After almost 10 years, my mother returned to Hanoi for the first time. She was so excited about it as she could visit her home-town, her relatives and me. It was a great chance for me to show her around Hanoi and the north and do some pagoda trips during the special pagoda festival season.
My mother is 73 this year and she loves traveling. In fact, when she worked for the government rice company, she took business trips on trains all overVietnam. But after she retired, she has had no time to do anything because she's been helping to raise my brother and sister's children. We decided to treat her to a trip abroad last year and she went to Malaysia and Singapore and really enjoyed it. She said to me that Hanoi has changed so much since her last trip here. She's had many conversations about the changes in Hanoi to the taxi drivers, her relatives and even my foreign friends.
My Mum's tour of Hanoi and the north has included Yen Tu Pagoda, Perfume Pagoda, Tam Dao, Ba Chua Kho, Tam Coc - Bich Dong and most of the interesting places around Hanoi plus eating Hanoi street food. I will write another post about her trips soon.