Sichuan, Chongqing, Hubei, Hunan, Guizhou, Guangxi
and 3 days in Hanoi, North Vietnam
29th Mar <> 26th Apr 2011
|at Pingxiang bus station|
Pingxiang is 15km away from the Vietnamese border crossing. We took the 11am van (CY70) to Youyiguan the Chinese side friendship border first and then to Vietnam border town of Huu Nghi and not to Langson. From Huu Nghi we took the big bus (D150k) to Hanoi in 4 hours bus journey.
Sleeping at Real Darling Cafe Guesthouse @ US10 a room
this is Huu Nghi the Vietnam border town
this is the car that we took for border crossing
|the Vietnam country houses|
|we had to walk all the way from the bus stopped to hotel in Hanoi|
|I have to assist Kam Boon in carrying his backpack for the big walk in town|
|sea food every where in the Hanoi old quarter|
|the oldest cinema in Hanoi|
|if you are in Hanoi, never never miss the local Beer Hoi|
|cheers! you will regret for not drinking Bia Hoi|
|started with D2,000 a glass in 2007, now is D5,000|
|am getting the real taste of the local cigarette|
|making friend with Vietnamese girl Ms. Sam. (firstname.lastname@example.org)|
|the ever smiling Ms. Sam (email@example.com)|
|Lee Kam Boon and his other girlfriend|
|our European drinking friends|
|the big crowd drinking by the road side|
|this is a disorderly orderly traffic in Hanoi|
|we stayed at this Real Darling Cafe Guesthouse|
Day 27 (24.04.2011) Hanoi
Today we made a day trip to Halong Bay which cost US17 per person booked at our Darling Cafe Guesthouse. We stayed at Homey Hotel @ US9 a room.
|this is my favorite baguettes|
|typical Vietnamese building - tall and narrow|
|Halong Bay jetty|
|this is our Chinese Junk boat|
|Lee Kam Boon post for a photo shoot|
|this is the floating market where you can buy for the boatman to cook|
|different kind of sea shells for sale|
|the floating fruit vendors|
|a boat made of mat and bamboo|
|cave exploration by small boat|
|this is the Dong Thien Cung cave entrance|
|an island jetty|
|Beer Hoi in the evening to cool down|
|today we stayed at this Homey Hotel|
Day 28 (25.04.2011) Hanoi
Today is our second last day and it is free and easy. Morning was shopping and walking all over of Hanoi, visited the huge wholesale market. Had our favorite Pho Bo for lunch and Wantan mee for dinner. Evening was the Thang Long Water Puppet show.
|the 5 storey spiral stair case of the hotel|
|a street fish vendor|
|the HSBC bank on the main street|
|the wholesale market|
|Kam Boon and his new girlfriend a book vendor|
the best Pho to eat - we have been here for the past many years
|the temple at the lake|
|the best Van Than My in Hanoi|
|the evening was Beer Hoi, cheers!|
The last day was and early rise and took a van (US15) at 7.30am to the airport for our flight back to KL.
Total expenses in China and Vietnam to-date is RM2,925 per person
Air-Asia : Hanoi - KL is RM320.90
- To wear face mask in China as it is very dusty and smoky.
- Never ever pay any hotel booking deposit through a 3rd party.
- Never ever accept any deal as proposed by tout or individual acting as agent of hotel or travel agency at airport, bus or train stations and along the road. Always go to a reputable travel agency or in hotel.