Goooooood morning Vietnam
Trip Start May 05, 2009
69Trip End Ongoing
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Where I stayed
Elegance Hotel Hanoi
When you first get into the city of Hanoi it is disorientating...the narrow streets of the old quarter and lined with so many shops and roadside cafes, where people squat on tiny stools in huge groups, trickling over the pavement
Walking the streets is no less overwhelming...noise everywhere and hundreds of people swarming past you like ants...we found a nice restaurant a couple of streets away from our hotel. When we left the streets had quietened down slightly but the humidity and heat still made me feel slightly claustrophobic.
The hotel had advised that unfortunately we could only stay one night as they were fully booked, so we decided to move onto the Hilton Hotel the next day....I think we were getting used to a bit of pampering....but also the Hilton was situated outside the bustle of the old quarter.
In the morning we checked out and took the short taxi ride to the Hilton. The hotel was situated next to the opera house and looked pretty impressive. We were not let down...lush room, pool, room service....The next couple of days we took a trip to a couple of shopping malls, relaxed by the pool,walked around the lake and sat in a bar overlooking the crazy traffic. Generally chilling out. It was one of the longest times we have stayed in one city and by the end of the five days we had run out of things to do.....but felt pretty relaxed!