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Asia » Vietnam » Red River Delta » Hanoi October 9th 2014

Hanoi is a 1000 year old city that served as the political center of Vietnam during most of its history. It is the national capital, main city in the north, a big railroad junction and a good starting point for some of Vietnam’s most spectacular destinations. The city itself lies on the banks of the Red River and its branches, surrounded by mountains on the north and the west. Unlike its southern competitor (Ho Chi Minh City) it has specific traditional mentality, which is probably the reason why its economy still lags behind. What this two cities have in common, though, is a regular control of order and peace by the police, something that smaller cities have mostly managed to avoid. Urbanism The form of Hanoi is determined by the direction of the Red River and ... read more
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One pillar Pagoda
The Old town

Asia » Vietnam » Red River Delta » Hanoi September 18th 2014

I basically rushed to Hanoi from Koh Rong (a small island in the south of Cambodia) because my bestie would be there, the reason why I stayed a whole week. Which is about 4 days too much, if u ask me. I took the public bus from the airport into town because I'm stupid. Like an idiot I felt that 10pm would be a good time for an adventure. You see this was the first time I arrived at a place alone. So I was feeling ballsy. I got onto the first bus I could find and asked the driver if he went near the cathedral (the old town). It was pointless because no one understood a thing and before I could ask a second time, he drove off with me still trying to format the ... read more

Asia » Vietnam » Red River Delta » Hanoi September 8th 2014

8 Sep 2014 - Today is our full moon day or Mid-Autumn Festival. It is 5 years since my last blog about the Mid-Autumn Festival in Hanoi which I published in 2009. One week ago I took my nephew and niece to visit a big market in the Old Quarter where traditional lanterns and toys are sold for this event. In Vietnam, the Mid-Autumn Festival is considered as the festival for children and we buy them lanterns or toys as well as presenting each other moon cakes. On the 15th of August based on our lunar calendar a big party is organized for children and they parade with lanterns or watch lion dance. We walked along some streets in the Old Quarter and enjoyed great atmosphere there. It has been a long time since I went ... read more
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A lantern indicating our love for Vietnam's islands
Star shaped lantern

Asia » Vietnam » Red River Delta » Hanoi August 21st 2014

We arrived to the Especen Hotel early on Saturday the 16th ready to explore the city. Our small and quaint hotel is located on a quiet street in the cathedral district and the staff was more than helpful in recommending places to visit and eat during our stay. The hotel was only $12 a night and Victoria and I both had queen beds and shared a balcony with a view of the cathedral. What a great deal! We put our stuff down and went out to a restaurant that our concierge recommended called An Ngon where we had a great lunch of fresh spring rolls, fried rice, and of course some pho! Afterwards we walked to the Hoan Kiem Lake in the center of the city and went over the lake bridge to a small temple ... read more
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Asia » Vietnam » Red River Delta » Hanoi August 20th 2014

So today was my last day in Vietnam and the end of my time in SE Asia! It seems to have gone by so fast only seems like yesterday when I arrived in Thailand. So many miles covered, things seen, experiences and people I have met. It's been pretty amazing and in many ways I'm sorry to say goodbye to it all. However the next chapter awaits so it's off to China I go :-) As it was the last day it was. Kind of hang around and kill time kind of day. Up and showered, breakfast, checkout and then a bit of retail therapy with Lindsay and Melita, lunch and then a minibus ride to the airport. It's about $17 to the airport normally but as there was around 14 of us all hiking at ... read more

Asia » Vietnam » Red River Delta » Hanoi August 15th 2014

After our big night out I didn't feel too bad? I woke up early as usual and said goodbye to Irena, then Valerie and then Ryan and Sarah. Those of us left headed down for breakfast and then to,pack. Lindsay and I had to pack day bags for our trip to Sapa as what we brought we had to carry during the hikes, (which tuned out not to be the case as we were not staying at a home stay. We then put stuff in storage at the hostel and chilled a while, but the chill out room had no AC so we got quite hot and sweaty. Later we went to lunch and then said goodbye to Matt and Sarah. Back up stairs to the chill out room and to watch a film and fall ... read more
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Asia » Vietnam » Red River Delta » Hanoi August 15th 2014

08.08.14 Arrived in Hanoi from Bangkok. First impression: it's so hot and humid...Aparently the worst time to visit - so we're here and sweating. (yes, even the locals are sweating constantly). Second impression: how will I ever be able to cross the street? There are thousands of motorbikes mixed with cars that create a big moving mass. It seems that you just need to honk and the traffic rules don't apply anymore. There are even some traffic lights here - but even they are generousely ignored. So the trick to cross the street: do it like the locals - just walk into the street without looking. Other highlights included the famous water puppet theatre, good street food (some great Pho) and cold Vietnamese beer. Sapa: the way up was not great; night trip in a sleeper ... read more
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Asia » Vietnam » Red River Delta » Hanoi August 15th 2014

Thursday was our final day on the Stray trip of Asia, in many ways a sad day but nit the end of my travels just yet :-) We left the home stay and travelled to Hanoi which took about 5 or so hours. We had a photo opportunity stop and the usual comfort breaks and got to Hanoi around 12.30. We checked in to the hostel and all did our own thing. We were on the 4th floor and the rooms had cool names like NO FX and Lagwagon and Pennywise (all rock band names) but sadly we didn't stay in one of those :-( I had lunch with Lindsay then nipped to the post office to send some more stuff back to the UK on the back of a motor scooter taxi. Helmet on clutching ... read more
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Asia » Vietnam » Red River Delta » Hanoi August 10th 2014

Τι πρωτότυπο σκέφτομαι αλλά που να ξεκολλήσει το μυαλό απο την γλυκοφατσουλα και την ερμηνεία του Robin Williams. Αεροπλανακι, Bangkok για να μην ξεχνιομαστε και Hanoi. Να τα τα vibes τα ασιατικά. Μια πόλη ολοζώντανη, γεμάτη πανέμορφα καφε και εστιατόρια, απο τους ωραιοτερους iced coffee που έχω δοκιμάσει και το καλυτερο απο όλα. Μια καινούρια φίλη, την Σαορι, μια γλυκιά κόρη, την Lucia και ενα φατσοσκυλακι τον Bob. Φιλη, φίλου του Πάνου. Που όχι μονο μας άνοιξε ανοιχτοκαρδα το σπίτι της, σταθηκε και αξια ξεναγός στις ... read more
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Στη φυλλωσιά

Asia » Vietnam » Red River Delta » Hanoi August 2nd 2014

I was awake earlier than I needed to be due to the noise from outside, it didn't stop from horns blasting to a lady shouting via a mega phone or something....... Finally the alarm went off & I managed to drag John & Ollie out of bed for breakfast on the 1st floor. After pouring 2 coffees(was to sweet for me) for us & juice for Ollie the man arrived with our breakfast beef pho for John & chicken pho for myself. This is a noodle & bean-sprout soup with loads of fresh herbs & chillies which you add to taste & then whichever meat you pick for it. The taxi arrived on time to take us back to Ho Chi Minh airport but the domestic terminal this time. Omg walking into this airport is like ... read more
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