Continued from Hanoi Day 4.
AAAAHHHH!!! So EARLY!
The airport is about an hour away, so we hired a car from the hotel to take us there at 5:30am. Price is $18, kind of steep. When the car shows up, it’s a taxi with a meter…Hmmm. As we are loading our luggage, I see the bellman stealthily put some money into the taxi driver’s hand. Hmmm…Well, I guess as long as it gets us to the airport, I can’t complain too much.
When our driver dropped us off, his taxi meter had been running the whole time. The price was about $18. Cool, our prepaid price at our hotel ended up being a fair price, but the best part is not having to deal with a potentially shady taxi meter.
Our awesome hotel knew that we wouldn’t make their normal breakfast time since we are leaving so early, so they took our breakfast order the night before and packed it for us to take to the airport! Winning! Seriously, Art Trendy Hotel(I know, cheesy name) in Hanoi, you rock!
Immigration and security were a breeze. I even had my water bottle half filled with water hanging on the side of my backpack pass through. They didn’t fuss about it at all. Also kind of scary how lax security is.
Leg room for days. Apparently, the Vietnamese and Chinese have not discovered the virtues of exit row seating. All the seats in the front half of the plane were already spoken for, but I was able to get the exit row seating no problem.
Landed in Guangzhou for a 3 hour layover. It’s pouring rain over here. Speaking of rain, we looked up the weather for the next few days in Yangshuo(where we are headed), and there’s 100% chance of rain for like the next week. I guess we can finally use our rain gear that we’ve been carrying with us this whole time.
Immigration and and customs were a breeze. No questions were asked about our visit, where we are staying, how long, where we are heading to after China, etc. etc.
While looking for lunch, we see two policemen talking to a man and a woman, separately. I overheard them talking and I think the guy hit his girlfriend/wife. Ahhh China. Haven’t even been here for an hour and already domestic violence, in the airport nonetheless!
While we waited, we found a seat that backed up to the window(you know, the nude scenes) and we both watched a couple episodes of Game of Thrones on the laptop. This stuff is addictive!
Shit shit shit. We got delayed even more. In fact, everything kept on getting delayed that they stopped posting updates but just said that they’ll make the announcement over the PA when it’s time to board. 4 flights have already been cancelled…
We had arranged for our hotel to send a car to pick us up from the airport. This is looking like an excellent idea. Our other option would have been to take a bus, which would be more difficult now that it’s later in the day and less buses run at this time. But since we arranged for a car, our driver faithfully waited at the airport for 3 extra hours for us to arrive. I felt bad he had to wait so long.
We paid $5 extra to use the tollway, and was it worth it. This is the best highway we’ve been on since leaving the US. I had forgotten what a smooth and well built highway feels like. It feels nice on my bottom.
Off the smooth toll road, then into the second worst road(first being in Cambodia) that we’ve encountered on this trip. There was a short stretch of roads totally destroyed by all the heavy trucks driving around for a tunnel construction. Luckily, the shitty roads didn’t last very long.
That is NOT a shrimp…RL found this little critter in her food…When we told our waitress about it, she offered to make us another bowl. No thanks, just send this one back to the kitchen and we’ll call it even.
Back at our hotel and picked up our mail, travel permit to T_b_t(I don’t want to potentially be blocked by the firewall of this country). You know, the movie where Brad Pitt spent 7 years in. We’ll need it in a few days when we travel there!! Getting this permit has been sort of a logistical nightmare that took weeks of research and weeks of teeth biting to sort out, so I was very excited that it’s finally in my hands.
To be continued at Yangshuo Day 2 Part 1.