planning a trip to Vietnam and are having difficulties
deciding where to go and what to do, what you cannot miss
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are in Vietnam....
We're in Hanoi, Honk your Horn!
We got to
airport and our taxi driver was already waiting for us with another
passenger to our hotel. Since we needed some Dong (Vietnamese
rushed to the ATM, couldn't quite remember what the currency conversion was, and
withdrew 200,000, what he thought might be around $100. What seemed to be a lot of Dong turned out to be just a little more than $10!
The streets of Hanoi seem more congested than we remembered in Cambodia. The
streets seem narrower as there are parked cars and swarms of mopeds everywhere.
And they honk nonstop, from before the sun rises through the entire day and night.
However, unlike Cambodia, we rarely see 3 or more people on mopeds. Also, there
actually are traffic signals with pedestrian "walk/don't walk" lights here, but we found out that some mopeds seem to disregard the lights and plow straight through
the intersection... So we need to really be on our toes walking about here. Aside
from the fact that everyone honks their horn non-stop while they're driving, there
are loudspeakers everywhere in the city and start blasting wake up calls from 6am
or so. Hoan Kiem Lake starts buzzing with people doing their morning exercises.
The Temple of Literature was pretty cool in as it was the first university in Vietnam established in 1070. And honestly the poor air quality and noise held us
back from walking to explore the entire city. All in all, Hanoi wasn't super
inspiring, and we really used it as a base to jump to other places around North
Vietnam - Halong Bay, Sapa, and Tam