Final "chao tam biet" to Hanoi
Trip Start Jan 05, 2010
17Trip End Jan 25, 2010
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Maison D'hanoi and overnight train to Hue
The Military Museum is quite large and has a total of 30 galleries that glorify Northern Vietnam's victorious military past. We tend to think only of the war with the US but of equal importance to the Vietnamese are the wars against France and China. The grounds of the museum have an amazing collection of tanks, fighter planes, canons and other weapons of destruction.
Next stop was the Hanoi Hilton or Hoa Lo Prison.
We said goodbye to Hanoi and made our way to the station for an overnight trip to Hue. We were a little anxious about the quality of the train accommodation we had booked... we changed our 4 berth sleeper to a 6 berth sleeper, so we could book all 6 berths. (Eric's stories of 5 Chinese men smoking and playing marjong on a Vietnamese sleeper had prompted us to take out some insurance!!) The train certainly met our expectations - it was a shocker!!
Girls - the toilet was so bad that Mike took a video. Thank goodness for a good stock of tissues, hand sanitiser and wet ones. The reason why the toilets are locked at stations becomes obvious once u take a closer look at the tolet hole & the rail track track below it.
We bumped into 2 young aussie couples who were also travelling to Hoi An, and shared a stash of beer, wine and scotch. They were backpacking on budget, and completely blown away with the totally indulgent concept of buying 6 berths for the 2 of us!! We had a spluge on 70c cans of beers & polished off numerous beers, bottle of wine & some whisky that someone had brought out. We had a great time chatting, drinking and listening to a collection of daggy music courtesy of mike's laptop.