After arriving in Laos we had a great dinner.
Vietnamese was our least favorite food thus far, although almost everything was pretty good. Everything was very fresh in Vietnam, even to a fault. There seems to be a southwest-to-east gradient in southeast Asia; with the best and most spicy in Thailand and the mildest in Vietnam.
Other notes about the Vietnamese food:
Not enough ice in shakes;
Some Jasmine tea, and very good, but rare; nothing like the ubiquity of tea in Japan;
Our favorites involved fresh spring rolls with some cooked fish or tofu inside;
The coffee was both the best and on occasion, the worst so far, but usually fresh. Not nearly so much instant coffee;
Do as the Indian guys we met do-bring your own bag of spice!
We stayed in the Old Quarter while in Hanoi. The streets are very narrow with store fronts, restaurant seating and motorbikes taking over the narrow sidewalks. There is also a heavy flow of crazy traffic, honking their horns. It feels as if someone put hectic NYC into the narrow, winding roads of Ancient Europe.
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We took a self guided tour of the French Quarter. The French quarter is notably different from the rest of Hanoi. The streets are wider and lined with larger trees. Although it is still very busy with a lot of traffic, it feels more peaceful than the rest of the city as you walk around.
We started at a statue of Ly Thai To. In 1010 he was the first emperor of Vietnam, which is noted as the beginning of Ly dynasty. The paved area in front of the statue is used as a playground. Kids of all ages were riding/rolling on the pavement. They roller blade, skate board, ride hover boards and motorized mini cars everywhere!
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We did a 3 day/2 night cruise of Ha Long Bay off the coast of northern Vietnam. We were amazed at how vast the area is; the islands are all quite steep and about the same height, which means that they disappear into a hazy background of blues.
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Hue was the capital of the Vietnamese empire that lasted until the country was colonized by France. We arrived via the midnight train from nha trang; the train was spartan but we slept well.
We took a tour to see some of the historical sites. We were along a sidestreet of the main road through town. We hired the tour from a restaurant where we had a few local foods that were some of the best we have had so far in Vietnam:
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We spent Megan’s birthday in Nha Trang, Vietnam. It is a beach city with a nice beach to lay on and some beautiful mountains in the background.
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Dalat was a resort for the French in the colonial era, and we could tell why – the wonderful weather! Didn’t get out of the 70s during the day, but sunny. The views were great too – we loved being in the mountains! That is the view from our own rooftop at the hostel. Dalat is known for many things but this photo shows why it is considered ‘Petit Paris”.
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