Hanoi - booked flights to Hue
Trip Start Jan 23, 2013
181Trip End Jul 23, 2013
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On arrival at Hanoi train station, we walked up and down and in and out of the station several times looking for the 'Livitrans' office. Livitrans are a private company who have two carriages that they hook on the end of the standard passenger trains. These are slightly more expensive as are designed for the more 'discerning' tourists..... We eventually found the booking office opposite the station, but it was closed until 19th Feb for the Tet holidays
Once back at the Rising Dragon Hotel Villa we asked the receptionist whether he would be able to help us book the train journey, but he told us that it was highly unlikely that we would be able to get a train or a bus, as the services were limited due to the Tet holiday. He told us that any trains/buses that were running, would have been booked up in advance by the locals. He told us that we would probably have to wait til the 19th Feb, the end of the Tet holiday, to get a seat on either train or bus. I must say at this point that the staff in this Hotel have been exceptionally polite and helpful; hence a good review will go on Trip Adviser however, feeling totally defeated and disillusioned, we returned to our room to (cry) contemplate our next moves.
We thought again about going North to Sapa on an organised tour. We had already looked into this and pretty much knew the itinerary and costs, but were also aware that this may not be a pleasant experience
To cut a long winded story through, Terry looked at the cost of flights with Vietnam Airways to Hue from Hanoi and discovered, much to our amazement, that they were only a few thousand Dong more than the cost of the train; so we booked two flights out on the evening of the 14th Feb.
Feeling much happier, we went out into the city again for a stroll. There were a few more people about and some of the shops were open. We managed to get a seat in a Highland Coffee Cafe that overlooked the lake, and had some noodles, but the food wasn't great. After the meal we took a slow walk back to the Hotel to start packing, as we had to check out of the Hotel by 08:30 the next day, to start our journey to Halong Bay.