I have had 2 full days in Hanoi now which have been really good. I have had my first cyclo ride around the old quarter of the city, which was interesting albeit a little slow - i am used to the faster motorbike taxi's now lol.
The old quarter is really nice, with lots and lots of little streets and alley ways which i managed to get lost in when i went around for a walking tour too. Although i managed to find my way back to the hotel eventually.
I met up with a couple of people i met back in Nha Trang and we have been travelling up to Hanoi within similar timetables so its been good to have a few friendly faces about. We went to a restaurant just out of town which Linh (ex leeds KPMG from Hanoi) told me about. the food was amazing - good job Linh!!
I have been visiting all the other sites in Hanoi today including the burial place of Ho Chi Minh, where you can go and have a look at his body which they have preserved! Although unfortunately he is currently in Russia having a face lift or something, so i could not go in. I got told that the security were really strict around the building and you could not cross the line, so i tested it out and got a couple of whistles from security instantly - quiet amusing.
I then went onto the Ho Chi Minh museum and temple of literature which were pretty cool. They have made the Museum more artsy fartsy than i thought it would be but it was ok. The Temple of literature was good but i should have got a guide to talk to me about it - would have been more interesting so i may go back there when i get back to Hanoi in a few days.
I have booked to see the water puppetry show in a few days which should be cool, i tried to get tickets last night but they had sold out and they sell out pretty quickly i have heard.
I am off to Sapa tonight on an overnight train, for a 3 day trek of Fansipan Mountain which is going to be a gruelling climb i think. I will probably regret it after about 10 minutes i reckon.
By the way sorry about the lack of photos the internet is ridiculously slow around here, so not been able to upload very many.