The Delights of Early Morning Hanoi

Last night I double-checked the internet to make sure that my hotel had 24 hour reception.  It also had 24 hour security, which was comforting to note. So when I crept downstairs at 4am (yes 4AM) for my Good Morning Hanoi tour, I was surprised to see the reception area blanketed in darkness.  The sound…

How long?

I am greeted by my driver just before 8am in the morning for our four hour drive to Halong Bay.  The guide explains that Halong is 188km away.  Hang on?  Margaret River (in Western Australia) is 272km from Perth and it takes around three hours to drive to.  Why is it going to take us…

Would the real banh mi please stand up?

I read that there is a big difference between good banh mi.  Living in Melbourne, I’ve become addicted to banh mi since I stumbled across it in a Vietnamese run restaurant called Baget.  I even did the cooking class.  So I can’t wait to try banh mi here in Hanoi, where it’s supposed to be…

Hanoi Slap

This morning I’m leaving Seoul on the 4.55am airport bus.  The streets are deserted – buses and taxis own this time of the morning.  At 7°C, it’s quite warm this morning – you may laugh, but it is a big different from the 2°C yesterday morning where I was surprised to find the seats on…