AnneMarie and Andrew

Annemarie and Andrew – Trekking Asia

Hanoi: Day Three


Posted on Dec 6, 2013

Today was mopping up the sites which we hadn’t made it to on the pervious two days in Hanoi. We could probably have seen all the main sites in Hanoi in two days had we been better planned and organised. Getting out of bed late probably hasn’t helped either, often not leaving the hotel until 10am. Our first port of call was the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, which was closed when we got there, despite a sign saying it was open...

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Hanoi: Day Two


Posted on Dec 4, 2013

Today we decided to walk further to the west side of central Hanoi where the government buildings, old palaces and other tourist sites are. Our first port of call was the Temple of Literature. This place, it was quite a few buildings covering a large area is almost a thousand years old, and is classed as Vietnam’s first national university. Pupils would enroll for three or more years and take regular exams. At the end they would...

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Hanoi: Day One


Posted on Dec 3, 2013

We decided our first stop would be to visit the infamous Hoa Lo Prison, better known as the “Hanoi Hilton” during the Vietnam War. It was only a short walk but the streets of Hanoi are chaotic. The footpath is filled with people sat on small plastic stools, or cafes spill out onto the path or usually they are full of parked mopeds. These means we spent a lot of time walking on the road. The roads in Hanoi are crazy! How...

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Hanoi: A Haggler’s Paradise


Posted on Dec 3, 2013

Getting the hang on haggling is difficult for us. In the UK generally the price on the shelf is the price you pay. No questions, no hassle, no worry about fairness and did someone else pay less than you. Here every price, for every product is a negotiation. Last night at the train station the toilets had a charge. (Don’t get me started on a rant about charging for toilets. I have no issue with fees for optional stuff, but you...

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