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November 17th 2005
Published: November 27th 2005
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After the hellish trip to reach Hanoi, we need a day to catch our breath. Which turned out well as we only spent one day in Hanoi before heading south to HaLong Bay. We did manage to tour the city a quick bit and get a little flavor for Hanoi. It is a very clean city and organized...nothing like we expected. I guess coming from India we expect lots of chaos everywhere. Instead we had a relaxing time watching the many scooters move about and busy Hanoi street life go about its business.

We stayed at a lovely hotel (Bamboo House) with a balcony overlooking the street. Little did I realize that the street traffic (lots of scooters beeping horns) would reach a crescendo at 6am and then the local loudspeaker system kicks in at 8am. Thank you to the manager for not mentioning that when she showed us the room.

It's off to HaLong bay...and hopefull some good sleep.

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Hectic Hanoi

Much like India, the streets of Hanoi are filled with people all moving in different directions. I am all smiles to be back in the chaos.

This Vietnamese guy lights up his pipe for a toke of tobacco. You should see his teeth!
Carry that weightCarry that weight
Carry that weight

This lady carries her goods through town.
Working on PlaquesWorking on Plaques
Working on Plaques

On the street these two gentlemen makes plaques like those in the background.
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Three is the magic number

Tamar and I catch a ride on a "motorbike".

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