17.02.2017 - 17.02.2017 26 °C
Today we ventured on another organised tour, this time south of Hanoi to visit another temple followed by a paddle up and down a river
Our tour guide introduced himself as Kimmi, as in Kimmi Rikkonen the Race car driver funny enough our bus driver was Michael Schumacher so the day was off with an interesting start. After a 2 hour drive we reached our first stop of the day the Bai Dinh pagoda the biggest pagoda in Vietnam. This Buddhist temple was built into early 21st century so it is nearly 5 years old. Lots of people donated money to have it built, each donation over $500 dollars got to have small gold covered statue set into the wall of the longest walkway 1.5km, as the photo shows there are a few of them.
On the way to the biggest pagoda we called past the bell tower. this houses an over sized bell which has a large drum beneath it this allows for the bell to be heard 10km away
On to the biggest pagoda we go, the pagoda was large and housed a few amazing Buddhist statues
From the pagoda we stopped in for lunch, then off to Trang An for an amazing river trip, we pile onto a small boat that is powered by an incredibly fit lady, she paddles us the hole 9 km, with a little help from us even Jean, Kathy and Nin had a go.
The river takes us thru 6 caves some so small and low that we have to duck right down in the boat, Paul got into trouble a few times for moving around in the boat and helping when he shouldn't, the only down side to the river trip was the Vietnam traffic effect yes even here on the river we could not get away from traffic delays. They have 2000 of these boats on the river, lucky for us today was a quite day.
Upon our return to the dock, we boarded the bus for the 2 hr drive back to our hotel, luckily we had Michael Schumacher driving so we got back a little bit early, allowing us more time to eat dinner before settling in our rooms to rest our weary bodies