Crazy trip to Hanoi
Trip Start Aug 01, 2005
51Trip End Feb 16, 2006
So on the morning of the third of January we got up and packed our stuff. Our post-NYE headache was finally gone. At 1 pm we took a longtail boat to go from our little beach to the main beach where the ferry was leaving. At 2 pm we were on the ferry to Krabi. At first the weather was nice but then big clouds came rolling in. It started raining really hard (Paul, I still have a Mai Thai waiting for me...) and everybody who was on the deck had to croud into the little cabin. Quite cozy.
After 2 hours we finally arrived in Krabi. They first piled us into a minibus that took us to a first tourist office. Then everybody was reshuffled according to destination and piled into a second bus
So here we are flying towards Vietnam. One more adventure!
When we arrived we took a cab to the hotels along Hoan Kiem Lake where all the backpakers are staying. Our hotel was on a tiny street and the cab driver got lost several times. We settled in and decided to leave the next day right away to Halong Bay to take advantage of the "good" weather. That's another episode, but I'll also tell about our stay in Hanoi when we came back after Halong Bay.
That night we decided to meet up with Cyrille, Paul's friend from France who now lives in Hanoi. We decided to go out and first had dinner in a little restaurant where they would just not understand what we were ordering. Another case where you eat whatever comes on the table. Then we went out to a disco where go go girls were dancing on a stage. We stayed for a while but unfortunately it already closed at midnight. In the meantime Paul had been chatting with two of the bargirls and we met them outside. We convinced them to go out with us and they took us to another club open later.
It was a big, almost all Vietnamese club, and we once again stood out. We ordered another bottle of Vodka and by that time we were all pretty drunk. We were dancing a lot. Debbie was meeting a lot of people by systematically asking them for a bite from their fruit platter. Most people were nice but we had a few bad experience with Debbie being cornered in the bathroom by a guy, Guido being singled out by guys on the dancefloor, and mostly Seth who got attacked by an angry security guard who decided that Seth and Maitland were having too much fun dancing together. It left a bloody mark on his arm and a sour aftertaste in our mouths, but we won't take over a whole staff of security guards who have decided that they don't like us. Too bad because otherwise it was fun.
Next morning we took the plane to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) with a headache.