18.11.2014 - 18.11.2014 24 °C
Whenever you go to Hanoi and you visit Hoan Kiem Lake (best area to stay), there is a little sidewalk restaurant at the lake called Ho Guom Cafe. Ask for Bun Cha (pork hot pot, fresh greens and rice noodles). This is one of the best dishes I had on my visit to Vietnam.
This one is for my dad, new Mazda 6, and its white
These tables were everywhere in Sapa. This is there BBQ table. You pick what you want and they BBQ it for you. There is some amazing meat and dishes here.
Children are very helpful and respectful towards their parents and the elderly. Most children will help their parents in the restaurants or like below, sell products on street on the days they not working. Because this is a very poor country, every person in the family works to earn a living. Most children learn to cook from the age of 4 years in order to look after their younger siblings. This assists the parents because they have to work through the day.
Some more pictures of the fresh market in Sapa, yes those are goat testicles and no, I did not try these.
Everywhere in Vietnam you see people sitting on the sidewalk having a meal. They love food and you can even buy your meat from these vendors (second pic). Like the ladies in Sapa, this is also a social gathering and meeting place. And of course you can spot the popular hang outs. Sometimes there is no walking space and you have to walk in the road, facing the traffic of course. The streets are named after the product that is sold in that street. This one "pho" is named after the famous dish in Vietnam. There is literally only eating places in this street.
This is an awesome drink. Fresh passion fruit with black jelly. It is like drinking desert. Friendly people in Vietnam, you just need to smile. The last pic is some franchise in Vietnam that sells fast food. For my international friends, the word "Doner" in Afrikaans means to hit somebody very hard or is sometimes used for expression when you are very angry.
This is the size of chairs that you find on the street. Yes, one has to sit on this to have a drink or eat. Then there was this, certain places in Hanoi serves these beers (Bia). A draft cost only $0.25 or R2.50 in my country. You have to drink this before 10 am otherwise the locals would finish it without you even a have a chance to taste. The other pic was my companions at this particular establishment.
At night, families go out to enjoy time with each other. Children play in the park and parents enjoy exercise. You still think it is a bad idea that facebook was only allowed since this year? The 3 elderly men is waiting to spot one of the sacred turtles at Hoan Kiem Lake.
The friendly staff at Thaison Palace. The staff is extremely friendly and professional. I can definitely vouch for this hotel, excellent. Richie and Peter in first pic, the second pic: Joe, Henry, Loan and Nancy.