Let’s start this post with something really exciting!! We visited the #1 restaurant in Hanoi according to Trip Advisor. (I just checked again today and now it is #2, but it was #1 when we visited. (We also visited the then #2 location, now #1 location, Are you confused?)
This Banh Mi Sandwich above cost 15,000 Dong = .87 cents Canadian. (I ordered two, one for the road)
“Not I ― not anyone else, can travel that road for you, You must travel it for yourself.”
― WALT WHITMAN
Here is the promised update on Hanoi Traffic. Hanoi is home to 7 Million people. There is 4 Million Scooters / Motorcycles registered in Hanoi alone!! Traffic laws are essentially non existent. A Red light only means stop if a Police Officer is actually standing on the corner, pedestrians have no rights. Cars are supposed to drive on the right side, but they will pass anywhere- and I mean anywhere, including using the sidewalk if its open.
To cross the street on foot, you just go- walk out into traffic, they will never stop for you, but they also will not hit you. Keep a consistent pace- walk, do not run. Motorists will see you walking across and adjust their driving to either pass right in front of you or right behind you. If you start running, they may hit you, as they were not expecting you to change speeds.
Furthermore, Vietnam has beautiful wide sidewalks, but they also need parking for 4 Million Scooters. The sidewalks are for scooter parking, and the streets are for walking and driving. You get used to it pretty fast, but you always need to pay attention.
Weird bit of info: Vietnam apparently loves Celine Dion Titanic Music, we heard it over and over, on the cruise, in restaurants, out hotel, and playing while walking on the street.
This restaurant serves one dish- Bun Bo Nam Bo, I don’t really know what it is, but it is delish.
Next it was off for more brainwashing and propaganda. A visit to the B-52 Victory Museum.
Vietnamese Slaughterhouse in full operation. I get queasy when I see animals being hurt or killed. I understand that the delicious Chicken I eat for dinner was killed so I could enjoy it- I just don’t need to see and hear it on the sidewalk.
An Afternoon with Ho Chi Minh:
Ho Chi Minh is a hero in Vietnam, people call him the father of the Country. We went to see how many millions of dollars the Communists have wasted forcing this Man’s history on people. Ho Chi Minh died 46 years ago, and you can still view his preserved body! Anyway, the photos speak for themselves.
In Ho Chi Minh’s defence, he did beat the most powerful armed forces in the World. And the United States were sticking their nose where it did not belong.
We left the Museum and walked over to the Mausoleum:
If it fits on a scooter:
Now off to the #2, now #1 Restaurant in Hanoi. (We ate here twice)