Day 15-16 / Final day in Laos and Hanoi, Vietnam

Day 15

The next couple of days we will be travelling a lot. We are heading back to Luang Prabang today, because tomorrow we are flying to Hanoi, Vietnam.

We met so many people on the minivan, Americans, Italians, Spanish, we were all crammed in, 11 of us in an old minivan with no AC, it was an experience haha.

I called shotgun, so at least I had some space in the front, but I also had the responsibility to wake up our driver from time to time, he was seriously yawning all the way, which is incredible given how bad the roads are.

Somehow we made it back to Luang Prabang, dropped off our laundry, 5 kgs worth, and had to sort out a Vietnam visa for Evie. I have got mine straight away, but she still hasn’t got hers approved. Because we are flying tomorrow, I thought it is best if we go to the Vietnamese embassy in Luang Prabang and see what our options are. We ended up paying 65 dollars for a visa for Evie, but at least she can enter Vietnam tomorrow. The good news is, this already includes the 25 dollar stamp duty, which I still have to pay, so actually we only lost about 35 dollars throughout this process.

Our evening was boring, we were so knackered we stayed in, had some pot noodles, watched a movie and went to sleep.

Day 16

My alarm woke me up at 5am, I was not going to leave Luang Prabang without participating in the alms giving ceremony.

I bought some rice from a market and knelt down by the temple, shortly a group of monks came. It was a brilliant experience.

We spent the afternoon hanging out in a bar, where we met a couple of Dutch guys, we had a long chat about life, brexit, our experiences, etc.

Lao cocktail, local rice whiskey with sugar cane and lime. Pretty terrible, but cheap and strong

It was however time to leave, we went to the Vietnam embassy and picked up Evie’s passport, all stamped and sorted with a Visa.

Our flight was pretty much standard, to be fair I slept all the way, so I wouldn’t know!

Our mini mini plane

When we arrived in Vietnam, I was surprised that I got a stamp on my e visa straight away, didn’t have to pay any extra money…

Pho from Pho 10, awesome place in Hanoi

Hanoi is a very busy city, even at 10pm it is buzzing. The biggest challenge for us has been the smog, it’s like being in a cloud constantly, making it difficult to breathe. Also, the traffic here is super random, it feels like there are absolutely no rules.

Tomorrow morning we are heading to Hà Long Bay, so after a meal and a walk, we headed back to the hotel for a sleep.

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