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March 12, 2010: Cat Ba to Hanoi

They do indeed punch you in the head

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After our two days of sightseeing on the boat in the cold, we were all content to hang out at our very nice resort on the last day on Cat Ba Island.
Although it was still too cold for swimming, we enjoyed walking along the beach and Chop, Dan, and I enjoyed our first Vietnamese massages. Mine was rather so-so, and the room was really chilly (considering I was naked), but at $20 for a two-hour massage, who can complain? I was reminded of a posting on Trip Advisor where someone warned about Vietnamese massages, "they punched me in the head!" Indeed there was some (very limited) head punching. Dan seems to have been punched much more, but then his masseuse also walked on his back, so I suspect that I got some kind of light weight ladies' massage. Afterwards, we reversed the whole bus-boat-car routine and returned to Hanoi, where we would fly out to Cambodia the next day. After the idyllic time on the boat, Hanoi seemed incredibly frenetic, although we were able to console ourselves with more street food.

Posted by redtogo 14:25 Archived in Vietnam

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