Sunday, March 13th, 2016 continued…
We were all ready to get checked into “Golden Time Hostel” after returning from our Halong Bay excursion, but the staff told us that they moved our reservation to “Golden Time Hostel 2,” which was only a block down the street. The staff insisted it was “much nicer.” We walked there only to be told that we weren’t booked at either Golden Time Hostel 1 or 2, but actually “Golden Time Hostel 3!” The staff felt bad for the little snafu, so they provided a free motorbike ride there. We prepared ourselves to be transported to Golden Time Hostel 4 or 5, but were told we were finally in the right place.
We walked from our hostel to “The Hanoi Social Club” for dinner and were ecstatic that they carried craft beer. I’m a sucker for “foo foo” brews, especially IPA’s!
We both got ourselves a Pasteur Street IPA with our meals. That ended up being a Veggie Roti Wrap filled with couscous, mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, and cashew-coriander dip for Trevor. I ordered the Falafel with roasted cherry tomatoes, avocado, and a spicy soy-adobo sauce. We split fries and were going to have a second IPA for dessert, but they ended up running out. What a tease!
We explored Hanoi’s nightlife near our hostel. There were several street performers and musicians during our search for the next watering hole.
We stopped at “Corner Pub” where we got two beers and free shots. There was a weird Rolling Stones mural on the wall which peaked Trevor’s interest. He has always been a huge Stones fan.
Next we headed across town to “The Family Bar” to chill with Aaron from our Halong Bay cruise. He was sitting at a table with an expat named Peter (like our guide) who was originally from Sydney as well, but had lived in Hanoi the past 6 years with his Vietnamese wife. After mingling for a bit, we pushed through the chaotic crowded streets back to our room.
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