Hanoi Venus Star Hotel
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Travel Blogs from Hanoi
... feet, eels, frogs and, horrifically, dogs. It wasn't pleasant to see a deep-fried dog being carved up and it made me decide to go vegetarian in this city to be on the safe side! Aside from animals, Hanoi has so many fake designer products it's unreal! You can get fake ray bans, Nike trainers, converse, vans, etc. After our little shopping spree we stopped for a Vietnamese coffee with an egg, yes an egg, in it! I ...
... my first Vietnamese coffee, which is like drinking dark chocolate, we ended up walking past what looked like an office. Three men came out of this room to look at us and to say hi. We had no clue what they were sayings and luckily, the teen next door spoke english. Susan and I learned that we were being invited in.. Come to find out they all were pretty drunk- it was noon so we gathered that it was rice wine o'clock! Susan doesn't drink but when I was ...
... station, with our huge bags I might add, for a 14hr sleeper-train down to the imperial city of Hue. At this point we were both eager to try the famous Vietnam train system, and see a very different side to Vietnam. This was to be fairly short lived. The train was chaotic and full of Vietnamese people pushing their way on with HUGE amounts of luggage. Luckily being in sleeper bunks we were in another carriage from the majority of this mayhem. The train journey wasn't great, ...
... uniforms. I can understand how that would be important/special for a Vietnamese person, for me not so much.
We toured around the other places and had our first taste of some of the communist propaganda at the Ho Chi Minh museum. After the complex we went to the war museum in Hanoi. It's also an old flag tower/fort. It was an interesting place. There were old tanks, planes, cannons, guns, etc surrounding the fort. The most eye catching piece was the wreckage from a downed ...
... in search for a doner was truly hilarious.
In all seriousness, we spent some time visiting the War Remnants museum which was pretty epic in a lot of ways. You could've balled at a lot of stuff on show there, mostly about the after affects of the war, like agent orange poisoning.. again, like we saw in Laos, the devastating effects of bombing. There were some really horrific portraits and memoirs and it makes it all come back that this really did happen, and ...
- Continental Breakfast
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Wheelchair accessibility