Book out time was 1200. I had planned to visit the Water puppet theatre for an early morning show, after discussion with the hotels tourist advisor I learnt it was cancelled.
I spent some time in the hotel talking with Gary and Pauline the only others left from the group. After some lunch I used the time to use the hotels internet corner and catch up on mail etc. The taxi was booked for 17:30 and arrived right on time. After negotiating the city traffic and a minor rainstorm I was dropped off at the airport for my flight to Paris.
A smooth passage through check in and security left me with a few hours to kill and my remaining dong to spend.
As I sat waiting for my flight I reflected on my time in Vietnam. The friendliness of the people, the food, the scenery and realised we had only scratched the surface but cycling was without a doubt the best way to see it.