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Vietnam 2015: Hanoi

Man, it’s been desolate here, and is this long overdue, like three months, I am so lazy, but here I am now, ready to kick start a new year of dtraCorp madness. We started our trip to Vietnam by heading to the north, emmy’s home town and birth place, Hanoi (the capital). We never planned to do much there (I think we had three days there including a night in Vinh to take care of some family business), other than eat some good food. So this post is going to pretty much be food, and some reviews of our accommodation and transport.

  • Bus moto merge
    Bus moto merge
  • Apartment building in Vinh
    Apartment building in Vinh
  • North-south train
    North-south train

We stayed at a hotel called Lucky Hotel in Hanoi, which wasn’t great, and I certainly wouldn’t have picked it if it was my choice, but it wasn’t the worst place I’ve stayed in, that’s for sure. Dark and not particularly clean (not dirty, just not sparkling or anything) with pretty basic amenities, the positive is that it is quite centrally located (near Hoan Kiem Lake). We travelled by train (the north-south train from Hanoi to Saigon) down to Vinh, the train is on time when leaving Hanoi and we also got quite a clean one heading south for the six hour train journey. It went quite smoothly and arrived at a reasonable time I think.

In Vinh, we stayed at the Saigon Kiem Lien Hotel which is actually a four star hotel, so was a reasonable quality, but I don’t think that it’s had any work done since it was opened as it was starting to show it’s age a bit. Still, better than the Lucky Hotel in Hanoi, and very reasonably priced too (not that I paid for anything), we didn’t do anything in Vinh other than drive out to the ancestral cemetery and do some of that stuff, before getting the train (this train was old and creaky and ran late) back to Hanoi the next day.

  • Roast Chicken Things
    Roast Chicken Things
  • Surviving member tomatoes
    Surviving member tomatoes
  • Sticky rice
    Sticky rice
  • Sticky rice
    Sticky rice
  • Sweet popcorn
    Sweet popcorn
  • Fruity iced cream
    Fruity iced cream
  • Banh Mi Hanoi
    Banh Mi Hanoi
  • Banh mi Hanoi
    Banh mi Hanoi

I don’t have a picture of the wonton noodles that emmy’s cousin took out to eat, but not a big deal, they were yummy, we were out and about a lot, so other than home cooking at emmy’s aunties’ place, we ate a lot of sticky rice (quite good) wrapped in paper while travelling around. And so that’s it for the first of this series, I’ll be back tomorrow (or more probably the day after) with the next in this series, Hoi An and Da Nang.

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Vietnam for Tet

Because I hate WordPress so much, I won’t even bother typing all the stuff we did cos I know that I’ll find a way to accidentally press back in the browser and everything will be gone again:

  • Halong Bay is beautiful but needs to be explored on a luxury boat on a 3 day, 2 night tour (including kayaking which is super fun).
  • Hoan Kiem Lake is beautiful at night, as opposed to quite dull during the day.
  • Bun Bo Hue in Hue is not as good as Bun Bo Hue in Melbourne.
  • The old palace in Hue is not great, but worth visiting.
  • Paradise Cave (Dong Thien Duong) is definitely worth visiting although a long drive from Hue (four hours).
  • Tet in Vietnam (or at least before new year passes) is awesome, wish I took more pictures.

I wish the pictures didn’t load so badly (I mean it doesn’t even rotate iphone pictures properly >:(), but WordPress is really not working for me lately, any way, this is a bit of a preview, I will start uploading pictures from Vietnam to flickr next week while they are still reasonably fresh and in context, and catch up on the Japan photos after that.

  • Mammoth Peach Blossom, Hoan Kiem Lake
    Mammoth Peach Blossom, Hoan Kiem Lake
  • Van Mieu Rooftop
    Van Mieu Rooftop
  • Turtle Temple, Hoan Kiem Lake
    Turtle Temple, Hoan Kiem Lake
  • Roof of some building at the Imperial Palace, Hue
    Roof of some building at the Imperial Palace, Hue
  • A gate at the Imperial Palace, Hue
    A gate at the Imperial Palace, Hue
  • Dong Thien Duong (Paradise Cave)
    Dong Thien Duong (Paradise Cave)
  • Road to Dong Thien Duong
    Road to Dong Thien Duong
  • Vincom Center behind a government building, Saigon
    Vincom Center behind a government building, Saigon
  • Tet Fireworks, Stark Tower on the right
    Tet Fireworks, Stark Tower on the right
  • Little Flowers
    Little Flowers
  • Bo, the Rhodesian Ridgeback, and me
    Bo, the Rhodesian Ridgeback, and me

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