Ninh Binh & Tam Coc
Trip Start Mar 21, 2010
144Trip End Mar 16, 2011
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31 MARCH 2010 - As we say goodbye to Hanoi today, I (Mary) will miss my friends across the road bonging on we head on our sleeper bus for a 2 hr drive to Ninh Binh. We said goodbye to Miss Chau (pronounced Ciao) and the rest of the lovely staff at Hanoi Guesthouse. Just before we headed off they asked us to join them for lunch, a lovely gesture and it was free.
We got on the bus and Mary's first impression was "Holey Crap", I have never travelled on one of these buses before. As we board the bus we were given a plastic bag to put our shoes in. We walk down these skinniest corridor sideways to get to our sleeper. We weren't sure which one we were allocated and then the guy mention the two top ones. Mary wasn't happy. How the hell was I going to climb up on this god dam sleeper. It had the skinniest ladder and the skinniest bed so they aren't built for not so slender people like me and it definitely not fun hiking myself up to get on this sleeper, it was really awkward
We checked into Ngoc Anh Hotel and went to sleep. Next day 1 April 2010 we decided to do a day tour of Tam Coc. We got picked up by our lovely guide but she was quite hard to understand
We then headed to Hoa Lu the ancient capital city about 1000 years old and there was two temples called Dinh and Le. There was tourists everywhere and lots of construction happening as they are preparing for the celebration of Vietnam turning 1000 years. We then went to Thien Ton cave where there was row of buddas which each represent something different. It was interesting to watch so many people praying and donating money.
We got back to our hotel where we both felt so grubby and shower was heaven. All around Vietnam there is so much construction, so much dust, dirt and rubble and you get covered in dirt. We went out for dinner and then returned to get our bus. The staff at the hotel took us to the bus pickup point on the back of a scooter. Now don't panic, the trip was very short and it was an experience and Ninh Binh is no way as near as crazy as Hanoi. If they asked us if we wanted to go on the back of a scooter in Hanoi we would of said no but here it was fine and the trip was only a couple of blocks away. They went back to get our backpacks and bought them to us on their scooters.
Ninh Binh was an attractive place, we only stayed here one night
On our overnight sleeper bus again, this time we demanded bottom bunks. We got on and some tourist took Troy's bed. I wasn't happy and this guy ended up snoring really loud all god dam night so I really was tempted to lean over and punch him in the head. Troy ended up on a top bunk bed. So the overnight trip for Mary wasn't pleasant, all I could think was "I feel like crap, I look like crap" and Troy slept ok. I was right next to the loo so at times the aroma wasn't pleasant. We left Ninh Binh about 8.45pm and arrived in Hue (pronounced 'where') about 8.30am.