In the morning we set off on our trip back to Hanoi. It was a 4 hour bus journey and by this point we were becoming pretty immune to these types of journeys. I’m never going to complain about a long journey when I’m back in the U.K. again… 4 hours is actually nothing!
Once we got back to Hanoi we arrived at the hotel in the early afternoon but had to wait a short amount of time for the rooms to become available. While doing this, our CEO took us on an orientation walk of the city. Hanoi was just as busy as Ho Chi Minh for traffic but it seemed to have more variety about it. I thought Ho Chi Minh was a very cool city but there was something very different about Hanoi which I liked. Not sure exactly what it is but I think it was just the variety available.
We took a walk down to the nearby lake which was amazing. The views were really cool and there was so much going on around the lake! It was buzzing. Whilst walking about you could see a stage being set up next to the lake for live music, there were people practicing their English with the local tourists and there were plenty of market stools for people to pick up gifts and haggle some more.
Across a very small footbridge there was another Temple which you could go over too. At night the bridge lights up red and it looks amazing next to the lake. I managed to get a sunset photo of it (which is now on Instagram).
In the evening we went for dinner at a local restaurant recommended by our CEO. We sat on the second floor and the table had a lot of different notes under it from other travellers and groups that had also been there. It felt right to leave our own note for the table. I had to think on the spot and come up with a random letter/note on behalf of the group.
About 8-10 of the group went out after dinner into Hanoi. I was tempted but my body just can’t handle that many nights out anymore. I knew the following evening was going to be a big one for drinking because 4 people were leaving the group and a few were joining. I wanted to save myself for one big night out so I chose to go back to the hotel and have a chilled one. Some would say that’s boring – and I’d find it hard to disagree ha.
Tomorrow morning 4 of us (Sean, Maxime and Alena) are off to Ba Vi National Park which I’m excited about. The photos online look amazing and it’s highly rated. When I went to the US a few years ago I went to Yosemite National Park and it was incredible. Hopefully this one can provide a similar experience. Let’s see!