Hanoi Off The Beaten Path

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  • 1. Miscellaneous in Hanoi

    Le Van Huu street is a little bit away from the centre and just around the corner of the apartment I lived in when in Hanoi. In my opinion, it's one of the most beautiful streets of Hanoi as it is...

  • 2. Out of Hanoi-Halong Bay

    Halong Bay is riddled with many caves and grottoes throughout the stone islands. The formation developed through various forms of erosion over thousands of years. The most famous are concentrated in...

  • 3. Out of Hanoi

    We visited this stone mason's yard on this tour. There were lots of interesting bits and pieces lying around and as well as being a good place to take lots of photos, it was just really quite...

  • 4. Miscellaneous outside of Hanoi

    From Hanoi we took a day trip to Tam Coc near the city of Ninh Binh. Tam Coc is like an inland Ha Long Bay (and also reminiscent of Guilin, China) with spectacular river and mountain scenery. The tour...

  • 5. Out of Hanoi-Sa Pa

    Located in Vietnam's remote northwest mountains, Sapa is famous for both its fine, rugged scenery and also its rich cultural diversity. It is an incredibly picturesque town and area that lies in the...

  • 6. "Hash House Harriers"

    I've been Hashing for about ten years now and recently came to one of the Hanoi Hash's. Wow, what a great group of people! It's a great mix of local expats, visitors and local Vietnamese. Everyone is...

  • 7. Pham Huy Thong's family house

    This is a home in the Old Sector of Hanoi dating back well over 100 years, in which the wealthy business family of Pham Huy Thong (1916-1988) lived. He was 24th...

  • 8. Dinh Kim Ngan Jewellery communal house.

    Wandering the streets of Hanoi one morning we came across this recently (2011) renovated communal house which houses exhibitions of local handicraft and...

  • 9. Lotus season - great view of West Lake and more

    Since it's off the beaten Path, I am going to show you the more interesting way to go. Go up to West Lake Area, follow Xuan Dieu st and turn right when you meet...

  • 10. Early morning musical treat

    If you can help it, one of the best times to visit Hoan Kiem Lake is early morning when the surrounding park becomes a venue of tai chi aunts and uncles and...

  • 11. B52 POND or HUU TIEP LAKE

    Huu Tiep Lake, about a klm west of the Mausoleum is a nothing startling to look at. ITS FAME IS............The wreckage of an American B-52 Bomber, shot down...


    St. Joseph's Cathedral to me, was a rather dull, uninspiring Church. The dull, dark Grey colour probably didn't help, nor all the power lines around it. It...


    THE HISTORY MUSEUM is a stunning golden French/Vietnamese style building, (built in 1931) surrounded by a gorgeous garden area. A walk around the gardens, and...

  • 14. FLAG TOWER & you can visit the Army Museum

    This Flag Tower was built in 1812, and was used by French troops as an observation tower and communication stations. It was built on the southern end of the...


    The endangered primates are at CUC PHUONG NATIONAL PARKIt is a non-profit organization dedicated to the rehabilitation, breeding, research, and conservation of...

  • 16. THE Velosolex.

    In France this sort of bike (a brand name) is called “Solex”. This sort of bike with the engine above the front wheel, transmitting the movement from the (two...

  • 17. Enjoy the wonderful smiles

    Who does not like to be smiled at? V of victory? Probably the one of Viet Nam. These young persons greeted me on my day of arrival in Hanoi, when I walked...

  • 18. Get lost in the small streets.

    After my visit to the Ethnological museum, I decided to walk back to the old city along the shore of Ho Tay Lake; there were light green coloured areas on the...

  • 19. Place du tertre ?

    Lots of tourists visiting Montmartre in Paris get solicitations to pose for a portrait they can take home as souvenir; in the streets of old Hanoi the same can...

  • 20. See Christmas bonsai !

    Walking down Nha Chung street, on the right side going south you will see a big building with a big gate, usually open during day times; walk in, it is quiet...

  • 21. Be invited and get gifts from a woman monk!

    Chua Sai pagoda Walking back to the city, from the area of Trich Sai, on the west shore of Ho Tay lake, I came across the Sai Pagoda (Chua Sai).Some sorts of...

  • 22. The pagoda of resistance against the French

    Ba Da pagoda (Chua Ba Da) is hidden in the old streets of Hanoi, and walking in the morning before my day’s work I stepped by chance on this pagoda, looking at...

  • 23. Jog around the lakes (at night)

    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...

  • 24. Have a local beer on the streets

    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...

  • 25. People watching

    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...

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