It’s always fun to discover something new in Vietnam with every guest that comes visiting. With Aparna & Deven, the lucky spot was Tam Coc – a place I’ve wanted to go for quite a while. A long-ish drive to Hoa Lu in wet weather in a cramped bus, and most of us unprepared for the rain. The vendors outside the citadel met their daily targets by selling us raincoats and bright helicopters that li’l Nishad couldn’t do without.
The lunch was very light, and rather disappointing for Deven who was expecting a 40-item buffet. All the better for the boat people who had to row us down the river for around 7 km past rice paddies and limestone rocks.
The natural beauty of the region took our breath away, and the rain mercifully stayed away for the duration of the ride. The wily boat ladies from the ‘floating market’ had some tricks up their sleeve, and didn’t let go the opportunity of having a captive audience to make a sale or two. I volunteered my services for rowing a bit, which enabled the lady to open her bag of t-shirts and other handicrafts to sell.