Tuesday, 22 March 2011

22/03/2011 - Hoi An, Vietnam. (aswell as Vien Tien (Laos) and Hanoi, Sapa, Halong Bay and Hue (Vietnam)

OK...so I may of forgot to update this blog for a bit! we have been very busy in Vietnam so far, we haven't been on the internet much apart from free wifi and Vietnam blocks facebook!!! However I finally remembered to update this blog!

Tubing didn't quite go to plan; I ended up having diahorrea the morning/day we were going to go tubing, so the girls went together and apparently got dropped off at the wrong start points and there was a total of 3 other people tubing! So the girls were not happy with the lack of a social vibe and a very shallow river. At first I didn't believe them but then they showed me the photo's. So after hearing that we agreed to book our bus to Vien Tien the next day. There we didn't do so much just chilled out for 1 or 2 days before taking a 26 hour bus ride (the cheapest one!) to Hanoi, Vietnam. It was at the Vietnam border we met some travellers we bumped into before who had done tubing and apparently the girls got dropped off at the wrong starting point and the real party was a 20minute walk upwards from where the girls got dropped.

Once arriving in Hanoi we booked our plans for the next few days which included 3 consequtive overnight transport. In Hanoi we walked around the city, did a tour and saw some touristy buildings and areas, i.e.Ho Chi Minh temple,.his dead body has been preserved for viewing! We then went to sapa for a day, where there amazing views of some extraordinary paddy fields. We were shown around by local village people instead of a tour guide and it was great fun to see how the villagers lived and to meet their family and eat with them. We then saw Halong Bay the next day, which is a famous attraction of Vietnam, it was very nice.

After Hanoi we got an overnight train to Hue where we spent one night, and again we walked around did a bit of touristy stuff before leaving to Hoi An, which is where I am now! In Hoi An we have walked around, been to the beach and had a night out. Tomorrow I'm headed to Dallat which is apparently amazingly beautiful!!

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