Review: Now my favorite Vietnam. part 1 Hanoi

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The previous part of the Introduction to opinion is Now my favorite Vietnam

So we successfully landed in Hanoi airport - Noi Bai. Arrived in the morning. Hanoi airport is small, nothing like the capital. But on the other hand, Hanoi is the political capital. The real center of Vietnam in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh city), but more on that later.

Зал прилета аэропорта Ханоя The arrivals hall of Hanoi airport

No hotels, no taxis, no shared nothing we did not order. Decided to deal with everything on the spot. And then did not looked back. Of course, maybe we managed to save a little money on the same hotels if we book in advance, but in fact and the interest to understand all on their own, to deal with the difficulties on the spot. And theoretically we're pretty well prepared. We knew the tourist areas in each city were going to visit and how to get there. All of this information on Vietnam then I gathered in the appropriate section on Vietnam on the website. I hope someone else can use it.

The only thing we had in advance, this ticket with the following dates of the flights, so in Hanoi, we had planned only two nights and on the morning of the third day we had to fly to da Nang.

About Hanoi we also knew that the best way to settle in the hotel near the sword lake (Hoan Kiem lake). That's where we decided to go in the first place. Changing at the airport 50 green, we moved on.

Outside the airport we immediately underwent not very Intrusive proposals taxi drivers, and went to find the bus. We knew that to the tourist area can be reached by city bus No. 17, we went to look. Literally 10 meters from the exit to the right along the road were minivans and large buses. Smart the Vietnamese were caught a few potential customers and were seated on the bus. Considering that this is the right bus No. 17 (Yes, it was written and No. 17, though cardboard sign handle on the bottom of the glass) we sat down. As it turned out, the bus turned commercial and the fare is 50,000 Dong (currency of Vietnam, the exchange rate), or a little less than 3 dollars for two. Of course, the city bus costs 5,000 VND, but $ 3 is not a great price.

We drove for a long time, almost an hour. And finally got to the lake. We had printed a map so we just sort out the direction and went to look for a hotel. Going into the first hotel, it turned out to Bamboo hotel, it remained. This hotel is certainly not a hotel, as well. But to stay two nights it will come down. The room we were offered for $18 per night with Breakfast. Passport in Vietnam at the reception, take, and give for full payment before departure. A room with no Windows (small window only in the bathroom), with TV and air conditioning. Moderately clean. At the reception, three computers with free Internet. Breakfast was so-so, with a conventional Cup of tea or coffee and some scrambled eggs. The only thing that bothered, is a cockroach in the room. I wrote about this in detail here.

Spartan Bamboo Hotel
Spartan Bamboo Hotel

Sam tourist area, as it seemed to me like a typical Chinatown in any Asian city: a bunch of vendors on the street, countless shops, restaurants and cafes. In General cool.

Tourist area

Exchanged the money right here, next to the hotel, literally ten meters, at a good rate. Hanoi in General we liked, but not as much as Saigon (Ho Chi Minh). Maybe we've been here too little to fall in love with him. Later in Saigon we met an elderly American who said he was more like Hanoi than Saigon.

So staying in a hotel, we decided not to waste time and immediately went to explore the area. The nearest attraction – lake of restored sword located on the islet of Jade temple. The entrance to the temple and red bridge pay something symbolic about 5 000 Dong or so.

Then we went to explore the area around the island and look for a supermarket. Accustomed with the abundance of 7/11 in the streets of Thailand we were surprised by the lack thereof in Vietnam. Beating all around we managed to find only one supermarket where we were able to score only edible, including and beer. Prices in the supermarket is not to say that it is very cheap.

Red bridge to the jade temple
Evening Hanoi

The first night in a hotel and in Vietnam was marred by the presence in the room a huge cockroach, who all the night did not sleep, rustling at the back of the bathroom door. Only this morning was able to neutralize him with the help of sneaker. More such surprises in the numbers we have not seen, although on the street and on the first floors of hotels such friends we met again and again.

On the second day we decided to bypass the city on foot. It was very interesting. Almost all day we wandered the city and had time to explore all the main attractions. Give rest your feet on benches in parks, watching live Hanouti. On the way, bought from hawkers food and drink. At the same time found and looked after a stop where you can catch the airport bus No. 17, because already the next day we had a flight to da Nang.

Just a street of Hanoi
Inside of a not marked on the map of the temple
In the alleys of Hanoi
In Quan Thanh Temple
Russian surprise in the shop on the street

In General everything was fine. Hotel liked, hard to say. I liked everything. Recommend something to visit will not be details about attractions of Hanoi by clicking on the link. As always, now my only regret is that too little time was on Hanoi. After all, nearby is the famous Halong Bay, which this time left us is not visited. And Sapa , in the North of Vietnam.

The evening we ended up on the bench at the lake of the Returned sword. Together with us there, we spent the evening couples, young people, older people. Appeared slender girl with a tape recorder, and began to engage the music with some aerobics. And to us it was time to leave...

Set off from Hanoi early in the morning. The plane departed at 9 o'clock. So we woke up at 4 a.m., Breakfast in the room, we shook the sleeping guy at the reception, we opened the door (paid for the hotel and we took our passports the night before) and went to a dark sleeping city. On the streets there was no one, even the ubiquitous and ever-buzzing motorcycles. On foot we went to the bus station, Long Bien, where you can catch bus number 17 to the airport. As we walked about 20 minutes, the city in our eyes woke up. Opened the shop, on the road traveled car. When we reached Long Bien, the city had already lived a full life, and it was hard to believe that only twenty minutes ago we went into an empty sleeping town.

The bus we waited no more than 10 minutes. It was probably one of the first flights since they start walking at 5 am.

Going to the airport the bus No. 17

Airport bus drove for over an hour. By the end of the trip in the bus was crowded so many people, as it was during Soviet times in rush hour. But the trip cost us 5000 VND / head.

We said goodbye to Hanoi and went to the airport...

Continuation of part 2 In da Nang...

Comments / recent posts on the topic on the forum
admin 31 January, 2015

Glad you liked Saigon, I really like it too. But I would be careful with recommendations about "least a week". Still, not everyone will like spending time in a noisy bustling city instead of the beach. Two full days for most of them will be enough, and those who love other people, large cities can linger a little longer. ...
Foxa 31 January, 2015
About a week - I wrote that we would like there is so much to be. :) And of course, to each his own! But there are so many museums and the city itself is so interesting that walk-not to deregulate. Next we go to Vietnam no less than 3 weeks. You have a good photo, immediately reminded of our journey.
Jane_M, we too were at the factory where they make fish sauce. Yes, the smell of it is still the same! But it is possible to buy in addition to sauce a lot of good and very tasty sun-dried local fish. It's in Fukuoka. And, by the way, Fukuoka is prohibited to take out this sauce. ...
admin 31 January, 2015

Nifiga yourself :shock: . Why? ...
admin 31 January, 2015

He googled and found that the earlier airlines in Fukuoka was used ATR72 aircraft, where the Luggage area combined with a passenger. And when the bottles crashed, the cabin was transported "mouthwatering aroma" best Fukuoka fish sauce :SUPER . And then it was forbidden to export. Actually, I always pour the sauce in plastic bottles, when being taken home. So safer and easier without glasses. ...
Foxa 31 January, 2015
I didn't know about the true reasons for the ban! :) Now I know!
And we are from Vietnam brought a local ground coffee and bought them special cups with lids and filters for brewing.
Here, too, by the way, advice to those who are going to Vietnam and thinks that you can bring out there simply amazing coffee! I'm not a fan and not a coffee-drinker, but the Vietnamese coffee will never give up. :) ...
admin 1 February, 2015

Yes, Vietnamese coffee is one of the best in the world, IMHO. ...
Saulina March 25, 2016
Uhh posomtrel photo, already longing attacked! ...
Cenika 20 September, 2017
I have a holiday to Vietnam is only the most positive memories and emotions. Oh, the beautiful beach of Nha Trang, we were here in June, rested perfectly. For travelers chose the hotel Den Long Do Hotel, the conditions are excellent, the service is good. Of the trip brought a bunch of Souvenirs and delicacies, in particular, found the shop "Alco House", where he bought the local bottling alcohol in bottles that you can carry in the airport. Loved the nature and the hospitality of the locals, sightseeing and culture. ...
Katerina1 April 30, 2018
the class is also very want to Vietnam, but confuses that far) ...
Svetik2244 8 July, 2018
I in that year it was unreal cool! ...