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

There were a few, distant lightning flashes in the night, but nothing in the league of the storm that hit yesterday morning. The morning started early with a lovely sunrise, which I was the only one on deck to enjoy, along with the peace and quite of the bay. It wasn’t long before the boat pulled-up its anchor and started to head off to another location, and then it was time for our the early morning Tai Chi. Compared to yesterday, this definitely seemed like the advance class. There were three of us again. This time the guy hosting it was in his proper silk Tai Chi outfit and went through three very complex stages. My balance is awful, I’ve got no coordination, my joints are inflexible and my knees are shot. I could take up ... read more
Museum of Vietnamese History
Restaurant With a View
Mad Mopeds

Asia » Vietnam » Red River Delta » Hanoi July 28th 2019

Later in our holiday we are going on a boat and apparently the mornings will start with some Tai Chi. We could do with this now in order to get ourselves in a state of serene calm to be able to face the traffic without having a nervous breakdown. I’m sure the best way to cross the roads is to just close your eyes and walk. We headed for the Temple of Literature, which sounds like my daughter’s idea of hell. She would think we were either deliberately trying to ruin her life or having some sort of joke at her expense. It was a huge 30,000 Dong to enter, but I keep forgetting that that is just over £1, hardly denting my vast wad of Dong. I’ve noticed that there a no coins here, but ... read more
Citadel of Thang Long
Vietnamese Pancakes

Asia » Vietnam » Red River Delta » Hanoi July 27th 2019

I had heard that these Dreamliners change the colour tone of the cabin lighting to help you adjust to where you are going and the time of day. This plane was just showing off though, as we awoke to it cycling through all the colours of the rainbow, followed by a rainbow. There were no problems at immigration, although we have had more friendly welcomes to a country. Sadly, we then had to wait an absolute age at the baggage reclaim as the bags all trickled through over a period of 50 minutes, not helped by the return of the vast number of shrink-wrapped boxes that we had seen being checked-in in London. We did get to see quite a nice sunrise out of the windows by the baggage reclaim whilst we were waiting. Hopefully the ... read more
Dreamliner Light-show
Airport Sunrise
One Million Dong

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

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