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Arrived in Intense Hanoi - like it!!

Sleepless night last night on the boat as the aircon didn't work & there was no fan. We had the windows open which was lovely looking out at the moon shining over the karst mountains BUT no breeze & it was HOT!!! I tossed & turned most of the night & really tired today!

Had brekkie & went around the bay some more & loved seeing some of the boats with their big red or orange sails

.Had a good look at the sunken boat from the other night. as we went past it. Hard to believe it hapened as so peacefgul here now.

Headed slowly back to shore & had lunch in a restaurant before driving the 3 hours to Hanoi & slept most of the way. They dropped us off in the Old Quarter & we booked in to this hotel for $10 a night. Headed out to explore & get dinner & got so lost. It is this crazy, loud, intense maze of narrow strets & lanes with LOTS of motorbikes & some cars. You can't walk on the footpath as it is full of parked motorbikes, so you dodge the traffic as you walk & as you try to cross. I thought Ho Chi Minh City was busy but this is more as the streets in this area as so narrow. Came across some markets & all the strets are just full of people. Craving mashed potato & found a place to have pork chops & mash!! Yay!

Looking forward to exploring more tomorrow & getting a good nights sleep

The boats with their sails up

The boats with their sails up


Some of our neighbours

Some of our neighbours


The sunken boat

The sunken boat


Sunshine today!

Sunshine today!


Isn't it beautiful

Isn't it beautiful


4 died here the night before we arrived

4 died here the night before we arrived


Serenity

Serenity


Floating village

Floating village


Glassy water

Glassy water


Heading home

Heading home


Where we got our kayaks

Where we got our kayaks


Emerald green water

Emerald green water

Posted by hillbillyramsey 17:00 Archived in Vietnam

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