Then there was the simple process of going through immigration, no one was at customs, and then trying to find where to get my next flight to Danang. That flight was delayed about an hour, but it was still scheduled for the same time at least. Then everyone crowds the gate to get on the plane the quickest, but you get loaded onto a bus first which takes you over to the plane which is parked away from the terminal.
Finallay, Danang! It looks like this:
|Rough seas today...|
And then Jaye and Voula arrived after their tour through Vietnam, and along with another hotel guest, James, we started exploring this strange town. First stop, Han Market:
|Most of the packaged food stalls. Upstairs was clothing and shoes, and towards the back was the fresh food and fish stalls.|
|The traffic just outside the market. It's bikes everywhere here. Everywhere.|
|Panorama of the river.|
|She said it was 120/70, which is normal... Then I wondered about her qualifications.|
|Some of the items the in the stall that lady was selling. I thought it "Exciting water" due to the picture (which I pixelated for those at work :D), until James pointed out that it was actually Exiting, now I don't know what it's for.|
|Weird shop names.|
|Traffic at one intersection.|
|Bikes bikes bikes.|
|Bridge bikes. Jaye, Voula and James over there on the left.|
|Why is this here? In Danang Airport?|
We arrived in Hanoi quite late, I got to my hotel at midnight which was just down the road from Jaye and Voula's more expensive hotel. They said their toilets were smelly, mine just smelled of clean (before I used it). I won the hotel challenge with a cheaper non smelly hotel, and with a better included breakfast.
In the morning we wandered round Hanoi's Old Quarter to have a look at the sights, while avoiding getting run over. I didn't take too many photos along the way, but here are some:
And then it was time to get into the car we hired to take us to Halong bay. The hotel told us about two to three hours to get out there but it ended up taking four, and everyone was quite annoyed with sitting in a car for that long. Once we got to Halong city we had a hotel we were going to try, but it was all locked up and the lights were off as we arrived, but then they started opening it all up as soon as we got out. We seem to be the only people staying here! I have a view of the bay outside my window, but it's very cloudy still. Hopefully the weather clears up later as we're going on a boat trip around the islands later.
More photos later...
|Selling Oranges from a bike. Note the exceptional focus in this photo...|
|Pansy coffe! Obviously, I could not enter because I am not a pansy.|
|Another variety of people trying to sell you things.|
|Dong Xuan Market. This was busy with small little isles. You had to push through, I managed to get a few elbows into the backs of people after being annoyed at all the shoving.|
|Part of the famous little bridge on Hoan Kiem Lake.|
|Because the other half had a tarp over it...|
More photos later...