So it was time for me to leave …. I admit I misjudged the timing (again). My flight left at 10.30am, so I reckoned I needed to be at the airport by 7.30am. I told my hotel and we agree 6.50am for drop off. The roads were quiet, though, and the airport seemed close by. I arrived about 7.15 and checked-in immediately.
A few final thoughts about Vietnam. I liked it a lot. I thought it was very interesting and I learnt a lot about its history, not something I know that much about. Like last year, it was nice just to relax and not have to think about work, or anything really. I also managed to watch Zootopia for the first time, which is a plus too, haha. If I had to decide, I would say, at a push, I probably preferred Hanoi a little more than HCM. That’s not to say HCM was bad; quite the opposite, though it was very hot. However, I’d have probably got used to the heat in time.
The journey was uneventful and I arrived in Hong Kong without much difficulty. I then took the subway to my hotel, but again, miscalculated and went on a rather convoluted detour when actually I didn’t need to do it. It was far more direct than I realised. But that’s what you get for not preparing properly!
The weather was significantly cooler in HK than in HCM. It was a nice change. I was staying in a guesthouse, and I arrived at the subway station – and the right exit – but couldn’t find the street it was on, so I ended up asking a security guard in a shopping mall and he showed me where it was.
I arrived in mid-afternoon. After finding somewhere to eat, I then went to the harbour-side, to watch the light show in the evening. I was staying in Kowloon. This was Thursday night. I went again at the weekend to watch it (and got better pictures) from it.
In Ho Chi Minh City, on a trip to the cathedral area, I passed some statues and the likes, which were celebrating new year, as well as a street market, where I bought an Animal Farm bag.