Hanoi-back in 'nam
Trip Start Oct 26, 2006
6Trip End Oct 2007
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Anyway was glad to get checked in to the hotel and get a good nights sleep. Met up with the rest of the group a couple of days later, not a bad bunch altho they r mostly a bit older than me, most r in their 30's and some in 40s and 50s but there's ten of us altogether and there's no English and only 2 americans so not too bad at all.
Since arriving we spent a day or 2 in Hanoi, cruising around the old quarter, thru the market, visiting old uncle Ho's mausoleum, the temple of literature, and a great day and night up at Ha Long bay, not far from the south China sea, very mystical, sat up drinking beers watching the sun go down, oh dear its really not easy, but ay.
Have been enjoying the food and beer very very very much, everything is ridiculously cheap, u can be ripped off and doesnt bother u at all. 200 cigarettes costs less than a fiver, u can buy ten pints of local brew for a quid, its not a bad old place. It is of course however not without its darker side, getting a lift back to the hotel, its not that strange to be offered a few young girls or some weed for a little extra, but its just cos everybody wants to make a little extra on the side. The average income is $2 US a day, which is nothing, altho over here that can buy u a meal and a few beers and a motobike ride home.
Currently i am in Hoi An, just south of Da Nang, an old Viet Cong stronhold, its a lovely little tourist town with plenty of great little bars and restaurants, lots to do and see. Going to do a cooking course tomorrow, learn how to do proper spring rolls and some other wonderful stuff then we get to eat it which is even better. People and kids here are wonderful, very friendly, will hopefully have a few photos to stick on soon.
Briggsy-u still at uni big man?