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Skies in Vietnam ~ Hanoi

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Skies in Vietnam ~ Hanoi

Enjoyed flying into Hanoi and getting an aerial overview as when driving from one place to another you don’t realise how much farming land there is, all you see is the heavily built up areas hugging the roadsides, and you have no idea at all how towns are dotted amongst hectare after hectare of paddy fields. Also immediately noticed a difference from Saigon, not as busy, my way to describe it at the time was it seemed less frenetic. So much so that our driver from the airport into town was talking on 2 mobile phones, and at one stage even stopped in the middle of the road whilst he chatted away!!! couldn’t help but laugh. The more relaxed feel continued throughout our discovery of Hanoi.

Have already documented the saga of arriving in Hanoi to no room at the inn, courtesy of Morning Star Hotel. However, a bonus whilst they were mucking us around with their constantly changing story, was we were able to leave our baggage there whilst following Reid on Travel’s walking tour of the Old Quarter.

What a wonderful way to spend a few hours!! Such a charming area with it’s old buildings and streets specialising in selling their wares. Streets with every cake tin or kitchen implement you could imagine, musical instruments, embroidery and sewing threads, bamboo, medicinal and herbs, imitation flowers, real flowers, Buddhist accessories, paper lanterns, tools, mirrors, kites, and all the time squillions of motorbikes zooming past or parked on the footpath so that your journey was slow, as it needed to be anyway as you tried to absorb all that surrounded you.

Enjoyed wonderful coffee as we paused enroute, at a Trung Nguyen café, our first experience of having it served from your own individual battered metal coffee filters atop a glass. Yummmm!! Energy to explore some more!!!

Softening effects of late afternoon light, a golden glow, shadows . . . so picturesque . . . . . steam emerging from huge pots bubbling away, markets busy as ingredients are sought out for an evening meal. Live fish, snails, ducks, chickens, pork, herbs and vegetables, all fresh and colourful . . . delicious smells!!!

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1. Re: Skies in Vietnam ~ Hanoi

Now you saw the differences and the reason why many of us travel. I bet you like the country so far.

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2. Re: Skies in Vietnam ~ Hanoi

It sure is a wonderful place Landie, so diverse!! and why so many positive reviews on TA. Am really glad I did so much research and learnt as much as possible before going, sometimes there's no info whatsoever available on site, and unless I had my notes, wouldn't have had a clue of what/where/who/why. Good on ya TA!!!

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3. Re: Skies in Vietnam ~ Hanoi

Hi PaintedSkies, just loved that coffee when I was over there. So much so, that I bought a couple of those 'battered metal filters' to enjoy the coffee at home.

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4. Re: Skies in Vietnam ~ Hanoi

Haven't been on the forum for a while, so quite interested to read your reviews. Sounds like you are having a great time. I was just wondering if you have been down to Tam Coc area yet, and what you thought of it, or am I jumping the gun a bit. What place have you enjoyed the most while you have been there?

Cheers Heather

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