So many long flights. Flying to the other end of the world can be tiring. Toronto, Delhi, Hong Kong to Hanoi. But we are here, finally here. In our noisy little hotel room above some of the busiest streets in the old quarter.
|All ready to leave for our great adventure!|
We ended up being delayed for a couple of hours in Delhi, but still not enough time to leave the Delhi airport. We also do not have Indian visas. The new way that some airports are going is that in order to get free wifi, or even paid wifi, you must give them a cell number and they will send you a code. Great… except you are in an airport in a foreign country and do not have cellular service to receive a text… And yes, there are those sites that will simulate a cell number so you can receive texts without a telephone, but, there is the catch 22, because you don't have wifi. We finally found a lounge upstairs that sold us wifi for $5US.
|Must do this in Hong Kong - All the Hong Kong people seem do this in photos when they come to Toronto!|
|Busy Neon Streets of the downtown shopping district|
|So cool these tall narrow streetcars - wish we could have taken a ride:)|
|Our Hong Kong Breakfast.|
|Greg and I in Hong Kong|
|Beautiful green spaces in downtown Hong Komg|
The hotel representative was at the Hanoi airport pick us up with a sign that said “Greg and Elsine”. It was really close. The hotel is quaint. Yes, that means a little old and worn and not sparkling new. The towels and sheets are a little dingy and the corners of the bathroom contain hard to clean away grime from the 1800’s, And it is wonderful and everything we expected. If we come to south east Asia, it is not to stay in name brand cookie cutter hotels, but to experience life. The staff are lovely and very hard working. They helped us get a bicycle-taxi ride around the old city. We ate at the little restaurant the hotel suggested for $5 for so much food that we had to send the rice and the yogurt back without touching them, We then went across the street for a 90 minute massage. The hot stone massage was heavenly for me and perhaps a little less than heavenly for Greg, judging by his screaming. Then off to sleep perchance to dream. Tomorrow we are being picked up at 7:45 for our Tulong bay cruise.
|View from Gia Thinh Hotel overlooking Hang Bac St in the Old city|
|Poor little Minion tied to this woman's hair by his penis.|
|Great breakfast in the hotel - better than expected.|