Righto, so last day in Hong Kong... We didn't do much. We walked around for a bit, had another cup noodle for dinner and played cards at the hostel. We have playing cards with the theme 'famous dogs' (they were cheap) but it wasn't like Lassie or Pluto, it's actual types of dog, which was a little disappointing...
It was then up at 5 (we made sure we said farewell to our crazy roommate as early in the morning as possible) to catch a 6 o'clock bus headed to the airport. We checked in early but due to misreading the boarding ticket, we very nearly missed the plane. We ran through the airport, had to wait for a ridiculously slow shuttle bus and then do the walk of shame down the aeroplane- we were handily sat on the back row, just to make matters worse. We got to Vietnam, the border control guy was very interested in my passport (it's a new one), commenting on how light it was and asking how much it cost- normal border control questions?!
We got to Hanoi and found a really nice, cheap hostel thanks to some nice people taking us there as we got lost! We spent the rest of the day exploring the city and had a really nice lunch with a beer for less than £2! The big sight in the Old Quarter of Hanoi is a lake, although there's not much to it. The water is really dirty but apparently giant turtles live in there which is cool :) I fell asleep really early and pretty much slept through the night, finally correcting my sleeping pattern!
Today we got our free breakfast and headed out into the city. We went to the Ho Chi Minh Museum (the mausoleum had shut by the time we got there) and had a look around. I didn't really know who he was and the museum didn't enlighten me. It was full of pictures of this guy and letters either written in french or vietnamese- I looked him up when we got back to the hostel and now it makes more sense.
We did a bit more walking, had a nap and went out for dinner before coming back for an early night-ish.
Tomorrow we leave for a 2 day tour of Halong Bay. I'm quite excited, although we'll be on a boat for ages and there may only be seafood available...