DAY 7: 14/05
Hue to Ha Noi
|Ryano and Lisa standing behind the yellow line outside the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum.|
We then stopped for lunch at KOTO (Know One, Teach One) which is a non-profit organisation which takes children off the street, teaches them culinary and hospitality skills in the hope of giving them a brighter future.
After lunch it was off to the Temple of Literature, where the first university in Ha Noi was established.
They had amazing topiary of the twelve symbols of the Chinese calender year.
|Joy along with her snake symbol|
Andrea from Germany and Roxy posing with Harold in front of the golden tortoise.
|Joy imitating the Phoenix position|
DAY 8: 15/05
Ha Noi to Ha Long Bay
|Roxy getting her sea-legs on|
|Joy stroking the lucky dragon head at the front of the boat|
|Exploring the cabin on board|
Enjoying the view from the sundeck
|Left to Right: Jordy (Canada), Dr Rich (UK), Grace (Australia) and Chris (Australia)|
We docked at one of the islands and climbed to the top of the mountain to enjoy the spectacular view of one of the recently proclaimed 7 Natural Wonders of the World.
|So many stairs...|
|Our fellow SA ladies also from EC: Lisa and Justine|
Enjoying the view
After the long hike down, we were in need of a swim. The water was amazing but as we ventured beyond the buoy, we were whistled at to return.
On the beach we took part in a little beach volleyball and some soccer. Such fun but made us realise how unfit we have become.
Later that afternoon we went kayaking amongst the many islands.
|Edmund was brave enough to go the whole nine yards and gets his eyes pencilled!|
|Even Leroy, our mascot, got into the spirit|
We had a wild night jamming to some good old tunes courtesy of Grace! After the party got shut down at 12, we headed to the sun deck where we slept beneath the stars.