Capital of Vietnam

Trip Start Sep 30, 2005
Trip End Sep 01, 2006

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Friday, February 24, 2006

So after a massive amount of bus time, 24 hours on and off, and a full recovery from the hangover from hell, we arrive in the capital of Vietnam in the north of the country. Although the weather from Hue was wet, the weather here is noticeably cold (not compared to home), so the jumper and the hats are out.

We're staying in the old quarter of the city, which is the back packer area. The streets here are small, and the traffic thick, and you have to be a bold walker to get anywhere. The streets have a certain charm to them (unless you get hit), but theres still plenty of people who want to help you around the city or buy their postcards. Arriving early in the morning, we desperately needed to stretch our legs, and walked around the city for the day. Taking in the Hoan Kiem Lake, with it's Jade Mountain Temple and later visiting several museums, we soaked up a little more propaganda, and generally not enough information (very little in english), but were rewarded with some good artifacts and pictures. Common information, describes the French as Colonialists, the American as Aggressors and their Lackeys (South Vietnamese). I always wonder how the Australians seem to get left out of it (they were here for a long while) and am thankful we stayed out of it, especially being the faithful lap dogs that we can be.

Anyway we crashed early and heavily, next day moving on.
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Add: 79 Hang Bac, Hoan Kiem Lake, Hanoi, Vietnam
Tel: 084.04. 3935 1776 /3926 0628
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