The best way to send your postcard is giving it to your hotel ...
but you can find some post boxes around HaNoi
Stamp 7,000 dong for postcar to Thailand ( and I guess in Asia as well ) --- it took 17 days for my postcard from HaNOi to Bangkok.
and 10,000 dong to USA. --- dont know when my friend got it ?? I will update later,okay?
bring something warm
Backpack is easiest thing to carry when you want to avoid cyclos trying to overcharge you for a ride to the train station. They KNOW you can and will walk if he price is not fair. You'll need comfy shoes to walk around town and in Hanoi, sandals are very much optional. It's colder than you think in the winter. Wide angle for temples, zoom for people photos. An umbrella comes in handy in the winter as there is a fair amount of drizzle. Bring some warm clothing, especially socks. We were glad we packed for hiking and were surprised we needed our hiking gear in town. In winter, northern Vietnam is anything but a tropical paradise.
Cat Ba Town
Cat Ba Town is the only town on Cat Ba Island, and simultaneously the tourism capital. While the town's numerous hotels, bars and karaoke parlours are probably the same like everywhere else, it is something special because of its harbour. The harbour promenade makes for a wonderful walk, e.g. after you've trekked the hills of the hinterland or spent your time at the beach. Walking around there in the golden evening sun is marvellous. Hundreds of tiny rowing boats fill the harbour, kids sit in silence close to the water trying to catch fish for dinner, couples kiss secretly under one of the palm trees... It's a really romantic scenery and a must-visit.
Tap your feet away
This is a extremely cool live jazz bar. They play really nice live jazz and its dark and comfortable setting inside makes its really cool to enjoy the music. If you are good, you can even be invited to play with them. Met the owner Mr Quyen Van Minh, who is a very pleasent and warm man. Not to mention, a great saxaphonist No strict dress code. However, it may get a bit warm inside, be prepared with wearing something light. I do find the place a bit stuffy, but I guess thats the atmosphere of most jazz bars.
Traveling in Vietnam
If you have the time Vietnamese Trains are so much fun. The scenery is fantastic. If you go do use the air conditioned first class sleeper car. We bought all 4 bunks; so we had complete privacy. cost from Saigon to Hue was around $30 a bunk.