Haiphong--Really nice, clean city

Trip Start Apr 15, 2012
Trip End Jun 06, 2012

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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Haiphong is a port and industrial town through which ships from Japan, the US, and China transport goods into and out of Viet Nam. WM had an image --incorrect--of a dirty factory town.

Parks everywhere, tree lined streets, clean air, no litter, just lovely. Easily walked. No ripoff hustle like Cat Ba.

In Saigon it was 50/50 motorcycles v. cars.  Here almost all motos or bicycles.  Many of the bicycles were equipped with a car battery--an electric powered bike.

WM was the only white guy in town.  I mean the ONLY one.  People were staring like WM was a panda in a zoo.  One guy was walking down the street and did a double take.  "Where you from?". "US".  "I am from Taiwan.  I come here to get a wife."

In Vietnamese the word for chicken is "ga".  The word for train station is "ga".  Go figure.

20,000  dong = $1 USD

Arrived on a 1 hour ferry from Cat Ba (145,000 dong), stayed one night, morning train to Hanoi 65,000 dong, 2.5 hours).  Went to Ho's mauseleum and it was closed--still.   Luxury sleeper train to Sapa in the NW mountains tonight, for a couple of days, then on to the 20th Century French Waterloo--Dien Bien Phu..
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