Time out in Hanoi and Ca phe venture

Jun 03, 2013,20:21 PM
 

First time in Vietnam and to the political capital.

Airport looks ok

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On the roads they start them young on bikes here.

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As with all trips, it's my habit to check out the local markets or super marts to get some snacks or drinks.

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Langauge was a problem but nothing that can't be overcome with smiles.

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Lunch was simple

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but dinner with local vietnamese friends was a feast!

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On some days: it was a loney Pho Bo dinner

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a MUST do for tourist in Hanoi: the water puppet show. It's a unique artform only in Vietnam typically perform during monsoon seasons

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the real human cast in action

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1st taste of local Americanised coffee, taste like normal drip coffee. kinda let down.

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finally had some time to try out local coffee.

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Latte using local beans: Not too bad

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Not satisfied, I searched and managed to try the No 1 coffee chain in Vietnam.

The setup was modern looking

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Full of coffee machine deco

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I ordered the Legend coffee which supposed had some civet cat coffee in it. Came nicely in a presentation tray with Mr Napoleon in it.

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You can have it hot or cold. and I tried it both ways

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A difference between machine and drip coffee. you can't see the crema but able to see the oils.

The experience was worth it. the coffee has a tinge of cocoa in it but it's really strong. Much like a double expresso. I could not sleep until wee hours in the morning...

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Lovely ladies at the counter and you can get the grounds or beans below the cafe.

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I think I may have gone a bit overboard. smile

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cheers

PAt

 

 

This message has been edited by patrickmaniac on 2013-06-03 20:28:29

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re: Hanoi and Ca phe

 
 By: DRMW : June 4th, 2013-00:00
Cool panorama pic! How was the bowl of Pho? Did you have any Bahn Mi? -MW ...  

French loaf sandwich?

 
 By: patrickmaniac : June 4th, 2013-02:15
nope unfortunately. :) cheers PAt

so...

 
 By: DRMW : June 4th, 2013-10:49
That's a lot of souvenir coffee you picked up, have you tried brewing it yet? -MW

re: super automatic

 
 By: DRMW : June 5th, 2013-13:44
Sounds like a serious machine that you ordered! Do you use a certain type/brand of bottled water or do you filter your own? -MW

The tap water over here is not hard though some trace of cholrine remains.

 
 By: patrickmaniac : June 5th, 2013-18:40
I would probably only use ditilled or mineral water for tea esp delicate white or green chinese tea. For coffee, most likely I would use an in-box water filter or post bolied water. The super automatic is more for early morning rush when you just want thi... 

That Pho Bo looks wonderful...

 
 By: jporos : June 4th, 2013-06:52
and so does the coffee. Were there any non-chain coffee places that you saw during your visit?

Unfortunately no. There were many roadside stalls but mostly sold soft drinks.

 
 By: patrickmaniac : June 4th, 2013-17:53
Not what it used to be now. cheers PAt

Vietnam was on my route several times ...

 
 By: nilomis : June 4th, 2013-07:59
But I never got the chance to visit. Some day. who knows. I'm missing Asia big time. Thank you for your photo report. Cheers, Nilo

Welcome nilo. You should come asap.

 
 By: patrickmaniac : June 4th, 2013-17:55
Things are changing so fast that you don't if they still exist tomorrow. cheers PAt

Another place to add to the bucket list

 
 By: ED209 : June 4th, 2013-19:29
Thanks Pat for sharing your travels to Vietnam. I've never been there but it seems like a nice place to visit. Regards, ED-209

Welcome Ed.

 
 By: patrickmaniac : June 4th, 2013-19:45
It's a nice place but was really hot when I was there. 38 to 40 degress celcius and quite humid too. cheers PAt

Very Cool Report :-)

 
 By: SALMANQ8 : June 6th, 2013-08:09
Vietnam is on the list of places to visit now :-) S

Come come, it's nice. ;)

 
 By: patrickmaniac : June 7th, 2013-02:02
Cheers PAt