Hanoi Travel Blog› entry 17 of 111 › view all entries
Despite being tired we got up and at an abnormally early time of 6:30am, problem was this was not our choice, apparently on Saturdays at that time some incredibly annoying voice comes on shouting through the speakers that surround the city. I am unsure what the voice was saying, I will find out some time in the future, either way it was not appreciated. We did grab a couple of winks afterwards but not much, we got up for breakfast which consisted of eggs, bread coffee/tea and some fruit. After breakfast we headed out with the hotel map which covered about half of what we wanted to see, the parts it did cover were somewhat farcical in their nature as the scale went up and down and certain streets seemed to just be ignored.
Our first stop was the mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh, an interesting spectacle as he is not buried in the city named after him, in fact quite far away.
After seeing the prestigious pagoda hotel we moved on to the next one which was located near the lake. On the way there we stopped off at an ice cream and cake store to eat something sweet, Lexi picked out a slice of mango cake and I myself was in the mood for some ice cream.
Lexi and I had been watching a program on famous pizza restaurants so we were craving pizzas so we stopped at a pizza joint. We did not have much money on us so we shared a bbq pizza and mango shake, both were delicious.
We headed back to the hotel tired from a full day of walking and rested until we fell asleep as we had an early start tomorrow. Halong Bay watch out!
p.s. The speaker messages are a “kind of political news update from the government, but no one really pays much attention.” -Joe Gleeson & Friend