NORTH VIETNAM REVISITED

I visited North Vietnam for the first time in 2015 and went back there again with my parents in 2016. I wanted to show them the beauty of Northern Vietnam but I was afraid of leaving them to their own devices while crossing the shockingly chaotic streets of Hanoi. Elderly people get very insecure as they aged so we need to provide them with extra tender loving care like they did when we were young. I am more than happy to be able to cross off yet another item from my to do bucket lists.

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Turtle Pagoda at Hoan Kiem Lake, Hanoi

The sights, sounds and smells in Hanoi as well as in other parts of North Vietnam were truly out of this world. No doubt it was love at first sight for me. The first thing any traveler will take notice aside from its natural wonder is the poor air quality as many bikers tend to cover their faces with masks. Inconceivable the extent of sacrifices we make and endure in the name of progress. Hopefully, more people will have the awareness to take proactive measures in conserving this beautiful country for the enjoyment of future generation.

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Imperial Citadel of Thang Long (UNESCO), Hanoi
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Hanoi War Memorial

Hanoi, the capital city of Vietnam celebrated its 1000 years old anniversary back in year 2010. In spite of poverty, Vietnamese people never fail to impress me with their kind hospitality. My feeling was a complex mix of awe and sadness at the rate in which they were able to rebuild themselves after being razed to the grounds during the Vietnam War. Awed by their sheer determination and resilience but saddened by the mere destructiveness and greed of the human nature.

 

MUST TRY FOOD WHILE IN HANOI

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Bun Thang (The broth is similar to Pho Ga but the noodle is shaped like angel hair pasta instead of flat rice noodle. There were many other ingredients such as shredded fried eggs, shredded ham, mushroom, slices of chicken, spring onions and chinese celery)
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Egg Coffee (Tasted like tiramisu)
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Bun Cha (Barbeque pork belly and pork meat ball soaked in diluted fish sauce. Eaten with pickled radish and carrot with plenty of wild herbs as well as fresh salad greens)
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Chaca La Vong (Grilled Snakehead fish stir-fried with dill and spring onions)

 

MUST VISIT IN HANOI

Aside from the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long which was built in the 11th century and declared as UNESCO heritage site the same year Hanoi turned 1000 years old, there are many other interesting places to visit in Hanoi. Below are some of my top picks.

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Hoan Kiem Lake
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Tran Quoc Pagoda
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Ceramic Mosaic Mural Wall
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Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum
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Van Phuc Silk Village
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