Final Trek and a Sleeper to Hanoi

Trip Start Sep 15, 2012
Trip End May 01, 2013

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Sunday, December 16, 2012

Up for a very frosty breakfast with the Aussy bores, wished them well with their onward journey and hoped we'd never bump into them again.

Said goodbye to our wonderful hosts and with Pilulu we walked to a meeting point for our minibus back to Sapa. In town Vikki said a tearful goodbye to her girlfriend and slipped her something for a great service. Across the road we grabbed a coffee a little less viscous before heading off on our second hike with Su, our guide, and five other hikers.

We embarked on the second part of the 'Classic' two day trek starting at Lao Chai (village of Vikki's new girlfriend) and began a more energetic hike to Ta Van, across rice terraces, through bamboo forests, up and down mountain sides, until we finally stopped for lunch (at 11am?) in Ta Van.

Before lunch arrived we both high tailed it to a close by river for a brisk swim, it turned out to be freezing cold and turbulent water due to loads of rocks dicing it up, not condusive to any pre-lunch relaxed swim.

With our bellies filled with noodles and no proper time to digest them we made the arduous hike to the waterfall and ratttan bridge, which we were brave enough to walk along, or stupid enough to bounce on given its state of repair and the fact that upon our return we noticed a sign stated 'do not jump up and down on the bridge'.

Transferred back to Sapa town, and had a beer in a local hotel offering free showers to customers before being picked up to return to Lao Cai on a transfer full of cheeping Vietnamese people.

When we arrived at the station the travel agent we had booked through was absent of all staff so on the instruction of a local Vikki had to go in search of the lady required next to entrance of the station.

On haggling with the ticket distributor over the correct carriage we should be in Vikki did an about turn and was faced with the Aussy bores who suggested it might be nice to share a cabin together "wouldn't that be fun", at which point she made her excuses and ran. Once all the drama had settled we went for a meal in a hotel which served Vikki vegetarian spring rolls with pork and forgot to bring out one of her other dishes at all.

On the train we located our cabin and were joined by an Asian couple (a beautiful 30's looking woman with an older Asian bloke with wirey hairs sticking out of his face) who decided to sleep together on the same lower bunk for most of the journey, not uncomfortable at all. However, we found this preferable to sharing with the Aussy girls who turned out to be our neighbours but one.

It was a very uncomfortable journey, we both lay awake quite a bit with the hard beds making our hips and joints ache constantly. We were practically relieved when we arrived in horrid Hanoi at around 5.30am.
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annewardell on

Sounding a bit jealous, Paula?? Play nicely, girls!! That bridge does look incredibly dodgy, glad you made it across unscathed! Xxxxxx

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