Obviously this morning was not a smooth one after last nights antics! However we managed to pop round to say goodbye to Rachel and co before climbing aboard the sky link to the airport. Seeing as it was a half hour journey it seemed fitting to have a power nap to start my day off correctly!
Arriving at Bangkok airport meant dragging my case around for far too long when I could barely carry myself around. (Lou it appears that people have learnt to queue over the past 4 years since we were last there) We were also able to grab some chicken dippers from Burger King (desperate times...) and climb on the plane.
Well, all I can say is that someone was looking down on us today. We got the row next to the emergency exit door meaning: LEG ROOM! We were then given a free eye mask and ear plugs. I was asleep before the wheels left the Tarmac. Best plane snooze ever.
On arrival to hanoi it was apparent that the crazy taxi drivers shouting at you was just a distant memory. We were waved at by a driver who was leaning quietly on his car, we climbed in, he put on relaxing music and we were off. Probably could have managed a taxi snooze to make my snoozing hat trick of the day, but I was too busy taking in the greenery around us.
Once we were at the hotel, which had the most welcoming desk manager I've ever met, we had a 10 minute relax before going bout for dinner. We went a bit more upmarket today as we followed the hotels advice for food-and we weren't disappointed! I finally tried some broth and noodles-amazingly filling for duck water! We also had scallops and some summer rolls (like spring rolls but without the 10lbs of fat as they're not fried).
After dinner we hit the night market with force and purchased a few items before heading back for bed. At the night market a lady tried to scam us by attempting to put her basket on sticks on my shoulders. As Rachel had already warned me of this scam I was having none of it. We were then looking for some baggy trousers to add to our collection, unfortunately Vietnamese women are tiny and the market only really caters for that. Luckily for us a woman called out I make you big size. I measure, I make you big size. We were thanking god that most people had no clue what she was talking about. Out here 'big size' is what us Brits refer to as normal size. Whereas Size 0-4 is their 'normal size'. We didn't take her up on her offer today, but am quite tempted to get some handmade 'big size' trousers...
A long day, but well worth it in order to get to Vietnam-already love it here and can see why people return.