Okay this is the last post for Vietnam. The last worthy trip to blog is our trip out of Hanoi into the mountainous area. There were two landmarks to visit - Hau Lu, which is a temple to one of the early emperors of Vietnam and Tam Coc, which is a river through some mountains.
It was a day trip so we boarded the bus early at 8 am and was home by 6. It took about 2 hours each way with a 15 pee-break in the middle.
|Our pee-break. The disabled workers stitching up some artwork|
for tourists on the way to the bathroom.
|The work was quite good but way overpriced.|
|I'm lucky I didn't get shot for this one. There was a few VIPs|
going through between these camo jeeps.
|Hau Lu entrance.|
|Another, less-than-exciting entrance.|
|This was cool! A foot-long lizard.|
|They were serving beer, whoopie pies, soda, fruit to the gods.|
A happy bunch of gods they must be - or at least happy workers
who get to eat the god's leftovers.
|Rice being dried on the street.|
|Tam Coc - 2-3 to a boat plus the rower.|
|Talented leg-rowers. He didn't say a word so|
he wasn't much of a guide...
|The ladies boat.|
|Some temple on the mountain.|
|Under the rocks.|
|Not much clearance.|
|It was leaking from the ceiling.|
|Of course, the souvenir shop at the turn-around point.|
|What a tough job. Did anyone tell him the war is over?|
|A abandoned house. River access only.|
|An ice cream shop. The only one we saw in town.|
|Drinking with the locals. This was an alley and|
I don't think that we were really welcome. We had
our 60 cent beers and left.
|A nice bike ride in the Tam Coc area.|
|There were people living in the area.|
|Watch out for the soldiers hiding in the paddies.|
|We rode on dikes with the farmland below us.|
|This was a guide, Min.|
|Cool country-side shot.|