Good Morning Vietnam! ( even though I’m already in Cambodia since I’m behind on my blog ... whoops)
From Kunming, China we took an overnight train to the Vietnam border to Hanoi. We had another early morning since we arrived around 6 am. As we rolled out of bed and we were warmly welcomed to an unexpected bus ride to the hotel. It was raining and a kind man helped us all into a bus and took us to our guesthouse. After dropping our luggage at off, Sam took us to a hidden café in the center of the Old Quarter. We spent hours enjoying the Wi-Fi, while sipping egg coffee and recovering from a very long travel day!
After 23 amazing days in China, we were stoked to have some free time to rest, recharge, and explore. In just four days, we really got to know our way around the streets of Hanoi! Although we got some down time to rest everyone wanted to explore. This city never slept. Their was not a dull moment in Hanoi. From exploring bookstores near a lake, getting small trinkets as gifts for friends back home at the night market, or treating ourselves some massages
First on the list was Hoa Lo Prison, also called the “Hanoi Hilton” by John McCain and other American soldiers who were held captive there during the American-Vietnamese War. It was very interesting to learn the history of the prison—which predates the conflict in which the United States was involved by many decades—and to learn about the country’s past from the perspective of the Vietnamese.
I can definitely see myself coming back to Hanoi and spending more time in Vietnam and I will miss it but I’m excited to explore new cities soon!