Taxis in Hanoi

Everything I read about Hanoi taxis before arriving filled me with dread. They were all out to get me. The meter would run fast, and then the driver would drop me off at his mate’s grimy hotel before running off with my bags and using his ill gotten gains to buy a sack of kittens … More Taxis in Hanoi

Seven Surprising First Impressions of Hanoi – Part Four

 5. It’s not that busy. Except for the Old Quarter, which is really busy. The Old Quarter is how you might imagine Hanoi to be – narrow streets, motorcycles filling the narrow roads, parked motorcycles filling the narrow pavements… and as for a Friday or Saturday night, when streets are pedestrianised and the night market … More Seven Surprising First Impressions of Hanoi – Part Four

Seven Surprising First Impressions of Hanoi – Part Three

4. It’s not just pho “You’re going to get sick of pho”, we were told of the noodle soup for which Vietnam is famous, “that’s all there is to eat”. Obviously we didn’t believe them, but we still thought that would be the main thing. And Selena in particular was worried – proper pho is … More Seven Surprising First Impressions of Hanoi – Part Three