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Day 35 - leaving the ghost town of Halong Bay .. for the craziness of Hanoi

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Our hotel in Halong Bay .. quite nice overall .. pity about the lack of other tourists about though!

Well today was the day we finally got to leave the ghost town of Halong Bay. It really has been a disappointment overall. It probably is a lovely area when the sun is shining and there are loads of people around, but for our experience over Christmas time, it really has been quite disappointing.

Anyway our bus back to Hanoi picked us up at the hotel just after 12:30 and we done a few more pickups around Halong Bay before we left. The scenery on the way back was quite beautiful again, probably even better than Halong Bay ityself as there seemed to be more diversity and a hell of a lot more people around the streets as we drove through.

We arrived back into Hanoi about 4 o clock in a slightly different part of the old quarter.

Locals building a dyke to move water into the new rice fields
We were droped off beside the Hoan Kiem Lake. We were back to the hustle and bustle of Hanoi again, people everywhere, the drone of car and motorbike horns and the general lack of order on the roads.

We found an hotel to stay in, dropped off our stuff and went for a walk along the market streets. This experience of Hanoi was much different to our last experience. There were restaurants everywhere, loads of markets with foreigners bargaining for the best deal. We grabbed something to eat in a combined tourist office, internet café, bar and restaurant, and it was quite nice. We took another wander around the stalls, where we didn't really see anything we liked so we headed back to the hotel and chilled out before going off to sleep ... dreaming of the hope that New Years will be better wherever we end up!

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