Sunday is a warm day in Hanoi. Was great for walking a different direction south and west of the old quarter. I never really know where I’ll end up when I start. It makes the photography and getting to the 10k steps goal more entertaining. South of the old quarter the streets open to wide blocks with larger stores and the mix of modern and French colonial architecture a delightful combination. Not many tourists wandering those streets. The people are more open and smile. I get invited to coffee shops more and the restaurants dot the blocks with pho and banh mi and other foods. Most at excellent prices. A baguette called banh mi in one of 10 styles goes for about 16000 VND.
There are not the touristy shoe shine, hats, or cyclopeds trying to earn some money. It’s all quieter and yet more busy. It’s like a different city than the jammed and busy old quarter. It’s why you should adventure forth in Hanoi.
The next few weeks see me traveling to two destinations. First off on 16 May I will go to Hoi An for 4 days. Then on 2 June, I am off to Hue. Both cities are rich in historical and cultural significance for Vietnam. I fly out of the Hanoi Airport on cheap economy tickets for both flights.
May is my last full month in Hanoi so I need to go to a few places I have not been yet. I have a bucket list of sorts of things to do:
- Hanoi Museums. The Museum of Ethnography and the Vietnam military museum are close to each other but I will probably split up the visits into two days and walk a different way to each next week.
- Water Puppet Show. I need to see the water puppet show here in the old quarter. There are a few I can do but the price is about the same.
- Buy a few small souvenirs like a t-shirt and baseball cap. North of the lake there are so many places to find this stuff!
After I get back from Hue, I only have about a week left in Hanoi. Then I jet off to Hong Kong and my visa run for a few days. Upon getting back to Hanoi, I spend one night at the airport and then take the train from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City and begin my two months and change of staying there. I have a few trips planned for there too. I am gonna go to beaches in south Vietnam because there are a number of them. I also decided on a trip to Danang for a week so am going there. Flying around Vietnam is really easy. Airline prices are cheap and you can get to most places via the big and regional airports and airlines.
One thing it looks like I miss is the Mekong Delta tour I wanted to do unless I can find one that I could do before riding the train south. I really wanted to do that tour but I can come back from Cambodia and get it done I guess.
Anyways, it was a beautiful day out and the photo stream shows it pretty well I think.
Have a great weekend and enjoy yourself. You deserve it!