AK 516 touched down at Noi Bai International Airport as scheduled at 8.15am.
|Waiting for the driver to drive the car over.|
In order to avoid a scam, as suggested by the hotel, private taxi was arranged by the hotel and the driver was holding a card my name on it when we walked out.
|Modern airport building.|
|In the taxi, modern bridge.|
|First glimpse of typical Vietnam narrow and tall building because everybody is trying to build the house face the main road and also the tax is based the land area.|
|The area outside our hotel.|
|Royal Palace Hotel 2, triple room USD35/night for 4 nights. |
Got upgraded to premium room, real bonus!
|Arriving in about 10mins time.|
|At the first courtyard.|
|The pond at the second courtyard .|
|Beautiful girls in their traditional Vietnamese costumes.|
|Groups of students looking at their best for the great day!|
|The turtle steles which symbolize longevity.|
|Google translate this as Passage is Learning.|
|Always love ancient wooden beams and structure.|
|Pretty young girls and students are everywhere.|
|My girl and her father enjoyed their Pho very much!|
|Our first eating experience in Hanoi.|
It is an ancient temple built in 1049 by the emperor then. He constructed the temple as an gesture to thank the god for granted him a long awaited son.
|It is actually a very small structure elevated in a rectangular pond.|
|Us with the pagoda.|
Though it is very small, the sight of the tiny temple built on top of a single pillar looks very unique.
|Like the way it is constructed very much.|
|Elevated and supported by a single pillar.|
|Entered a small temple on the way.|
|Us, enjoyed walking in nice cooling weather.|
It was only after we bought the ticket and entered the compound that we found out that it was closed!
|This, is the heavily guarded mausoleum. Read that the body is well kept and it's always sent for touch-up in Russia. It reminded me of our visit to the mausoleum in Nanjing.|
So we ended up walking in the gardens and the surrounding area.
|The residence of the great man. Take notice of the peculiar plant by the bank.|
|The landmark of Hanoi!|
Not to let this spoil our mood, we immediately went to the top of a huge building to "chill" as what my girl used to call for this kind of moment.
|Lake Ho Kiem from our chilling place.|
|Her very first taste of mojito.|
After we had enough of "chilling", we walked around for a while and then walked back to our hotel.
And we had our first horrifying experience of crossing streets which are full of moving motorcycles.
|Apparently the street is closed and turned into a walking street on weekends. |
The local folks dancing on the street gaily.
|Welcome to the world of motorcycles!|
|Bustling streets at night.|
|Free upgraded to premium room for 3 nights!|