Something about Hanoi
Trip Start Mar 09, 2008
43Trip End Dec 10, 2008
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Actual day in Hanoi, April 4th.
Now lets talk a little about Vietnam. (baby, let's talk about you and me, let's talk about all the good things and the bad things, that may beeeee...let's talk about Vietnam!!!)
Hanoi was our first stop, and we may have already said this, but it needs to be said again ! Hanoi was and is CRAZY !! It was just a mass of people and scooters, everyone here calls them moto's but, we back home would consider the bikes they drive to be scooters. (and they honk their flippin horns continuously!!! It's actually stressful walking down the street) Anyways, it was a miracle not one of us got hit by one in the couple days we were there
We took a trip around a central lake in the Hanoi's old town in a rickshaw, and got it all on video, it kinda shows the amount of traffic on an average day
Water Puppet shows are famous in Vietnam (although neither of us had heard of one) and the water puppet show in Hanoi was a site to behold, really spectacular !! From what we have been told it originated in the Northern Vietnamese country side more then 1000 years ago, where they would use the water from the rice paddies. Very cool ! (we got front row, center seats too!! We were told we might get splashed but we didn't :)
We went to a neat market near our hostel it search of pants, because the weather in Hanoi at the time was quite chilly, around 20 to 25 C. None could be found except for jeans, that would have been much to small, we are giants here!! (I think one of Keir's legs would have been the size of the waist! I didn't even bother looking for me...lost cause, they are the size of 8 year olds!!!) They did sell all sorts of fabric, every kind you could imagine, as big an area as FabricLand times five. (awesome stuff!!) I did buy a pair of sunglasses, since my other ones mysteriously dissappeared in Vientienne ($5).
From Hanoi we got a tour to Halong Bay from a tour franchaise call Sinh Cafe, $55 each (for 3 days and 2 nights), and then the open bus ticket to Saigon for the same amount. The open ticket is the way to go, we can get on and off the bus at four differnt spots on the way south, Hue, Hoi An, and Nha Trang then to Saigon. It was called a sleeper bus but really you do not get much sleep.(the drivers were crazy, and you are in a little bed the size of a coffin for 8-14 hours) We will put a picture, because it was cool. (ish)