First stop Capital city Hanoi, Vietnam
15.09.2011 - 18.09.2011 -30 °C
We arrived into Hanoi airport tired and in need of a shower after a 20 hour or so flight from Manchester to Hanoi, Vietnam. Our journey to the hotel was our first experience of the crazy roads and wild drivers. There is no order to the roads, people drive in whatever direction they wish and as fast as they like. On one of the biggest roads there was motorbikes driving up the wrong side, completely insane. Drivers beep constantly to let you know that they are there, busy, noisy and dangerous is the way to describe it. Crossing the road on foot is another thing altogether. The trick we soon learned was to walk slowly and let the thousands of motorbikes, with children, animals and baskets of food hanging off them, to move around you, because under no circumstance will they stop for you. It sounds terrible if you are reading this, but we quickly got used to it, and we became top enjoy the hussle and bussle of the city. On the second day we arrived at Hanoi backpackers, absolutely brilliant. This was more like it. Young travelers, and great location as we soon learned. 17th this was my birthday and we did it Vietnamese style. Cup cake with a candle, a nice big sing song, tasty food and beer. Next day slightly hungover. But your not allowed to be hungover in Vietnam so off we went to tour Hanoi. This is the day i realized i had been eaten alive by mosquito's, not fun and very very itchy.