Hanoi – Bangkok – Udon Thani – Kut Chap

November 19, 2017 at 20:13

The last few days in Asia for this trip. Hanoi International or Noi Bai Airport as they call it here. I have a VietJet flight to Bangkok. And a bus ticket a few days later to Kut Chap to see Nong and the girls.

My plane to Bangkok
My plane to Bangkok

VietJet from the inside
VietJet from the inside. I had enough space and was quite happy with VietJet. Booked my 2 flights in 2018 already with them.

Adios Hanoi
Adios Hanoi

Over the clouds - over Laos
Over the clouds – over Laos

Bangkok

Two nights in BKK – visited Melanie and Scott – that was all.

Bangkok Architecture
Bangkok Architecture

Bird of Pray? Not really
Bird of Pray? Not really

Coffee
Coffee

Off to Udon Thani

My VIP bus to Udon Thani
My TCK Rungroj VIP bus to Udon Thani. Left Bangkok at 21:00 for 454 Bath. Quite a good deal. There are snacks and food vouchers included.

Enough space for the night
Enough space for the night

The usual 2-1 seating arrangement
The usual 2-1 seating arrangement

Gave my food to the lady next to me
Gave my food to the lady next to me

Breakfast in Udon
Breakfast in Udon. Had to wait for Nong to pick me up and give me a lift to Kut Chap

Kut Chap

Good to be back but it was bloody hot there. Nong arranged a room at her neighbors place. They build a small house to rent apartments. Mine was not really finished but the bathroom worked and there was WiFi – what more do you need??

My room
My room

At the coffee shop
At the coffee shop

What you do?
What you do?

Evening with the girls
The best part of the day – the evenings with the girls

Evening with the girls

The fish market
The fish market part of the market. The market is behind the bar and there is a public toilet. Way more space to take a leak. I never tried the toilet in the small restaurant.

Breakfast
Breakfast – Nong cooked for me in the morning – great when you wake up and find some fresh food on your doorstep! Thank you Nong!!

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Last Days in Hanoi for my Winter 2017 Trip

November 17, 2017 at 18:52

Two more nights to go before the flight to Bangkok.

Hanoi Lucky Guesthouse

Booked at the Hanoi Lucky Guesthouse in the “Backpacker Quarter”. This is the best place in Hanoi if you ask me. Lots of small streets with still a lot of original stores and in the weekend they close down a few streets and it turns into a big open air bar and shopping district. Let’s talk about shopping – if you go to 10 different shop you saw it all. Lots of fake cloths and bags and other tourist bullshit. If you skim the “Art Galleries” you might find a pearl in all the “same same but different” copy works. I found one last year and I am quite happy with it – still!

My bed in the Hanoi Lucky Guesthouse
My bed in the Hanoi Lucky Guesthouse

TV, Fridge, AC, Chair and Closet
TV, Fridge, AC, Chair and Closet

well - nothing to call home about the bathroom but ok
Well – nothing to call home about the bathroom but ok

Yeah! Balcony with plants - great for coffee in the morning!
Yeah! Balcony with plants – great for coffee in the morning!

Not really big but very good for 11$ a night
Not really big but very good for 11$ a night – with breakfast. Which I skipped to get a tasty one in a sandwich shop.

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One of the many food places - old style. I have to go walk more in the night and take pictures with the big camera
One of the many food places – old style. I have to go walk more in the night and take pictures with the big camera – next time!

The next Day

Graduation Day in the city
Graduation Day in the city

All over the place they took pictures
All over the place they took pictures

Pictures like this on as well
Pictures like this on as well – It was Sunday and the road next to the lake is closed for traffic. Great for a walk and to do some PPL watching.

A lot of traffic on the small bridge
A lot of traffic on the small bridge to the island

Other than that: Waiting for customers
Other than that: Waiting for customers

Customer - come here - come come come!
Customer – come here – come come come!

Waiting
Waiting

Waiting for the picture
Waiting for the picture

Mailin and her boyfriend was in town – finally reunion. The poor boy was sick and stayed in the room. We had dinner and a few local brews at a small place at the corner next to my hotel. Later we walked to the hotel to have a beer on their rooftop. Great view and nobody else up there.
View from Mailins hotel roof
View from Mailins hotel roof

View from Mailins hotel roof

Mailins with boyfriend and me
Mailins with boyfriend and me

Cool electric scooter
Cool electric scooter

Last Night in the City

 
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Last Evening in Hanoi – Tạm biệt Vietnam

June 13, 2016 at 10:35

A last beer with dinner
A last beer with dinner down town Hanoi

Pack the bag game - I won!
The last “Pack the bag game” for this trip – I won!

Scored an exit row seat - I won again!
Scored a exit row seat – I won again!
I was way to early at the airport and my check in was not open. Still some Dong in the pocket and they have to stay here! So I got 2 cans of beer and choose a seat close to the check in. The plan was to drink the beer and run over to the counter as soon as there is movement.
That did not work out because a few locals decided to take some selfies and pictures with me or their kids on my shoulders or grandma next to me. That did eat up all the waiting time and when I saw that they did open the gate it was too late to be the first in line. But in this case it was good enough. Might be that the girl behind the counter did see me clowning round with the locals and decided I was worth the better seat. Thank you again Vietnam Airlines!!

Waiting for departure
Waiting for departure

Waiting for the floor to dry
Waiting for the floor to dry

Ok - what if you really need to use the handles to take a leak. And everybody down there watches you?
Ok – what if you really need to use the handles to take a leak. And everybody down there watches you?

Nice view
Nice view

The last cold one on Vietnamese soil
The last cold one on Vietnamese soil

Waiting to board the bird
Waiting to board the bird

Vietnam Airlines Flight 37 – Boeing 787 Dreamliner – Economy Class

For the next 8.746 kilometres or a bit more than 12 hours from Hanoi to Frankfurt this will be my temporary restaurant, living and sleeping room. Since I have the exit row seat everything should work out well. The plane looked brand new. They had the latest and greatest in-flight entertainment system. The biggest screen I ever had in a plane. And the crew was super friendly. I love it! On the way to Asia it was great as well. FRA-HAN-BKK and everything went well. There is free WiFi at the airport and lots of places that sell cold beer for a really good price compared to all the other airports I had used in SEA.

My seat on the right
My seat on the right

Nice new plane
Nice new plane

Leg roooooom!
Leg roooooom!

A magazine for rich people with advertisement for million dollar mansions in New York and London
A magazine for rich people with advertisement for million dollar mansions in New York and London. I am a bit confused about that layout now. Hmmm advertising….

Or this?
Or this?

Big screen with a lot of movies
Big screen with a lot of movies

Drinks
Drinks

Food
Food

My vegetarian dinner
My vegetarian dinner

That did work till the flight attendant walked to the back
That did work till the flight attendant walked to the back

At last at the beginning of the flight everything looked nice here
At last at the beginning of the flight everything looked nice here. Even in the morning the rest rooms where still clean and tidy

Lots of spares
Lots of spares behind the mirror

Lots of spares

Kolkata from above
Kolkata from above – now it was time to sleep.

Vegetarian Breakfast
A member of the crew did wake me with the breakfast – great way to start the day 🙂 Vegetarian Breakfast

Good morning FRA
Good morning FRA

Second breakfast while waiting for the ICE to Stuttgart
Second breakfast while waiting for the ICE to Stuttgart

Conclusion: Vietnam – I come back again!

The first day in Hanoi
The first day in Hanoi: Blue sky, Flip Flops’ and shorts. After that the sky turned gray for most of my trip. But the people and the landscape did make up for it big time!
I di meet so many friendly people on that trip. Never had one single bad experience apart from one expensive hotel but I did book that myself. I think that was my 8th or 9th time in Vietnam – It will not be the last 🙂

 
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