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WOW! WOW! WOW!
This is one AMAZING PLACE! From the minute you get out of the airport you can feel the buzz of the country.
We were lured into the Old Quarter of Hanoi to explore its charm and diversity. What I have found so far is that in all of the madness that surrounds life here, the Vietnamese are by far the friendliest folk that I have come across yet on this trip.
As we step out of the hotel onto Hang Ga street in the Old Quarter of Hanoi, we are received by smiles and speeding scooters.
The narrow streets are filled with all sorts of interesting shops and they are buzzing with people. As you make your way through the streets you maybe sometimes get to walk on the sidewalk other times you are forced to put your reflex to the test because so many scooters are parked on the sidewalk, you are forced to go onto the street to make your way. Once you have entered the street you become part of the unwritten code of honking horns by the ever weaving of scooters and cars. The cool thing about the honking of the horns is that it is not in anger, but to let you know that they are coming behind you so you stay to the side of the road. Quite a crazy system but it seems to work well. Indicators, stop signs, street lights, and pedestrian crossing do exist but no rules to these are applied as in other countries, YOU JUST GO!!!!!!!! YEEHA!!!!
Biking around Vietnam
Had some Cobra Snake Wine. Tasted like shit but I had a ton of energy for days afterwards.
Took a trip into the Ninh Binh Province. Had a guide take us up the Tam Coc river for 2 hours via slow boat to look at the limestone caves. What a blast!
The Nin Binh Province
Temple in the Hoa Lu Ancient City
Entrance to Temple
Bridge in the old Quarter of Hanoi
Cool Hanoi Pub
We are here in Vietnam during TET. TET is Vietnam's official Christmas,New Year party, and everyones' birthday. And this is the tree that is mostly used for this period of celebration.
A Buddhist offering.