Continuation from Day 4 – Triple Breakfast in Hanoi ….
Feeling mighty satisfied and satiated from the heavier-than-average breakfast of Pho Bo (beef noodle soup), Banh My (baguette + pork sandwich) and Vietnamese coffee by the roadside, we retreated back to our guesthouse, and managed to charter a taxi to Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, about 15 minutes away.
#A tip for the uninitiated – If you decided to ask your guesthouse to charter a taxi for you, like we did with the help of Hanoi Guesthouse, the taxi will charge a flat rate, for us = 40,000 Dong/RM8/USD2.30 for 6 people. The staff at the guesthouse will set a rate with the driver, hence all rates shown by the meter is negligible. The meter showed about 27,000 Dong only, by the way. But if you decided to flag your own cab, you’re free to do so. But remember to ask before taking one, whether they use the meter, or flat rate. But given the fact that chartering a taxi big enough for the 6 of us was a rather daunting task, (more on that later, though we managed to squeeze into a sedan-size cab …. all FIVE cramped at the back! muahaha) we decided to let Mrs Linh made the booking for us #
The Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum Read the rest of this entry »
Continuation from Day 3 – An Even Harder Path in Sapa, Vietnam ….
For those who might be complaining/throwing tantrums/tearing the house down (heh) reading Motormouth From Ipoh only to discover more and more posts on travelling and sceneries, sans mouth-watering shots of sumptuous food (Oh Glorious Food!) can heave a sigh of relief, at long last …..
Opens daily from 6.30 am onwards, catering mostly to the BREAKFAST crowd. Don’t come during lunch hours. But they open for dinner as well.
Vietnam boasts such an amazing repertoire of noodle dishes, from Pho Bo to Pho Ga, and Bun Cha to Bun Rieu. Sounds alien eh? They’re mostly noodles with soup, and served either with beef (bo), chicken (ga) pork, seafood, or even with beancurd or plain vegetables. Read the rest of this entry »
Ladies & gentlemen … Finally, a break from all the Hanoi posts, breaking the monotony and halting the eventual transformation of Motormouth From Ipoh; from a Food Blog to a Travel Blog. In fact, that may not be a bad idea after all, given the expanding waistline and endless gluttony sessions, and full time hibernation in the office ….
I lurve my curry noodles. Have doubts? Click HERE (Part One of Curry Noodles Crawl) HERE (Naturally, there’s Part Two!) HERE (Mee Kari Ipoh Garden) or HERE (Chuan Fatt @ Pasir Puteh).
Another one of the more famous version in Ipoh, touted by some as THE best (I’ve doubts, but it’s somewhere in the top 5 I’d say), is the one being sold for years (since I’m a kid, if I’m not mistaken) at Yat Yat Seng Coffee Shop, in Ipoh Garden. Read the rest of this entry »
From previous post ….. A Walk around Sapa Town, and A B’day Celebration in Sapa, Vietnam
After the ‘grandiose‘ celebration of a birthday at Baguette & Chocolat Cafe (hehe), we retreated to our hibernation grounds (aka Summit Hotel), and catched a good night’s rest, fully unaware of the ordeal that will be thrown at us the very next morning.
Waking up early in the morning, (in reality, not so early after all as Vietnam’s an hour behind Malaysian time) we had a quick breakfast at the cafe in our hotel (I had beef noodles aka Pho Bo this time around, but pic lying somewhere) then proceeded for the usual head count at the lobby. Once again, the compound of Summit Hotel was crowded with “guides” from the minorities, though I’ve trouble differentiating them from their backgrounds even after countless lectures. Read the rest of this entry »
Continuation from Day 2 – Trekking to Cat Cat Village ….
The updates may come slower than usual, as I’m still nursing a sore throat after so long. Since before Hanoi, to be exact. Probably the cold, dry air in Hanoi and Sapa, plus the extraordinarily dusty town of Lao Cai and Hanoi, resulted in worsening of my respiratory tract. Good to know that I’m not the only one feeling under the weather post-Hanoi trip. Hahahah ….
After the trek, the nap, and the early dinner, we decided to explore Sapa town for a bit, as the weather’s cool, but not freezing cold. A stroll around the town revealed such diversity in cultures, peppered with commercialization here and there, street food lining up the roadside beckoning you over with the enticing aroma, and a serene surrounding in general. It felt like Cameron Highlands at times. Read the rest of this entry »
Continuation from Day One in Hanoi …..
A recap of what transpired over the 1st day; We spent most of our day walking around Hanoi’s Old Quarters, and Hoan Kiem Lake, not to mention downing some rather delicious grubs along the way. Then in the evening, we took the train from Hanoi to Lao Cai, a VERY dusty small town before transported to Sa Pa district, in the highlands, reminiscence of our very own Cameron Highlands. The distance from Hanoi to Sa Pa is about 350km (!!!), hence it’s highly recommended that you choose the SOFT-SLEEPER train to travel in, and overnight on the train. The journey took about 9 hours, and you wouldn’t wanna risk a backache or twisted neck once alighting from the train. Read the rest of this entry »
OK, after a whole week of hiatus from the blogosphere, let’s get back to business, shall we?
My trip to Hanoi, Vietnam spanned a good 7 whole days. A welcoming break from the mundane working life in Ipoh, the chaotic political climate (Perak’s STILL in tantrum …. 7 days passed by only to be greeted with the headline of Emergency Meeting Under A Tree …. Oh well. And I was being hopeful and wished this saga would expired by the time I’m back), and the scorching hot weather in M’sia (now being rather erratic, with sweltering heat intermittent with flash floods & downpour). Read the rest of this entry »