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Four days in Hanoi

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We didn't really put in our best effort to get the most out of Hanoi. I think that we were both conscious of the fact that in 10 days' time we'd be in Australia, and we'd probably both had enough of south-east Asia by that point. Plus, I don't think that Hanoi was as interesting as other places we'd been, in China or Laos or Thailand.

We went to the Temple of Literature, which was a nice enough temple to stroll around briefly.

We also went to the Ho Chi Minh museum, and mausoleum. This involved three of the annoying incidents which happened to us while we were in Hanoi: firstly, they make you check your bags at the entrance to the complex, but you can keep your camera, but when you go into the mausoleum they take your camera off you, and then give it back to you on the other side, complete with a deep scratch that wasn't there before; secondly, on entering the museum, we got latched onto by a guy who was pretending to be an official guide, who then whizzed us round the museum so we couldn't look at things properly (and by the time we'd realised that we'd left the museum it was too late to go back in), and then at the end of the tour demanded money, which we refused to give him (at which point he feigned incredulity, which was presumably supposed to make us change our minds, but didn't); and thirdly, after leaving the complex we headed to the shores of a lake where there were supposed to be some nice seafood restaurants (getting rained on a lot in the process of walking up there), which turned out to be two over-priced poor quality restaurants.
The one we went in was staffed by a waiter who wanted rid of us as soon as we'd finished eating (in spite of the fact we were the only people in the place), and attempted to achieve this by standing and staring at us from pretty much point-blank range. He did succeed in getting us to leave, but we didn't pay the full amount on the bill as a means of protest. He probably didn't care.

Other things we did in Hanoi:

1) Post a parcel from the main post office. That went fairly smoothly.

2) Get annoyed by people on mopeds driving on the wrong side of the road / pavement.

3) Get a lot of our photos backed up to CD. The guy in the Internet cafe insisted that I shouldn't fill the CDs entirely with photos; that I should leave some blank space to be on the safe side. Presumably that was connected to the inflated prices he was charging for his CDs.
I declined his suggestion and filled them to the brim! He also managed to write a virus onto each of the CDs, which was a bit embarrassing when I took them to the photo shop to be printed, as it came up on their virus scanner.

We found a great little French cafe called Baguette & Chocolat, which we visited every day, as a way of getting away from the hustle and bustle of the city. It had an upstairs room away from the noise of the street, and we could sit at our leisure, unpestered by all of the usual annoyances. We spent rather a lot of time in there!

After four days in Hanoi we headed to the bus station to get a bus towards the Halong Bay area, and headed to Cat Ba island.
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Water puppets
Water puppets
Presidential Palace
Presidential Palace
Statue of Uncle Ho in the museum
Statue of Uncle Ho in the museum
Cakes at Baguette & Chocolat
Cakes at Baguette & Chocolat
Keep the bear away from the cakes!
Keep the bear away from the cakes!
Hanoi
photo by: mario26