Hanoi Local Customs

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    Gravestones

    by SirRichard Updated Oct 3, 2003

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    In Hang Bac street, in the Old Quarter, you will find many little shops where artisans carve handmade gravestones with images of the deceased in it.
    I found it rather peculiar, as we only use to put names and dates in our gravestones in Spain.

    Some gravestones

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    Heavy Load

    by jujub Written Jun 6, 2003

    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!

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    local music

    by galy Written May 5, 2003

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    At the corner of the park behinde HoChiMinh's mosuleum there is a company preforming traditional music, and selling musical instrument. the show was very nice and the artist very freinly. They took the time to explain the instruments and let us try them

    local music

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  • Tai Chi at the break of dawn

    by tina_vietnam Written Feb 4, 2003

    To watch Vietnamese practicing Tai Chi aound Hoan Kiem Lake early in the morning is very beautiful.
    At that time of the day you might feel like hundreds of years back...just peaceful..before Hanoi wakes up and becomes busy and noisy.

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    -One good new for whom to...

    by UScutie Written Sep 8, 2002

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    -One good new for whom to speak French .As Ha Long is belong to Northern VietNam ,most people are living here speak French and familier French culture . They call all 'white people ' is TAY ( call french people) .As u know VN was a French's colony for almost 100 yrs ,the North people still have good memory about French language .

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    Like I said earlier, if you...

    by mich97 Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Like I said earlier, if you take a walk in the streets, which is pretty sure, people of all ages, kids even more, will follow you and try to sell anything from postal cards to flags and maps. If you are not interested or already have bought something, don't be afraid to say so and don't be pist off of the insult that will follow your refusal (it doesn't appen all the time). You'll soon realise that vietnamese are wonderful people with a unique culture.
    (the picture is the view from the roof of my hotel.. it wasn't a busy corner!)

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    meet a local

    by ellielou Written Aug 18, 2006

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    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!

    the lovely and talented Hien!

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    Clothing

    by sukawats Written Jul 10, 2006

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    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.

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    Honk! Honk! Beap! Beap!

    by myspices Updated Feb 9, 2006

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    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.

    Beap!Beap! eventhough there's no one blocking them
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    Changing of Guards

    by imstress Written Jul 6, 2005

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    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.

    Changing of guards

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    RIP Stone Tablets

    by imstress Written Jun 22, 2005

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    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?

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    Ao Dais

    by imstress Written Jun 15, 2005

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    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.

    Ao Dai
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    Leave your shoes outside of some temples

    by bpacker Updated Mar 9, 2005

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    Take note of subleties when you're visiting temples in the Perfume Pagoda Region. Some of them require you to remove your footware.

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    Get Your Ears Cleaned by a Pro

    by guell Updated Jan 1, 2005

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    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.

    Man Gets his ears cleaned in a Hanoi Barber Shop
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    Local Craftsmen Work on their Trade

    by guell Written Dec 30, 2004

    Walking around, we discovered many different types of crafts being made and sold. On this particular street, welders were creating custom-made ironwork.

    A Welder in Hanoi
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