3rd – 5th December
We checked back in to Hanoi backpackers when we returned from Ha Long Bay (very good hostel), and later that night met up with Brent and Daan again at the rooftop bar of the hostel. We also met two Irish girls from our dorm, who came with us to a bar, where we all got beers and laughing gas.
The next day we did a walking tour, and also checked out a few things on our own after. The thing about Hanoi is that there is a street full of shops selling the same thing, and this applies for every item imaginable, including dog restaurants (did not try – not my thing). We also met up with Brent and Daan that night for a few beers overlooking the intersection (see photo below), because they were flying to Saigon that night. We met up with Darryl a bit later on that night and went to an upstairs club, but it was a complete sausage fest so we hung out at the irish bar on the floor below.
We met up with Darryl for lunch the next day, our last in Hanoi, which was uneventful except for this picture on the wall in the bathroom. Be warned, this image is a bit graphic.
We got a taxi to the war museum with Darryl and also went to Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, but his body was being embalmed in Russia (which is the case three months of each year). We caught the 12 hour bus to Hue that night, and planned to meet up with Darryl for Christmas in Saigon.
We booked our bus ticket from Hanoi with Paul from Adventure Indochina Travel with Tom and Laurence. For $45 it covered us from Hanoi to Saigon, with stops at Hue, Hoi An, Nha Trang and Mui Ne.