Get Me Out Of Hanoi

Trip Start Oct 27, 2010
Trip End Ongoing

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Monday, August 8, 2011

    Having spent almost 3 week in Ha Noi over the last month, it had began to take its toll on me. I normally find when I spend long in one place I begin to grow home sick, and consider buying a last minute plane ticket home. Because of this I decided it was time to start a new chapter in my travels, and what could be better than visiting one of the worlds oldest civilisations. China.

    My initial hurdle was obtaining a tourism visa from the Chinese embassy in Hanoi, which has announced they have ceased issuing visas to non-Vietnamese citizens and registered residents. None the less I still filled in the 6 page form, and persisted with the embassy official to attempt to process my visa; to which she agreed. However she had stated that I may not be successful, and I would only find out in 4 days when I come to collect my passport.

    In the meantime I had the unfortunate task of selling my beloved bike. As much as I didn't want to let her go, as we had been through so much together travelling the length of the country, I was unable to take her into China. Ideally I had wanted to sell her to another traveller, as I would be most likely to get a higher price for her. Unfortunately for the time I was staying in Hanoi there was no one looking to buy bike, most likely to do with it still being the wet season. But fortunately I still had a couple of days to wait in Hanoi for my passport, and if I fail to get a visa I would take the old girl into Laos.

    Eventually the day of reckoning had arrived, and I made my way towards the Chinese embassy, fingered crossed that I would get my visa to enter China. I was expecting a whole load of bureaucracy to go with collect my passport, but all I had to do was catch a taxi to a nearby bank to pay for my visa, and then I was leaving the embassy with one brand new one month single entry visa to China.

    Now with a current visa burning a hole in my passport, I was eager to move on, and the only thing holding me back was my magical motorcycle. So I reluctantly took her to a local motorcycle mechanic who kindly took her of my hands. Obviously I lost some money against what I paid for her, but when I think of all the amazing adventures she had pulled me through, I would of been happy giving her away to a needing family or local. But at least now I can leave Vietnam, but one thing is certain...This isn't going to be the last time I am going to explore this amazing country!
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