August 14, 2007

Vietnam: August 7th-8th Hanoi

On arriving back in Hanoi in the early evening, it was time for a different hotel, this time the Gold Spring, a nice newly refurbished place, well-situated in the Old Quarter, though a bit too close to a busy main road, but it was streaks ahead of the previous place. For dinner it was off to Old Hanoi again where I had spicy beef and papaya salad and steamed red fin fish with vegetables, both really good as I had now got used to.

The next day was the last day of the holiday, with a night flight back to Tokyo, so I spent the last few hours doing some souvenir shopping, soaking in the atmosphere of the Old Quarter and dipping into cafes to cool down from time to time.

Before dinner in the vegetarian Tamarind Cafe, I had a look at an old restored Vietnamese house on Ma May, which was free to look around.

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