It rained … and rained and rained I’m finally feeling a little better though, which is nice! We visited the emperors tomb Khai Dinh. It’s only 100 years old but the inside is highly decorated with mosaic from floor to ceiling, it’s lavish and ornate decoration is really impressive even in the dreary wet weather.
Later on in the afternoon after a coffee and cake stopped jumped onto our third overnight train and settled into the 13hour journey. I’m getting more used to the overnight trains now from the mice to the awful music played over speakers and the bouncy motion it’s getting familia and I’m getting pretty good at card games, which we play to pass the hours. The one thing I will not ever get used to is the early starts it was 4.30am this time to board a coach to take us the remaining 4 hours up to Halong Bay.
We did a boat trip around the bay the following morning, which was stunning but a little disappointing, partly because it was so cold and partly because our guide wasn’t very good so I don’t feel like we learned anything, which is frustrating in such an interesting place but we did get to cruse around amongst the limestone islands and visit a very touristy but beautiful cave.

I’m looking forward to our next stop…Hanoi.

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February 29, 2016

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