Got up fairly early to the sound of rain outside - wasn't too heavy but just wanted to stay in the cabin and stay asleep!
Once I dragged myself out of my bed, we had a quick breakfast and went out to the caves. We were the first group there that morning, so it was quite nice as we weren't rushed around them. They had some funky lights going on in the cave, some parts looked like a scene out of one of the Alien movies! Spent about an hour wandering around, then headed back to the boat for check out and brunch (they really do feed you well on these Junks)
Headed back to Ha-Long City, which looked even more depressing in the rain than it did before (its a really horrid city). Got back onto our bus, picked up the rest of the group and compared stories/experiences of Ha-Long Bay. Once we got back to Hanoi, we all arranged to meet for dinner and drinks that night. Made arrangements to meet Kevin at 5 to sort out Sapa - then quickly remembered that we were going to see that Water Puppets show at 5.15. So quickly had some food, then met with Kevin to arrange our Sapa trip, then headed off to the Water Puppets to meet Manisha.
The show was a little strange, as it was all in Vietnamese it was a little difficult to understand what was going on. It was certainly an interesting experience but not sure if I would actually do it again. After the show, I ran back to our hotel - dumped my bags took a shower and met everyone for dinner.
We wandered around the streets for a while, and ended up having dinner in a very odd restaurant. We were put up in the top room - we had to go up about 6 flights of stairs, through the kitchen, through what looked like the person's living room, to the very top of the restaurant. The food that we got wasn't the best food I we had in Hanoi - but it was all part of the experience. After the food, we all went for drinks at one of the local drinking spots - i.e. sat on a corner drinking fresh beer. As I don't drink beer, I was quite happily watching everyone get slightly drunk whilst playing drinking whilst thinking and 21! Had a great night overall. John made us all laugh when he decided to take the books from the book seller guy and sell them to other people on the street! We all took pictures of John, then the guy (bookseller) tried to charge us 5 dollars for each of the pictures we took with his books.
After a little while, we all decided that we should head home, most people were leaving for new destinations the next day. So, we said our goodbyes, swapped emails etc and headed off home to pack again!