Never Expect This Place Would Be So Great
by Tim Staermose: Chongqing:
The Largest Construction Site in the World
For the past
eight days Ive been spending time with friends in Vietnam;
Ill be leaving in a few days to link up with Simon in Thailand,
but for now, Im really impressed by Vietnam. The country has
a great deal going for it.
In the ancient
town of Hoi An and the capital city Hanoi, the lifestyle is generally
very laid back and relaxed. Excellent cafes and restaurants, offering
both local fair and foreign food, are everywhere. Nearly all offer
free, reliable WIFI connections.
very reasonable even in the fancier western-style places, and they
border on ridiculously cheap in the local ones. For a great lunch
today of grilled pork and rice noodle soup accompanied by a huge
plate heaped high with fresh local herbs to accent the flavors,
friend and I paid $3. Total. For TWO.
In Hoi An,
a popular tourist town about thirty minutes drive south of
Da Nang, at the northern end of what was once South Vietnam, our
group of five adults and five children dined out in style each evening.
We always ordered multiple courses, and several rounds of drinks.
Yet the bill seldom exceeded $100.
taxi ride to the beach from our hotel in town cost $3.75. In Hanoi,
the metered taxi rate works out to about $0.85 per mile. And the
drivers Ive dealt with have all been scrupulously honest.
thats very noticeable here is that no one expects tips. I
suppose it may have been different if the Americans had won the
Taxis may be
plentiful and cheap, but in order to really explore any city, I
prefer walking. And though the weather here can be hot and humid,
Hanoi has many lakes and is actually very pleasant to explore on
It also feels
extremely safe. My friends here have three young daughters aged
from two to six. When I went out with them, the two older ones were
able to ride their bikes around their neighborhood without a care
in the world.
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April 7, 2012
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