So you may be grossed out of how these people eat! Food on the floor, using the same chopsticks to pass you food, cleaning the cups with old tea. Yuck! Well, at least there's one piece of etiquette here. When you're passing food to someone else, flip your chopsticks around so you're passing it with the back of your chopsticks. That way, you don't spread...... 'cooties'. It's not very common but it should be!
In the rural areas of Vietnam, the rice harvest season is also the season of ducks. Ducks go after farmers to eat dropped grain. Farmers feed ducks in this season will benefit from this - very low cost (nearly free food) but they can still sell ducks at a relatively high price in the city.
Buying Art in Hanoi II
Dinh Luc is the artist here. He is relatively known internationally -- these little woodcuts are obviously a sideline that brings in money -- but they are charming.
Please click on the picture to see them full size.
Getting around with cyclo
The best way to have sightseeing in Hanoi, especially in Old Quarter, is to hail a cyclo. You can pay by trip or hourly. The cost is about 30000VND per hour for 1 person or 40000VND per hour for 2 persons. It's quite worth as you can enjoy sitting and taking picture along the 36 streets in Old Quarter.
Over-rated and over-priced
Heard so much about the restaurant and the dish, I thought I had to give it a try. I missed it a couple of times because it only opens for dinner at 5pm. So, on the last day of my trip, I made it a point to get there at 5pm for dinner, before rushing to the airport at 6pm. Well, it was a great disappointment. I find the dish (made up of grilled fish cubes and vege) tasteless and oily. Definitely not worth VND 75,000 per person.