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I went to Vietnam for almost three weeks in July 2018. I have never before been there. My husband, a befriended couple and I, we planned a guided trip from the north to the south of Vietnam. After our arrival in Hanoi, after a 12 hours flight with lots of turbulence, we met our travel guide and four other people who completed our travel group.
We know the July is one of the rain time months over there. We didn't care because the rainy season has, except the Rain, benefits as there are lower temperatures (but still very hot) than in the high season, there are also fewer tourists. I know many people avoid traveling in the rain season. For us, it isn't a problem if we get rain, sometimes. Much more it is a refreshment from time to time. We have been learning and enjoying that on other trips to Asian countries. We enjoy places when they are not too crowded.
The first day of our trip was very tiring because, after our arrival in the very early morning, the rooms of our first hotel hasn't been ready. We had to wait until noon.
So we used the time for the first steps in Hanoi without our travel guide. He had been recommending to us to trying Vietnam's traditional noodle soup called "Phở" when he left us. As we were hungry, we looked for a local soup kitchen. We found it nearby the hotel.
Here I am with two of my friends, waiting for the soup.
And that is the soup:
In the afternoon after our arrival, we visited the old town of Hanoi with the big market. The next day, we visited the Ho Chi Minh mausoleum, a few temples, and other places. Please, have a look, here are some impressions of Hanoi.
Some other pictures:
The following days of our trip have been full of new impressions and experiences.
We have been on a boat to see the famous Halong Bay with its rock formations in the sea. The weather was a bit bad, but it did not matter. The view was breathtaking and we enjoyed the view and the time on the boat.
Halong Bay, also known as the "Bay of the Descending Dragon", has been a UNESCO World Heritage since the mid-1990s. According to legend, the bay is said to have been created by a dragon, who in his fight against Mongol invaders with his tail smashed the landscape into hundreds of rocks.
After a domestic flight from Hanoi to Da Nang in central Vietnam, we visited the Marble Mountains and made a boat tour on the Hoi An River in Hoi An. The onward journey led us further over the "cloud pass" to Hue.
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