Last night we attended mass at St. Joseph cathedral in Hanoi where the local people really know how celebrate with non-stop singing. The church was full and the sound was soothing and yet inspiring. A rather long mass but one we are so glad we did not miss. We returned to the hotel to have yet another wonderful dinner at the Red Bean Restaurant.
The next couple of days involved some long travel time in the van and we cover a lot of territory. This morning we take to the road cross-country to arrive in Hon Gai International Harbor, Ha Long Bay. We board a lovely ship provided by Indochina Junk Company on the Dragon Legend Cruise ship. The accommodations are superior and the staff amazing. The sight of the bay with its limestone islands is breathtaking. We experience the tranquil wonder of cruising past these natural wonders and then the next morning kayaking through the waters to see them up close. The couples share a kayak but I swear Mike let me do all the paddling! Everything about this was a must-do and it was something we will not forget.
It was so relaxing another day there would have suited me fine.
We met some amazing people!
We make a couple of stops for some shopping. And we all had fun chosing some magnificent needlework art to bring home. We also visited a pearl factory but passed on any purchase, we may hold out for Japan on that.
These are all worked with the finest of silk threads! Unbelievable workmanship!
We spend another night at the La Siesta Trendy Hotel. We loved this little hotel in the heart of Hanoi. Our room were beautiful, beds remarkably comfortable and the staff cannot do enough for you at every turn. Also, the hotels restaurant, which I mentioned above, kept us returning for more of the best dishes we had in Hanoi.