Ha Long Bay, final day
Hanoi Travel Blog› entry 6 of 10 › view all entries
March 27th, 2009 – by: ariwardani
Far from my boat, there is already one dinghy coming approach to to my boat. It seems that the rower see me coming out from the cabin. She just tried her luck in case I want to buy something in this very early morning. I don't want to buy anything at the moment so I politely say no to this woman. She understands and sheer away her dinghy.
Soon, we have our breakfast. Only with bread and jam. Then, we take a bath and package our things. We should take all the baggages out from the cabin at 08.00 am. We say goodbye to the Dutch lady since she will continue her trip in Ha Long Bay for the third day. She took 3 days trip that usually includes staying at Cat Ba Island.
Then, we started to cruise again to go back to the harbour. Along the way, we go upstairs to the sundeck and sit-down to enjoy the beautiful panoramas Ha Long Bay offers to us. I really love this journey back because as the sun rises, the fog is dismissed and we can see the views pretty clear.
After couple of hours, we finally reached the harbour again. We have our lunch which is our last meal on board. Then, as usual, a small boat comes to pick us up. This time, we use a small bus. Unluckily, they fulfill the bus with other group that makes it almost impossible to pile all the luggages because the second group comes with a big numbers of members. I think the tour and travel force us to fit into that bus too much!
We stop at a big souvenirs hall where I attempt to give some food to my little one, Raka. It's been three days since he stop to eat any meals that I start to worry about it.
At around 4.00 pm we reach Hanoi. We have to drag the baggages along the way to get into our hotel since the bus can not go to the street where the hotel is located, I don't know why. There's a little problem where the tour guide insists that I have paid the Ha Long Bay trip already while I contacted Binh and he says that he hasn't paid the tour and travel yet. So, I tell the tour guide guy to come back to his office to make this problem clear and bring the receipt.
I have to be hurry because I have an appointment with my Vietnamese friends to have dinner at 6.00 pm. Seems that we can not make it in going by ourselves to the place where we suppose to have the dinner. It certainly needs some clear information and more things to do in order to reach the right place. So, I call Binh and see if he can pick us up from the hotel. He agrees to do that.
The rain starts again and around 6.30, Binh shows up with his family (Len and Xiu Xiu). We go to this restaurant. It is very big, I forget to find out the restaurant name from Binh. At that time, I was a bit sad because some of my friends can not make it.
The restaurant offers a wide variety of Vietnamese food. I was very very tired so I can not enjoy the meal or have a normal conversation with the guys. Moreover, Raka is also very tired and he acts like a horrible baby boy I've never seen him like that before. Lucky me, at least Rara is still okay, eat a lot and enjoy her time there.
We finish the dinner, take pictures and a flashback hits me right away.
Tuson gave a strong handshake before he left. Maybe after this, we will never see each other again FOREVER. Of course, we still can keep contact through many kinds of media as the world of IT allow us to do that. Still, for a moment, I thought I just wanna jump over him and give him my biggest hug, a very tight one! :P
Binh and Tien take us back to the hotel and we say goodbye there.
Well, that's all I remember from the last night I stay in Hanoi, Vietnam.
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