My day in Hanoi coincides with the city's celebration of its founding 1,000 years ago. Today is the first of a 10-day celebration, which sounds like a fun and festive time to visit.
In reality, it's been a big pain in the derriere. There's been a huge influx of people from all over the country and the streets are even more crowded than usual. Major arteries are shut down and traffic is re-routed around celebration areas.
Instead of the usual 45 minute drive from the airport to the city center, it took approximately 1.5 hours. It's pure madness with people and motorcycles taking their time clogging the streets and traveling any way they please, regardless of traffic laws.
It's a shame, because Hanoi seems like a pretty city and I'd love to walk around the lake. But during this madness, I'm just glad to be back in my hotel room.