Sunday, October 28, 2012
Vietnam - Hanoi Trip Day 2 - On the way to Halong Bay - Tyre Punctured
PLEASE ASK PERMISSION BEFORE YOU RE POST MY PHOTOS ON TO YOUR BLOG. THERE ARE SOME BLOGGERS WHO DID NOT ASK MY PERMISSION AND REPOST MY PHOTOS WITHOUT THE COURTESY OF LINKING BACK TO MY BLOG. THIS IS LIKE STEALING. PEOPLE, I HAVE SPEND MUCH TIME TAKING PHOTOS AND DOING HOMEWORK ON MY TRAVELLING INFORMATION AND KINDLY SHARE THESE INFORMATION TO ANYONE INTERESTED IN THEM. IF NECESSARY I WILL POST SCREEN SHOT OF YOUR BLOG TO SHOW YOUR BAD MANNERS OF STEALING MY PHOTOS. THE MOST DISGUSTING THING THEY DID WAS TO SCREEN SHOT MY PHOTO AND CORP OFF MY BLOG TITLE FROM MY PHOTO AND REPOST THEM IN THEIR BLOG. After a good night sleep, feeling so refreshed, we went for our breakfast at the basement of the hotel. We did not pre booked our halong bay tour online, so on Day 1 upon arrival, we booked our one day halong cruise tour with the hotel. We need to get ready by 8.00 am as the tour bus will be coming to fetch us to the harbour to take the cruise. We joined the group tour at US$38 per person. The hotel's breakfast was so appetizing and delicious. They even had beef pho. The service was so good, they keep attending to our needs by making sure our cups/glasses were always filled with drinks and clear the dirty plates very quickly. We dont even have to wait for the beef pho or fried eggs to be ready,we just tell them what we want and they served right to our table. This is what I called excellent service. :) Soon we were on our way to halong bay. The journey from Hanoi to Halong Bay is about 4 hours including half an hour toilet break. Something beyond our expectation (as what was written on the mini bus hahahaha), we heard a loud bang after 1 hour journey, the mini bus had burst one of its tyre. Strange less than 1 minute is a tyre repair shop (so coincident.) It took about one hour to repair the tyre and waiting for a new tyre to be delivered by motorbike to the shop. So instead of a four hours journey from hanoi to halong bay, we took five hours but most important everybody were safe and sound. This incident reminds me of another incident when I was at Ho Chi Minh where our tour bus got caught in some cables. You can read in my Ho Chi Minh's travel posts. Half way through the journey, we had half an hour toilet break at a handicraft shop. The toilets were really very clean.