Sadly I have had my first bad internet review on the hotel. I have learned a bit of a lesson from it. The City was full because of a Vietnamese holiday and I had a last minute cancellation, so I offered a room to a nice young couple from the US working in Hanoi. I told them I was out of the backpacker area and that it was not convenient for late night bars and the like. They stayed the one night and checked out the next morning. Surprisingly they complained about the street noise (the beach road?? Of course there is street noise) and how dirty the beach is. (During a Vietnamese national holiday??? Of course it was, but it has since been cleaned up). But what really hurts a bit is that the cleanliness and staff were only given an OK. I guess once a person finds fault, it can wear at them and more faults can be found. This couple
obviously belonged in the backpacker area and not in ours. I will not make an offer to help people from that area again. Some people fit better in the backpack areas than over here.
I knew that eventually a bad review would happen, but it surprises me that it came from those two. Everyday at lunch time a get a light hearted moment.
My night guy Lich is a university student and he is at the point where he has to receive his mandatory military training. My own little soldier returning home every day.
Some of the oddest jobs you will ever see are in Vietnam. The Vietnamese are an incredibly imaginative and resourceful people. Whey will work hard to do whatever they can to help support their families. The result can be some of the oddest jobs being done by the unlikeliest of people. There are of course the typical jobs that every society has such as fishermen, Taxi drivers and
even sidewalk sales. Vietnam takes sidewalk vendors to a new level. Age does not matter. A person can be 8 or 80 and have some kind of business to try to make a buck. There are a few of them right out my front door, and an odd one. There is a man that pushes what looks like a weight and height scale from some unknown location onto the sidewalk right across the street from the hotel every day. The scale pumps out an electronic theme from Titanic. I have never seen anybody using it for anything, so your guess is as good as mine if he makes any profit. A single tire sits on a sidewalk seemingly lost by some poor person driving by but wait!! If you look sitting a little off the sidewalk you will se a person with a small box of wrenches, and a tire pump. This is a local service station that can be relocated at any moment. There are many
others the same. Small gas suppliers, street foods such as BBQ corn or yams, booths with a wok that offer the only dim-sum items I have seen in Vietnam. Some of my favorite street jobs only happen after dark. A person can be enjoying a great seafood meal in a local restaurant when up on a bicycle will ride a young man or woman with a large speaker box and karaoke machine strapped to the back. They will stop in front of the unsuspecting audience and belt out a tune sometimes good, and sometimes bad. They will accept any tips you give and then head off for another captive audience. Another favorite is a 10 year old who will perform a fire show and finish with swallowing a live snake. I had to give that kid a tip. I will try to remember to get photos of some of these odd jobs and post them to the net.