Vietnam 2010

A whistle-stop trip from north to south (and a hop next door)

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DAYS 6-7: Cat Ba junk cruise

Posted by activeafrica on March 2, 2010

Day 6

Our train from Lao Cai arrived in Hanoi at 4.30 the following morning after a much more pleasant journey. The bone-breaking stops and cacophonic wheel noise that characterised the outward journey were mercifully absent. The most uncomfortable part of this experience was filling the time between arriving at the station and catching the bus to Hai Phong at 9am. We decided to take a taxi to the area we had stayed previously, hoping that at least one of the hotels or restaurants would be open and serving even basic (preferably caffeinated) sustenance at 4.30am. Despite being asked to drop us at the Metropole Hotel, the taxi dropped us at St Joseph’s cathedral and left us standing in the dark, deserted street with all of our luggage. Read the rest of this entry »


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