So we decided to go up into the mountains to a little town 2 hours away called Sapa instead of a 10 hour train journey to Hanoi (not ready just yet!) We relaxed in the morning, checking out at 12, fully prepared in our rain gear (thankyou dad the jackets were a life saver!) although we appear to have lost tonys waterproof cover for his rucksack, we then walked to find a bus. Unfortunately we had to wait an hour as everything closes between 12pm and 1pm so we went to a restaurant for lunch. We had really horrible spring rools but delicious beef noodles with vegetables. At 1pm we went to a tour operator and got in a little mini bus to Sapa. However, it is just like tv, they drive around and pick people up and take them too, but you have to wait until the bus is full, and they drop you off anywhere en route! The view on the drive up was beautiful, all the mountains, clouds lingering and hovering above and lots of rice paddys and waterfalls, it was really amazing. As we went futher up it got mistier and mistier and started to rain really hard and got really cold! We arrived and a woman jumped on the bus and offered a good price for a hotel so we decided to stay at the Queen hotel, at the bottom of the hill in a really busy street. We walked up 6 flights of stairs to our room, it had ensuite, tv, 2 double beds and a massive window for the views over the mountains (the view may have been amazing but all we could see were clouds!!!)
We had a beer in a cafe and could not get over how many westeners there were, we were 1 of 12 in there alone! Just slightly different to China where you would be lucky to see 2 other westerners in one place!! We looked around the markets where you could buy anything from fruit, clothes, fresh meat, pretty much everything! We were really wet so decided to shelter and get some food. We looked around some more stalls, watched a movie, had dinner and went to a bar for a drink a a game of pool ( i'm still rubbish!) We then went back to the hotel, woo happy halloween!