My Vietnam trip two months ago can be summarized in few short diaries which I wrote on my second, third and final day in Halong Bay and Hanoi, Vietnam.
You read about my first day in Sapa.
Here’s the rest of the story.
I’m sailing, I’m sailing. Man, this is luxury!
I am currently sitting on a rattan sofa at our dining table which, fortunately and unfortunately, only two of us share. While waiting anxiously for lunch to be served, I am typing this entry while Kenny is sitting opposite reading his lonely planet Vietnam Guide.
The boat is about to set to sail soon. Life! This has got to be life!
It is the little things we enjoy once in a while with a good friend away on an escapade to some third world countries where luxury like this costs as little as USD 50, which includes a night stay on the boat (we’re going to sleep with the sea beneath and the stars above us tonight!!! Tell me this is not life!), lunch, dinner and breakfast included, all while sailing on Halong Bay sea. We even get to swim and kayak in one of the most beautiful beach in the northern Vietnam.
The weather is just beautiful, a bit sunny but nothing can be more perfect.
Posing outside the boat (Have to hold on to the plank not to fall into the sea)
View from room/boat
Cat pose. "Purrr....."
Dining area on boat
Nerd and his lonely planet
These are nice
Kenny and me chilling on deck
Nearby tourists taking a dip
Kayaking on the sea
View from top deck
Sleeping under the stars
Waking up this morning is hard, it’s a peaceful morning and instead of the usual bird chirpings, I hear engine choo-ing away in the distance. My morning is greeted by the scenic calm sea and the mountains surrounding us sit silently and beautifully as the night before.
Last night it rained heavily, splashing against the wooden window next to my bed, it made the waves churned a bit, but all only to induce me to sink deeper into my dream.
Some fishermen can be seen withdrawing fishing net onto their wooden sampan from my dining table window, again I am typing apprehensively into Kenny’s laptop (note to self: I should really get a laptop of my own).
Neighbour boat. “Ahoy there!”
See the nice nice scenery
Cycling in Hanoi is probably one of the most horrific and adrenaline pumping experience I’ve ever had in my traveling days, more so than finishing all your cash and realizing you still have three more days before your flight back home.
It is so dangerous, I don’t think that Vietnamese in Hanoi city ever obey traffic rules, which really made me wonder why did they bother installing traffic lights?
I learned, however, the best way to avoid traffic accidents in Hanoi is to close your eyes, and walk straight. I’m serious. The cars and motorcycles and bicycles will just miraculously miss you by an inch, BUT. will. NEVER. hit you.
Kenny failed this test miserably. “Sorry Kenny, I seriously didn’t know you fell down on the street until I cycled few hundreds meters away and realized you disappeared. I was closing my eyes~ LOL”
Traffic in Hanoi
Cyclo – RM1 per ride
Eating in the "Paris" of Hanoi
My weak attempt. Gosh, these are heavy
Shopping in Hanoi – looking for Ao Dai (pronounced “ao zai”)
Fine dining in Bobby Chin
Appetizer – Super Yummy!
My main course – Grilled prawns on sticky glutinous rice with coconut milk
A bit of everything
Mmmmmmm.... *so nice can die*
Dessert - died twice
My date and I. Bobby Chin I miss you~~
Posing by the lake
.........I like big trees............
Oh yea~~ I am Fu rong jie jie