The night journey was the most comfortable one yet. It was quiet and peaceful. Of course that ended when we arrived at 5am to a cold Hanoi. As usual, we were confronted by hordes of people trying find out where to take us. I'm not much of a morning person and my brain does not deal with chaos at that time too well. We finally picked the most gentle man and went back to his hotel to book the next few days of our trip.
With some hot coffee in our hand we made arrangements for a three day/two night tour of Halong Bay on a boat then to return to Hanoi for a night before taking a bus to Laos. We are set to enjoy the rest of Vietnam the hop on out just before Tet.