Sam's favorite breakfast-- bot chien which is fried rice squares with eggs and scallions (in Saigon/Ho Chi Minh City).
Street scene in HCMC.
This looks like a Frank Gehry designed grill. The chicken skewer was excellent!
Kids playing in a park in HCMC.
Hindu temple in HCMC.
View of HCMC at dusk while we enjoyed a Singapore sling and mai tai.
Typical Vietnamese coffee with sweetened condensed milk, served in hot water bath to keep it toasty.
Fruit and peels--yummy mangosteens, oranges, and a young coconut.
Typical street offering with incense.
Now we're in Haiphong in the North. Sam ordered a fish soup for brekkie from this woman.
This lovely couple insisted on buying us tea and he chatted with us in Vietnamese and a little French which we did our best to understand.
We think she forgot some of her stuff.
Sam still regrets getting ripped off on this custard apple purchase (but at least they were yummy).
Street market in Haiphong with eels, etc.
Sam still regrets getting ripped off again--this time by the doughnut lady.
The market larvae looked good but we didn't have anywhere to cook them.
Our room in Haiphong.
Fairly typical streetside barbershop and earcare center.
Flower market in Haiphong.
Haiphong street scene.
After leaving Haiphong, we went to Ninh Binh. The movie Indochine was shot nearby. It's a lovely area with a river that meanders through karst formations. Here's a boat guy.
Scenes in Trang An (near Ninh Binh).
The boat route at Trang An runs through a bunch of caves.
Us from the rowboat.
Still more caves.
One more scene in Trang An.
A woman in Hoa Lu, an ancient provincial capital.
View of Ninh Binh from our hotel room.
On the bus from Ninh Binh to Hanoi.
Sam's preferred retirement home.
They really pack in folks on the buses.
Crab spring rolls!
The unappetizingly named blood cockles which are delicious.
Incredibly robust vietnamese coffee.
Hanoi traffic seems incomprehensible at first but somehow you figure out the rules (and there are rules) after a couple days. Still, being a pedestrian is not fun most of the time.
We headed for Halong Bay next. We took a 3 day cruise of the bay and spent one night on a boat.