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… a very interesting place to be indeed. The energy of the place is incredible and it seems that the impossible can be close to the reality; tourists and locals do meet here to exchange ideas and live the same lives!

Hanoi Botanical Gardens

Hanoi Botanical Gardens

 If you have travelled in north of Vietnam you should know that you have to pass from Hanoi various times on your way to different places in this part of the country. Until now I have been twice and surely I’ll have to pass one more. The sites to see here are not so much the thing to see. In Hanoi I felt like sitting down and looking around doing nothing. So much information, so much life! Especially the Old Quarter of the town is a one off. It might be the “backpackers’ hangout” but mingling a bit more with the people that lead normal lives there you’ll see that everything is connected. It is strange because I do not usually go for capitals but I think I prefer it to Saigon…

In terms of culture, Hanoi has definetely more content than Saigon. To begin with it is the place you can find out everything about Ho Chi Minh. His museum is a bit arty farty and I did not get a lot from the visit but just like Mao and Lenin he made sure his masoleum is in the middle of the city where he can be found lying all stuffed up and good looking. His body is sent to Russia for three months every year for “restuffing” so that he never loses his looks. The police / authorities  presence is also more obvious in the town. The prices for once more are dealt with hard bargaining – the hardest I found in all Vietnam but it is fair enough I guess too. Fianlly the food is just great once more!

PS: Here I also extended my visa for one month more (as I will be staying for more than a month). This normally costs 10 USD but you will never get the proper price. In hotels and tour companies they do it for 20 USD in two days and 30 USD in one and that it your best bet as far as I know.


Written by csm2mk

August 13, 2009 at 1:16 PM

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  1. Επιτέλους θα έχω φίλο έναν αληθινό vietnam veteran
    Πως τα περνάς φιλαράκι;


    August 13, 2009 at 2:42 PM

  2. Se leo! Den perimena na mou aresei toso poli to Vietnam. O Boras ine trela… pos ginetai panta ta meri pou mou aresoun na einai sta voreia??? e? e? filia!!! eseis?


    August 17, 2009 at 12:59 AM

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