25.01.2013 - 25.02.2013
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Today we woke with only slight groggy heads and settled down to another great meal. After breakfast we bid our farewells to a few of our boat mates as they headed back to Hanoi and we headed onwards to Monkey Island, our home for tonight. A boat, a bus and another boat later and we arrived. It was awesome and we loved our little cabin near the beach :-)
After dumping our bags we started the hike up to the top of the island for great views across the bay. As usual, our guide appeared to be in a very big hurry, so the hike that he had said would take half an hour, took only twenty minutes! But the views were fantastic! I managed to somehow impale my hand on a branch, but nothing else eventful happened.
After lunch and an hour of doing nothing, Tam and I left the island to go exploring Lan Ha Bay by boat. No one fancied joining us on this expedition, but that was a mistake! It was stunning, and so much less crowded than Halong Bay. We also got to visit a fish farm (where we were nearly attacked by dogs whilst tottering along very narrow planks of wood!) and watch some people collecting shellfish. Very cool!
Back at the resort post boating, Tam and I got very, very bored. But we discovered a ping pong table in the dining area..... As neither of us is very good at ping pong, we invented a new game, which we named pong ping. It basically involved keeping the ball in play, but being able to use the table of any other part of the room as the playing field. It was very amusing, if not a little dangerous for anyone else in the room. After this I managed to somehow befriend another child, who spent a good hour sat on a stool with me, playing on a drawing game on my iphone! They can seriously smell my fear! Dinner soon - yum!!
Tomorrow we head back to Hanoi. But its been a great trip! :-)