We departed from cold and rainy Shanghai on a 15:50 Vietnam Airlines flight to Hanoi. Thus begins our Viking River Cruises "Magnificent Mekong" trip.
Arrived after about three hours, but with an hour time difference, it was only 17:55 in warm and humid Hanoi. Tom, one of the Viking River Cruises Program Directors, met us at the airport and escorted us by van to the Sofitel Legend the Metropole Hotel, known more simply as the Metropole.
Whoa! It appears on this trip we shall see the extremes in the countries of Vietnam and Cambodia. On the one hand, a 5-star luxury hotel:
é for sandwiches and seeing the locals:
We passed the Hanoi Stock Exchange on our way back to the hotel:
Our first Uncle Ho (Chairman Ho Chi Minh) sighting:
ën autos that one can rent for a ride: