Tourist in Hanoi

Hanoi Haze Hanoi is smoggy.  Not that other multi-million-people cities aren’t, but I really noticed it here.  There’s no direct sunlight.  I’ve been sneezing, with a raspy voice, and have a bit of a sore throat since I arrived. Hoan Kiem Lake The lake is beautiful at night, and is THE place to be.  Its lighted promenade is full of locals and tourists strolling and … Continue reading Tourist in Hanoi

In love with Nova Hotel Hanoi

I heart Nova Hotel in Hanoi.  They have made me so happy! I made the reservation on as I was getting waiting for the plane to Hanoi – two hours before arrival.  I picked this place because of it’s excellent reviews, location in Old Town, and price of $20 USD/night.  I received my confirmation from booking, then an email from Nova saying they received my … Continue reading In love with Nova Hotel Hanoi


Note: I’m going to skip mentioning my transportation problems in Hue, because I have already complained about them here. I finally smartened up with the moto taxis.  When the bus dropped us off in Hue, we were swarmed by taxis.  I waved them all away, and walked straight into the nearest building – a bank or an apartment building, I’m not sure.  I sat down and … Continue reading Hue

Hoi An – Historic Town, Custom Clothes, and Beaches

Hoi An has turned it’s historic old town into the quintessential tourist trap. Old Town The old town is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  It is full of buildings from the 15th to 19th century.  For 120,000 VND ($5.30 USD) you can visit five of the 22 sites.  But what if I want to visit all 22?  Blank stare. Between the ancient buildings are … Continue reading Hoi An – Historic Town, Custom Clothes, and Beaches

Ho Chi Minh City, take my money!

I don’t know why, but anyone who smiled at me today got me to spend my money.  And I’m pretty sure they all got a few extra bucks because I was so agreeable and didn’t negotiate hard enough.  Especially because within moments of my purchase, I’d see it for less. Tour Guide First it was the motorcycle-tour guide.  I just wanted to walk around and get … Continue reading Ho Chi Minh City, take my money!