14 December 2006

Harlo? Hanoi?


Spending a few days in Hanoi as a tourist is the best way to remove all doubts about Hanoi ...


Before I went there, when I told some people I was going to Hanoi for a holiday, I get 1 of 3 reactions ...

(1) From people who know a little about Hanoi, you know, like they know Hanoi is not in Thailand - "What the fuck are you going to do there?", accompanied by a look that was telling me they think I have too much money and should have just given it to them instead of spending time in Hanoi.

(2) From people who know a little more about Hanoi, you know, like that Hanoi is in Vietnam - "What the fuck is there to do in Hanoi?". That's normally followed that look that says they think I need some vacation counselling.

(3) From people who have worked in Hanoi - "Great choice. It'll be great ...", normally said with a twinkle in the eye.


Let me tell you something people - Hanoi is kickass good !!! Kickass as in much better than KL. Kickass as in beating your typical Cameron Highlands vacation. Kickass as in people in Category 1 and 2 above should shut their trap and just let me form my own judgement.

Hanoi is a mix contrasts - busy, narrow lanes filled with chaotic traffic, rural areas so quiet you just hear the oars breaking the water; baguettes in high end cafes, pho on street kitchens.



I heart Hanoi. I'm so going back.

I'll post all about my little trip to Hanoi in the days to come. Watch this space ...

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

i know... previous life, u must be a Hanoinese...

Love the white roses! ;)

-angel-

ps: kenot log in to stupid beta blogger! liuuuuu!!!

Anonymous said...

i know... previous life, u must be a Hanoinese...

Love the white roses! ;)

-angel-

ps: kenot log in to stupid beta blogger! liuuuuu!!!

pelf said...

You can buy anything for me, you know.. I won't chuck them under the bed, I promise :)

pelf said...

By the way, my Supervisor said HANOI is good. And cheap. But I'm not sure whether my Mum's interested. Hmm..

moz monster said...

angeliu anonymous:
i think you might have kena-ed the vietnamese rose .... LOL ...

in my past life, i was a balinese, bangkokian, hanoinese, yapunese, australian and chinaman ...

lemme check and see if there's any problem @ blogger beta ... ok ?

pelf:
Hanoi is a very unconventional holiday, that much I must say. If you want to visit someplace and NOT bump into mainland Chinese tourist, Hanoi is a good place to start. That's enough reason NOT to give it a miss ...

Anonymous said...

hanoi's my fav SEA city of all time. close frens thought it's bkk, so they must b not tat close after all.

can consider myself undergoin a 'major dissapointment' mainly bcoz, my plans to do hcmc to hanoi again has juz been canceled. sigh!

gud choice!

keatix

Che-Cheh said...

Ohh welcome back Hanoinese!

Can't wait to read all about it.
Guess I'm from category 1. :p

Jemima said...

I can't wait to visit there.

Keep the info coming, Moz. :)

moz monster said...

keatix:
Hanoi is starting to become commercialised, but it's not Bangkok yet ... and no one here asks you if you want a massage ... =)

che-cheh:
... actually, I think Hanoi is good - it's so different from Bangkok, and yet there are similarities peppered all over ...

jems:
Hi ... long time no hear !!

The posts will be rolling out soon ...

pelf said...

And you conveniently left out mentioning my CHRISTMAS PRESENTS.. Hmmph..

moz monster said...

pelf:
I have yours. Where's mine ?