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Before I go into the story of how we were cheated and confused by our resident hotel owners, I'll first talk about Hanoi. We stayed in the Old Quarter, practically where everyone stays largely because everything is either in or around the old quarter. It's a tightly packed district that's always teeming with cars and motorbikes as they race around …
... where great barges of yams, coconuts, etc would moor up and hoist one of their produce up the flagpole as a sort of agricultural Ronseal advert; you get what it shows on the pole.
Our guide had a manner of speaking which sounded not dissimilar to a high pitched vibrating Elvis Presley speaking through a comb covered in tissue paper. Anyway at some point he directed us into some little traditional rowing boats. As we climbed in, he turns to Rob;
'Where you ...
... There were massive pig heads for sale, all types of tongue and feet everywhere. Robin saw a live fish fly out the bucket then the guy picked it up and chopped it up and the guts went everywhere! It was defiantly am experience although I am not sure I would like to buy and eat things from there the hygiene is very different to ours! One market we had been to the night before had dogs sitting on the same table as the meet! Food was falling on the floor and being picked back up ...
... is the only takeaway food on offer, other than packets of chips, so I reluctantly get ripped off 20 thousand Dong for two bread rolls with a little smear of the laughing cow. The girl actually runs across the road to buy the bread , they don't even make them here normally but they're happy to scam a Westerner to make a few Dong !! Banh Mi rolls are only 1000 Dong each.
I indicate my haste as the train is due soon and the girl laughs out loud, "Always late, no hurry." she ...
One 7 hour bus from Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh, one border check, one taxi through Ho Chi Minh, one 2 hour flight to Hanoi and one more taxi got us safe and sound to our room in Hanoi, Vietnam. We'd booked this room through air bnb. Another great deal, great room and great hosts. It was more like a hostel with 5 rooms as they had a reception desk with very helpful staff. In the morning the lively staff cooked us scrambled egg and toast. We wrapped up in our warmest ...
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