Singapore – Hanoi

Trip Start Oct 19, 2010
Trip End Jul 23, 2011

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Saturday, December 11, 2010

No delays again, this was all going too smoothly... it was all too good to be true.  This flight was only supposed to be for 2 hours, however just as were 20 mins away from Hanoi, the pilot announced it was too foggy to land so we had to turn back round to Ho Chi Minh City Airport (1 hours back the way we came).  We landed there and waited on the plane until they said the weather improved at Hanoi.  One hour later we set off again, arriving at Hanoi Airport after 6 hours setting foot on the plane and feeling extremely tired. 

The taxi from the Airport took one hour to get to our hotel, it was raining and the traffic was mayhem – all manner of vehicles weaving in and out, horns sounding constantly along the way.  Our room was on the fourth floor, no lift but very clean and comfortable with a powerful shower (on full power would probably take your skin off!!)  The first thing that we noticed on the streets was the huge amount of traffic and the street food everywhere – so many people going about their business (we was expecting it but it was still a huge culture shock). We were hungry so we went on the hunt for a good meal and found a restaurant called Kiti’s, it looked OK so we ventured in.  The menu was quite varied with western and asian foods.  We opted for mainly Vietnamese dishes; soft spring rolls, hot and sour shrimp soup, bbq ribs, beef red curry, sticky rice, banana pancakes with chocolate sauce and loads of beer!!  It was very tasty and very cheap, all this and a packet of 20 Marlboro cigarettes for US$24. 


Hanoi roads!!  (Never seen so many scooters in one place)

We will unpack tomorrow, bed is beckoning...
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