Mitsy and I take our honeymoon trip to the country where I had one of the most amazing experience just a few years ago. I always vowed to return to Vietnam, and since my newly minted wife was feeling the travel bug, we decided to go to Northern Vietnam, to spend a night in Hanoi and travel to the coast to see one of the most impressive natural wonders on the globe.
The city was very much like Ho Chi Minh City (old Saigon) and we spent our first day here walking around and putting on the miles. Our Air B&B for the night was excellent, with a view of Trúc Bạch Lake from the balcony.
Cute old guys holding hands above, and the nonstop hum of traffic around us at all times.
The smokey sunset was awesome.
Above is the final resting place of Ho Chi Minh, the man that changed this country so much and was the leader behind the movement that finally nabbed this country’s independence away from the French.
This was an interesting moment, we had noticed a street closure where google had told us a recommended restaurant was located. We walked past the motorist barricades as allowed by the police, we were hungry so we didn’t mind walking into the unknown situation. When we realized the restaurant wasn’t going to work we walked further down the road to a large crowd of people. Being curious we stuck around realizing this was the path of the presidential convoy (I’m assuming it was Trump, given that the cars were decorated with US emblems and loaded with special forces). Below, you can see what I think was the presidents own vehicle, perhaps with Trump sitting inside. The crowd surprisingly cheered the convoy on, and being told later by a local, they were cheering for the peaceful resolution of Trump and Kim who were meeting for peace talks. I later discovered the talks didn’t really resolve much though.
Streets were amazingly free from scooters, for just a moment before the barricades were reopened.
Of course, shops took advantage of the commotion by selling shirts commemorating these peace talks haha…
Finally making it back to our neighborhood for the night.