Like I said earlier, if you take a walk in the streets, which is pretty sure, people of all ages, kids even more, will follow you and try to sell anything from postal cards to flags and maps. If you are not interested or already have bought something, don't be afraid to say so and don't be pist off of the insult that will follow your refusal (it doesn't appen all the time). You'll soon realise that vietnamese are wonderful people with a unique culture.
(the picture is the view from the roof of my hotel.. it wasn't a busy corner!)
Meet Hien, or heintonkin...a lovely person and a wonderful guide, who'll show you parts of the city you'd never find yourself on the back of her motorbike!
Many thanks, and see you again soon, Hien!
Wear long pants and sleeve shirt. They often wander about why the foreigners who have the money but wear shorts and sleeveless. They are very uptight about dress appropriately.
Horning is a norm. It's their habit to horn at anything that's on their way. Be accustomed to it. Stay longer in Vietnam and you will be oblivious of the honking and beaping of vehicles.
We saw the soldiers dressed smartly in their white uniform marching toward Uncle Ho Masoleum.
It was at about 4pm that the changing of guards took place.
Rest In Peace Stone Tablet arev seen selling on the street of Old Quarters.
I wonder those on displayed are for potential customers or did the locals ordered it before they meet their maker?
The traditional costume worn by the Vietnamese ladies is called an Ao Dai.
You can get a set of nice Ao Dai for less than USD30.
Ususal the locals will buy material and have it tailored made.
Take note of subleties when you're visiting temples in the Perfume Pagoda Region. Some of them require you to remove your footware.
The barbers will cut your hair AND clean your ears. I didn’t do this but the guy on the chair assured me that it feels great. Next time I’ll give it a try.
Walking around, we discovered many different types of crafts being made and sold. On this particular street, welders were creating custom-made ironwork.
The people who almost live on their boats row with their feet in order to have the hands free for other things!
We saw shops making these amazing floral displays throughout the city -- and here they are!!! You can't see, but they are made out of many hundreds of flowers.
Here you can see a woman who has decided to pick this spot by West Lake to sell her wares. The two baskets are in front of her and the pole she uses to carry them is leaning against the railing.