Hanoi and Halong Bay
The capital of Vietnam . Its crazy , many motorbikes and very noisy . Aproximately , 7 000 000 people . The weather was nice during the day , 20 degrees , but cold at night , 5 degrees . I spent 8 days . I was applying for the Chinese Visa and I was checking how to go to Halong Bay . A few days , I stayed at Van´s place , a friend of Tuan , from Da Nang . Van was living in a disabled community . Phuong was taking care of Van , 24 hours , always smiling .
Just got Hanoi , I applied for Chinese Visa . They gave , 20 days , when I was planning 30 days . So my plan trip , it changed a little bit .
I had fun with Van and Phuong . It was close to Tek , Vietnamese New Year . We were having dinner all together in his flat . After dinner Karaoke . I first tried dog meat , it was little bit dry . For Vietnamese people , its very common eat dog meat .
In the morning , I visited the touristic places with Gonzalo and his friends . They were staying in a hostel , where I moved after a few days . The hostel was 5 USD , breakfast included and free beer . A barrel of beer everyday . You can have 10 beers if you want to … French people , Canadian , Mati , Argentinan guy , who came with me to China and Gonzalo . All of us , were going to Perth for working after South East Asia .
The routine in the hostel : in the morning , we woke up 9 45 m , to have breakfast , it was until 10 am . After that walking around , until lunch time . Everybody for lunch in a street place , an old friendly woman . She served rice , with 4-5 things to share , for 1 USD . Hanoi is little bit more expensive than the other places in Vietnam . At 5 pm , in the hostel , they opened the barrel . So , when we finished the barrel to have dinner and going out little bit for a beer . Around 2-3 am , we usually came back to the hostel .
Hanoi , its close to Halong Bay and Sapa . So , the Tours are organized from here . Backpacker area is very big and full of people . Outside touristic places , Hanoi is really nice . There are many lakes , Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum , temples , many interesting places to visit .
We went to Halong Bay , its one of the wonders in the world . We did a day trip ! Its amazing !! You never get tired to take pictures . Landscape its great !! But , its so touristic !! I went with Gonzalo , and his family and Mati . We had fun ! It was our last day in Vietnam , Gonzalo keep traveling with his family and me and Mati leaving to China .