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Half-Day Hanoi Home Cooking Class and Cultural Tour
"The tour starts from your hotel and after a short drive you will arrive at the the awesome property that features a peaceful atmosphere on the Red River bank. The hosts will warmly welcome you and introduce their members and begin exchanging culture bargain and to spend the local currency “VND” in the market.You then begin a 5 minutes cycle or walk to the local market. It’s great chance to buy local things by yourself and experience a variety of foods from all the groceries such as: herbs spices vegetables meats fishes
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Hanoi Explorer Private Photo Tour
"Hotel pick-up.  We start the tour on historic Long Bien Bridge Yen Phu Street.  After introductions and a brief look at the story behind the bridge there is an overview of camera settings.  We then head up to Long Bien Bridge to shoot the Establishing picture.  Time now to move into Long Bien market Hanoi's biggest wet market to learn how to shoot Relationship pictures.  Our focus is on how to take naturalistic photos of people at work and play.  In Dong Xuan market we continue with Relationship pictures.  The market was originally built by the French in 1889
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2-Day Halong Bay Signature Cruise from Hanoi
"Day 1: Hanoi - Halong (LD)7:45am - 8:15amPickup and transfer to Halong Bay.12.00pm Arrival transfer to Signature Cruise.12:30pm You will be welcomed aboard and greeted with a complimentary drink. Check into your cabin and freshen up.1pm As we begin to cruise through the bay a special lunch of fresh seafood and an assortment of appetizi extraordinary limestone karst landscapesOan Lagoon Teapot and Monster Head Islets. Explore Vung Vieng Village by local rowing boats or kayaks to discover the interesting daily lives of its inhabitants. Signature Halong Cruise will stay close to Drum Cave for the evening.6:00pm Join Vietnamese cookingL)6:00am The nicest time of the day on Halong Bay is the morning. Head to the upper deck to participate in our daily Tai Chi sessions. Relax with an early morning cup of tea
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Arround the City Tips (34)

Don't come during APEC convention

Favorite thing A friend just recently returned from Hanoi. Couldn't get a hotel within 10 miles of Old Quarters because of the APEC convention. He said air quality and traffic were horrible. Had to start wearing one of those face mask. Once he left the city on the back of a moped, he was in Vietnam heaven.

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KhanhLy
Nov 26, 2006

Life goes on...

Favorite thing Despite the intrusion of tourists into their neighbourhood, life seems to go on for the people of Old Hanoi. In the narrow, busy streets, locals bustle about. It all adds to the colour and gives the place a genuine quality that many "old quarters" around the world (I'm thinking primarily of Europe here), have lost. Hanoi's Old Quarter is no gentrified upper class dormitory. This place is a pulsing, seething warren of life!

Fondest memory Enjoy immersing yourself in other peoples' world for a while.

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worldkiwi
Jul 21, 2005

Parking Mafia

Favorite thing The small lady in the yellow/green top in the centre of the picture obviously supplemented her income by renting out the space in front of her shop as a parking lot for mopeds.
People would bring up their bikes and she would haul them around finding space to fit them in and them get paid when they returned. In the old quarter parking space is at a premium as there are so many bikes around and the streets are so narrow.
Her shop also sold petrol, bike bits and acted as a bicycle repair shop. Pretty good for somthing only a couple of metres wide.

Sorry about my finger being across the bottom half of the picture - ooops.

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pmarshuk
Sep 29, 2004

Ride a cyclo!!

Favorite thing It takes some skill in getting in and out in order not to make life difficult for the cycler. It was a lot of fun except in the Hanoi traffic circles which were scary places !!

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shrimp56
Jan 22, 2004
 
 
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Martyrs' Monument

Favorite thing Martyrs' Monument is dedicated to all the soldiers who gave their lives fighting for independence. It's located at the northeast corner of Hoan Kiem Lake.

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34N118W
Jul 12, 2003

Relaxing in a cafe

Favorite thing I read an article almost 2 years ago about cafe culture in Hanoi. It's the first time I ever thought of visiting an asian country, and now I live here.

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pez
Jun 18, 2003

Breathe deeply in Herb Street

Favorite thing As you walk down Herb Street (Lan Ong Street) in the Old Quarter, inhale deeply to appreciate the aroma of the herbs and spices on sale along the street side.

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worldkiwi
Jun 02, 2005

A Haircut?

Favorite thing You say:
Please enter the single most important activity or site you would take someone, if they had never been to Hanoi before.

I say:
Taking that someone to have a haircut....outdoors.

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Arjaree
Oct 11, 2004
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"The Adventure Continues in Hanoi ! Hanoi !"
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kokoryko

"Good morning Hanoi !"
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King_Golo

"Hanoi - City of the Soaring Dragon"
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"Hanoi"
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"Hanoi - City of Absorbing Sights and Sounds"
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The French influence is visible ...

Favorite thing Everyone talks about the old quarter downtown, but this house was in "my" neighborhood behind the Sofitel Plaza:)

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shrimp56
Jan 22, 2004

Old Quarter

Favorite thing All around the old quarter you see (mainly women) carrying almost anything hanging from pole carried across their shoulder.

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Dec 04, 2003

Things to Do Near Hanoi

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Indochina Junk

Indochina Junk ran our tour to and of Ha Long Bay. We took the Dragon Legend tour, which is one night. It began with pick up from our hotel (also arranged by IJ) in a luxury van at 7.30am - we were...
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City View Cafe

Having visited Hanoi 5 times,i generally like to visit City view Cafe on the 5th floor over looking Hoan Kiem Lake with a nice Bia Hoi. Sadly over the years i feel the standard of service has gone...
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Ngoc Son Temple

As with many temples in Vietnam there is a souvenir shop which sells religious items and other souvenirs that tourists may be interested in. The usual fridge magnets, books, plates and ornaments can...
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Women's Museum

This interesting exhibition on Hanoi’s street vendors was on display, upstairs, at the Women’s Museum and is well worthy of a visit even if the main museum part, downstairs, isn’t! It exhibits many...
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Old Quarter

In the Old Quarter you will find many ladies with their carrying yokes, especially near Dong Xuan Market. They will wander the streets usually selling vegetables and fruit, often sitting down at the...
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Perfume Pagoda

About a 2hour or 70ks drive from Hanoi, it gives you a chance to see the countryside, and perhaps, breathe in a little cleaner air, although there is smog still here. At the town of Ben Duc, you...
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