Day #2 of Ha Long Bay
Trip Start Feb 17, 2013
39Trip End Mar 21, 2013
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What better way to start the day than with a good bowl of beef noodle soup, Vietnamese style, and a cup of coffee that will put you on a caffeine high for the rest of the day? Our first activity of the day was a tour to a cave of some sort. Apparently God threw in a cave when He built Halong Bay. However, His only purpose, it seems, was to provide a place for the Vietnamese to try to sell you shit -- by water and by land. Leading by example, (and with foreknowledge by Trip Advisor) we, once again, decided to avoid the touts and relax on the boat
On our way back to port, we had a cooking class where we could learn how to make spring rolls. If you remember, Dayna and I are expert egg rollers from our Hoi An days so I acted as the school photographer and took pictures with other people's cameras as they dirtied their hands rolling rolls.
Today's lunch was, again, great and that put us back in port by noon. Our reward, another four hour bus ride. No good deed goes unpunished! At least we were dropped off in the order we were picked up, so we were first off! Once again, back to our little hotel with the friendly staff.
It is hard not to like the Vietnamese people. They are, without exception, the friendliest people you would ever likely meet
After 30 days, we do! But, we are ready to go home. The Great Satan is starting to look pretty good. There will be a few more blogs. We plan to write one more to get us back to our own house, bed, kids and dogs. We will also write a couple more entries over the next week or two with our final impressions and maybe one with a list of suggestions, dos and don'ts, hits and misses. "We'll see," said the sage.