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    The Bicycle Is Still a Transport Option, for Now

    by AKtravelers Written Oct 27, 2008
    Bicycles are still common in Hanoi, for now

    If Hanoi is like the other rising Asian cities of Taipei and Beijing, the bicycle as a transportation mode is fading fast. While I saw plenty of bicycles in the steets, the predominant conveyance was the motor scooter, and the older people sticking with their bicycles clearly seemed out of place -- literally being passed by the new era.

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    Heavy Load

    by jujub Written Jun 6, 2003

    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!

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  • Tai Chi at the break of dawn

    by tina_vietnam Written Feb 4, 2003

    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.

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    Changing of Guards

    by imstress Written Jul 6, 2005

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    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.

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    Clothing

    by sukawats Written Jul 10, 2006

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    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.

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    meet a local

    by ellielou Written Aug 18, 2006

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    the lovely and talented Hien!

    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!

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    Row with the feet

    by dunearn20 Written Jul 27, 2004

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    The people who almost live on their boats row with their feet in order to have the hands free for other things!

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    Get Your Ears Cleaned by a Pro

    by guell Updated Jan 1, 2005

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    Man Gets his ears cleaned in a Hanoi Barber Shop

    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.

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    Leave your shoes outside of some temples

    by bpacker Updated Mar 9, 2005

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    Take note of subleties when you're visiting temples in the Perfume Pagoda Region. Some of them require you to remove your footware.

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    Selling from the baskets

    by shrimp56 Updated Jan 20, 2004

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    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.

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    Ao Dais

    by imstress Written Jun 15, 2005

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    Ao Dai

    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.

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    RIP Stone Tablets

    by imstress Written Jun 22, 2005

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    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?

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    Honk! Honk! Beap! Beap!

    by myspices Updated Feb 9, 2006

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    Beap!Beap! eventhough there's no one blocking them

    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.

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    Local Craftsmen Work on their Trade

    by guell Written Dec 30, 2004
    A Welder in Hanoi

    Walking around, we discovered many different types of crafts being made and sold. On this particular street, welders were creating custom-made ironwork.

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    Honoring Uncle Ho

    by shrimp56 Written Jan 21, 2004

    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.

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