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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda
    Very different to HCM, the museums are impressive, but the Old City is fucking rammed at weekends, you can barely walk the streets because of these tiny little stools encroaching on the roads (it's mostly closed to traffic at weekends). Did an overnight on a boat at Halong Bay as well, very relaxing.
    We stayed in Hanoi old city a few days and really enjoyed it. Your right the shopkeepers do force one into the roads. I noticed though that as opposed to Thailand the cars and m/cycles do in fact give way or adjust their speed and direction for crossing people, locals and foreigners.

    Every vice you want is offered if you stand still long enough. The m/cycle drivers home in on their targets at a moments notice.

    Underwhelmed with Halong bay. Very misty and raining every day. Not that the rain stopped the locals from swimming in the sea. Wrong time of year I presume.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OhOh View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda
    Very different to HCM, the museums are impressive, but the Old City is fucking rammed at weekends, you can barely walk the streets because of these tiny little stools encroaching on the roads (it's mostly closed to traffic at weekends). Did an overnight on a boat at Halong Bay as well, very relaxing.
    We stayed in Hanoi old city a few days and really enjoyed it. Your right the shopkeepers do force one into the roads. I noticed though that as opposed to Thailand the cars and m/cycles do in fact give way or adjust their speed and direction for crossing people, locals and foreigners.

    Every vice you want is offered if you stand still long enough. The m/cycle drivers home in on their targets at a moments notice.

    Underwhelmed with Halong bay. Very misty and raining every day. Not that the rain stopped the locals from swimming in the sea. Wrong time of year I presume.
    Didn't have that problem.

    I did the seaplane back, they do a 10 minute circuit of the bay at a few thousand feet before heading inland. Quite spectacular and you really get an idea of just how expansive it is.

    Although I was expecting to land at some provincial airport and blow me if we didn't land at Hanoi international!

    Fortunately my charabanc awaited and I was in the hotel in 20 minutes.

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    Now, a seaplane is a special treat. Glad you enjoyed it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OhOh View Post
    Now, a seaplane is a special treat. Glad you enjoyed it.
    I'll post the take off video when the fucking thing has uploaded. Mind you it took longer than I thought

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    In fairness I should probably edit it but I can't be arsed.


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    You seem to be the only passenger, is that a national security requirement when you fly or daddies plane?

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    Quote Originally Posted by OhOh View Post
    You seem to be the only passenger, is that a national security requirement when you fly or daddies plane?
    There were two of us; me, a chinkie sat at the back, a Vietnamese bloke who works for the company behind me and the two pilots.

    Having said that, it was only a 12 seater cessna.

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