02.01.2014 - 14.01.2014 62 °F
Greetings from Hà Nôi! After a couple days i'm settling in quite well to Vietnam. It hasn't been nearly as hard as I thought it would be. After mustering up the guts to leave the hotel room friday morning (my first morning) and braving the side walk traffic of vendors and scooters I managed to see a good chunk of the Old Quarter. It reminds me a lot of the french quarter in New Orleans, which makes sense since the French colonized Vietnam and played central role in it's developement throughout the 17th, 18th, 19th centuries. Lots of tiny buildings packed together, hundreds of powerlines weaved like spagetti from post to post above the head and most streets narrow enough to allow one way traffic only.
If I didn't mention it to you before I left the U.S., one of the many reasons we chose this area to visit is the price tag. Friday I got a 90 min full body massage for $10. Since tipping is not expected this was the entire fee. I went back yesterday for a 70 minute $7 foot massage, only I was a little confused after she threw a pair of shorts on the sofa chair and told me to change. I went with the flow, as expected. Included in the "foot massage" was about 20 min of upper body, followed by 30 min of foot rubbing and them another 10 min or so of upper bod massage. How could this 4' 10", 100 lb woman be so strong? At one point she hit me so hard I almost turned around to fight back. I was ultimately very happy with the service, as it was as good a massage that I've had anywhere else in my 34 years.
There's loads of massage/spas around here, so in the event you make it here this one is called R & M, No. 29 Ly Quoc Su Street, Hoam Kiem District. It would have been very easy to walk into another spa more expensive, especially since all the hotels offers brosures for this sort of thing.
New photos coming soon...