Monday, December 6, 2010

Tuesday, November 30, Halong Bay back to Hanoi

Even on the junk we couldn't escape the call for an early breakfast! At 7:40 we transferred to a small boat powered by a standing man plying two long oars; he seemed to be rowing backwards to what we do. We slipped under an arch of stone into a beautiful serene lagoon surrounded by tall outcrops of limestone.
Checkout was at 9 am, lunch at 10:30 (Dan, Bernie, Doug and Yvonne played a rematch of bridge game started on the train to pass the time) and then back to shore to the bus.
On the way back to Hanoi we stopped at a "happy place" in a factory similar to yesterday's. On our arrival back in Hanoi Paul and Nancy did some power shopping as they were leaving at 6 am the next day. The rest of us walked around a bit until dinner time.
 At dinner we said goodbye and gave our final thanks to Chau for the experience of a lifetime. Then off we went to see a performance at the Thang Long Water Puppet Theater; puppets were manipulated by means of long sticks and wires to seem as if they were on the water. Fighting water buffalo and a wealthy merchant and his servants were highlights.

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