December 31, 2007
Cold shower, not a bad thing in Vietnam, but not with the A/C. Bus came and on Thai airlines to Hong Kong. Had to pay 2500 baht ($100AUS) to get the tickets, after Jim left the tickets in the back of the seat on the plan. Real hassle in immigration and treated like criminals after a few hours delay.
Finally to Hong Kong, and what a difference. Airport bus double decker fantastic introduction to the city. Then shuttle bus to Mt Davis YHA. Great driving up the steepest, narrowest roads ever! Pumping station above room - unfortunately not much sleep.
What a gorgeous place Hanoi is. Went back to the Sunshine, and went to get the clothes which were not good. Bought a silk tapestry at the little shop across the road - beautiful. We went to see the Water Puppets, just the kids and me, which were fantastic. Also ran into some street vendors who wanted their picture taken with the giant boy :-)
Tim bought some CD's and Mike bought some T-shirts. John came round about 6.00 and Jim said he was too sick to go anywhere. Had the satay chicken again for dinner at the Sunshine - beautiful.
Slept on the floor as the door had no lock, which was interesting, especially after the train trip the night before.
A story of a trip to Vietnam, with a lot of photos and some candid observations. I had a great time there, and would love to go back.