Tin Tin?

Trip Start Apr 08, 2005
Trip End Jan 19, 2007

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Saturday, October 8, 2005

Hanoi, like a place you've been before, but you don't know where. It has an edge about it. But it's only subtle. You don't feel threatened but you know you could be. We liked it. There was also less spitting.

We also liked the motorcycle taxis that shout "HELLO" at you. Everytime you look up, and everytime you know you've just been had. The motorcyle taxis need another mention mainly because they are essentially Honda C90's that will carry 2 or more passengers. Not safe, but amusing none-the-less. Unfortunately, we haven't needed their services, but that time will surely come.

Not much to do in Hanoi except organise visas for neighbouring countries and get transport to Ha Long Bay. We chose the latter.

Ha Long bay is much like the Li River in terms of views but with salt water and different boats (slightly quieter). We went on the obligatory cruise about with a walk and a stop-over on Cat Ba Island. We had a swim in the ever so green and slimey bay watching the sun go down. If you do this tour remember to keep your arms in and close your mouth when jumping off the top of the boat, Stephen nearly knocked his teeth out and my his arms were red for sometime after.

The evening meal on the boat, was nice, until our guide decided it was time for Kareoke, and it was about this time that hoards of cockroaches decided to make an appearance, perhaps they wanted to join in with the singing. Stephen decided that it was no longer the fun-boat he originally thought it was. As Teena has been in charge of pest control since her I was about this time that the Aussie tour guide made herself known.

Just a quite note on the tour guide. T and I were having a chat while cycling on Cat Ba. T says "Is her name Lucky?". "No, I think it's Lockie" I reply. "I'm sure she said Lucky" And at this point she fell off her bike confirming her name. She annoyed us so much that we arranged with a few of the others on the boat to meet up after the trip to slate her.

If you are in the area you should go to Ha Long bay.

Back in Hanoi we decided to arrange how to get to Hoi An. So we spoke to the Hotel owner. Within about 5 minutes she had booked us on a flight (we were put off lengthy over night bus journeys after the last one) and a hotel and a pick up from the airport. We decided we liked Vietnam.

Big Love

P.S. Can anyone let us know the significance of Tin Tin here? Is it something to do with some French legacy? No one seems to know.
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