Jet lagged after our long flight from Toronto. Only two attendants at the desk in Hanoi for “Visa upon Arrival”. It was a toss up as to who is next. We were all in a quandary. Took over an hour to be cleared to go.
The “Elegant Ruby Hotel” was perfect, friendly staff and only $50.00 per night including breakfast. We are in the Old Quarter of town. A ton traffic. The sidewalks are crammed with people, bikes, plastic tables and chairs.
Motor Bikes and vehicles are everywhere. Crossing the street we have to run for our lives. In front the old buildings vendors are selling everything , including fruit, vegetables, meat and chickens with roses in their beaks. Other shops are selling various brand name clothing, backpacks, shoes etc. etc. I bought a North Face jacket for a fraction of the typical price. Later I learned these products are all knockoffs….