After spending 23 nights in Laos it was time to move on to Vietnam. Since we were in Northern Laos, it only made sense to hop on over to Hanoi, in the north of Vietnam, and take a month to work our way south. We had the option of the 26-hour bus ride over the mountains from Vientiane Laos to Hanoi Vietnam, or for $75 each we could take the 1-hour flight. No need to do the math or make any justifications on this one. Vietnam Airlines, here we come!
Arriving in Hanoi, Vietnam
We arrived in Hanoi after 9pm and our hostel arranged to have a car pick us up. Oh that was nice arriving into a new city and seeing your name on a sign. He already knew where we needed to go, so no need for the charades and pointing at the smart phone to try to communicate where we wanted to go. By the time we made it to our hostel, in the old quarter of the city, it was well after 10pm. It was dark and the streets had a little traffic. We ran across the street to buy some snacks for dinner and off to bed we went. The next morning was quite a different experience.
We woke up to the buzz of city traffic and a 7:30 loud-speaker with announcements, followed by a song (perhaps the National Anthem?). Alan and the kids were still sound asleep, but I just couldn’t resist going outside to check it all out. I got dressed and headed outside, only to find Gma Bev doing the exact same thing. There she was on the sidewalk video taping the traffic.
We both laughed and realized we would never be able to cross the street. We would be stuck on our little island (block) forever! We walked to each end of our block and around and were amazed with all of the traffic and the vast number of bikes and scooters. What fascinated me most was what they were all scooting around Hanoi.
During our 5 days in Hanoi, I just couldn’t resist capturing a few photos of the things transported via bikes and scooters. On many street corners you will find people with a scooter for hire. They can taxi you or your things to your destination, so think of it as a bike messenger, delivery man or taxi. But don’t miss out on buying goods from people scooting around in bicycles too. They have it all in Hanoi! I have put together this photo essay so you can see what’s scooting around Hanoi, Vietnam.
Photo Essay: See What’s Scooting Around Hanoi, Vietnam
Thanks for stopping by. We do love to read your comments, so let us know your thoughts. Share with us what crazy things you have seen scooting around and where.
Oh by the way, we eventually did figure out how to cross the street in Hanoi. We even walked across the highway! We will tell you more about that later.
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