After a long 16-hour flight, we landed in the capitol of Vietnam, in Ha Noi at Noi Bai International Airport.
Three young doctors from the radiology department at Central Military Hospital 108 greeted us with much warmth and hospitality. They shuttled us to our hotel which is conveniently located 5 minutes away from the hospital. They were very proud to show us famous landmarks of the city such as the six bridges of Ha Noi as we drove by each and the 4 km ceramic wall depicting the rich history of the city.
After eating our first lunch in the hospital cafeteria with some staff members, we went back to our hotel. We were able to survive walking through the bustling streets where no one follows traffic lights or lanes, by learning to cautiously weave between mopeds as a group. During dinner we tried a nearby restaurant (Nha Hang Ngon) with many small Vietnamese dishes paired with fish sauce. Afterwards, we explored the city and walked around the park surrounding Sword Lake, a landmark mentioned by one of the doctors. The park was very lively, filled with many groups dancing to different types of music, including swing, zumba, and salsa. We stumbled upon a large garage where there were many dessert vendors and stopped for some freshly made ice cream bars– perfect for the hot & humid Vietnam weather.
Random rooster pet outside a restaurant
Very “ngon” (delicious)!