Goood Morning Vietnam!!! Finally we've made it to Hanoi :) After sleepless night as we had to get up at 2 AM, which we ended up not going to sleep at all and then travel to Vietnam. We both were freezing on the plane, but at least Amy got some sleep as she cuddled into my lap. I think I managed to get aroun hour and half of sleep. Upon landing in Hanoi it was all foggy (or may be smoggy...), lightly cooler, however it was much more humid than KL. There were no problems on the passport check, oh btw - for those who didnt know, there was a office that was selling visas on arrival, we didnt check it as we had ours, but I assume you can indeed buy visas on arriva (probably will get ripped off). Up till the hotel Amy constantly thought she will have s***s (runny poo :p) from the Indian last night. Made me laugh as there were no facilities that wouldve helped her.
We were met by a guy who was holding a sign with my name on it Amy fell asleep straight away in the car and I stayed awake to make sure we are taken into right place (yeah like I knew where we were being taken). Last half an hour I could barely keep my eyes open, and then we entered Hanoi
I was laughing quite a bit - IT IS SO CRAZY HERE! Everyone are indeed just driving everywhere and everyone are constantly beeping with their car horns. The moment I saw this crazyiness I loved it! Made me chuckle thinking when Amy wakes up and actually sees her - she will be in shock (She was later on)!
We are staying Tung Trang Hotel (if anyone wishes to google it up for reviews) and I have to say we indeed picked a very lucky hotel. The street noise is massive in Hanoi (I think they say it is the loudest city in the world) and our hotel is nicely tucked away in the side alley. Very nice place, we were taken to the last floor and shown to our room. It has a vent and AirCon in it, The toilet and the shower are in same room - pretty much u shower on top of the toilet, Amy was rather baffled as to how you shower there. Anyway - the room is not very big, but we are both happy, dont really care. After we got to our room, we instantly went to sleep and slept for about 4 hours (if we would've slept any more then we would've been up all night).
After we woke up we decided to go for food, as we had not eaten anything all day. The moment we stepped out of our room - it was HOT:) hot and humid, a lot more humidity in Hanoi than in KL. Hotel Lady showed us where we should go and - well we got lost straight away :) we turned down the wrong street, however we realised where we were and went with our Lonely Planet in one hand and camera in other trying to locate this restaurant Green Mango. AMY WAS IN SHOCK :) as in how mad is the traffic, she constantly was jumping trying to dash across the streets. The key to crossing the street is to move slowly and let the traffic to dodge you, not you them.
In Green Mango we had proper Vietnamese meal and it was DELICIOUS!!! we both ate it up and only paid $11 :) Problem was we had no clue how much is a dollar worth in here so when we went to the Hoan Kiem Lake to see the The Huc Temple we got ripped off straight away, entrance according to Lonely planet is only 3000 Dongs, on ticket wall it was written 10,000 Dongs, and we paid 1 $ each, later finding out that $1 = 20,000 aprox. :) At least we know now. We were not really that bothered about paying that.
We decided to call it a night for now, we are tired, and will retreat to our room just to chill. We have made executive decision to beat the jet lag ASAP - we will be waking up 9 AM every day to make sure we get into routine.
So far we both really like the city, we will start exploring the streets and the place tomorrow. Also need to check out some trousers for Amy as she really needs a pair badly, especially since she has to dress slightly more conservativly than in KL.