The flight to Hanoi was quite interesting. Towards the landing of the plane, I saw countless fields, more than what I have ever seen in my entire life, and moments before the plane landed, I saw a farmer working in the fields, with the necessary Vietnamese hat.

The “airport pickup” is rather interesting, even though it is kept to the letter, the spirit is missing; it basically involved a guy guiding me to the hotel via local bus and local taxi, rather my my pre-conceived chauffeurred car. But well, I got to sit on the local bus.

I think I must be crazy, as I just rented a bicycle and rode around the mad traffic of Hanoi, where all vehicles go everywhere and anywhere! Fortunately, I survived the crazy road conditions of Hanoi, and got some exercise.

Even though I planned on saving money and spending little, I ended up spending US100, though it’s supposed to covery my expenses for the next 5 days. Hopefully I won’t spend anymore money, and be back on track for my planned budget.

For dinner, I ate at a Western cafe. To date, I haven’t summoned up the courage to eat at their local stalls yet. Maybe tomorrow.

First impression of Ho Chi Minh City