Lake Side Hotel
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... show was also really good, with the puppets dancing in a big swimming pool. The puppeteers came out at the end completely dry, I have no idea how they did it as there were definitely no strings! The photos I have included from the puppet show are from the website as it was really annoying having cameras/phones lighting up around you as people took photos during the show.
I also took a cooking lesson, which involved a trip to ...
... visit, the travel guides mentioning chaos and loads of tourists...it
turns out to be absolutely wonderful! Yes, there are tourists, but
everyone is so quiet, enjoying the boat trip. The little boat follow
each other between the cliffs, under the cliffs through kind of caves.
It is actually so well organised and pretty, feels like being in a
Disneyworld attraction! It's 2 persons per boat and the instead of
rowing with their arms they row with their legs, ...
... already starting to get warm it was nice to walk around and look at the well planned and laid out gardens. The topiary trees were very decorative and impressive. The huge central lake/fishpond (Uncle Ho's Fishpond) filled with Koi fish was also very scenic.
We paid a small amount to visit the old Presidential Palace, the visit to the mausoleum itself is free. The French colonial yellow building was stunning. We couldn't go inside but it was ...
... preparing for our boat trip tomorrow.
Once again we headed out this time in the opposite direction to check out the markets. They were a bit grim to be honest nothing like the spectacular market in chiang mai we experienced. Mainly street food and alot of bag shops selling 'North face' branded products which are all produced there. After zoe nearly ...
For some reason I was ridiculously nervous before and during my flight to Hanoi. The most nervous I've been for potentially the whole trip, pounding heart, the works! I think it's the visa thing (had it all been organised properly), the fact I really am on my own here and I don't speak the language at all. My emails also for some reason haven't been sending so I wasn't sure if on arrival I would find my way to the hostel and be expected. However it ...