I DON’T WANT TO LEAVE VIETNAM, EVER. Okay, I wouldn’t want to leave ever if all my other favourites could come join me here, to be fair.
But, unfortunately, all good things must come to an end. Luckily, we had a chance to go to the caves this morning before it had to end. The caves are beautiful, and I highly recommend it – especially if you’ve never been to caves before. It’s pretty cool. We had brunch on the boat, and then made our way back on our mini boat to the bus. Stopped at the silk place/rest stop again, and then back to our hotel in Hanoi.
It’s our last night all together, which is always so sad. It still amazes me how close you can get to people in just a few weeks, but I’m so grateful to have had the chance again to make new friends from all over the world and to have learnt so much from them. Lee gave us a few more tips for things to do around Hanoi if we’re hanging out a couple more days (chocolate buffet, hello…) and we booked tickets for the Water Puppets too.
Our final dinner was to be at Green Mango (like the other one we went to for drinks). The food was really good (I had fresh spring rolls, and seafood noodles), but the venue was a bit dark, and all in all I think everyone was just a bit depro it was all over. The service was also suuuuper slow, and the food is not cheap, but at least we were all together.
After dinner, Lee went off to get her tattoo with the promise that we would say goodbye to her in the morning if we didn’t see her at the bar later. There were a couple of goodbyes at the restaurant (I’m not gonna lie, I teared up a bit) and then most of us headed off to the Hangover Bar for our last night out. Umm… I can understand why it’s called the Hangover Bar; they were selling fish bowls and all sorts of things. Not feeling 100% I gave drinking a skip, and enjoyed just being with my people, but when more party-crazy people started arriving, my vibe started dying a bit, and I just wasn’t really in the mood for that scene (oh, how things have changed haha) and yeah I really was feeling sad with all the goodbyes.
Luckily, Katie and I did get a chance to run around and make sure we got photos with everyone from the family who was there. Some of us will still be around tomorrow, so we will arrange to have dinner together somewhere then. Everyone’s sort of shifting hotels and stuff, so we’re all over the place, but luckily restaurants stay in the same areas! I took the goodbyes a lot harder this time around than in Europe, but I’m really glad I have Katie with me, and that we still have a few more days to adventure in Vietnam before we have to head home.