After two days in Hà Nội, I was determined to get out of the Old Quarter. My trip to Vietnam was short in general and I didn't want to say that I had only seen the city (and then later Halong Bay). The receptionist at my hostel recommended a trip to Tam Đảo, a couple hours away from the city. She had gone recently and showed me pictures of a waterfall. It is very peaceful and relaxing, she said.
It sounded nice, but I wasn't sure. It's one thing to randomly hop on a bus in Canada or Korea--in one I can speak the language and at least in the other I can read and make small talk--but to venture a couple hours from the city in Vietnam alone? That was scary. Terrifying, even.
But I was on vacation and determined to have an adventure. I approached a French tourist who had arrived when I did and convinced her to come along. With directions written by the receptionist, we headed out early the next day. Three hours, a taxi, three buses and a taxi-bike later, we arrived on a clouded and misty mountain side (See postscript for details).
|On the road up the mountain.
|Clouds rolling up the mountain.
|Exploring town led to some beautiful pathways.
As a bonus, the whole community had wifi and pokemon. So yes, I can say that I've caught an Evee at the foot of a waterfall on a mountainside in Vietnam. Ha.
|View from the top of a temple/pagoda.
On to the next adventure!
Love and Hugs
P.S. Directions from Hà Nội (Our Journey):
- Get to Long Biên Bus Station
- Take Bus #58 to Mê Linh Plaza
- Take Bus #1 to Vĩnh Phúc Province
- Take Bus #7 to Tam Đảo
- Agree to take one of the Taxis/Motor-Taxis to the village as it is still 13km away (We paid 50,000 vnd for this).
On the way back, the taxi driver helped us find a bus that took us straight to Mê Linh Plaza where we caught the 58 back to Long Biên Station. It was a bit more expensive, but I think overall the trip cost us about 15$ usd.
P.P.S. Two more pictures...
|Panoramic view as we explored the town.
|One last shot before heading back to the city...