30.06.2010 34 °C
Another quite arduos journey from Hue to Hanoi, this time a measly 12 hours. We were dropped off near the hello Vietnam hotel and because the price was reasonable and we were so tired we decided to stay there. It was pretty grubby, the sink was very close to coming totally off the wall in the toilet and it was in the middle of nowhere, old quarters. I really am struggling to navigate my way around this place. It's VERY claustrophobic and there are so many little streets that all look the same.
Saw Rik and Aaron again and met with them for some drinks at a bir hoi. What a laugh they are and a shame for them they have to go home because they didn't get any money back that they were promised from the car they rented in Australia.
Still no real sign of the 'rainy season' although we have had a few torrential downpours. Power is much better here, we haven't had a cut-out yet.
Took a 2-day 1-night trip to Halong bay. The scenery was very beautiful and it was a new experience to sleep on a boat. Met a guy from San Francisco called Reggie who we had a good laugh with. On our return to Hanoi we stayed at the same hotel and met up with him in the evening for a few drinks.
Went to the Ho Chi Minh mausoleum the day before leaving Hanoi. That was a surreal experience. After struggling to find it, we were lucky to get in, as they stopped letting people through about 1 minute after us. Didn't see anyone worshipping him like some stories we had heard. Also saw his famous 'house on stilts'.