I am so happy to be in Vietnam! Hanoi is a great city for tourists, the food is great, there is no shortage of things to do and the scenery is fantastic. After the bland food in the Philippines, I was ready for Vietnamese food!
Being in the Philippines is like living in a black and white world and Vietnam is in full color. Other than almost everyone speaking english in the Philippines, Vietnam is better in every way.
I was in Hanoi in 2009, traveling with my girlfriend at the time. We loved Vietnam and I am happy to be back. Last time I was here for less than 10 days and this time it will be in Vietnam for a month minimum. I was still sick when I arrived and took it easy for the first few days and then I finally went to see a doctor. He said my ear was still infected and gave me some antibiotics.
A cousin of a friend, of a friend, of a friend, took me around to look at motorbikes, but since I didn’t know what I wanted, I have no Vietnamese and he has no English not much was accomplished. I was invited back to meet the family and was surprised with lunch. I couple of his sisters spoke english and we had a great afternoon. It’s one of the best experiences I’ve ever had while traveling. The food was unfamiliar and a bit intimidating, but it was all tasty. They even broke out the dried squid, which I understand is quite expensive. I’ve always been afraid to try it because of the strong fishy smell. It was tasty as well.