Winter holidays – Vietnam 2: Hanoi & Ho Chi Minh City

Day 6 – Hanoi I was due to check out at 12 noon. I had breakfast and then went for a wander around the city, particularly to the lake. I also wanted to see what the traffic situation was like. It was quieter, and there was less traffic. The lake area, however, seemed particularly busy.…

Winter Holidays – Vietnam Part 1: Hanoi (Day 3)

Day 3 – Hanoi Today I decided to go to the PoW museum, and the water puppet theatre. I set out after breakfast and, at the road junction I had turned left at the previous day, this morning, I turned right. Turns out, the museum was closer than I had thought.   Still, I arrived…

Winter holidays – Vietnam Part 1: Hanoi (Day 2)

Day 2 – Hanoi My first full day in Hanoi. I went for breakfast in the hotel – which had a decent range of things. You could have traditional Vietnamese beef noodle soup called Poh, fruit, toast (French or otherwise), bacon, eggs etc, pancakes, crème caramel … lots available. The hotel also gave me a…

Winter holidays – Vietnam Part 1: Arrival

I should admit first of all that I was somewhat apprehensive about my winter holidays this year. Not as much as last year, when I was unsure what to expect on my trips, but just that most of what I planned, I did last minute – my hotels, for example, and my flights were booked…