|From South East Asia|
The road took us 20 km from Hanoi, then we ventured across another bridge, down some more narrow roads, and found ourselves in a small town with an impressive monestary. On the side of the road a 70 year old Vietnamese woman had a small shack made from scrap wood and tarps from which she ran a cafe; she sold us a beer and stick rice steamed in a banana leaf for a snack then also some fake money and incense to bring down to the temple as an offering for the big trip we have coming up! The temple was fantastic inside; there was a 12 armed golden buddha flanked by eight statues of scholars and two enormous wooden demons. We prayed for a safe trip.