Hanoi Off The Beaten Path

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  • 1. Miscellaneous in Hanoi

    Hoan Kiem Lake means "Lake of the Restored Sword" --in the 15th century, legend has it that a young fisherman named Le Loi found a magic sword caught in his net. For 10 years (1407-1417) he used the...

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  • 2. Out of Hanoi-Halong Bay

    We are family of 05 persons chose the Charter White Dolphin Cruise for the trip to Bai Tu Long Bay for 03 days 02 nights. All was over expectation! We had a great time kayaking & swimming on our...

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  • 3. 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...

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  • 4. Out of Hanoi

    A second day trip that we carried out involved a visit to the Perfume Pagoda. This pagoda is situated in the mountains about 60KM southwest of Hanoi. The Perfume Pagoda, Chua Huong, is called the...

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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  • 7. 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...

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  • 8. 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...

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  • 9. 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...

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  • 10. 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...

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  • 11. ST. JOSEPH'S CATHEDRAL

    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...

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  • 12. HISTORY MUSEUM

    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...

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  • 13. 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...

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  • 14. ENDANGERED PRIMATES

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

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  • 15. 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...

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  • 16. 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...

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  • 17. 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...

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  • 18. 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...

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  • 19. 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...

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  • 20. 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...

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  • 21. 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...

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  • 22. 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...

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  • 23. 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...

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  • 24. 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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  • 25. Long Bien Bridge

    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...

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