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!
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.
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!
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.
The people who almost live on their boats row with their feet in order to have the hands free for other things!
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.
Take note of subleties when you're visiting temples in the Perfume Pagoda Region. Some of them require you to remove your footware.
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.
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.
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?
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 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.
Walking around, we discovered many different types of crafts being made and sold. On this particular street, welders were creating custom-made ironwork.