I was just watching a documentary on Vietnam on TV. It reminded me of a trip we did to this amazing country. Before I knew it my laptop made it´s way onto my knees and I ended up browsing through my very own story of Vietnam.
Hannah was 2,5 years old when we decided to take a 10 day vacation visiting this beautiful country in former Indochina. We used to live in Shanghai at that time, so taking our little one there was very easy. No special jabs required or concerns of climate adjustment. We were used to it.
We started our journey in the north in Hanoi. From living in a chinese mega city, and many previous travels we thought were used to the dynamics of an Asian city. EXCEPT for Hanoi took the stress of traffic to another level.
Whilst Shanghai roads are permanently congested with cars and trucks, Hanoi was just as bad but mostly with scooters and bikes. And since two wheelers and pedestrians share the same roads and "pavements" that made it quite an adventure moving around. Especially with a stroller in your hands. However, it was heaps of fun! And if we ever lived in the present moment with no other thoughts going on than it was in Hanoi - for our safety sake ;-).
We absolutely loved wondering around this beautiful city. Think French Architecture, steaming hot temperatures, the colors and smells of asian street food on every corner, cooked and eaten the most heart warming people - and a LOT of them. Hanoi is one fantastic melting pot - literally.
I have no idea how I managed to take pictures, whilst making sure not ending up on someone elses scooter. But somehow I did and I´m glad to share with you.
Here is HANOI:
If you ever get the chance to go to Hanoi. You MUST go to CONG Cafe - BEST VIETNAMESE COFFE IN TOWN!!
This city really never sleeps:
Next stop was Hue in the center of the country. It is the ancient capital of Vietnam. We spent a couple of days strolling around the former forbidden place and tombs. Hannah loved climbing around the old ruins - providing "Wau Wau" (her stuffed animal dog) was with her
From Hue we took a car about 3 hours south to our last stop in HoiAn. HoiAn is an old trading town which was once inhabited by the Portugese and Dutch. But what gives this place the real character is that it is the only city in Vietnam which was not destroyed in the war. It is JUST BEAUTIFUL. Especially when night falls it unfolds all it´s charm when the lights are beeing switched on:
HoiAn has also a beautiful beach which is still pretty undeveloped (at that time anyway). Here we stayed for the remaining days of this journey. Relaxing in our own little Vietnamese style home, hanging around on the beach, building sand castles, drinking Vietnamese coffe. And for breakfast Paul took the scooter downtown to get some french Baguett ;-)
It´s been a real great holiday! Next time we travel from South to North!