Hanoi Travel Blog› entry 6 of 13 › view all entries
Wow, what a culture shock!!! Just flown out of sleepy Vientiane into the hustle and bustle of Hanoi.. I'm trying to be balanced about this, but I'm severely missing Laos right now.
This place is completely surreal, I've never seen so many motorbikes.. Just crossing the road is taking your life in your own hands. Went into the old quarter tonight for a meal, but I think all the group are a bit shell-shocked and it wasn't a great evening. The service at the restaurant was appalling - it took 45 minutes to get the bill right - amusingly they also add on the cost of a napkin.. you have to admire the Vietnamese enterprise.
Wasn't going to update until tomorrow, but the internet is free in my hotel, so thought I would pen my thoughts while they are fresh in my mind.
So a new day dawns and immediately I'm more comfortable with this place - not nearly so frenetic today. Head off to see Ho Chi Minh's mauseleoum which was interesting. Very official and you have to walk in 2 by 2, no hands in pockets etc. They really take this guy seriously. Apparently his corpse is embalmed every 3 months or so to keep it looking good - funny thing is it goes to Russia for the work...
Next up we tour the Presidential Palace which is really nice, very ornate. Then it's off to the Hanoi Hilton - interesting, but somehow I had expected more. Last visit before an afternoon break is the Temple of Literature which looks very Chinese and is totally different. Tonight we go to see the Water Puppets and we get some more members joining the group. Should be fun