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    Jog around the lakes (at night)

    by chefgrad Written Oct 25, 2006

    A jog trough Hanoi in the early a.m. hours will show you a very different side of the city. Noise is almost non existant. The lakes are calm, the streets are empty. You'll notice people sleeping around the lakes and parks. You will rarely catch a glimpse of that drunk tourist dude stumbling back to his hotel. Spending six months in Vietnam could've driven me mad, if it weren't for my nightly 7km jog to and around Hoan Kiem Lake.

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    Have a local beer on the streets

    by Applelyn Updated Apr 26, 2006

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    You can have a cool beer along the streets of old quarters for only 2000VND. From the horses' horse, it is thumbs up. This stall is along Hang Buom. In fact most local eateries have the beer. They said it iis the best as it is the secret of the Red River.

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    People watching

    by Applelyn Written Apr 26, 2006

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    I like to pop into a cafe or walk along the streets to observe the locals. In Hanoi, you can see people buzzing through in motorbikes and scooters manuvoering their way to dodge obstacles(Humans). It is amazing to see how versatile they are in their skills. You can also feel the team spirit as hawkers gathered around to eat at the same table on the streets. This sight in Hanoi made me feel that sometimes in some places, it is better without rules. It will bring out the flexibility of humankind.

    Map reading skills Different way of using the spade Monitoring Buses Gathering for lunch on the streets Bee Hive Charcoal used in Hanoi
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    Long Bien Bridge

    by hientonkin Written Apr 1, 2006

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    The old bridge over famous Red River is thought to be desinged by Eiffel ( Eiffel tower in Paris ), damaged by the American war. Before, only bicycles and pedestrians can pass by, but now also motorbikes allowed.
    From here it's great view of the Red River, the bridge is not crowed, so you can enjoy your time here, real quiet!
    * Location: Tran Nhat Duat street, parallel with Chuong Duong bridge

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    The story of 1000 year-old city

    by hientonkin Written Apr 1, 2006

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    People think Hanoi citadel is closed, actually, it doesnt. Not many things left after the war, now just 2 gates , one tower, a ground from a palace court with 2 stone dragons from 15th century.
    But it's worth to go there to know , to listen to the calling of history.
    Northern Gate ( Cua Bac ) : Hoang Dieu street. Open from 8 -11:00, 13:00 - 16:00

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    Early bird!

    by hientonkin Written Apr 1, 2006

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    Vendors selling flowers along the streets are often been seen in Hanoi. But have you ever wonder how the flower market would be? It's bizzare, big hub between flower growers and retailers- romantic hustle and bustle.
    Open daily from 2:00 to 7:00 am in Au Co st. Just go until you meet the crowd.

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    Ear of pigs!?

    by hientonkin Updated Apr 1, 2006

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    Yes, ear of pigs. It's one kind of Nem ( fresh spring rolls ). Lovely to try, if you dont dare, pass by to have a look how crowded it's.
    Trademark by the name " Nem tai Ba Hong " ( Mrs Hong - Ear's pork spring rolls ). It's a place a a gourmet in Hanoi, and of course, very local - place for young people, students, pupils gathering and chatting . Enjoy the feeling wrapping the spring rolls yourself with herbs, figs, and deep it in the sauce.. Yummy!
    Very cheap as well. For two, it costs about 15,000 vnd ( 1 usd).
    Add: 74 Cau Go st. Hanoi

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    Take the OQ walking tour in the Lonely Planet book

    by KhanhLy Updated Oct 2, 2005

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    It's a nice little walk through the Old Quarters, know for their 36 streets, each named for the merchandise sold on that street. It's the best way to see a little of Hanoi. It started out at Ngoc Son Temple in the northern end of Hoan Kiem Lake. The turtle came up that morning. It's considered good luck to see the turtle. Visit Bach Ma (translates White Horse) Temple. Legend has it that Ly king used the pagoda to pray for assistance in building the city walls because they persistantly collapsed, no matter how many time he rebuilt them. His prayers were answered when a white horse appeared out of the temple and guided him to the site where he could safely build his walls. Evidence of his success is still visible at the quarter's Old East Gate at the eastern end of Pho Hang Chieu. It will also take you to one of Hanoi old garden house (I think 5.000 dong admission fee). We ended the tour with a visit to the neo-Gothic St. Joseph Cathedral. There is a Catholic school in the back where my father went as a child. The school is now owned by the government, not the church.

    Bach Ma temple Ngoc Son Temple at Hoan Kiem Lake Catholic school behind the St. Joseph Cathedral upstairs of a Chinese merchant home - tour availab neo-Gothic St. Joseph Cathedral - built 1886
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    Merchant's house on Ma May Street.

    by worldkiwi Written Jun 2, 2005

    The old merchant's house at 87 Ma May Street in the Old Quarter, is not far off the Lonely Planet guides walking tour of the area and well worth the side trip.
    The house has been fully restored to show what it was like in the 19th century. If you have been to Hoi An, you will recognise many of the qualities that you would have seen there.
    I think entrance was 5000d in April 2005.

    Ma May Street Merchant's House.
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    Cemeteries

    by jenniferchin Written Jan 10, 2005

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    Cemeteries in northern Vietnam are very distinctive. Historically, family members were buried in the fields where the family grew crops.

    Today, bodies must be placed in concentrated cemeteries. Bodies are first buried in the ground; after three years, the bones are dug up and reburied. These "villages of the dead" are found among rice paddies and fields.

    Tombstones are made of poured concrete and covered with colorful glazed tiles as families have the money to do so. Very poor families have only dirt mounds. From the many military engagements in Vietnam's history, military cemeteries are a common feature of the rural landscape.

    Tombstones in the fields

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    Ba Kieu Temple

    by KhanhLy Written Jan 4, 2005

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    When we were there in November 2004, the temple had the Hanoi Fine Arts University Painting Exhibition. They have beautiful paintings there. You can buy some small oil paintings for about $4-$6 USD a piece. They also sell hand painted cards, some were 8 cards including envelopes for $1. These will make nice framed arts.
    Address: 59 Dinh Tien Hoang St

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    Quan Thanh Temple

    by richiecdisc Updated Dec 28, 2004

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    Quan Thanh Temple is one of Hanoi’s more serene temples for good reason. It is a fair walk from the Old Quarter, even a few blocks north of the Ho Chi Minh complex. But that along with its scenic setting on Truc Bach Lake make it all the more worthwhile to make the effort to get here. It was not so quiet as it was TET but compared to the temples in the city center, it was a nice relief. Established by the Ly dynasty between 1050 and 1225, this shady oasis must be a summer paradise for those who come to worship. Located at the intersection of D Thanh Nien and Pho Quan Thanh. Cost is 2000 dong (12 cents) to enter.

    one of Hanoi's more serene temples
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    Tran Quoc Pagoda

    by richiecdisc Written Dec 28, 2004

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    Tran Quoc Pagoda is one of the oldest in Vietnam and worth the long walk to visit it. Situated on a narrow strip of land separating Ho Tay (West Lake) from Truc Bach Lake, this scenic complex has been rebuilt numerous times, the last time dating back to 1842. The best part was people watching during TET as it was a popular spot for locals to worship and accordingly, there are many vendors selling everything from popcorn to floral offerings. I imagine it is a great place in the heat of a summer’s day. It was a bit chilly out there in January! Located just off Thanh Nien.

    worth the hike
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    MAI CHAU

    by Umea6 Written Oct 18, 2003

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    Mai Chau is located in Hoa Binh province, 135 km from Hanoi. Here you can admire the superb panorama of green valley and stilt houses. Many minorities, including the Thai ethnic group, live in Mai Chau.

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    Lenin statue

    by SirRichard Written Oct 3, 2003

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    This Lenin statue in a park at Nguyen Thai Hoc avenue is one of the few remains I saw of a recent communist past here in Vietnam.
    Now it seems Sony neon advertising are prefered to those old sovietic symbols... the signs of the times!

    Lenin in Hanoi
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