Having a finger lickin’ good time in the Old Quarter in Hanoi, Vietnam, Southeast Asia

Having a finger lickin’ good time in the Old Quarter in Hanoi, Vietnam, Southeast Asia

Having a finger lickin’ good time in the Old Quarter in Hanoi, Vietnam, Southeast Asia

I took this photo from the second floor of a Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) in the Old Quarter of Hanoi in Vietnam.

If you look across the way you will spot the City View Cafe. I was there on a previous evening drinking a Hanoi Beer and photographing (two of my favorite pastimes) the traffic down below during the blue hour.

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It was then I notice the Kentucky Fried Chicken across the street. I love Vietnamese food (especially Pho noodles), but at that point in my journey (I had been in Southeast Asia for four months) my American taste buds were craving for a high fat, greasy, heart attack inducing meal. You know your basic American diet.

Navigating Hanoi’s traffic is akin to a dance. Cars, taxis, buses, trucks, motorbikes and pedestrians all work in harmony to navigate the city’s traffic circles, narrow alley ways and boulevards. The best way to describe Hanoi’s traffic is organized chaos.

At first glance, crossing the streets in Hanoi seems like an impossible task. Just take a deep breath, follow the lead of the locals and keep a slow and steady tempo and soon you’ll be join the “chicken” on the other side of the road.

So how do you like your KFC chicken? Original recipe or extra crispy?

Check back for more of my adventures in Vietnam!

Happy Travels!

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Hanoi, one of the most beautiful of the colonial Indochinese cities, is often the start or end point of a trip to Vietnam, and what a great welcome or farewell it is. Oozing with charm, Hanoi has gone through wholesale changes since Vietnam swung open its doors to tourism, but it remains true to its essential personality and is an amazing city to experience.

Though considerably quieter than big sister Saigon, Hanoi still retains a vibrant atmosphere. From the early hours until late at night, the fig-tree shaded streets swarm with careening motorbikes, often with four, five or even six people aboard. A cyclo is available on most street corners, but unless you are making a particularly long trip, the best way to explore Hanoi is by foot.

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