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Hello From Hanoi

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PART 1: End of SGN
Wow alot to write today,
On the Thursday we did a little more exploring of SGN.
We went down to the spice market, huge bags of all different spices. Great smells. Marc had a try of some Snake wine. The lady that gave this to him said it will give him strong arm, back and penis.(he said that he felt good,but no other commment has made and I didnt ask :))
Dinner was at the street market.. (I know how brave am I)
I had shrimp with rice.. Best part was I picked the shrimp live from a tank. So I think they were the freshest I have even had.
We have found the best beer is Tiger (I know it is Thai, But it is the best so far)

PART 2: Start of HANOI
Well we got into Hanoi very late on the Thursday/early Friday Morning.
We thought that everything was going smoothly, As our guy was there to collect us from the airport. Little did we know that it was all going to change when we got to our Accommodation that we booked on the internet in SGN.We got done by the HOTEL BANDITS OF HANOI!!!!
First the driver could not find the hotel, once the hotel was found the owner said that they have filled our room as we were late. (We did give our flight number and ETA)Then he says we can stay in our other hotel,Went to other hotel to find the wrong room and the worst smell ever. We said NO to this offer. We then were taken to another hotel. The room was clean and no smell. We took it, as it was 1.30am and we were just to tired to find a room anywhere else.
We did not stay at this place for our next night. Turned out they wanted us to pay more and we were not happy with that.
We are now staying in a great place called the Camellia Hotel.
The property is fantastic, Kind and helpfull staff & more importantly cheap clean rooms. We are paying around $15USD per night for the room.
Yesterday was a bluge day no sight seeing to be had. Just late breakfast, And sussing out our trip to the north.

Last night we had dinner & a few drinks in the Old Quarter.hcmcpics_123.jpg
We went to a bar first called the Quan Bia Minh, it is out of the Lonely planet, stated as were most backpackers like to hang as the beer is cheap. We wanted to ask a few of the people about their travels to the North to get an idea??
There were none.... On our way home we went to the street market. I brought a hat, gloves that turn into mitten and a scaf for $5USD. I needed them as it will be freezing in the north. When we finished there we headed back to the Hotel. We stopped at what I guess you would call a beer corner. Lots of kegs of local brew. Cost around 15cents (crazy)It was not Tiger but I gave it a go. Marc really liked it.. I had one and went back to Tiger. We meet a guy that is from Las Vagas (Jim) and is doing a solo push bike tour of the whole of Vietnam. Yes you herd correctly ON A BIKE?
We will get to meet back up with him in SGN on the 30th Before we come home. He will have some great stories I bet.

Love and Kisses
Em & Marc

PS we miss you so much Abi xx

Posted by emma78 10:46 Archived in Vietnam Tagged backpacking

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Marc and Emma:
Please bring back Snake Wine. Disco needs to have a sip to make his leg strong, because one of his front paws is sore. He is limping but still gets the job done. Hope the Camellia Hotel has running water. I'm going to Las Vegas tomorrow, but it is not as beautiful as Hanoi. Keep up the great blog!


by LG051041

Hi, hope you got the email response, but no pics were found? Will keep trying. Love, the old farts

by colham

Hey Em & Marc!
Am back from Tassie and I think Simon and Pudge happy to see me! We had good trip - few great stories!! Get this - Qantas had a luggage belt break down in Sydney and 800 bags were lost from Sydney to Brisbane including ours! SO Simon and I stood at B'bane airport for around 6.5 hours yesterday waiting for our bags hoping that they will be on the next flight from Sydney....then the next flight from Sydney...then the next etc! Finally at 7pm last night (our flight arrived at 1.30pm) they arrived! We know they could have delivered them when found, however with 800 bags to deliver we didn't think we would get them til this time next week!
Great hearing the stories - keep having fun - we MUST see pics of Marc's head soon....becoming a real Hambrecht man now isn't he (Hee hee hee).
Em & Simon xx

by Em - Simon

Dear Em and Marc
Happy bithday from Abi and Best wishes from us. sp p[leased you are having a great time isn't Asian travel so interesting they definetely have a different way of conducting business.
The little lady Abi is doing fine she is a good girl and does have a good understanding of NO and Col is alpha dog. she is loveing the walks in the forest and is well behaved. Ne3elson is getting use to having a house guest and is being very tolerant. favourite sport is annoyinf every little dog around the fences they are becomining a good team, heavans knows what goes on when we are at work. Your place is great no problems we are having good showers of rain every few days. The hospital pot plants are doing well all leaves in the upright position.
I hope you have a lovely day tomorrow I will be thinking of you.

by colham

Hey Em!
Enjoy your last one in your 20's.......hope you have a great day.
Love, Em & Simon xx

by Em - Simon

Happy Happy Birthday Emma. You will forever remember this birthday! Enjoy every second of it so next year you can think "this time last year..." :D
Henrico is in Sydney this week for his first 'real' week of his new job (last week was just courses and learning things apparently) so it is just me, Amy & the chooks. Let Marc know they are truly wonderful house-guests! We get 2 eggs a day and they have completely rearranged the back yard! :D hehe! Keep the stories coming when you get a chance but we can wait until you are back...
Take care, travel safe!
Loads of love Bernadette, Henrico, Amy & the chooks!

by vanschoor

Everything is fine here house OK and the house guest Abi is fine. She is such a good girl on her morning walk and she and Nelson are working out the status quo. she has finished her antibiotics I think all her lumps have gone. she & Nelson will miss the peanut butter fix each day,
How are you enjoying the food? Hope everything is going to plan.
Love mum and Dad xxxx

by colham

Hi Tourists!!!!!

Sounds like you are having fun!! Make the most of it, not everyday you get to go on a big holiday.
We had a good Christmas and New Year. Katelyn is 6 months now and has a tooth and about to crawl!! Very scarey, feels like yesterday she was born.

Have a great trip.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

by CarlaK

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