I got home and life took over and my blog fell by the wayside. What’s new? well I got a new job, I hiked the highest mountain in Scotland, ran a 10k, lost 3 stone and of course took a couple of trips!
I feel like I do need to round off Asia though, after Hoi An we drove to Hue. I’ll be honest, I wasn’t a big fan – anything in comparison to Hoi An was going to be anti-climatic though. After Hue, we arrived in Ninh Binh. Ninh Binh is on the very outskirts of Hanoi, we arrived late here. The next day was our last day with Stray – we stopped at Trang An, where we got a boat around and I nearly fell in on more than one occasion!!
Trang An is where King Kong: Skull Island is filmed, which was pretty cool to see. Each boat had a local doing the rowing and steering. But we had to help too, whenever our lady thought we were getting too lazy she would give me a nudge in the back with her oar and laughed every time I had to get on or off the boat because I was so clumsy and clearly just do not have boat legs. I also want to note, each boat was big enough four only 4 westerners, but they were squeezing atleast 9 Vietnamese onto each boat It was a great last activity before Hanoi where our tour with Stray ended.
When we arrived in Hanoi Mia (our Stray guide) took us on a walking tour and to the railway that runs through a street, she told us that this is where the poorer people live, which really makes you see the quality of life some people have. We took a walk round Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum.
I loved Hanoi, frankly I loved Vietnam. I’d love to go back and revisit and stay for longer – hopefully I get to!
After Vietnam, we headed back to Singapore. I love love love Singapore. It’s so clean and modern and it has my one true love – Innisfree. We spent our time in Singapore at the night zoo, shopping and going to the free attractions at night – the gardens by the bay and the water show. We also went to Universal Studios Singapore which is well worth the visit!
Singapore was the end of the road in Asia for me. I was ready to be home though, ready to get back into a routine and stop living out of a backpack! 6 months on and I’m dying to be living out of that backpack again!!