Two Weeks give or Take in Hanoi

Two weeks left in Hanoi. Hard to believe that the time has gone by so quickly. Travel next few weeks includes a 5 day trip to Hue starting on Saturday and returning on Wednesday. Hue is a city steeped in history and getting 5 days there to walk around, take a day tour, and eat the local foods is great! I’ll fly down Saturday morning on Vietnam Airlines and start exploring the city that day since I cannot check in to the hotel right away but they will store my bags for me while I go.

Once I get back from Hue I have a week left and then its time leave Hanoi. I’ll fly off to Hong Kong for 4 days and see the sights there. When I get back, its only for a night at the airport and then the rail trip from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City on the 18th of June. That trip will take 30 hours but as I blogged before I get to see the entire length of Vietnam and I’m a train guy so am really looking forward to the pace and the sights.

I have a homestay place in Ho Chi Minh City which includes free meals each night and I’ll stay there through September when my Visa runs out. Then I cross over to Cambodia. I have some basic plans for different places to see based on a month schedule but as I go, I can change the schedule as I want and not pay a penalty for the hotels I rented. The plan though is to end up back in Phnom Penh around January of next year and rent an apartment for up to 9 months which is what I will have left on my retirement visa there. From there, I can travel easily to Laos, Thailand, Malaysia. All of that is rather fuzzy but I do know there are places I will get to. India beckons. Malaysia has been asking to see me. Thailand and the train from Chiang Mai to KL are some things I have wanted to do.

I really appreciate everyone reading along and watching me see Hanoi. Its been a lot of fun to do the project I set for myself which was to record my daily walks with my camera. I will be closing that project on the 14th of June and will go through the google photo albums and publish the links for all the albums so you can get a sense of the walking in Hanoi. At the same time, I have been experimenting with my FujiFilm X100F camera. Finding the sweet spots for shooting that I like. Playing with depth of field and aperture settings. Since I am nowhere near a photographer, I use these things as self learn goals and only to try to improve and learn the camera. I am not after doing post processing or shooting RAW files. My only goal is a personal and sharing one. I make mistakes and learn and then apply things I read or suss out about the camera.

You’ll get to see all those things in all their glory.

So walk a bit with me. See the remaining days of Hanoi sights. I still have bucket list places I need to go to so when I get back I will be applying myself to get there. Some require a cab or longer walk. Most I can get to easily by taking a day and dedicating it to that walk.

Its been fun living in Hanoi. I’ve enjoyed the people I’ve met, some friends at local coffee shops that have treated me well. The kindness and generosity of the Vietnamese people I will not soon forget.