Hanoi (November 20)

Breakfast at the bamboo hotel in Ninh Binh, then we piled everyone (and our bags) into a small car arranged by the hotel, and we were off to Hanoi.

We had apparently hit some race condition in the hotel booking process, and they had double-booked the type of room we needed, but had arranged for a room for us at their nearby “Brother hotel” which was fine. We dropped our bags, and headed out for a walk around the lake in Hanoi and explored the old quarter a bit, stopping for some snacks along the way, before putting J in an Uber to the airport (she had to head home earlier than the rest of us, so she could spend Thanksgiving with her family).

An afternoon of wandering around, a sub-par massage (we’re connoisseurs at this point), streetside beer & people watching, and then following our noses to find more good food – spring rolls, noodles, and bun bo hue (yum!)

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