Traditional Water Puppets
One of the most popular tourist attractions in Hanoi are the Water Puppets performances on Lake. The people who manipulate the puppets stand in waist-deep water. See the website for a good description.
The water pupper theatre in the picture is at the Ethnology Museum near Hanoi.
- Theater Travel
Transporting goods ...
You still see a lot of the two baskets on a pole in Hanoi. Usually they are vendors selling fruit or flowers. Sometimes they are even a small portable restaurant! This is another old postcard sold to me by a persistent young vendor.
Crossing the Road
When you see the traffic in Hanoi you may be put off trying to cross a main road. However the thing to do is is to choose your moment and then walk slowly acroos the road thriough the traffic. Because it moves quites slowly the drivers will be able to aim to miss you, so long as you don't do anything unpredictable like stopping.
If in doubt wait for a local to do it and then walk alongside them.
Life around the lake
If you take a walk around the Hoan Kiem lake you will see a very interesting aspect of Hanoi everyday life. In the morning and in the evening you can see people jogging, doing TaiChi slow exercises, chatting on the benches...
...or just sitting there on their pijamas, with that pleasant rural relaxed atmosphere, doing nothing, watching the time go by, like the old man in the pic :-)
- Budget Travel
In Hang Bac street, in the Old Quarter, you will find many little shops where artisans carve handmade gravestones with images of the deceased in it.
I found it rather peculiar, as we only use to put names and dates in our gravestones in Spain.
Lots of ladies (didn't see any men) carrying goods with two baskets balanced with a piece of bamboo or stick on their shoulders... don't know how they do it -- i saw ladies carrying huge bags of goods on both baskets that they were almost invisible!!
Good thing Hanoi doesn't have parking meters, otherwise all those motorbikes would be in big trouble... ;)
People get around Hanoi mostly by motorbikes, mopeds, and bicycles -- there aren't that many cars, but the traffic is intense!
At the corner of the park behinde HoChiMinh's mosuleum there is a company preforming traditional music, and selling musical instrument. the show was very nice and the artist very freinly. They took the time to explain the instruments and let us try them
Tai Chi at the break of dawn
To watch Vietnamese practicing Tai Chi aound Hoan Kiem Lake early in the morning is very beautiful.
At that time of the day you might feel like hundreds of years back...just peaceful..before Hanoi wakes up and becomes busy and noisy.
-One good new for whom to...
-One good new for whom to speak French .As Ha Long is belong to Northern VietNam ,most people are living here speak French and familier French culture . They call all 'white people ' is TAY ( call french people) .As u know VN was a French's colony for almost 100 yrs ,the North people still have good memory about French language .
Like I said earlier, if you...
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 a local
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.
- Arts and Culture
- Budget Travel
- Road Trip
Honk! Honk! Beap! Beap!
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.
- Arts and Culture
Changing of Guards
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.
RIP Stone Tablets
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?