Heey, time for some updates!
More Photos you will find as usual in my Dropbox.
The Border crossing to Vietnam was quite easy, and the first difference (of many) what I remarked was the noise in the street. Because in China nearby all drives a electrical motorcycle, walking in the street is not so terrible for my ears than in Hanoi. So the first thing what I’ve done after check in in the hostel was finding a park to chill out.
For the next Day I bought a tour to the Perfume Pagoda,I was really surprised that we met nearby no other tourists… But on Vietnamese New Year in the middle of February this place would be crowded by many local tourists.
The pagoda is build in a big cave, and the atmosphere was really mystic there.
On the Way back with the boat, we could enjoy the beautiful landscape a second time.
In the Evening we went together to a water puppets theater in Hanoi. It was really funny, even I didn’t understand a word…
I was not really sure about having a trip to halon bay, because I’ve heard a lot of bad experiences, but I thought that in Cát Bà it would be better, so I booked a tour, and I was right. Even we didn’t sleep on the boat, and the whether was cold and not for swimming, we had a nice journey trough these great costal region.
In the middle of the way, we sit in kayaks and went through a cave to visit the monkeys living there.
Arrived on the Island I was surprised, because I booked for a dorm room and got a single very beautiful Bungalow!
For dinner, we went for a short hike on the top of the island. The guide said, it would be a easy hike…
Next day I went alone for the other of the two hikes on this little Island to the sunrise beach to the other side, and in the way were waiting some pigs for me. Cuute!
Then we went back to Hanoi with average 40 km/h, (faster is not possible) and took the night train to Lào Cai, near the Chinese border. The tourist office sold me a ticket to the next day, but on the train station was it easy to fix the problem. Nice and helping people!
In the morning then with a mini Bus direct to Sa Pa, a mountain Village with a lot of hiking possibilities. Because of the foggy and cloudy whether I didn’t went to a 2-day hike, but I did a short one for my own to a nearby village and surrounding.
On the touristic path is also a small waterfall located. Sorry, it is a big one of course! 😉
The day after, I went directly to Laos with a overnight bus and a short stop in Điện Biên Phủ.
In the bus was a poor local women very sick the whole journey long, and could only puke all the time. Very lucky that the bus had a good air conditioning system.
Next: Laos, the country with the worst road condition the happiest people.