The train arrived silly early in the morning and this time there was no coffee waiting for me when I woke up. We also didn’t have pick-up sorted, instead we had to find a taxi to take us to our hotel, where there was coffee!
When you arrive silly early there’s usually no room available for you, instead we dumped our things and headed out trying to find some western brekkie as both of us is feeling a bit noodled out. We didn’t find any and it ended with me eating a day old croissant that I bought in Sa Pa.
The first touristy stop was the Lenin Park.
Where at 8 am in the morning there was a random dance party going on…
Then we continued to the Hotel Chi Minh presidential palace and mausoleum.
Then we continued walking to the first University in Vietnam.
I then needed a coffee break, mostly to calm my nerves as I’m still a bit skittish about crossing the roads since the moped incident (the Queen herself did have to take me by the hand sometimes). Next to the coffee place was a place that sold covers for my phone, so all you people that have been nagging me about getting one, it’s now sorted!
The touristy stuff then continued with a prison, interesting and disgusting at the same time. Those French people weren’t super nice people back then.
Escaping the prison we had a look at the time and realized that we manged to kill plenty of time and we turned back towards the hotel and walked past some of the things that the Queen herself saw without me the last trip here.
Before the hotel we did stop so that the Queen herself could have a cupcake that she dreamed of for days, I had a juice.
After chillin at the hotel for a bit, and finally having a shower I headed out for a lunch, without noodles.
As the trip is coming to its end there comes a time to buy presents. I’ve been trying to limit myself, however after a trip to the market it feels like my bags contains more presents than my things.
Dumping the purchases at the hotel, we waisted no time there and just headed straight out as again for a pre waterpuppet show drink.
The most expensive beer since I arrived here, note to one self don’t pick the place right next door to the longest running water puppet show ever.
The water puppets were interesting.
Dinner time came around, you haven’t really enjoyed Vietnam if you haven’t sat down on small plastic chairs for food.
This evening I enjoyed even more deep fried prawns from a kitchen that you were welcome to come in and have a look at.
Under the influence of a small food coma it was packing time, and after careful planning I really hope that the contents of my bag doesn’t break on the way home. It was also time to say farwell to these babies;
They have been with me for over ten years, and it hurts to chuck them out, however hurting is what I do when I wear them.
A very long day finally coming to an end, last night in Vietnam before starting the long trip home.