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Read my full day to day blog of my first big overseas solo trip.
Day 99 (15th March 2016) Last day on the boat sadly but we managed to fit a fair amount of stuff in the last 2 days. Breakfast on the boat was really good once again, plenty of food. I am sure you can tell by now that I’m a big breakfast fan so if they say it is a good breakfast I'm happy.
First things first - the group hops on a small boat and head for some caves hidden inside the islands of Halong Bay. There were quite a few stairs to climb before the opening to the cave. The inside was massive with drips of sand handing from the ceiling and the celling look like it was as our guide called it a "sandy beach", as long ago when the water was high water it washed through the cave and left ripples engraved into the soft sand. It was so cool to see how powerful nature can be and just how creative it can it. Came back from the caves to gather our things and check out of the room.
Brunch was waiting for us on the top deck laid out with precision. We cruised along the water while we eat on the way back to the harbour. After a few hours of gazing out the windows trying soak in the last of the view we arrived back in the harbour and caught a dingy back to the main land.
The same journey was in place on the way back to Hanoi, 1 hour bus then stop for lunch / rest stop for a bit before continuing on for 2 hour more. Arriving back in Hanoi, checked into the same hotel which we left our suitcases at and settling into our room for the night.
It is our last night as a whole group (Contiki family) before some leave tomorrow morning. Some of the girls and I head out to browse the street shops before returning to the hotel to meet up with everyone for dinner at this really fancy place that I’m not quite sure if my budget will stretch to. The meal was good and some did some emotional speeches about the trip and coming together. We all went out for one last drink at hangover bar, which was very loud and smoky not really my style but I went along to be with everyone for our last few hours together. When the party was over and it was time to go, I said my goodbyes and turned away. Trying not to think of the fact I may never see some of these people ever again but so lucky that I also now have a home to stay in many more places around the world.
xx Kirsty Claire xx