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Reisverslag Hanoi - Sapa - Halong Bay
11 juli 2014
Hanoi - Sapa - Halong Bay
- the most important one: YOU always go first. All the other people don't matter, you are the most important person on the road.
- traffic lights? why are they here? Green or red.. YOU go first, so who cares if the lights are red.
- You missed your exit? No problem, you just turn around (mororbikes) and just ride on the wrong side of the road till you get to the place where you have to go to, because after all, YOU are the most important person and if that means other people have to go out of your way, that is their problem.
So I learnt to just cross the road.. they won't stop otherwise. I was surprised not to see any accidents happen.
Did quite a few things in Hanoi; went to the water puppets show (well, you have to do something, it was funny mainly because it was just.. well.. I just can't put it to words..:))
Went to the old prison. This was quite interesting especially because they show you their vision on the Vietnam war. They paid a lot of attention to the fact that, according to themselves, they treated the captured American soldiers well. Ah well..
Walked around a lot, but it's almost impossible to stay out long, it is so freaking warm! Even if you're out for 5 minutes you're already wet with sweat.
My hostel was in the old quarter, wow! Vietnamese people always go in groups, share things. They cook on the streets and sell it! The food is really good and really cheap. You have a good meal between 1 or 2 euros!!
The thing I like least about Vietman is haggling. You have to haggle for everything. Initally it's fun (I think it's a game), but sometimes it would be nice just to kind of buy something without going through the whole haggling process.
At the hostel I met Isabelle from Switzerland. We decided to book Sapa and Halong Bay together.
Sapa is a town (area) that is famous for its rice paddies. We took the nightbus (10 hours) to Sapa and did 2 days of trekking and stayed in a homestay. On the third night we took the bus back to Hanoi. Luckily they have sleepingbuses in Vietnam. Not that they are great when you're tall, but at least they are better than regular chairs :)
However, the toilet in the bus has given me a trauma :( Unfortunately I hadn't paid attention to the bumpy road before going to it. I was thrown all around the toilet and when I opened the toilet, I realised too late that some people hadn't flushed it.. I guess you know what happened when the bus hit another hole in the ground.. yak! Absolutely disgusting!
The trekking was great fun and the scenery was wonderful, however I have to admit I have seen nicer things on this planet. On the first day it started to rain and not everyone was wearing proper hiking shoes. To give you the picture: steep hills, lots of sand & water :) I think Isabelle and I were the only ones who managed not to slip. Some were completely covered in mud. It was really funny though to watch :) #mean
After we got back from Sapa we immediately hopped on another bus to Halong Bay. Halong Bay has many awesome islands and caves. On the first day we visited a cave, went kayaking and swimming. We were also allowed to jump off the boat (I guess about 7 metres). Great fun! Day two consisted mainly of sunbathing and boat hopping. Unfortunately we are here in the wrong season, but the water and air were still warm. The best thing was that we stayed on our own private island. We were assigned a hut for 8 people. Isabelle and I arrived first at the hut and therefore picked the bed that was outside.. wow, we had an ocean view! I will never forget that place! In the evening we played loads of games. Very nice trip!
Gotta go, will try and update some more later on.
24 juli 2014 23:14 | Door: anne
Geniet ervan . Doe wel voorzichtig aub. Doe ze de groetjes van mij daar.