the bus, we were all woken abruptly by a guy who was shouting and coming round handing out bits of paper that read ‘Do not get the taxi from here, they will drive round and round and charge you lots of money, it is not far to walk to the Old Quarter, do not get a taxi! No taxi!’ Continue reading An unexpected arrival…
9th – 12th August 2014
After my trip to Halong Bay, I had one hour to change my stuff over from the luggage storage and then to set off on my overnight bus for Sapa. Not sure if me and sleeper buses are going to get on…they are extremely uncomfortable, slightly claustrophobic, and only allowed for about 3 hours sleep! I have been poshing it upon trains for too long obviously!
Continue reading Trekking through the rice terraces of Sapa
7th-9th August 2014
My three day trip to Halong Bay was lovely. Halong Bay is an area of beautiful limestone mountains (called karst here, similar to those I saw in Guilin) rising out from the sea. I met a great group of people on this trip.
The area is very pretty, although the sun didn’t want to play so the pictures are a bit drab. It was similar to Guilin in China, except the karst mountains were jutting out of the sea, and not out of the river.
Continue reading Vietnam – Halong Bay
2nd August 2014
On my overnight train to Hanoi, Vietnam, I was in my cabin with two Vietnamese ladies, who were absolutely loopy and excited about the fact I was in their cabin with them! They were taking photos, sharing their fruit, the older lady even called a friend who could speak about three words of English, and asked me to say hello down the phone to them! It really was funny, as they sat there giggling like kids and staring in awe at the Westerner in their cabin! Continue reading Vietnam – Arriving in Hanoi and a taste of culture shock!