It wasn’t a good first hello for me by the Jet Star. First this.
Then they tried to take my ‘baby’ away from me when I was at the security check. I had to run back to the check-in counter only to be told that I needed to pay some 250,000 dongs to have it checked in. Gosh. It didn't even cost me that much when I bought her!(sorry dear). Apparently, one of my panda looks had worked on the counter lady and she let it in FOC. But not before she said"OK
And taking a low-budget airline domestic flight in Vietnam can be both daunting and amusing. You’d expect it to be full of orang kampung Vietnamese. I was one of the first passengers to the boarding entrance and before I knew I was already pushed far off to the back. Seriously, Vietnamese people DON’T queue up.
Then I realized, WHY IS EVERYBODY WEARING jacket?
A macabre realization suddenly struck on me. How I forgot, Hanoi is totally in a different weather zone from HCMC and I only had a thin red T-shirt on me. Mistake.
For that distance, it takes more than 2-hour (against weather zone!) for most aircrafts to reach Hanoi from Ho Chi Minh City. There really was nothing much to do especially when the in-flight magazine was all in Vietnamese.*sigh
And I don’t know if I ordered this out of hunger or boredom. More likely the latter. LOL!
Oh well, how I wished I had known earlier that tapau-ed meals could be brought in.
Getting out of the flight, it was quite foggy and cold but quite bearable. 20˚C is not that cold anyway.
Out of the terminal, I was expecting the same experience I went through back in HCMC but no. It was hassle-free. As I have come to discover later, Hanoi is far more well-arranged in just about everything than it is in HCMC. 250,000 dongs for a taxi and 74,000 dongs (4USD) for minibus. I took the minibus. They’d sardine you up to maximize the number of passengers but I had no problem with it.
I liked Hanoi almost instantly when I arrived there. I was so excited I was ready to jump off the minivan and hit into the streets right away.
But first, I needed to recharge. I had to cover Hanoi in one single day the next day.