The few days that I was in Hanoi after going to Sapa and before heading to Bali were just spent hanging out in the hostel, doing research for Indonesia, and watching some television shows. I haven't been watching TV at all this trip (maybe with a couple exceptions in some hotels that had televisions)- maybe I've watched a few hours total in the past 3 months. Since I didn't really feel like seeing anything else in Hanoi and I didn't feel like walking around that much, I was pretty lazy. But after constantly around and touring and doing tours almost everyday it was nice to have a few days to just do nothing.
I decided to skip Laos because I've been in the mood to DO more things instead of just SEE thing. I'm really craving some yoga and maybe scuba diving, some surfing, and perhaps a little meditation. Bali is the perfect place to find all of those things. The little voice inside me was telling me to stop going places just because I think I SHOULD go there, and go somewhere I will be excited about.
I booked a flight from Hanoi to Kuala Lumpur and then a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Bali. I couldn't find a cheap flight directly to Bali (or even a flight with a stop or two) so I decided to just book two separate tickets with Air Asia to get there. It's not as cheap as I wanted it to be (turned out to be about $400) but it's the only way to get there.
Vietnam has been great, but after nearly 5 weeks here and the last 10 days not seeing any sun, it's time to move on. I'm really looking forward to the sun, the beaches, the yoga studios all over the island, and just generally looking forward to someplace that is drastically different than what I've seen so far.