As we now all live in this big city which is New York, i wanted to talk to you about the life in one other huge city that i visited but which is so much different from here : Hanoi in Vietnam.
During the month of July, five of my friends and i went in Asia for a 5 weeks trip between Cambodia and Vietnam. We started in Siem Reap in Cambodia to discover the magnificence of some of the most beautiful temples in the world as Angkor wat and we took the road to Phnom Penh. Then we rode along the vietnam coast from Ho Chi Minh city to Hanoi, my favorite city during this trip.
We visited a lot of other cities during this travel, and even if we could always enjoy the asian way of living which is very peacefull, there was always an issue. Siem Reap was too touristic, Phnom Penh too dirty, Ho chi Minh too crowded,…. Hanoi has been the one without any fault for many reasons.
First of all, I strongly recommend Hanoi because it’s the perfect exemple of the Asian city as we all imagine it. People are so kind, everything is cheap, stress doesn ‘t seem to even exist, you don’t have to care of what you wear… And the architecture is also very typical, there is a lot of very small streets where people and scooters swarm from everywhere and sometimes you find the nature in the middle of the city with huge lakes and gardens.
Furthermore, the food is amazing ! If you love Vietnamese food you will be happy everywhere in Vietnam but Hanoi is the best city for real street food. You can eat the most delicious Bun Bo (beef soup) or spring rolls at any corner of the city. Well, you’ll have to seat on the sidewalk or almost but it definitely worth it. Don’t assume that you could stay clean in that kind of cities anyway…Here is a picture of my friends and I having a kind of barbecue.
Eventually, a great region, the best part of vietnam. Only a couple hours to see the most beautiful places as the Halong Bay, the Sapa’s paddy fields…etc.
I know i’m not cool to talk to you about that whereas the holidays are over and winter is coming but you know, in this region summer starts in November and you should take your tickets ASAP if you don’t want to pay too much…