Day 18 #solovietnamadventure#latergram | Today I checked out of the hostel, put my big backpack in storage, had some breakfast and was picked up by the bus to take me to Ha Long. It was a long but alright bus ride though it was pouring almost the whole way. At one point the guide said that a mistake by the tour operator had been made and I was in fact to be on the boat with 12 rather than 9 cabins. I double checked with my travel agent (always friendly and helpfully available via WhatsApp) who said it was an upgrade as the boat with 12 cabins was 4* rather than 3* so I went with it.
As we got closer to the harbor, the karst stone islands of the bay became vaguely perceptible through the mist and rain. We were taken to the cruise by a small boat. The cruise itself was the perfect size and quite luxurious. We received a welcome drink and waited for the rooms to be ready for check in. I was very happy with mine: A big bed, a small bathroom and large window facing the sea. I loved it.
The other guests arrived and we were served lunch (which was average and rather bland) as we left the harbor for the bay. Even though there were a number of boats there it didn't feel as busy as I had heard it was. I had been seated with a French and a German couple (the Germans had just finished school so they were youuung). They atmosphere was a bit tense as the French seemed to be having a little argument and the Germans were hypercritical of everything and, well, young. So all in all not the best company.
I will catch you up on everything later. Let me just leave this here for now: sunrise over Ha Long Bay. I think no further words are needed. Also #nofilter. | #solovietnamadventure
Day 17 #solovietnamadventure | I woke up early, quietly grabbed my stuff and got ready for my day trip. I had a quick pancake breakfast at the hostel and was picked up by a nice tour guide right on time. I followed him around the corner and joined some other tourists on a comfortable small bus. We picked up some more and were then on our way to Bái Đính and Tràng An in Ninh Bình. I would have preferred a less touristy way of seeing that region but it was the most efficient and practical way to do it with an organized tour from Hanoi. The group was nice and a mix of different nationalities (Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Danish, French, German (me!), Japanese, Korean and Vietnamese - which in a group of ~22 is pretty impressive). Our tour guide was funny and seemed pretty genuine.
Our first stop was Bái Đính - a massive and very new pagoda. It was impressive and had stunning views of the surrounding landscape. Though the humidity was incredibly high which made climbing all the stairs up to the top and very sweaty exercise. Afterwards we were rewarded with a decent (buffet) lunch. The 2 Korean men offered some Korean spirit and mixed it with Hanoi beer. It tasted pretty good and we had a good laugh together even though we could barely communicate because their English was limited. We then grabbed some (crappy) bikes and biked around the gorgeous karst stone mountain landscape for a little bit. Then we went to Tràng An and paddled around in little boats. The landscape was absolutely gorgeous and I'd say the karst stones must be every climbers dream. We went through a couple of caves and had a few races between different boats of our group. I really enjoyed myself.
오늘의 정리 끝!!
박스째 정리 못했던 그릇과 글라스들을 정리했다!!
10월부터 주문제작한다고 고생했던 눈물콧물 다 짜게했던 그릇장과 테이블~
그래도 다른 믿음직한 제작자분들 만나 이렇게 예쁘게 내품으로~
아직 더 정리해야하지만 오늘은 이것만으로도
그릇장이랑 같이주문한 온쿄오디오 올려놓을 스툴도 정말 예쁘다
예쁜 테이블아래 황동다리는 사진에 안담기네
인제 자야징~~~ 굿나잇 #이제다음과제는#다이닝체어
금다리 달린 블링블링한 녀석 어디없니?