Monday, May 7, 2007

Hanoi, Vietnam - 7May07

A Day with Hanoi Kids

The train wasn't as bad then. i actually really slept and woke up at 5am then. My knees were kind of clamped but got ok after a while. The good things are at least one got to go to toilet as need/want and i could at least washed my face and brushed my teeth.

The train arrived on time at Hanoi. i am not sure whether i got down at the wrong train station or what, but the road name that i expected did not appear. So i took a taxi to go to the guest house i wanted to stay. Again, they did not have a room, so i just simply choose one with a price that i am willing to pay.

The famous sinh Cafe is every where in Hanoi. i went to the genuine one and booked two of my trips. i wouldn't want to take any chances for any trips involved with travel agent.

The highlight of the day should be the tour with Hanoi Kids. Two young girls, one 19 and one 20. They guided tour was basically so so, nothing inspiring. But i enjoyed the interaction with the local people, especially got to know the local university life. Too bad that HCM Mauseleum was not open, so i got to find another time to go there later.

The water puppet was really a master piece of art. It was lively and intersting. i was sitting in front of some chinese tourists. The aunties were so enchanted with the show that they were giving their own inerprestation and were laughing most of the time. So i ended up enjoying the show as they do. Well, this time, i used my camera without paying the 15000 D fees.

This is one of the Vietnamese girls who shared the very clamped sit with me. She doesn't speak English but her kindness will always in my mind.
When i travel, it is always those kind people that remains in my mind.

The train arrived at Hanoi Ga (Station).

Temple of Literature. The tortise has the names of those who were succeed in their examination (金榜题名).
The temple was founded in 1070 and dedicated to Confucius in order to hornour scholars and men of literature accomplishment. It is a rare example of well-preserved traditionsl Veitnamese architechture.

One Pillar Pagoda, built of wood on a single stone pillar 1.25m in diameter, is designed to resemble a lotus blossom, symbol of purity, rising out of a sea of sorrow.

Ho Tay (West Lake). One of the legends: Ho Tay was created when the Dragon King drowned an evil nine-tailed fox in his lair, which was in a forest on this site.
We had hightea in a lovely small restaurant by the lake.

Dong Xuan market. There are hundreds of stalls in this 3-storey building, employing around 3000 people.

Hoan Kiem Lake (Lake of the Restored Sword), right in the heart of Hanoi.
There is a Ngoc Son Temple sits on an island near the northern end of the lake.

The fantastic water puppets show.

1.) Accommodation: 140000 D]
2.) Food: 69000 D
3.) Transport: 44000 D (taxi from rain station to hotel) + Sapa soft seat train (135000 D)
4.) Sights: 1050000 D
- Tam Coc + Hao Lu Day trip: 256000 D (USD 16)
- Halong 3D2N: 784000 D( USD 49)
- Temples/Pagodas: 10000 D
- Water Puppet: 20000 D

[Withdrew ATM 2000000 D. Local bank charged 20000D]

No comments: