We spent a couple of days back in Hanoi. The first day back happened to be the 60th anniversary of kicking the French out of the city. We had seen the preparations for this for over a week. There were lanterns all along the streets and lights up everywhere. And there were flags. Lots of flags. And you know how much Riki likes flags? I’m guessing there are 100 pictures of flags. I will spare you most of them. That evening, we wandered down to Hoan Kiem lake just in time for a parade (of course we found a parade). There were dancing dragons, colorful ladies and lots of music. We hung around the lake for a few hours and were joined by perhaps the entire population of Hanoi. The fireworks, which Riki had read were going to be modest because they were being paid for by the city, were the best ones I’ve ever seen. Lots of huge, loud ones and incredible shapes.
The next day we checked out the National History Museum and Revolution Museum. The Revolution Museum was a lot like Cuba’s in that there was not much explanation, but lots of artifacts. For instance, the cup so and so drank from that time he ate at this place. And the jacket he wore that other time he went to this other place. See how much I learned? We did some research after we went to fill in the blanks. The History Museum had a lot of really cool old artifacts, metal pieces, old tools, etc.
The following day we headed for Ho Chi Minh’s stilt house. He refused to live in the palace and had a traditional house built out back for himself. The people really like that. On our way we got a bit lost, but found a lake and this guy giving haircuts along a main road.
Our last day in Hanoi we did some shopping (or just browsing really) and went to our new favorite restaurant to eat our new favorite dish, Highway 4 with carmelized coconut and pork. Pricey for Hanoi, but our meal was still under $15.
We had a quick flight back to Bangkok on Air Asia. Our flights were only $60 each way. Definitely worth the trip to Northern Vietnam to catch the good weather.
Back in BKK, we strolled down this canal to the Golden Mount, a free view of the city, with lots of bells.
I may look awkward, but these monks on mobile devices were too funny.
Sometimes I get ahold of the camera and bad things happen.
Flower pictures, as requested.
We really like taking the ferries down the river. They are fast, cheap and cleaner than the buses.
Next stop, Ayutthaya, the ancient capital.