Huế to Hà Nội

We took the train from Huế to Hà Nội
A very comfortable journey with super friendly train staff
(did I mention how easy it was to book the train tickets too?)

Upon reaching Hà Nội, we walked around the Hoàn Kiếm Lake
which is located in the key area of capital city.
It is another of these public spaces where people enjoy
and that makes Vietnam such a wonderful place.

However the lake. was undergoing some water draining
and did not look as clean and pristine as the last time around.hanoi1hanoi2

As we walked around, we could see that
Hà Nội was also in the mood for tết 2018.hanoi0hanoi4

For dinner, we got to try the famous Bun Cha of Hà Nội
which even Obama enjoyed with some bia (beer) in one of these joints.hanoi3

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Streets of Huế

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Since, tết or the vietnamese new year
was round the corner
the stores of Huế were decorated
with artificial flowers that
that looked almost real,
but the real flowers
also found place in nearby corners
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walking around any new city gives us
a sense of understanding the place.
and while travellers could give a miss to Huế
I am glad we got to walk this historical city for all its worth.

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Inside the market was this joint
and we had all that rice and fish for just $1.75

We then walked to a nearby park
and appreciated the public spaces
that exist for children to play and enjoy
as this little one came and displayed
his roller-blading-cum-kung fu skills.
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cafés in vietnam…

serve green tea, coffee and beer
and these are the top three drinks in vietnam

but vietnamese coffee shops also have the cutest corners
with a lil bit of this and a lil bit of that.huecafe6
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this coffee shop was right outside the citadel
and mock me, but i ordered a pizza
(the first and the last time hopefully)
because i was soo hungry.

then we walked a few hundred yards
and there was this other café… 🙂
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My Son Ruins

My Son (pronounced mi-son) is probably
the most unheard temple ruins in Southeast Asia.
It is not Angkor Wat
but these are Hindu temple ruins
after the fall of Champa kingdom.

To make matters worse,
we have the Vietnam war bombing
that wrecked the place.mysonmyson2myson6myson5myson7myson3myson4Today, it stands as a popular destination
for offbeat travellers curious to explore
since it has joined the elite club of
UNESCO World Heritage site.

When Hội An lanterns light up your evening

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When you arrive in Hội An during day,
you see these ordinary lanterns hanging everywhere.
and you don’t really pay much attention
but you can’t ignore them when night falls…

and that was how i remember Hội An
from my last visit to this town
this time around was no different
as it lit up and glowed in the dark.hoianatnighthoianatnight3hoianatnight6interestingly, these lanterns are made of silk
and while I did not get any (should’ve perhaps)
i did get a silk suit made in Hội An
which is apparently another of the must-dos in this town.