|Ha Long Bay on a cloudy day.|
Thursday, December 5, 2013
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
|Motorbikes pass by the Notre Dame Basilica.|
It had finally come, our last day in Vietnam. I had set up our flights so we could have a long layover in Ho Chi Minh City. That way, we could experience the city without having to take away from relaxing in Phu Quoc or getting to know Hanoi. The bigger, more urban Ho Chi Minh City was less of a priority, so we decided we did not need to spend too much time there.
Early in the morning, we took the shuttle van out to the airport. Boarding the plane there, we were soon in Ho Chi Minh City. (From here on out, I'll call Ho Chi Minh by its older name: Saigon. It is used a lot in Vietnam anyway, plus it is easier to type)
Sunday, December 1, 2013
|Unlike TLC, we always go chasing waterfalls.|
Our seventh day in Vietnam, our third in Phu Quoc, started with a tour of the southern part of the island. We set it up through the night ght ce resort employee we had met on the first day at the Sea Star Resort (I believe his name was Khan). It was not expensive, and we wanted to see some more of the island. I figured a tour would be a nice way to see it.
However, the rain threatened to ruin our fun. The clouds and rain came and went the past two days, but these ones stayed around for nearly our entire tour. Torrents of rain crashed down around us as we jumped onto the shuttle bus and met our guide for the morning. We then set out to pick up a couple of other couples at another resort.
Thursday, November 21, 2013
|Bright colors are everywhere in Vietnam (but especially in Phu Quoc)|
[Previously, we spent the our first day in Phu Quoc getting our bearings. It rained a ton from the moment we touched down, but we were still able to relax from our room's porch and get some great food.]
As day broke on our second full day on Phu Quoc, we decided to do some exploring. However, first, we needed some more relaxing. We planned to hit up the local market, check out the nearby town, and get a massage on the beach.
Sunday, November 17, 2013
[You can read the previous day's entry HERE. It includes how we spent our one full day in Hanoi: cooking class, meeting a not nice person, checking out the sights, and eating, eating, eating]
It was finally our last day in Hanoi. Sadly, we packed our bags and trudged our way down to wait for the shuttle bus. The bus came around and collected us. While I had become used to traveling around the city by foot, I was in no way used to being in a motor vehicle. The bus driver drove like a maniac. I spent most of the trip looking out the window and freaking out as he narrowly missed running into many, many, many things.
We quickly moved through the security line. Actually, it was surprisingly easy. Coming from the United States, you have to take off your shoes, all metal objects, take your laptops out of any bags, dump out your liquids, and go through a metal detector or two. For this domestic flight, we put our stuff through a metal detector, but they just waved me through as I was trying to take off my belt. The line moved super fast. Nobody had to take off their shoes. It was nice.
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
We stayed in a little before heading downstairs for breakfast. We ate on the first level of the Hanoi Diamond Hotel. It was a simple, but tasty meal.
|Me (at least my feet) relaxing in the hotel, browsing Google Plus. (Courtesy of Jackie Eckles)|
Sunday, September 22, 2013
|Sunrise in Ha Long Bay, Vietnam|
The next morning, we awoke on the boat. It was a great night's sleep. +Jackie Eckles had gone out before sunrise in order to take some photos with her new camera. I decided to join her. The sun had just begun to come out from behind the clouds as we stood and whispered to each other. Some of the crew slept in the dining room and in the control room (I'm not sure what it is called, the room with steering wheel). The entire scene was very peaceful and relaxing. Not a bad way to spend a Sunday morning at all.