Hanoi, Vietnam’s Capital

3rd – 5th December

We checked back in to Hanoi backpackers when we returned from Ha Long Bay (very good hostel), and later that night met up with Brent and Daan again at the rooftop bar of the hostel. We also met two Irish girls from our dorm, who came with us to a bar, where we all got beers and laughing gas.

The next day we did a walking tour, and also checked out a few things on our own after. The thing about Hanoi is that there is a street full of shops selling the same thing, and this applies for every item imaginable, including dog restaurants (did not try – not my thing). We also met up with Brent and Daan that night for a few beers overlooking the intersection (see photo below), because they were flying to Saigon that night. We met up with Darryl a bit later on that night and went to an upstairs club, but it was a complete sausage fest so we hung out at the irish bar on the floor below.

Brent, Daan, Me and Jack (Under a photo of ourselves from the night before) at 2Q Fresh Juice Fresh You

Brent, Daan, Me and Jack (Under a photo of ourselves from the night before) at 2Q Fresh Juice Fresh You

Hanoi streets

Hanoi streets

This statue in the middle of the lake represents the middle of the city

This statue in the middle of the lake represents the middle of the city

The former name of Hanoi

The former name of Hanoi

Busy Shopping Centre in Hanoi

Busy Shopping Centre in Hanoi

No idea what this creature is!

No idea what this creature is!

Hanoi Hilton

Hanoi Hilton

Busy Intersection

Busy Intersection

Busy Intersection

Busy Intersection

We met up with Darryl for lunch the next day, our last in Hanoi, which was uneventful except for this picture on the wall in the bathroom. Be warned, this image is a bit graphic.

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We got a taxi to the war museum with Darryl and also went to Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, but his body was being embalmed in Russia (which is the case three months of each year). We caught the 12 hour bus to Hue that night, and planned to meet up with Darryl for Christmas in Saigon.

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Bazooka!

Bazooka!

Bomb shells

Bomb shells

Bomb Innards

Bomb Innards

Aircraft Wreckage Sculpture

Aircraft Wreckage Sculpture

Road to Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

Road to Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

Lenin, the father of Communism

Lenin, the father of Communism

We booked our bus ticket from Hanoi with Paul from Adventure Indochina Travel with Tom and Laurence. For $45 it covered us from Hanoi to Saigon, with stops at Hue, Hoi An, Nha Trang and Mui Ne.

Laurence, Tom, Jack & I @ Adventure Indochina Travel

Laurence, Tom, Jack & I @ Adventure Indochina Travel

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