Southeast Asia 2008 Derek and Nadia travel blog

Tet Lunch with Hotel Staff and Hotel Guests

Yeah Tet in Hanoi is busy!!

Hotel in Hanoi (Orangey Yellow) Top Floor Awesome View Our room Windows...

Vietnamese Chess with real life pieces!!

At the One Pillar Pagoda

We see dead people... Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

H5N1 Free!!!! Huge ribs, cold beer $10.00

Wow Hanoi has been fantastic, since we arrived I've found it to be very welcoming and quite friendly even more so than Thailand. Although I did leave Thailand somewhat bitter because of our last hotel taking advantage of us and a cab driver who would rather sit on his ass (hotel cab) attempt to rip us off then watch us walk and make nothing then give us a fair price. The walk was nice anyways. I also find it cleaner with less pollution. Ok back to Vietnam, we arrived on the very day Tet started and it was crazy busy and we were able to catch a bus into town from the airport, strangely enough we were the only foreigners on the packed bus. The temperature has been a bearable cold somewhere between 10-15 c but a far cry from what we have grown accustomed to in southern Thailand, we have invested in toques and a couple cheap jackets to get us through the next few days before we begin heading south. Our hotel here in Hanoi has been great we have an 8th floor room with an incredible view with thank goodness HEAT and the staff here have been great helping us to arrange our next adventure in Halong Bay. We were also lucky to have been part of a staff lunch on our arrival with some other guests where we were able to try some Tet specialty foods and have some of the Rice Wine (Very Strong!!!) Oh by the way you may notice alot of pictures in the same clothes we'd like to think these pictures were probably taken the same day but no they are different days. Our day tour today of Hanoi was quite cool, we saw our first embalmed body Mr, Ho Chi Minh which I thought was pretty cool wish I could have taken a picture but they were quite strict around the Mausloeum even to take your hands from your pockets or hats off. Other stops today included the Temple of Literature and the Museum of Ethnology. Tommorow we are off to Halong Bay for a 2 day 1 night adventure aboard a Chinese Junk which will tour us around the area as well be our hotel. From there we are heading by open bus ticket to Danang and Hoi Ann.

Notre sejour a Hanoi tire deja a sa fin! Quelles aventures merveilleuses. Nous sommes arrive ici au Jour de L'an Vietnamien donc tout etait ferme! Heureusement les employees de notre Hotel (3 etoiles, on s'est payer du Luxe!!!!!) nous on invites a diner avec eux, un vrai diner du Jour de l'an Vietnamien, au menu: "spring rolls", gateau de riz et +++ (encore inconnue) avec du vin de riz....Tres FORT!!! Durant les festivites (generalement 3 jours) tout est ferme. Nous avons quand meme pu marcher dans le vieux quartier et fais un tour de ville organiser, plusieurs musees visites donc le temple de la litterature, de l'ethnologie et surtout le musee de Ho Chi Minh: nous avons vu sont corps exposer. Il est mort en 1969 et 3 mois par annee sont corps est amener en Russie pour "l'entretenir". Autant de touristes que de Vietnamiens font la queue pour venir le voir, c'est un heros ici, il a ete a la tete de la revolution Francaise, Hanoi merite definitivement un 9/10 car gens hyper chaleureux, bouffe excellente, pollution presque inexistante malgre 3.5 millions d'habitants. Hanoi perd des points car il fait froid: 10 degres!!!! Prochaine etape: Halong Bay!

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