After our humbling experience in Cambodia, we headed off to the lively and bustling city of Hanoi, Vietnam. Our first morning we booked a (free!) walking tour with two University students through an awesome organization called HanoiKids. Our tour guides, Ha and Tao, took us for a stroll through the Old Quarter (which now appears to be rows on rows of open market; each street known for the specialty product sold in the stores that line it), around Sword Lake (which is known for the sacred 200kg turtle that inhabits it!), through the French Quarter, to the Temple of Literature (which is Hanoi’s first ever University), and finally to a ‘hole-in-the-wall’ coffee shop for some delicious Hanoi-style egg coffee – yummmm! We bid adieu to our new Vietnamese friends and spent the rest of the afternoon walking around Hanoi, soaking in some sights, eating delicious vietnamese foods, and mostly enjoying the warm, sunny weather.
Our second day started bright and early as we headed to the beautiful Ha Long Bay for a cruise on a junk boat! 🙂 Ha Long Bay is an ocean landscape littered in hundreds of rocky karsts that jet out of the blue water – it is truly as beautiful as it sounds! We cruised around the karsts, stopped for some swimming and kayaking at a white sandy beach, enjoyed some delicious seafood, slept on a boat, and visited an amazing fishing village and pearl farm before heading back to shore and catching our bus back to Hanoi!
Our last day in Hanoi was mostly relaxing as we prepared ourselves for the intense travel night/day ahead of us. At 11:40pm our plane took off from Hanoi arriving in South Korea at 6:00am (Korean time) where we had a 6 hour layover. Then finally our next plane boarded at 12:00pm for a 12 hour flight home!
On Tuesday, we finally arrived safe and sound to our humble Canadian abode! 😀 It’s good to be back.
Cruising in Ha Long Bay
Amanda & Adam