Good Morning Hanoi (Paperback) Review

Good Morning HanoiI read this book after my first visit to Hanoi, and wish I had read it before going. The authors write with passion, insight and humor. Their descriptions of day-to-day life and day-to-day people make wonderful reading, and their writing style is conversational and accessible. Anyone planning a visit to Hanoi will have a happier and richer experience if they have read "Good Morning Hanoi."
On my second trip to Hanoi, I made sure I had my shoes shined, and bought books from street vendors - thank you Iain and Trish for helping me to understand the importance of the micro-economy.
The book works at another important level - the authors were in Hanoi (for over a year) as part of a Volunteer Program. They job-shared in the English language section of Voice of Vietnam. I found it both interesting and inspiring to learn more about volunteering, and to hear the experiences - not always positive - of two people who took that plunge.
This is a book I highly recommend - for travellers, potential volunteers, or anyone interested in the romance of the different.
My next visit to Hanoi is 3 months away, and this time we are spending time in Sapa, motivated by Iain and Trish's time there. I just hope we can track down their guide...............

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Product Description:
Returning once again to Viet Nam, where more than thirty years previously they had been correspondents during the Vietnam War, Iain Finlay and Trish Clark take up the job of coaching a team of young Vietnamese people at the Voice of Vietnam radio network in Hanoi.Here, Iain and Trish describe their experiences and their encounters with the New Viet Nam.They describe with warmth and humor the various people they work with, and the personalities they meet and get to know in and around the small courtyard where they live.This is a warm, fascinating book about modern Viet Nam, as revealed through the lives of ordinary people.

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