We flew from Da Nang airport to Hanoi in order to take the overnight sleeper train to SaPa, Vietnam. We arrived at the rest stop for the Fanxipan Express train service we had purchased. This company, Fanxipan Restop (http://fanxipantrain.com/index.php), provides a really helpful set of services, including assistance booking your train tickets, right through to providing a respite in Hanoi for dining, drinks, free wifi … even a room to shower and/or rest your head if you’re so inclined.
All photo credits: A.L.Wiltse unless otherwise noted
Because we had some time to pass before our evening train, we took a wander through Hanoi. I felt like I was in the Blade Runner film … rainy, gloomy, motor bikes and mopeds everywhere, insane traffic – the only thing missing was the above-ground traffic lanes for the flying cars (lol!) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blade_Runner
The best part of being in a large city in Vietnam is attempting to cross the street 🙂 It takes me back to my youth to an old-school, vintage arcade game called “Frogger”. This game had you trying to get a frog across multiple lanes of traffic and a river full of logs and other things that could eat you, to hopefully land safely on the other side. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frogger) Same, same feeling trying to cross the street in Hanoi! Just remember … commit & you’ll get across – no one really wants to hit you 🙂