Halong Bay and back to Hanoi
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Lexi and I had to wake up pretty early to get breakfast, about 6:45 I think. Breakfast was a simple meal of toast, egg and some fruit, some of the other people on the boat did not join us all for breakfast as they were nursing well deserved hangovers. Breakfast was short but filling, afterwards we headed to the top deck to catch some morning sun and Halong views as the ship set back for home.
Burn me once, shame on you, burn me twice shame on me. Lexi not having learnt her lesson from the first encounter of “Lexi with no sun tan lotion versus the sun” ended up looking some what like a drumstick lollipop (British lolly).
We had a brief stop on the way back to let the 3 day passengers off then brought on some of the finishing three day passengers. The third day would have consisted of hiking and fishing, after dropping a brick in my pants seeing that oversized jellyfish previously I was not regretting missing out on fishing.
The restaurant was interesting, very large and busy we sat on the table with our new American friends and two random Frenchies. Lexi picked the lucky seat which was sprayed with cooling water mist from above though perhaps too much in her opinion. Every now and then some distant table would shout something which sounded like “toast” and drink their drinks, I guess it was sort of a “Cheers” chant. After the fourth or fifth time we heard it Brandon (one of the American guys) said we should do our own, having heard the word toast I suggested we shout that that, and so we did.
Lexi and I headed to the cash machine to get some money to buy water after dinner, this was while we were waiting for the bus. When we got back to the restaurant (which is where the bus would pick us up from) a good few Chinese kids were very amused at the 6ft5-6 giant that stood around them (this was me). Many would sneak up behind me to compare their heights and gawp but it was in a friendly manner. Then the three American guys came out who were of a similar height to me which caused quite the bit of excitement. We ended up in quite a few group photos with them all hovering around at the back well above their heads. After picture time the bus arrived and we got on for the three hour journey home.
After a small rest we went souvenir shopping, we did not get much, Lexi bought some small figurines of Vietnamese women which will look nice in our travel room. To be honest there is not much to buy souvenir wise as we have to consider carrying it around and possibly posting it. We would have liked to have gotten some other stuff but we have to keep it convenient. After shopping we headed back to our hotel.
We decide to order in as Lexi was so tired, this was probably our least favorite meal, more so for Lexi who ended up tasting it twice and passing it on to the toilet (don’t take antimalarials on an empty stomach).