Boat trip through the islands
Trip Start Aug 27, 2007
67Trip End Jan 30, 2008
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They ended up getting put with another group so we thought our fun was over, but luckily we got some new people. We hung out with Paul and Lorna, an Irish couple in their 20's. Paul was a crack up and at one point i asked Lorna if she gets tired of laughing so much! People are always coming up to you here trying to get you to buy stuff, Paul doesn't get annoyed he just jokes with everyone, whether they get the joke or understand English or not! One guy came up and wanted to polish his shoes, Paul said nothank you but he'll polish HIS shoes. haha Another lady was selling sodas and he made a paper airplane out of one of the flyers we got and flew it at her and it hit her in the head lol . Luckily everyone seems to be able to take a joke! The other pair we hung out with was Chris and Kim, friends from New Jersey. Chris was an ex-Army guy and he just neeever stopped talking, and I mean never, it's amazing how he didn't have to pause to breath or take a drink or something. Kim was more quiet and introverted, but maybe because she couldn't get a word in edgewise!
The dock was packed with hundreds of boats, it was diffucult to breath through all of the exhaust fumes! We had to climb over 3 boats just to get to ours, with all of our bags!! I wasn't happy. The boats were like cool old pirate ships kind of. Our rooms were small but it was only for 1 night and we at least had our own bathroom
We started with lunch on the boat before departure. Lunch was the introducation for our 3 day food nightmare. Rice and lots of dishes mostly with seafood, including an entire whole fish, head and tail intact, yummy. I don't eat seafood and Kates a vegatarian. After being sick with stomach cramps for 3 days in Laos, I am very cautious about what I eat now. And this was all gross, and it would be all the same gross stuff for the next couple of days. We lived off the snacks we had bought. It's all the same snacks everywhere here, there isn't much choice- pringles, ritz, snickers and oreos. That's pretty much it!!
After lunch we set sail, and it would have been very very beautiful had it not been so smoggy, i think it was smog, i dont think it was mist.. but there are lots of big green rock island jutting out of the water everywhere, but they look like they are covered in grey smog.
We stopped to walk through a gigantic cave, it was magnificant! It wasn't discovered intil the 1990's.. so we couldn't figure out how the stories and 'legends' came about that the guide was telling us! We had the choice to go back to the boat or go through a second cave, Kate went back to the boat but i went on to the second cave. I don't want to miss anything. It was more walking, but so what, it was worth it, once your inside it feels like your inside the mouth of a giant lion or something.
Later in the afternoon we went kayaking, it was my first time kayaking and i apparently suck at it because Kate kept getting mad at me. It was very pretty, the area we paddled around, but the water was a little poluted.
At night we all hung out and drank on the top deck.. I brought my little speakers and ipod so we had music
We drove to our hotel, it was along the beach along an area that looked like it was on its way to being developed for tourism so that was good. We couldn't wait to get to our beds for a nap after that exhausting day. As we check in they hand us all our keys... room 501.. 502... that's the 5th floor, and guess what, NO elevator!! Ahhgggg!!! So up we went, 10 flights of stairs, with the monster packs. Sucked!! I was in need of some money, so instead of resting i went out in search of an ATM, i walked all over the place for about an hour and a half and asked a few people who said this way and that way, but to no avail. I found a hotel that did credit card advances, but i first had to go back to the hotel to get my passport
We had another gross dinner at the hotel, but no one ate much because i had spotten a pizza place down the road! We went there for pizza which was gross but better than rice and fish! The next day we were pack in the bus to go back to Hanoi, stopping for our last icky lunch. I didn't touch a thing, but poored some M&M's in a bowl and ate them with chopsticks, haha. We were counting down till we got back to Hanoi so we could have a real meal at the Green Mango! Besides the food we had a great time, the people on tours are what really makes the trip, and we were lucky this time to have a fun group!