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Asia » Vietnam » Red River Delta » Hanoi » Đống Đa District April 2nd 2019

Of course, there’s more to Hanoi than the HCM memorial gardens. The city fair boils with activity. People mill around constantly. Otherwise, they sit outside their little businesses on bizarre small chairs or stools. They eat, they chat, they smoke. But how they do it on one of those minuscule seats for hours on end, I’ll never know. We made our way to the War Museum stopping to have a coffee near to the city’s ancient fortress and flag tower. Just behind we found a display of planes, tanks and guns. Arguably, these are the very things people associate with Vietnam even though it’s nearly 50 years since the conflict ended. I don’t think this country will ever fully shake off that unfortunate association. And maybe that’s as it should be. A reminder to us all ... read more
Not a DC2
Look a tank
War Museum & Flag Tower

Asia » Vietnam » Red River Delta » Hanoi April 2nd 2019

The route into the strangely angular Ho Chi Minh mausoleum is made up of a sober queue of people anxious to see the carefully conserved remains of Vietnam’s legendary leader. A line of curious tourists and locals nervously contemplating the idea that soon they are going to see the preserved body of the father of modern Vietnam. The shuffling throng is strictly policed by white-uniformed attendants discretely admonishing people for not showing appropriate decorum in their wait to enter the sanctum. All to look upon the face of real, world-changing history. Entering the mausoleum is a uniquely eerie experience. The Stygian darkness and the palpable feeling of awe lies heavy. Tourists know this is the one chance they’ll have to convene, however briefly, with a titan of twentieth-century Asian politico-history. And soon, as your eyes become ... read more
Official Cars
HCM’s Home On Stilts
One Pillar Pagoda

Asia » Vietnam » Red River Delta » Hanoi » Đống Đa District April 1st 2019

So here we are in Hanoi. The capital of Vietnam. It was from here Ho Chi Minh led the Viet Kong to victory in what locals refer to as the American War. You can see his preserved remains in an imposing citadel in the city centre. We didn't get to see him last time we were here, but this time, if it's on the cards, we shall pay ’Uncle Ho’ a visit on the 2nd of April. For now, we're all settled in the Belle Vie Hotel and have had an initial exploratory stroll around the city. Hanoi is just as I remember it. That is utter, utter madness. A symphony of chaos that’s rapidly running down to inevitable entropy as the city eventually becomes chock full. It‘s not massively attractive either. It has an incoherent ... read more
Downtown Fortress
Hanoi Architecture
Hoan Kiem Lake By Night

Asia » Vietnam » Red River Delta » Hanoi March 31st 2019

In Hanoi we were staying in an exquisite little place, the Essence Spa Hotel, right in the heart of the Old Quarter. We had stayed at it's sister hotel here last time, the Essence Palace, and had enjoyed it so much we booked again not realising there were two of them. Initially we were disappointed at the change but realised after a day or two that it was probably an even better choice but not by much. Both are in the Old Quarter and right in the heart of the hustle and bustle of naked commerce and gritty daily life. It’s been much cooler in Hanoi than Saigon. Almost half the temperature - one day’s high 19° compared to 31 in Saigon. It has warmed up over the few days getting up to 29 now. Lyn ... read more
Hanoi street foot volleyball
Lingerei St Hanoi
Ready for action Hanoi Fair

Asia » Vietnam » Red River Delta » Hanoi March 31st 2019

Hello and welcome to the Boesabroad travel blog for our trip to Vietnam Come back often to see what we’ve been doing as we travel around this remarkable country. For our part, we’ll try to give you a blow by blow account of what we get up to. You never know you might get some information you never knew you needed. And if we’ve done our job well, you should have a deep yearning to visit Vietnam yourself. Let’s see, shall we? First, let’s meet the team. Wendy- A Brighton belle forever wondering how she ended up living in landlocked Stockport. Sometimes known as ‘mah sweet’ for reasons no one really understands. A pet lover and connoisseur of fine foods and wines. A seasoned traveller who's unfazed by the slings and arrows of foreign climes. If ... read more

Asia » Vietnam » Red River Delta » Hanoi December 8th 2018

Pour que Noël reste La fête magique de l'année, nous avons décidé qu'elle le soit pleinement ! Nous n'avons plus vu Leslie depuis bientôt 3 ans 1/2... trop c'est trop... alors prenons l'avion et fonçons vers le bonheur.... Noël réunira aussi le frère et la soeur cette année... Deux fois plutôt qu'une : OUI Noël sera LA fête de l'année... Leur maman a tout de suite réagi positivement à l'annonce de notre visite... Nous sommes attendus LES bras ouverts ! Ceux qui voyagent avec nous de par ce blog savent que nous ne partons jamais quelque part sans passer par autre part.... Nous arrivons donc à Hanoi afin de connaître cette partie du pays que nous ne connaissons pas encore... pour continuer notre route vers Saigon en une dizaine de jours... Tout un chemin afin que ... read more
Un bonjour luxembourgeois pour un au-revoir vers le Bonheur....
musée de l'Ethnographie

Asia » Vietnam » Red River Delta » Hanoi November 26th 2018

Hello Hanoi back to the same hotel, Holiday Diamond, slap bang in the middle of the old quarter - brilliant location and the hotel was clean, staff friendly and rooms pretty good. We got in about 5.00pm, a quick change and out to meet the Danny, the son of friends in Guildford and his girlfriend Tiff. We met in Cafe Nola a bohemian cafe tucked away through an alleyway and above a shop. Using google maps we found our way to where it was supposed to be but couldn’t find the door. Looking bemused a kindly rickshaw driver offered to take us there. However we declined and asked someone else who pointed to the door behind us! Who knows where we would have ended up if we had got into that rickshaw! A couple beers later ... read more
Meeting with Danny in Hanoi
Traditional musicians
Hanoi groupies are different

Asia » Vietnam » Red River Delta » Hanoi October 24th 2018

They say the third time is a charm. Well, this is my third visit (and perhaps last visit) to the famous French colonial city in the north of Vietnam, Hanoi. What is it about Hanoi? Food, buzzing night life, silk, friendly young people, crazy traffic, exquisite handicrafts, it all adds up to a few days on interesting meals and adventures. I have a feeling we will be concentrating on the food. But the beer and coffee are also quite good here. But the food, yes, the influence of the French, the culturally bound food and traditions, the newer cuisine. It adds up to lots of eating and drinking. We have already tried some of the better places in the city. It is time to check out the lesser known, and perhaps more innovative cuisine of this ... read more
Greens for sale by bicycle
Famous Hanoi opera house
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

Asia » Vietnam » Red River Delta » Hanoi October 24th 2018

If you have read many of my previous emails, you already know how much train travel I have done in various parts of the world. This train in Hanoi, is rather different. I will not be a passenger, but an observer. Let me tell you why. About 3pm and 7pm each day, a train "hurtles" through a series of narrow streets in Hanoi's Old Quarter, where we are staying. The photos are before, during, and after. From Atlas Obscura: Drying clothes are carried inside, children ushered indoors, and bikes pulled to the side of the road just before the train speeds past, with a couple feet of clearance at most on each side. In some places the train is mere inches from the buildings. The street’s residents press tight to the walls or duck into nearby ... read more

Asia » Vietnam » Red River Delta » Hanoi October 24th 2018

Can you believe this? According to the Traffic police department, in 2016, there were more than 21 000 traffic accidents and almost 9000 people died. So, there are around 24.5 people die per day because of traffic accidents in Vietnam. This number doesn’t include injured people. I do not want to scare you with those numbers, but I must admit that traffic accidents happen regularly in Vietnam. We have driven through parts of Vietnam, from Hanoi to Halong Bay, for instance. And a few other sid... read more
A 6 million moto mess
Hanoi night riders
Hanoi street seller

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