Hoàn Kiếm

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  • Day44

    Day 44 - Hanoi Again/Last Day in Vietnam

    October 23, 2017 in Vietnam ⋅ ☁️ 73 °F

    Today was pretty uneventful. Besides the shuttle back to Hanoi this afternoon, we didn't do anything too exciting. The highlight of the day was definitely our return to the restaurant where we had the best pho ever. We each got an order of beef pho and we split the vegetable spring rolls. I had a fresh mango juice and Tim had a fresh orange carrot juice and a beer. It was all delicious!

    Now we are resting up before the trip to Bangkok tomorrow!
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  • Day34

    Day 34 - Hanoi

    October 13, 2017 in Vietnam ⋅ ⛅ 75 °F

    What a great day...Hanoi is awesome!

    We got to bed pretty early last night but knew we needed at least 12 hours to catch up on sleep. We got about 10 hours, then woke up to eat the free hotel breakfast (pho and fresh fruit!) and then got another couple of hours of sleep and relaxing before we set off for the day.

    As soon as as we left the hotel, we saw a crowded little food stand selling chicken on a stick and decided to order two. We accidentally ordered two full meals to go - chicken, vegetables, rice noodles, and broth, all for $1. We found a bench at Hoan Kiem lake and ate our lunch there. The chicken was amazing!! Then we went into a temple over the bridge in the middle of the lake (I had to borrow a "costume" to cover my bare shoulders). After the temple, we walked around the whole lake and then started wandering through the busy streets for hours and going in several little shops. Since we recently decided we love Chess, we bought a cool little stone Chess set, and found an outdoor beer bar to sit down and drink and play. We hung out at this bar on the corner of two wild streets and played Chess and drank beers for awhile. Then we went out for a pho dinner, came back and played a little more Chess, and now we're about ready for bed. We have an early bus in the morning to Sapa!
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  • Day168

    Last day in Hanoi

    February 21, 2017 in Vietnam ⋅ ⛅ 75 °F

    Today was our last day in Hanoi. After visiting the museum in the morning, we spent the afternoon wandering the streets of the old quarter for the last time and buying a few supplies, ready for the overnight train journey. We've tried to capture here some of the common street scenes; when you look at them, imagine the noisiest city you've ever been to (no doubt Hanoi itself for those of you who've been there), then multiply it by about 3 and you're probably somewhere near a virtual visit! We were able to get all of the supplies we wanted in the supermarket, plus some chicken feet which we decided to pass on this occasion! We ended the afternoon with dinner at "Pho 10", the noodle shop we found on our first evening in Hanoi - it only does beef noodles but has about 8 different kinds of beef - simple but tasty.

    We've really enjoyed our time in and around Hanoi and would highly recommend it for a visit. It's crazy but fascinating. The climate is great too - temperatures in the early to mid-20s C when we were here, so warm enough for shorts and t-shirt but not hot, sticky or humid as the coastal areas of Costa Rica were. Next, we head South - back towards the heat and humidity...
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  • Day38

    Day 38 - Back to Hanoi!

    October 17, 2017 in Vietnam ⋅ ⛅ 68 °F

    Wow! Has it really been 38 days?! This trip is flying by. But, at the same time, it feels like a lifetime ago that we were getting on the Greyhound in Richmond to head up to JFK back in early September. I could stay in Hanoi forever. But I also miss my cats. And everyone and everything else. But I'm also not even close to ready to come back.

    Anyways, today we traveled back to the amazing Vietnam capital, Hanoi. We relaxed in our hotel room in Sapa until check out, then we ventured out to lunch. Our entire time in Sapa, we had been watching groups of people eating a dish called a hotpot. We wanted to try one but they seemed to be best split between 4-6 people (or more) and we weren't sure if we could find a smaller one. We couldn't, but we got one anyways. We decided to go with a salmon hotpot (1 kg was the smallest they would let us have!). About 5 minutes after we ordered it, one of the employees walked into the restaurant with a grocery bag that had a giant flopping salmon in it. Talk about fresh! Then, about 10 minutes after that, they started to bring out the food - a small tabletop stove with a pot of broth (water, herbs, onions, pineapple, and so much more), a plate full of the entire raw salmon (filleted), potatoes, carrots, greens, noodles, tofu, and all sorts of sauces. We devoured almost all of it, over the course of a couple of hours, along with a few beers.

    We headed back to our hotel to pick up our bags and wait for our van to pick us up to take us back to Hanoi. The van ride back seemed to take forever, but we made it back, got dropped off at the wrong hotel, walked the quick few blocks to the right hotel, and checked in to another amazing hotel right in the center of the Old Quarter. Then we set off for dinner. We finally got a pho that is possibly better than our favorite spot in Richmond, Pho So 1. A couple have been close, a couple have been worse, but this was definitely the only one that is as good or better. We will certainly be back.

    Now, bedtime. A long day of Hanoi exploring and eating and drinking tomorrow. Can't wait - I love this city!!!

    (Only pictures today are off our awesome hotpot lunch. Unfortunately my phone was dead for our late night Hanoi wandering and pho dinner.)
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  • Day39

    Day 39 - Hanoi!

    October 18, 2017 in Vietnam ⋅ ⛅ 70 °F

    Hanoi is awesome! We started the day with a delicious breakfast of banana pancakes with fresh watermelon, pears, coffee and juice. After breakfast, we visited the prison museum where French colonials jailed Vietnamese revolutionaries and where US POWs (including John McCain) were imprisoned during the "American" (Vietnam) war. The museum was really interesting but also very depressing.

    After the museum, we decided to grab some lunch. We found a local street restaurant and had a delicious lunch of spring rolls and vermicelli with stir fried chicken and peanut sauce. Yum!

    Following lunch we decided to get a 90 minute Swedish massage at a highly recommended parlor which trained and employed masseurs who were visually impaired. Best massage ever! We were so relaxed we decided to return to the hotel to rest for about an hour.

    Around 7, we decided it was time for dinner. We found another nearby street spot and had an amazing dinner of pork, chicken, and beef with rice noodles.

    After dinner, we did some shopping for a few gifts before drinking a few beers at restaurant on a second story balcony overlooking a busy street. After paying our bill and before heading home, we stopped in at one last bar for a few icy cold ones...and some manhattans! We have an early morning tomorrow so its time for bed!!
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  • Day4

    Hanoian Evening

    September 27 in Vietnam ⋅ 🌙 79 °F

    We spent the afternoon and evening exploring Hanoi and its Old Town. Actually, I spent the afternoon catching Grab taxis on failed errands for moto gear and phone sims all over the city. Nancy, Don, and Mary spent the afternoon getting lost on the way to and the way back from a water puppet show where Nancy was able to extend her 'blur' photography portfolio. We met for our first banh mi sandwich before continuing our walk into the evening.

    After watching Don and Mary finish their gelatos we headed to the famous Hanoi Beer Corner. Beer corner was just getting started, but we did get to witness a beer cheerleading squad.
    Beer Corner video:

    Don and Mary retired for the night and Nancy and I continued our walk to Hoàn Kiếm lake. The lake is at the center of north Vietnamese culture as it is the place where the metal to forge a famous sword was given to the king to defend the homeland. The turtle god then asked for the sword back when the king was finished with it. Hoàn Kiếm is also a center for Hanoian nightlife. People stroll its shores much like an evening promenade around the zocalo in Mexico. It seemed that every few steps we ran into people practicing dance steps, jumping rope, playing jenga, or singing pop-up karaoke.

    Here are a couple of video links from our stroll.
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  • Day3

    Hanoi - Tag 1

    July 29 in Vietnam ⋅ ⛅ 32 °C

    Zwei aufregende Tage in Hanoi sind vergangen und wir haben viele Eindrücke sammeln können.😊
    Wie wahrscheinlich alle asiatischen Großstädte ist auch Hanoi eine sehr lebhafte Stadt, in der es Tag und Nacht voller Menschen und Motorroller wimmelt.
    In der Nacht von Sonntag auf Montag sind wir vier in Hanoi gelandet und nach einer kurzen Nacht und einem leckeren Frühstück in unserem Hotel sind wir munter in den Tag gestartet. Zunächst haben wir uns den Hoan Kiem See mit dem Ngoc Son Temple darauf angesehen. Faszieniert war Ole dabei besonders von der 400 Jahre alten und 2,10m langen Schildkröte, die 1968 in dem See geborgen wurde.
    Im Anschluss sind wir durch das um den See liegende Old Quarter geschlendert und haben uns eine erste Massage und einen leckeren Kaffee gegönnt, sowie zwei einheimische Märkte besucht.
    Am Abend stand ein Besuch in dem traditionellen Wasserpuppentheater Thang Long an, das wirklich ein Muss auf der Liste eines Hanoibesuches sein sollte. Wie der Name schon sagt werden bei der Aufführung mit Puppen verschiedene Szenen im Wasser präsentiert. Begleitet wird das Ganze mit einem Life-Orchester.
    Am meisten Probleme hat uns an diesem ersten Tag tatsächlich das Essen bereitet, denn wie es scheint essen die Vietnamesen den ganzen Tag über immerzu nur Suppe (Also wirklich Morgens, Mittags und Abends) und darauf hatten wir eigentlich keinen Appetit. Nachdem wir dann irgendwie doch satt geworden sind, haben wir den Abend auf unserer Rooftopbar im Hotel ausklingen lassen 🍻🍹.
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  • Day24

    Ha Noi

    December 7, 2018 in Vietnam ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    Da Patrick leider auf Cat Ba erkrankt ist, fahren wir nicht nach Sapa sondern direkt nach Hanoi. Das ist auch gut so, denn hohes Fieber beschert uns einige Trips ins Krankenhaus. Nach ein paar Tagen ist er endlich wieder fit und wir können noch das schöne Hanoi besichtigen.

    Am meisten genießen wir die Zeit in der St. Josephs Cathedral, die uns ein wenig Weihnachtsstimmung beschert.Read more

  • Day51

    Hanoi Tag 2

    February 25 in Vietnam ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    Der heutige Tag verlief ähnlich wie der gestrige. Er startete ebenfalls mit einem Eierkaffee und liess mich neue Ecken von Hanoi entdecken.
    Anders als gestern gestaltete sich der heutige Abend.
    Lustigerweise schrieben mir nämlich Pia und Michelle, die beiden Schweizerinnen, die ich in Pai kennengelernt hatte, dass sie auch in Hanoi sind. So gingen wir zusammen, noch mit einer Zimmergenossin von ihnen, essen. Es tat gut wieder einmal bekannt Gesichter zu treffen und Schweizerdeutsch zu sprechen:P Und sowieso hatten wir es super zusammen.Read more

  • Day52

    Hanoi Tag 3

    February 26 in Vietnam ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Heute Morgen habe ich mit Nish und Rhea zum Frühstück abgemacht.
    Wir gingen ins Hidden Gem Café. Danach wollten wir ins Ho Chi Minh Museum und Mausoleum gehen. Wir nahmen ein Taxi dahin und stellten dann fest, dass es geschlossen war. Etwas ärgerlich.
    Sowieso war es etwas schwer sich heute in Hanoi fortzubewegen, da Trump und Kim für ein Gipfeltreffen in der Stadt sind.
    Das Wetter lud ebenfalls nicht zum Spazieren ein und so verbrachten wir den ganzen Nachmittag damit , den Verkehr zu beobachten und Kaffee und Cocktails zu schlürfen.
    Um halb Elf verabschiedeten wir uns dann. Ich telefonierte noch ein wenig und ging dann schlafen.
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Hoàn Kiếm, Hoan Kiem

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