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Hồ Hoàn Kiếm

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  • Day2

    Hanoi

    October 26 in Vietnam

    Eerste indruk van Vietnam, Hanoi:

    Een eerste indruk als je op de straten van Hanoi belandt; brommers, brommers en nog eens brommers. Overal waar je gaat, heersen brommers over de straten van Hanoi. Veel getoeter op straat, vooral op toeristen die voor de eerste keer in hun leven in Azië vertoeven (lees Tat & Steven). Voetpaden zijn amper begaanbaar omdat deze ingenomen zijn als parking voor brommers of door verkopers/eetkraampjes.

    Na het slalommen tussen het verkeer onder de knie te hebben, wandel je van de ene geur in de andere. De ene al aangenamer dan de andere.

    Uiteraard werden er vandaag ook wat lokale heerlijkheden geproefd. Startend met het nationale gerecht pho bo, gevolgd door een lokaal biertje. Later waagden we ons aan wat streetfood (dumpling en scampi op een stokje) op de avondmarkt en afsluitend hadden we nog een lekker broodje met een sapje en Vietnamese koffie. Heerlijk!

    Maar na een dagje Hanoi te beleven voorafgegaan door amper enkele uren slaap, ben je blij als je je kan neerploffen in bed.

    Aah en als een groepje Aziatische meisjes je vraagt "picture please", dan bedoelen ze niet een foto nemen, maar kom mee op de foto!
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  • Day3

    Hanoi - dag 2

    October 27 in Vietnam

    Vandaag hebben we Hanoi verder verkend. Vanuit het oude stadsgedeelte zijn we naar een straat gegaan waar de trein doorrijdt. Was wel een grappig zicht! De trein passeert wel niet regelmatig dus kon je op je gemak op de sporen lopen.

    Daarna zijn we naar een groot park gegaan waar verschillende monumenten van Ho Chi Minh stonden.

    In de namiddag zijn we langs twee grote meren gepasseerd. Langs één van deze meren was er eventjes een oase van rust, namelijk een soort van gebedsplek. Hier stond een mooi versierde pagoda. Toen we iemand vroegen om een foto te nemen, bleek dit een hele vriendelijke Filipijn te zijn. We hebben bijna een uur gepraat over Azië, Europa, Brexit en natuurlijk Trump.

    De volgende twee dagen gaan we naar Halong Bay. Dit is een zeer bekende baai, die Unesco erfgoed is. We slapen 1 nacht op de boot. Waarschijnlijk zullen we geen WiFi hebben en dus geen updates plaatsen ;)
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  • Day9

    Hoa Lo Prison Memorial

    August 29 in Vietnam

    The Hoa Lo Prison site is in the French quarter of Hanoi by the French who occupied Hanoi. The prison was built in 1896 in the middle of Hanoi in order to detain Vietnamese patriots who opposed their rule. Hoa Lo prison has the area of 13,000 m2, which is the most ancient prison architecture of Indochina. It is surrounded by stone walls, 4 metre high steel and reinforced by barbed-wire system of high voltage lines and broken glass cemented to all wall edges. There are four corner towers are capable of observing the entire prison. The main gate was built with the two stoney building with the dome-shaped structure.

    This is where many revolutionary soldiers and patriots of Vietnam were killed. According to the original design, Hoa Lo only should only detain about 500 people. But it has been extended and in the 1950s-1953s, the Hoa Lo detained over 2000 people.

    After the capital was liberated on 10th October 1954, Hoa Lo Prison was controlled by the revolutionary government. During 1964-1973s Hoa Lo Prison became the place to detain the American pilots.

    The prison was very depressing in the way the prisoners were treated in the early years but it showed that the American pilots captured during the Vietnam war were well looked which we are not sure if this is true.

    Another inspiring place in Hanoi reflecting its varied history.
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  • Day6

    Essen im Quan An Ngon, Hanoi

    October 12 in Vietnam

    Nach der Rückkehr von der Halong Bay sind wir nochmal ins Quan An Ngon essen gegangen. Viel Trubel am Freitag, die Strassen um den See waren gesperrt und überall gab es Musik- und Tanzveranstaltungen. Morgen solls erst richtig rund gehen, aber da sind wir schon in der Einsamkeit der Berge bei My Chau.

  • Day4

    Hanoi bei Nacht

    October 10 in Vietnam

    Abends ist auf Reisen normalerweise Essenszeit. Nach dem Puppentheater sind wir zurück in die Altstadt und haben eine Restaurant Empfehlung aus dem Reiseführer gesucht. Madame Hien hat sehr gutes Essen in schöner Atmosphäre. Die Straßen sind noch lange voller Leben, auch wenn, wie wir später gehört haben, der Strassenverkauf eigentlich verboten ist und nur durch Korruption der Polizisten möglich ist. Wir haben gehört dass etwa 30% der Vietnamesen katholisch sind, die Kathedrale ist gut in Schuss. Geheiratet wird auch hier gern in Weiß, unsere Reiseführerin sagte uns man heiratet nur in den ungeraden Jahren des Alters, sie ist 26 und wartet bis sie 27 ist um zu heiraten sonst bringt es Unglück. Auch wird ein "Fortune-Man" voher befragt ob man zusammen passt. Geht auch nach Geburtsdatum. Ihrem Freund hat er gesagt (die Schwiegermutter hatte ihn beauftagt) er könne sie nicht heiraten, es passt nicht. Wenn er es doch tut würde er mit 41 sterben. Er war wohl ein bisschen irritiert, hat sich aber trotzdem für sie entschieden.Read more

  • Day18

    Hanoi by night

    October 27 in Vietnam

    Viel können wir über Hanoi nicht sagen, da wir nur eine Nacht dort waren, aber wir haben versucht in den wenigen Stunden, so viel aufzusaugen, wie es nur geht. Und wie geht es besser, als sich mit einem Bier in der Hand auf einen der tausend Mini-Plastikstühle mitten ins Treiben zu setzen?! Gefühlt ist die Stadt noch geschäftiger als Bangkok, aber das kann auch an der Gegend gelegen haben. Aber eins steht fest, der Verkehr ist noch gewöhnungsbedürftiger als in Thailand! An jeder Straßenecke wird gehupt und alle versuchen sich irgendwie irgendwo durchzuschieben mit ihren Rollern. Aber nicht auf eine aggressive Art und Weise. Das läuft hier einfach so... und wir laufen mit. Versuchen es zumindest.Read more

  • Day26

    As we were driving from the airport to Hanoi, our guide started telling us about the cost of motor scooters — scooters made in China cost about $400 USD, and scooters from Japan cost $1200 USD, but are better made and last longer. I thought that this was an odd thing to talk about within our first 30 minutes in Vietnam, but I found the description interesting. Of course, I had no idea that the reason he was telling me this information is that the motor scooter is a key component of life in Hanoi!

    People ride motor scooters here for two reasons. First and foremost, cars are far too expensive for most people to buy. (Even a cheap car is $25,000 USD, which is probably three years of wages for an average adult in VIetnam.) Second, the streets are so crowded and many of them are so narrow, that driving a car is pretty impractical.

    The number of scooters on the roads is phenomenal. Scooters ride on both sides of the cars, and weave in and out of the traffic. Scooters drive the wrong way down a one-way street. Scooters line up by the dozens at intersections, waiting for the light to change. Scooters are parked on the sidewalks, entryways to stores, and on traffic mediums. The din of honking from the scooters can be deafening. In short, scooters are everywhere you look.

    If the shear number of scooters wasn’t sufficiently overwhelming, the number of riders on each scooter and the variety of items that they carry is also surprising. Roughly one-third of the scooters have two riders — often people of the same age. But there are also scooters with three or four riders, particularly during rush hour. And, it is quite common to see parents with young chlldren on their scooter, either standing in front of their parents (if they are toddlers) or strapped into baby carriers. When I asked our guide whether it was dangerous for children to ride scooters with their parents, his reply was simple — “what choice do we have?” Since most families don’t own cars, if they need to go someplace with their children, or even pick them up from school, the kids have to ride on the scooters. Despite the obvious logic, I am endlessly fascinated by the sight of small children on scooters, particularly those instances when I saw two parents with two children on a single scooter!

    Also, since scooters are the primary form of transportation, all kinds of items are carried on the scooters. You see people carrying large bundles, packages and bags. We saw someone carrying long pipes (approx 12 feet long) off the side of their scooters. Pretty much anything goes on a scooter.

    Of course, there are also many accidents with the scooters. Although we didn’t see any accidents, a guy that we met on the food tour told us that in Ho Chi Minh, which is roughly the size of Hanoi, at least 10 people die in motor scooter accidents each day. Frankly, the number seems low to me, given the vast number of scooters on the road.

    Vietnam, like the US, has ride sharing services. You can use “Uber” or a local equivalent called “Grab” to call a car or to call a motor scooter! The Uber scooters are less common that the Grab scooters (which are recognizable by the green helmets worn by the driver and the passenger. Apparently, ride sharing on scooters is an easy way for young people to make a little extra money. I teased Arie that I wanted to summon an Uber scooter to go back to the hotel. He looked at me as if I had lost my mind, and our guide found the very notion quite amusing. So, no shared scooter for me today . . .
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  • Day43

    The infamous prison where American servicemen, mostly Air Force pilots like John McCain, were held during the Vietnam War. Now, it is a memorial to the mistreatment of the Vietnamese by the French. Two small rooms are dedicated to how well the American POWs were treated.

    Had to post this. Many more photos are on my Nancy Facebook page. Out for now. ✌️

  • Day6

    Hanoi - time to explore

    July 20, 2017 in Vietnam

    After arriving back in Hanoi from Halong bay we only had one day to explore before we started travelling South. We spent the day exploring the old quarter and getting used to crossing the road (much harder than it sounds). We went to the old city gate and made our way through the city up to Hoan Kiem lake. It's a large lake just outside the old quarter with a temple in the centre. The map we had was pretty awful so it was very hard to find our way around so we were very impressed when we made it to the lake. After having dinner overlooking the lake and temple we headed back to the hostel for a good night's sleep.Read more

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Hồ Hoàn Kiếm, Ho Hoan Kiem

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