The other day, we talked about our Vietnam trip. With a little distance, I can clearly say that, if I had to choose, Hanoi was my favourite city. Da Nang felt like a constructed socialist holiday resort and HCMC was stunning but somehow lacked an "original appeal". Obviously I am highly biased and we had way too little time to explore all places in detail.
Whenever you're searching for photos of Hanoi, the spot on my pictures ranks high in the tourist photo galleries. It's called the "Train Street" for obvious reasons and allegedly there's a train going through twice a day (which makes us lucky idiots because we had no idea and just strolled around, more fearing the mosquito bites than getting steamrolled).
It is located in the Old Quarter (Phố cổ) district, which gave me exactly the "original appeal" that I was missing in HCMC. Our hotel (La Siesta Trendy) was beautiful, too, and the staff took great care of us until the very last minute, when we were handed goodie bags for our way to the airport for our outbound flight. My gut tells me that we've missed out a lot in and around Hanoi and I really feel like we need to return and explore more... including a couple of days in Ha Long Bay which we skipped last time.
@hisarahlinda and I scrolled through some saved Instagram story videos from our trip last night, and we both felt like we could enjoy a little adventure again. Apart from a little hiatus as a couple, I can't get one idea for a family vacation out of my head: to take the kids to a Safari. A friend of mine from the UK did that with his family and it must have been an amazing experience. I think they're in the perfect age to explore our planet, but the complicated travel turns me off and the price tag is "a little" higher than our usual family vacations. But who can say they've seen the "big five" in wild life? #vietnam#hanoi#trainstreet#phốcổ#phốcổhànội#hànội#latergram#travel#holidays
Like a speeding train
I am passing by...
I don’t know
where I’m heading
with whom or why
all I know is that
I will never, ever
pass from here again
all I know is I’m skidding forward
on this track of life.
‘Train Street’ ironically our last stop on the Hanoi tour.
We had an hour to kill between getting back from Halong Bay and grabbing our taxi to the airport so we quickly grabbed a Banh Mi (yep food of course!) and then stopped by train street for the iconic photo, minutes before the train was due to pass through. (Unlike my commuter train, this one always seems to come on time) the train comes through about 4 times a day. People live down the street and minutes before it’s just a case of them grabbing their belongings, children, pets etc to bring inside before the train comes past. .
🇬🇧 There is a narrow residential street in Hanoi where a train passes very close to the walls of the buildings, making it seems like kind of a scary experince for the locals. Still, they seem quite content that the train at least brings tourists in their area, where some locals offer for sale coffee, snacks and souvenirs to the curious visitors.
🇩🇪 Es gibt eine schmale Straße in Hanoi, in der ein Zug sehr nahe an den Mauern der Gebäude vorbeifährt, was glauben lässt, dass es für die Einheimischen ein schreckliches Erlebnis sein muss. Trotzdem scheinen sie zufrieden zu sein, dass der Zug zumindest Touristen in ihre Gegend bringt, wo einige Locals den neugierigen Besuchern Kaffee, Snacks und Souvenirs anbieten.
Hanoi, Vietnam. 🇻🇳📍
"Life on the railroad", walking through the streets of Hanoi & spoting this railway = Eyes lit up, walked on it for a couple of km's saw cafe's, children, dogs, people chilling you name it on there. Everyday, the train goes by 10-15 times and I was pretty scared seeing it. This photo shows that for them, it's just another day. I call it life on the railroad because a road leads somewhere, a track just ends, for them its their road.