Vietnam (scraps) II

Arrived in Hanoi a few hours ago (first time in the northern part of Vietnam). Will be here a couple of days, then down south to Hoi An, and Hue. I’ll try to ad some notes pics, in stages.

One less than massively-inspired snap so far, of the Hanoi Old Quarter, (near our hotel):


Anyone with a particular desire to know that I’m nodding along in glum agreement can feel free to tell me its one of the most execrable pieces of photographic garbage to yet soil the terrestrial infosphere. Hoping, in inadequate excuse, that it gives some vague hint of the local atmosphere. Will try to up my game to a more ordinary level of sub-mediocrity in the days ahead.

(Organization this time should be up to a reasonably competent Chaos Patch tomorrow.) A

ADDED: At the shrine of the Long Do God, heaps of ‘Choco-Pops’ packets and a pyramid of canned beers offered solemnly in sacrifice.

May 14, 2016admin 14 Comments »


14 Responses to this entry

  • Kgaard Says:

    Well … Hanoi’s really not that bad. This is low-grading here in this pic, I think. Not saying I’d want to live there but Vietnam is a lot better than a lot of other places. It’s better than Pakistan for instance. And for my money better than Dubai, which is just a big sandbox with a bunch of buildings thrown on it.

    I’d say that given the reasonableness of the Vietnamese people this kind of grunge is gonna get gentrified over time. Parts of Saigon already look like freaking coastal California …


    Marxist toady Reply:

    I believe that admin was only belittling his photography efforts, not the scene itself. (My guess would be that he’s overall quite fond of Hanoi.)


    admin Reply:

    Yes, exactly — slightly horrified it could be interpreted alternately.


    Posted on May 14th, 2016 at 8:25 pm Reply | Quote
  • mattykyle Says:

    What a coincidence. I’ve arrived in Ha Noi a few hours ago too, and I am also in the Old Quarter.


    Posted on May 14th, 2016 at 8:35 pm Reply | Quote
  • Grotesque Body Says:

    Lots of places in Siem Reap look the same.


    admin Reply:

    That’s French Indo-China for you (also, great coffee).


    Grotesque Body Reply:

    As far as I can tell the Khmer have the advantage that they’re less hostile towards the Chinese and therefore more receptive to Han or mixed Han-Khmer entrepreneurs/administrators.

    Must get up to Vietnam at some point nonetheless.


    admin Reply:

    I generally bristle at political (vs. commercial) capitals — but Hanoi is definitely charming.

    TheDividualist Reply:

    I don’t like most Asian food at all, but I came to like pho soup. It seems making it halfway French does a lot of good to a cuisine. I wonder how it worked in places like Morocco or Algeria or Syria. Does anyone know of any halfway French, halfway African or Arab dishes?


    Posted on May 14th, 2016 at 11:53 pm Reply | Quote
  • jay Says:


    What’s your thoughts on Kowloon city?


    Posted on May 15th, 2016 at 12:09 am Reply | Quote
  • SVErshov Says:

    great picture, trans apocalyptic. it was like that 25 year before, come and check 25 years later it will be the same, only more wires. same scene can be seen in Delhi Paharganj area.


    Posted on May 15th, 2016 at 11:27 am Reply | Quote
  • Hesiod Says:

    Is that Roy Batty in the lower left?


    Posted on May 15th, 2016 at 11:43 am Reply | Quote
  • Meursault Says:

    I found the city “Hanoing” at best. Halong Bay is worth visiting.


    Posted on May 15th, 2016 at 2:22 pm Reply | Quote
  • John Hannon Says:

    Looks a bit funky. How safe do you feel there, compared to, say, a British inner city?
    When the sun goes down.


    Posted on May 16th, 2016 at 9:13 am Reply | Quote

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