Hanoi, Vietnam

Hanoi in one word would be: ‘Beeeeeeeeep.’ Motobike cental. Crazyville.  The exception being the really pretty Hoan Kiem Lake in the middle of the old quarter, home of (possibly the best bit of folk law trivia ever) – Hanoi’s giant tortoise. Sorry, giant magic tortoise. Yes indeed. Something about a legend of a sword, and the tortoise restoring the sword to the lake?  They love this little guy here. They re-enact the story through the art of water puppetry in a nightly show. $2 well spent I thought.

Highlights: I should say the culture, the history, Hoa Lo Prison, Dong Xuan market. Or seeing my name everywhere in shops/cafes – ‘Kim’ is pretty big out here. Who knew. If I’m honest though, it has to be Ho Tay Lake Waterpark; the Disneyland of swimming pools and water flumes. A group of us rekindled our inner 10 year olds. Good times.

Lowlights: A little mafia fight situation last night. Four of us sat at one of the tiny beer crate table ‘bars’ (i.e some miniature Fisher Price furniture on the pavement.) Guy in a bling shirt rocks up on a pimped moto saying ‘Me Maffiosso.’ Ha ha, we laugh. He chats to the bar owner. Two mins later he comes flying over our heads, landing on the fisher price furniture, and a brawl ensues with some Jackie Chan character. Mafia then grabs two tiger beer bottles, smashes them for dramatic effect, rips off his shirt and then chases Jackie into an ally. That’s the last we see of them. We re-arrange our furniture and carry on with our beers, we are all Northern after all.

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