They were an amazing milky bluey-green color. Our local guide did the unnecessary step of saying, "You should have seen them last month, they were amazing!" and showed pictures on his phone. lolThose pools are gorgeous!
We figured it would be a 'yeah, that was alright' activity, but we really enjoyed it. The hosts were engaging and funny and it gave you a newfound respect for each grain of rice.
The Lady Buddah? We were hoping for some free time to go there, but it was too far away from Hoi An (but close to the airport). I would have rather skipped Marble Mountain and the marble store and gone there instead.Enjoying your trip report! We got back this morning from our trip and I'm enjoying reliving the days as you post. We also had the itinerary change and our schedule was very similar except it looks like they made a small change on the last day in Hoi An--since we had a later flight they added a provided lunch and took us to the large Buddha on the hill to see the area around it.
They did give us some cookies, coffee, tea, and juice before we left the hotel. But it wasn’t ‘breakfast’.What a beautiful temple! And that view is quite nice, but I can't imagine hiking *before* breakfast!!
For the temples I am thinking of wearing a sheer duster kimono over shorts and tank top. I don't think I can survive the heat in anything long. I like the suggestion of an umbrella in the sun! Also maybe a water misting fan would help.The previous day, our local guide told us that shoulders and knees needed to be covered and that scarves were no longer acceptable. He said too many people draped the scarves over their shoulders just to get in, then would take them off.
...It was hot and humid and there isn’t much shade. Fortunately, we brought out umbrellas for some shade and that helped. ...
I'm a simple dude, so I had to look up what a duster kimono was, but that should work great.For the temples I am thinking of wearing a sheer duster kimono over shorts and tank top. I don't think I can survive the heat in anything long. I like the suggestion of an umbrella in the sun! Also maybe a water misting fan would help.
Great trip report--sounds like a fantastic trip. Thanks so much for the write upDay 12 of ABD –
My wife and I had an early flight out – 11:30AM – so they booked us a car for 9:00. A group of people were planning to do Siem Reap at sunrise. We could have done that and made it back in plenty of time, but we had a long travel day (it would be 37 hours of travel that day), so we decided to skip that. I think only a few actually made it. We got loaded in the car and Henry, Drew, and about 6 – 8 hotel employees came out to waive goodbye.
We had a 7 hour connection in Guangzhou, China so, before we left home, I bought a Priority Pass so that we could use one of the airline clubs. I found a 40% off code for the card, then we had to pay $32 each. Total, it cost about $140. We went to the best reviewed club and checked in. It was nice enough, but wasn't anything outstanding. It was nice to have our own space and a place to plug stuff in - except, I had packed all of my outlet converters in my checked bag. I think we only used one once during the trip. I asked at the desk and they found one in lost and found that I borrowed then returned.
We had hoped they would have good internet and we could stream nextflix or upload pictures, but it was so slow, you'd have to re-try any website multiple times before you got it to load. In the end, I think it was worth the money just to be somewhere a bit more relaxing. The pass is good for a year, so maybe we'll get to use it again before it expires.
This was such a great trip! There were so many highlights it was hard to pick favorites.
The food was all really good. The only meal that wasn’t outstanding was at the hotel in Hanoi. In Hanoi, we also had lunch at the airport. There weren’t a lot of choices, but we had some banh mi that were pretty good. There were no lunch or dinner buffets or boxed lunches, to that was a huge plus! After our Viking China trip, we didn't eat Chinese food at home for months - we were so tired of it. Immediately after this trip, I am missing the SE Asia foods.
The guides were really good. They have to balance a lot to make sure both kids and adults are entertained and happy.
We’ll definitely consider ABD in the future for trips!