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Asia » Vietnam » Red River Delta » Hanoi » Thuy An January 18th 2021

Just the other day, someone asked about my best sandwich ever. I have given it some thought, and here are my answers. I had to categorize my answers, as the sandwich spectrum is just too broad. Best Banh Mi Without a doubt, it was in Hanoi, about a block from my Old Town hotel. I have been there on two different trips, and the taste and quality are outstanding. Cars drive by, run in and pick up a "to go" bag, so it must be well accepted by the locals. The pork banh mi has moist meat, flavorful condiments, and the best pickled radish. One sandwich is not enough, but two is way too much. Best Burger Hands down, the best burger we ever had was at the El Tovar Dining Room at the Grand Canyon. ... read more
Best banh mi in Hanoi
Johnny's in the French Quarter
Our Italian sausage

Asia » Vietnam » Red River Delta » Hanoi November 4th 2019

Vietnamesere laver god mad som er meget smagfuld og ikke for stærk. Det vigtige er at det laves af friske råvarer. Det betyder at der bringes friske varer ind til byerne og bliver bl.a solgt af cykelhandlende. Restauranten vi spiste på efter sejlturen holdt man rejer, hummer, snegle og fisk friske i akvarier og baljer. På turen tilbage til Hanoi stoppede vi på et værested for handikappede unge som blev oplært i forskellige former for håndværk ved at brodere og lave stenkunst. Pigerne broderede smukke billeder med meget tyde tråde og drengene lavede meget imponerende skulpturer. Et andet stop var ved en lille landsby hvor vi gik en tur igennem de lokale marked. På turen hen til en lokal beboer kom vi forbi optakten til et bryllup. Den lokale beboer var gået på pension men fik ... read more
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Asia » Vietnam » Red River Delta » Hai Phong November 3rd 2019

Næste morgen kastede vi os ud midt i trafikken i hver vores cykelvogn hvor vi fik en sightseeing tur. Her blive vi på fineste vis manøvreret rundt midt i trafikken. Det gav en fin mulighed for at opleve gadehandlere sælge deres varer fra deres cykler og vietnamesere spise morgenmad siddende på små plasticstole ude på fortovscaféerne. Kommet vel tilbage til udgangspunktet var det op i bussen for at blive kørt ud til Ha Long bugten. Efter et par timers køretur valgte vi at stoppe ved en perlefarm hvor man viste hvordan man dyrkede perler og hvordan man indlagde et fremmedlegeme i en østers for at få den til at gro en perle. I butikken var der masser at flotte eksempler på perlekæder og smykker med perler. Fremme ved Ha Long bugten kunne vi kikke ud over ... read more
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Asia » Vietnam » Red River Delta » Hanoi November 2nd 2019

Så fik vi taget fat på Vietnaturen ved at gå rundt i mylder af scooter, bil, mennesker og gadebutikker. Man skal holde et vågent øje på hvad der sker så man ikke lige bliver kørt ned af en scooter. For at komme godt i gang med ture må det første være at hilse på Ho Chi Minh. Men inden skulle vi lige se resterne af et B-52 fly som var styrtet ned i en sø. En gammel dame kom forbi og fortalte hvordan hun havde oplevet styrtet og hvordan vand og fisk var svømmet over og ned i deres beskyttelsesgange. Selv turen forbi Ho Chi Minh var en andægtig og hurtig tur rundt om den balsamerede krop som selvfølgelig lå inde i et kæmpe mausolæum. I videnskabens tempel fejrer de studerende afslutningen på deres uddannelse med ... read more
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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
Really?
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




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