Published: September 16th 2008September 15th 2008
So I wasn't looking forward to a 12 hour flight to Singapore... not at all!! and at check-in I found out I was flying with Singapore Airlines rather than Virgin which was stated in my ticket, although this turned out the be a blessing. I ended up actually having to buy a return ticket from Hanoi to Singapore to show I was actually going to leave the country... this was going to be refunded later. Because of this I ended up being the last person the check-in, but this made no difference to my seat... I was able to get an exit row seat which was worth its weight in gold!! They also had widescreen TV's and not one but two round of drinks before dinner!! i had a Singapore sling and Tiger beer... how Singaporean of me.
12 sleepless hours later and I arrived at Singapore airport which was such a contrast to Heathrow... it was almost like a calm zen airport. This could have been because it was about 7am, but i think even at rush hour it would be more relaxing than Heathrow's grave shift. The airport was pretty sensational, attractions included a free cinema, free internet, free gaming stations and nice little orchid gardens with Hoi fish.
4 hours later I was in Hanoi airport and after passing though into the arrival area i realised that my lift wasn't there which was obviously fantastic!! I finally got the travel info desk to call up the hotel and about 5-10 minutes later I was on my way.
Now Hanoi (and im guessing Vietnam) has extremely fun roads... on the way down we drove down a 2 lane road although this turned out to be a 3 lane, my driver was crusing down the middle of the road swerving in and out of mopeds and cars alike... which was fun.
I finally got to my hotel dripping wet from the humidity, settled quickly into my room then departed for my first walk round the city. This didnt last long and I returned to my room to relax but still making the effort to stay awake so I wouldn't completely mess up my time zone change.