20.05.2012 36 °C
our final day in hanoi. can't believe that we have reach the end of our trip. today we decided to have a relaxing day and thought we would take in a movie at the big multiplex cinema in hanoi. caught a taxi which was a 10 minute trip to the hotel. the cinema is located in a giant shopping complex. this is the most modern shopping centre we have seen in vietnam. 7 levels of shops, kids amusement centres and the huge cinema complex.
we decided to see the avengers in 3d. all the movies are in english with vietnamese subtitles. found the cinemas in this giant complex and with help from a local worked our where to get tickets. got our popcorn and drinks and settled into the cinema. the cinema was awesome. big reclining seats with a huge amount of leg room. the 3d glasses were wrap around ones which are better than the ones we get back at home and the screen and sound system were huge. movie was great and the best 3d movie we have seen. very different experience to australia where people are very quiet in the cinema and get told to be quiet by others. here kids chat and wander around the cinema and the parents and staff don't seem to mind. didn't worry us to much either.
after movie we decided to get something to eat and we found what we thought was a sushi train. however, it was not what we thought. what happens is that you are given a pot filled with broth of your choice. in front of you the pot is placed in a holder which has a dial in front of you which you control to heat it up. the ingredients go past you and you grab a plate and put in what you want. excellent. after getting our head around it jen and i had a ball. it is a great way to eat. the pictures below may explain a little better.
back to the hotel for a break then we headed out for some last minute shopping. before we went shopping we visited the city view bar which we had visited on the first day in hanoi. had a couple of ales there then headed out.
brought ourselves a few dvd tv box sets for prices so cheap i feel i cannot devulge. hopefully when we get back home they will be ok, however, for the prices we paid i was willing to take the chance. then onto the knight bar for some goodbye cocktails. after several different types of cocktails of the day we said goodbye to our new friend the bartender, never got to know his name, and headed back to the elite hotel. have totally enjoyed our final few days in hanoi and it has been a great finish to an excellent trip.
thank you to all the people who have viewed our blogs. the numbers have been in the high 200's for each blog so it is great to know that someone other than our aunty bea and my sister karen and bro kel have shown some interest in our little adventure. if you have an interest in vietnam and have the money and time you must visit, you will not regret it.
tomorrow we fly out and head back to australia. hopefully we will get the chance to visit this country again.
andrew and jenny.