Hanoi Aurora Hotel
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- Shuttle bus service
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- Continental Breakfast
- Free High-Speed Internet
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... are applying for a visa outside of your country of residence. The process is long, the information required is more than we even know about ourselves and you need to be officially invited into the country. Combine this with us needing to be granted extra validity resulted in three trips to the embassy before they said YES! We picked them up this morning!
Given we had so much time on our hands in between all the waiting, we had plenty of time to play tourist and check out ...
... and we made it down safe for lunch after about a further two hours of leaving Emma! After the big trek we were pleased to be back at the lake only to discover that there was no drinking water for lunch- The locals had only remembered to bring the wine! After a well earned lunch where we tried bamboo shoots which are really bitter and yucky, we got back into the minibuses and started our long, bumpy drive back to Hanoi.
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On route to the airport our minibus had a prang with a moped, he just drove on - standard occurence. We opted for the 1 hour flight from Da Nang to Hanoi rather than the less appealing 24+ hour bus journey. Of all the seats available in the airport to choose, a 20 something vietnamese man decided to sit right next to Ian, he took a liking to him and started taking pictures ...
... in ankle clamps or neck restraints. Some were sentenced to death and beheaded by guillotine, one of which was on display. The prison also housed U.S. airmen shot down & captured during the Vietnam war. John McCain was one of it's prisoners. They had a proper Christmas dinner and were allowed to exercise and receive parcels from home. It was interesting and heart warming to note that the Vietnamese treated their U.S. Prisoners humanely and with a great deal of dignity. It ...
... or rather - "unspoiled" no longer means absence of crowds, it just means absence of certain conveniences like ATMs and wi-fi...As for the temples - I am sure they are beautiful, but in all our trips to Thailand and Cambodia I think we saw enough temples...and if I had to look into my heart and choose without any outside "influence" where to go next - Myanmar would not be the place...I am ...