Travel Blogs from Hanoi, Vietnam

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The Dong Xuan Market, Hanoi, Vietnam travel blog

The Dong Xuan Market

A travel blog entry by dane

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... weren't any incredibly exotic goods.  It's mostly dishes, dresses, shoes, and brand name jeans for low prices courtesy of Vietnam's proximity to China.  Some people we met said they saw a meat vendor selling dog, but we missed that.  It ...

Imperial cities and majestic landscapes, Hanoi, Vietnam travel blog

Imperial cities and majestic landscapes

A travel blog entry by edamame

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... on a single bamboo pole, who are probably stronger and tougher than most men you'll see at your gym. - rice paddies (though Vietnam is only the 2nd largest producer in the world, Thailand being 1st) - the incessant honking (the idea behind it is the ...

Long Bien Bridge, Hanoi, Vietnam travel blog

Long Bien Bridge

A travel blog entry by dane

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... side for foot and motorbike traffic.  It spans the Red River and was of great strategic importance during the Vietnam War, providing a communication link to China.  The structure was repeatedly bombed by Americans and then hastily repaired by ...

Ha-long is the Hue to Hanoi?, Hanoi, Vietnam travel blog

Ha-long is the Hue to Hanoi?

A travel blog entry by chrisandlara

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... had been better, nevertheless- it was a phenomenal sight to see. We had a great experience our last night in Vietnam at a restaurant in Hanoi. There are a couple of restaurants there that are set up to train homeless street kids for a career in the ...

Back to Hanoi, Hanoi, Vietnam travel blog

Back to Hanoi

A travel blog entry by adeleray

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On our last night in Vietnam, I met professional soccer players for the V-League, the Vietnamese Professional Soccer League. But these soccer players weren't Vietnamese! They were imported to play in Hanoi from Rwanda and Nigeria. Earlier that night I ...

Hostelling in Hanoi, Hanoi, Vietnam travel blog

Hostelling in Hanoi

A travel blog entry by lizandkev

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... Bay on offer, beer and pizza deals and nightly drink-fueled games.  Comfiest bed since we left London though so no complaints! Hanoi is a really great city.  It’s a bit manic like any city in this region, however it manages to do it ...

First Impressions of Hanoi, Hanoi, Vietnam travel blog

First Impressions of Hanoi

A travel blog entry by kally563

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... . Such a change from the Vietnamese cuisine we've become used to. Today we began to take in the sites of Hanoi, Vietnam's northern and sedate capital. The city shows much more geometrical French planning than Saigon. Our tour began at Hao Long ...

Back in Hanoi and Goodbye to Vietnam, Hanoi, Vietnam travel blog

Back in Hanoi and Goodbye to Vietnam

A travel blog entry by kally563

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... plans. I realize many travellers are faced with similar incomprehensions from their friends before embarking on journeys, but Vietnam is a wonderful and easily accessible country for travellers and I would recommend that anyone visit here, regardless of ...

Good Morning Vietnam!!!, Hanoi, Vietnam travel blog

Good Morning Vietnam!!!

A travel blog entry by tomsontravels

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... , a bit harsh by anyones standards. While taking in Hanoi we stumbled across a tour company that were offering bike tours of vietnam, and we couldn't resist... mmm, bikes! So we packed our stuff and headed to the northeast of Vietnam, two bikes, a ...

The Old Quarter, Hanoi, Vietnam travel blog

The Old Quarter

A travel blog entry by dane

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Hanoi is the capital of Vietnam.  Our guidebook describes the city as "bustling."  I would have chosen "insanity."  I've never been to a place where just walking down the street made me want to assault people.  I'm not a fan of ...

Dragon Bay & Dodgy Driving, Hanoi, Vietnam travel blog

Dragon Bay & Dodgy Driving

A travel blog entry by amy_michael

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Having learnt our lesson in Japan we are in very good time for our Vietnam Airlines flight today (how grown up!).  Arriving in Hanoi, we are immediately approached by a smooth talking guy offering us a taxi to the city centre an hour away - after a ...

Noerken in der Koerken, Hanoi, Vietnam travel blog

Noerken in der Koerken

A travel blog entry by zee

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... from Saigon to Hanoi was romantic in a Paul Theroux's 'Great Train Bazaar' kind of way. We met people from not only Vietnam, but Japan and Holland. From the windows we saw tropical jungles and factories, then went to sleep and woke to rice paddies from ...

Chinese New Year, Hanoi, Vietnam travel blog

Chinese New Year

A travel blog entry by dane

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The Chinese New Year was nothing spectacular. Being so close to the home of fireworks, I expected more of a show. And it was hard to figure out when they'd celebrate. We always do it at midnight, following 11:59 p.m. of New Year's Eve. Their fireworks ...

Hello from Crazy Hanoi, Hanoi, Vietnam travel blog

Hello from Crazy Hanoi

A travel blog entry by mikeandrachel

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... Minh was the leader of the independence movement and was a key figure in establishing the communist ruled democratic republic of Vietnam. The mausoleum itself is a strange experience. It isn't just visited by tourists but seems to be of great significance ...

Revenge Of The Horn, Hanoi, Vietnam travel blog

Revenge Of The Horn

A travel blog entry by tdv95

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... Google Search on her iPad and found a site that indicated there were over 1,000 motorcycle deaths per month in Vietnam. Yikes!! We were in the Old Quarter of Hanoi which was great for ambiance, and easy access to a number of key sites but it also meant ...

Good Morning Vietnam!!, Hanoi, Vietnam travel blog

Good Morning Vietnam!!

A travel blog entry by meercatvinny

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Good Morning Vietnam!! Well its more like good evening really. We arrived from Guangzhou by plane at about 10.30pm and stood in a que at airport immigration for about an hour while our luggage got lonely on the conveyor belt. After they finally let us ...

The crazy capital of Vietnam, Hanoi, Vietnam travel blog

The crazy capital of Vietnam

A travel blog entry by markandjade

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It was 10am when we finally arrived in Hanoi after another sleepless journey on the night bus. We were pleased to have been only dropped off a few streets away from our hotel. Needing a hot shower and our daily fix of Pho Bo we checked in to our cheap ...

The Prison, Hanoi, Vietnam travel blog

The Prison

A travel blog entry by dane

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... that vivid photo of children running naked from the jungle with their skin melting away.  Just the name of the country - Vietnam - brings forth an ominous feeling with nothing attached to it.  Certain cities touch on some memory I can't place: ...

Bus, Ferry, Bus, Bus back to Hanoi, Hanoi, Vietnam travel blog

Bus, Ferry, Bus, Bus back to Hanoi

A travel blog entry by dane

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... price tags.   We were able to purchase our train tickets for Hue at the station, saving us the 100% surcharge the travel agents charge.  It's a 14-hour ride, so we went with an overnight again.  We left Hanoi behind, in no hurry to ...

Bus Ride Photos, Duc, Vietnam travel blog

Bus Ride Photos

A travel blog entry by dane

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Here are the bus ride photos, including the burning ...

Motorbike?, Hanoi, Vietnam travel blog

Motorbike?

A travel blog entry by alasdairm

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... I headed over the road for a tasty tuna baguette before walking some more to the Ho Lo Prison Museum otherwise known as the "Hanoi Hilton" by the American POWs kept here during the war. The prison had a number of displays and information about its history ...

Ho Chi Mingin'.., Hanoi, Vietnam travel blog

Ho Chi Mingin'..

A travel blog entry by natandkat

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Welcome to the capital of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, Hanoi. On first impressions Hanoi is sophisticated, modern, and yet maintains a touch of the old at every turn. It has broad boulevards, lush trees, ugly governmental institutions, and dozens ...

A dog is for dinner not just for Christmas!, Hanoi and Halong Bay, Vietnam travel blog

A dog is for dinner not just for Christmas!

A travel blog entry by lizandsimon

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... I am not talking Crufts. Nearly every restaurant advertise Thit Chao which basically means dog meat. It is served all around Vietnam but is particularly a Northern Speciality and supposed to be good for colds. We decided to stick with Paracetamol! We ...

The Water Puppet Theatre, Hanoi, Vietnam travel blog

The Water Puppet Theatre

A travel blog entry by dane

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... so seemingly otherworldly.  It was one of the coolest things we've done in Asia.  So there's a redeeming quality of Hanoi.  The show was so impressive that it made me forget all the noise and pollution and chaos.  That's quite an ...

Nothing is open in this place!, Hanoi, Vietnam travel blog

Nothing is open in this place!

A travel blog entry by eatdessertfirst

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... painted in gold, against the clear blue sky. We then got a tuk tuk to deliver us to the airport to catch our first Vietnam Air flight to Hanoi. At the airport we tried top get on the earlier flight to Hanoi but no luck. We also tried to get rid of ...

Motorcycles Galore, Hanoi, Vietnam travel blog

Motorcycles Galore

A travel blog entry by el_condor

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Hanoi - Capital of Vietnam, faded French grandeur, Uncle Ho's communist legacy...and more bloody motorcycles that you can possibly imagine. Cars, it appears, are a recent invention, at least as far as the Hanoians are concerned. Here, the motorcycle ...

Trekking - A Word with Two K's Must be Foreign, Sapa and Hanoi, Vietnam travel blog

Trekking - A Word with Two K's Must be Foreign

A travel blog entry by jackdrury

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... physically fit. I don't ask what our route will be. I know I'm not going to like it. We're in the town of Sapa, Vietnam, in the Tonkinese Alps. (The dot on the map north-west of Hanoi, near the Chinese border.) The only reason people come to Sapa is ...

The rest of Vietnam... (original title isn't it?), Hanoi, Vietnam travel blog

The rest of Vietnam... (original title isn't it?)

A travel blog entry by philthy

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... of what used to be a "Love Market" in Sapa. It has, in recent years, degraded from this intercultural meeting of Vietnam's youth to a more touristed display of the local culture. Still, it was interesting. We walked around we spotted one man selling ...

Moped madness and gorgeous girls, All Around, Vietnam travel blog

Moped madness and gorgeous girls

A travel blog entry by littleaitch

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... it that a photograph will never really truly capture or do justice to. Ruth joined me again for my last stop in Vietnam - Hanoi. Andy, his body, great organising skills and humour were sadly somewhere else. Having found out I'd been dumped by my ...

Train to Hanoi, Hanoi, Vietnam travel blog

Train to Hanoi

A travel blog entry by dane

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... on the way back to Hanoi.  It wasn't 5-star, but it was a hell of a lot better than the ride to Sapa.  Once back in Hanoi, we immediately headed to Haiphong by train, then caught a ferry to Cat Ba island, the jumping off point for Halong ...

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