Monday, 10 October 2016

My Vietnam Trip Visual Diary Part 2 - People

It was a struggle at first when I visited Hanoi. I arrived as late as 12:30AM (Vietnam Time, 1:30AM Ph time), but quite amazed on how clean and organized their airfield was. I approached a middle-aged guy who had my name on his poster and greeted him. I tried my best to converse but he was unable to understand and speak English that much so I decided to shut my mouth. It was a long and quiet drive of around 45 minutes until I reached my transient home and sighed as I went out of the car. I checked in, talked to a sleepy lady, and concluded that my first day in the city was not as welcoming as I thought it would be. My 2nd day was a different story. Phoebe (GA Hostel's receptionist) redeemed herself and went on an extra mile by guiding me using a map. She helped me figure out the locations of the best restaurants in which I can eat sticky rice, and the areas in which I can find convenience stores, KFC and Jollibee (yes, there's one in Hanoi!). I started roaming around, took pictures, and these were the images I caught.
I skipped taking pictures on my 3rd day for I need to take my IELTS examination and be focused on passing it (I had my result and it was in my favor, wuhoo!). Anyhow, living in a hostel was quite fun as compared to staying in a luxurious hotel. First things first, I have met a lot of well-traveled people who visited at least 10 countries under a limited budget. Unconsciously, I felt the urge and encouragement to travel alone more. Second, learning a foreign language was a great experience. Third, drinking beers with different races was one of the best entries in my diary. Lastly, my endurance went up after having a series of walks and hang-outs with them (they prefer walking instead of riding a cab).
I had to leave after my 5-day stay because I had some things to do in the Philippines. The experience was great, the food were at its finest and quite inexpensive. I will definitely come back to experience not just Hanoi, but the entire Vietnam. I hope my salary will allow me for it!
I cannot wait to have my solo international trip again, but I would not mind bringing someone with me. Thank you for dropping by! :)

7 comments:

  1. Yey ang saya! :) Hanoi is in my bucket list! And have to agree with hostels - I prefer it more as of the moment coz iba yung experience and interactions! :)

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    1. Anagonnnn, you are here! I am happy to read you comment!!

      Yes with the hostel experience. Mura na, masaya pa!

      Thank you for dropping by! :)

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  3. Thanks for every good impression of you with Hanoi and GA Hostel (:

    What a pity that you couldn't stay longer to travel more famous places in Vietnam this time, but next year, you GOTTA go if you would come back and stay longer as promise.

    And I still treat you so well and guide you to more interesting places. Hope you won't get lose anymore lol.

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    1. I will make sure that I will remember everything. I will see you guys there soon! Treat me a beer, okay? :)

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    2. Deal!!! We'll go out then drink till drunk.

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  4. Hi! How's your Hanoi IELTS experience? We will try to take the exam there this coming December 10. We are hoping for the best! BTW, we will stay at Blue Sky Hotel, ang dami kasi namin. Can you please share you itinerary! Congrats nga pala :)

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