Much to the annoyance of my travel buddies, I actually slept pretty well on the overnight sleeper train and felt pretty perky by 5am.
Our taxi picked us up from the train station at 6am and 40 minutes later, we had arrived at the lovely Terracotta Homestay where we were greeted by Lee and her adorable children.
As the girls didn’t sleep so well on the train, they had a nap in the room while I sat in the garden catching up with Bridget Jones.
We met the wonderful Yeter and walked into town together, had lunch at a vegan restaurant and walked around the Old Town which was full of temples and cute shops selling art and souvenirs.
After a walk around, we headed back to the homestay to chill and devoured delicious, homemade Vietnamese pancakes for dinner.
Friday 26th August
At 8am, we were picked up and taken to the local food market to buy some vegetables for our Vietnamese cooking class.
We had the opportunity to join some local fisherman and attempt to catch some fish using a fishing net.
Catch of the day 😉
Unfortunately, we were unsuccessful.
The confusion on my face says it all.
Undeterred from our failures as fisherwomen, we donned some traditional Vietnamese headwear and headed towards our class in a bucket boat.
TICK THAT BAD BOY OFF THE BUCKET LIST 😉
Before class, we played a game where we were blindfolded and had to hit a clay pot.
Not what I expected to be doing when I woke up that morning but a right LOL, nevertheless.
Our cooking class was awesome and we looked incredible.
As you can see, I am soaking up the chef’s wise words so that I can recreate all these dishes at home with ease.
We made rice rolls, crispy pancakes, papaya salad and claypot pork – SO GOOD!
Once we had stuffed our faces, we were taken back to the homestay where we chilled for a few hours before heading to the bizarre and unintentionally hilarious Water Puppet Show.
Ballin’ in the front row.
After the show, we walked into Old Town for dinner at a lovely restaurant but unfortunately I don’t remember what it was called. The food was great, though. (Useful info for you, I’m sure).
After dinner, we met Keith and Yeter for a few bevvies on a boat.
Saturday 27th August
Having had many early starts recently, the girls and I treated ourselves to a lie-in before spending the day at the gorgeous An Bang Beach.
We got to the airport in the evening to find that our flight to Hanoi had been delayed by 2 hours but at least I learnt something new from my Burger King packaging.
By around 2am, we arrived at Asia Backpacker in Hanoi, exhausted and ready for bed.
As we entered our narrow dorm room, we were ecstatic to be greeted by wafts of fast food.
See you soon for updates from Hanoi 😉