Hanoi – Vietnam

Jet lagged after our long flight from Toronto. Only two attendants at the desk in Hanoi looking for our “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.

Motor Bikes and vehicles are everywhere. Crossing the street we have to run for our lives.

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….


  1. When we visited we stayed at the Elegant Ruby in the Old Quarter too! I remember a young lady in charge who was so petite on the outside but was formidable once she got going. Have you tried the egg coffee at Cafe Giang yet? It sounds horrible but after sipping my husband’s, I had to order my own. Yummy. Hanoi is a fascinating city. I hope you have fun!


  2. I loved Hanoi and wished we’d planned to stay longer! I’d like to go back one day. The secret to crossing the road in Vietnam is not to run for your life but walk a steady pace. The traffic will go around you – really! If you run they can’t judge your speed and are more likely to hit you, as you’ll run into the space they were swerving into 😮

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  3. Thank you for sharing a part of your world and adventures!!… 🙂

    Until we meet again..
    May the sun shine all day long
    Everything go right, nothing go wrong
    May those you love bring love back to you
    May all the wishes you wish come true
    May peace be within you
    May your heart be strong
    May you find whatever you’re seeking
    Wherever you may roam
                      (Irish Saying)

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