On tuesday morning we had breakfast in the hotel and then our driver picked us up so we could go on the 3 and a half hour drive to HaLong Bay.The drivers can only do 2 hours of straight driving and then they have to stop and have a break so after 2 hours we stopped at a factory and looked at the stuff in there and then we went back into the mini bus and did the 1 and a half remaining trip to the bay.When we got there a water taxi picked us up and we went to our cruse boat and it was pretty amazing,We were on the cruise with another family of eight (no other kids as all the kids in that family were grown up) so overall there were 13 of us,we had lunch and it was four corses of traditinal vietnamese food,it was all yummy.After we went to a fishing village where there were floating houses and stuff There was even a school and museum! we went on a bamboo boat to the museum and looked around my favorite thing in the museum were some models of the boats.
I got these pictures at the museum and around the fishing village.
(the temple up there is the local church) On the way back to the boat we say this kid rowing himself in a small canoe and then he saw that we were watching him so he started showing off by rowing with his feet! I got a picture but accedently deleted it so no photo for you!
When we got back to the boat we had a choice of Canoeing,massage or just to relax on the boat/in our room.Tessa,Dad and Sophia rested in our room because they were tired and Sophia couldn’t come to any of the activities while Mum and I went canoeing.It was amazing and we went through a cave and into a big saltwater lake,Inside we heard a monkey and our guide (Huang) called back to it and the monkey called back to!
We rested in our room for a bit more and then went up to dinner and it was really yummy,again four corses.Mum had to feed Sophia so she went to her room and fed her and then sophia was sleeping so Rose,one of the guides on the boat offered to stay in the roon with sophia so mum could have dinner and then about 5 mins later tessa and I finished so we went down to our room and lay in our beds and watched Toy story 2 (I realised how long it has been since I watched that movie) and went to sleep,Sophia didn’t wake up once so that was good.
In the morning I woke up at 5 O clock here so about 7:30 at home and no one else was awake so I read on our balcony and watched the sunrise and it was pretty amazing,I didn’t get any pictures though (*facepalm*) At about 7:00 here we went to breakfast,it wasn’t very big as we were having brunch as well anyway we had a 2 pastries each (I had a danish and an EPIC fail of a chocolate crasont (it had almost no chocolate in it) we packed our stuff and I watched the end of Toy Story 2 at about 7:30 we went to brunch and this time it was only 2 corses I had Vietnamese pancakes that were almost exactly the same as the ones where you get the mix out of a bottle! I also had some fruit salad.At about 10:30 we got picked up and drove to our hotel in Hanoi,Sofitel Metripol.
Thursday morning I woke up at about 6 and played FIFA 11 on my DS until 7 and at 7:30 we went to breakfast and then had breakfast I cannot remember what I had but I know it involved lots of bacon (nom nom nom nom nom nom nom nom nom nom nom nom nom nom nom nom nom nom nom nom nom nom nom nom nom nom nom nom nom nom nom nom nom nom nom nom nom nom nom nom nom) and pastries.0_o.
at about 9:30 we got picked up in the lobby to got to the airport.At about 10:30 we were at the airport and got checked in and went through the metal detectors and stuff.At about 11 we were in the waiting area.I bought 2 things in the airport they were a stick man holding a stck across his sholder with two baskets on the ends of the stick.(I have seen lots so i thought it would be good to get one) I also got a dragon with a turtle shell and turtles crawling on it.All together it was 94,000 Dong or $4.70.
our flight was at 11:30 and was fairly boring.We got to Hoi an Airport at 12:45.We got our bags and then our Guide picked us up and then we drove to our hotel,Ancient House.We have a pool,buffet breakfast,a huge shower and we also have mozzie nets on our beds (I use it to stop sophia from climbing on my bed).We didn’t do anything except have lunch and rest for the rest of thursday.