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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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Private Tour: Hanoi City Tour Including Water Puppet Show and Cyclo Ride
"Start your full-day private tour of Hanoi with early pickup from your hotel. Then hop in a cyclo to the undisputed heart of the city with your friendly and informative guide. Observe people practicing tai chi playing badminton and doing other popular activities as you receive an overview of daily life and witness how locals occupy their mornings.Weave through Hanoi’s Old Quarter in the historical center of the capital known for its 36 old streets and artisan guilds that date back to the 13th century. You’ll end up at St Joseph’s Cathedral (Nha Tho Lon) whose structure has changed little since it was built in 1886.Stop for a quintessential Vietnamese breakfast of pho bo (beef noodle soup) and enjoy a relaxing conversation with the locals over a cup of delicious coffee — a great way to immerse in usually with sugar) or ca phe sua nong (hot coffee with sweetened condensed milk).Afterward continue sightseeing in the comfort of an air-conditioned private vehicle with a visit to Ba Dinh Square
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Cycling in Hanoi
"8am - Your tour guide will come to your hotel to meet you and your one-day cycling tour will begin with a short walk through the Old Quarter of Hanoi. You will walk through the Dong Xuan market the ancient gate of the citadel of Hanoi and the Long Bien Bridge before arriving at the departure point.8:30am - After a brief introduction on how to use the bicycles and the biking road you will begin your adventure by cycling along the Red River. Visit the market of ceramics located by the riverside and then continue cycling until you reach the village of Nghi Tam. Then you cross the street which is also the dam to reach the West Lake. You will cycle a little more along West Lake shores which lead you to a restaurant for our you will have the opportunity to taste the fried shrimp cake a specialty of Hanoi. You will then cycle a very short distance to a local coffee shop by the shore of West lake for a good cup of Vietnamese traditional coffee or a fresh coconut juice.1:30pm – After lunch you continue to ride along the shores of West Lake. You will stop at the Tran Quoc Pagoda to visit the pagoda which is located on an islet connected to the eastern shore of West Lake. Ho Tay
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Winter clothes

When in Hanoi in wintertime, especially in January and February, be sure to bring a warm coat and a warm pullover. Although it's located somehow southish, Hanoi gets pretty cold in winter....
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Mobile phone

Bring you mobile phone if you plan on staying for a few weeks or more. For about 450,000 dong (about $30), you can get a chip to stick in your Tri-band GSM phone and you get 300,000 dong of...
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Apr 04, 2011

Peeling Lips

If you come from a hot, humid country like me, and are going to Hanoi in the cold season (Nov-Feb), be sure to take along lip protection balm/gel etc. I did not because the temperature in Nov is...
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Dec 21, 2007

Essential items??

Recommend one suitcase and definitely bring some form of a light, small/medium backpack. That way you can carry your guide book, camera, water inside. No point in bringing something too big, after...
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Aug 27, 2007

It's cold out here

Never thought it's so cold in Hanoi (I only had a sweater in my suitcase, was lucky to get a jacket from my sister's Queen B luggage). We were in our jackets during the night (about 15 - 20 celcius)....
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Feb 10, 2007

bring only essentials

Bring only essentials, you can buy everything cheaper here. good confortable shoes / sandals, you are going to walk a lot. only if you need something specific, then bring it with you, there are shops...
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Nov 09, 2006
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US Dollar are widely acceptable in Vietnam. Bankers will give better exchange rate on bigger note ($50 & $100).If you happen to run out of VND for small purchase, small dollar note will be...
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Jun 11, 2006

Plastic!!! (Credit Card)

You better equipped your credit cards for Vietnam trip. The opportunities to spend money are so abundant & make sure you don't finish all you USD in the process.Most shopping outlets in Hanoi...
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Apr 21, 2006

Bring these ....

a backpack for day travel and putting your shopping items. Bring enough memory cards to capture more photos. Some budget hotels do not have programmes or equipment to download your digital photos...
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Feb 08, 2006

a few good tips

Jacket or coat in cold season... (I was forgot that. and I got cold... he2x ..:)) I still got 13?C in april Many good resto can be found in Hanoi, but if you're moslem and not sure about the...
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Dec 16, 2005

bring something warm

Backpack is easiest thing to carry when you want to avoid cyclos trying to overcharge you for a ride to the train station. They KNOW you can and will walk if he price is not fair. You'll need comfy...
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Dec 29, 2004


Bring US dollars and plastic. Major hotels, banks (see ANZ near Hoan Kiem Lake), jewelry and gold shops all change money.Freelance money changers descend on tourists all around the center of...
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Dec 11, 2004

You're wired!!

It's really not easy if you're sharing train compartment with strangers who don't speak your language, also to entrust your excessive baggage to hotel when you're away for Ha Long trip.My Solution is...
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Nov 05, 2004

Power in Vietnam

I thought these aged switches and sockets are kind of nice. For those travelers who’re bringing digital cameras, make sure your charger is of the right fix or you may want to buy a world traveler...
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Sep 25, 2004

Top Hotels in Hanoi

58 Hang Dao Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi, 00844, Vietnam
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No. 3 Yen Thai, Old Quarter, Hoan Kiem Dist., Hanoi, 1000, Vietnam
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22 Ta Hien Street, Old Quarter, Hoan Kiem District, 10000
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31 Hang Ga Str., Hoan Kiem, 1000
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65 Nguyen Huu Huan, Hanoi Viet Nam, 10000
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No 14 Tho Xuong lane, Au Trieu Str, Hoan Kiem dist, Hanoi, 10000, Vietnam
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Top Things to Do in Hanoi

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Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

One of the spectacles that is interesting to watch is the Changing of the Guards but when to see this ? We asked at the hotel and several travel/tour agencies and each time they either did not know or...
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Water Puppet Show

I highly recommend tourist to spend an hour watching this show because you weren't be able to see this play in other countries. It really represent vietnam. It really talk about skill. Try to book in...
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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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Hoan Kiem Lake

I am not sure if you will see this old man everyday exercising on the NW corner of Hoan Kiem Lake, but if you see him and feel like lifting a few weights take your chance. The TV cameras were there to...
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Temple of Literature

Built in 1070, this Confucious temple was built by Emperor Lý Thánh Tông of the Tran Dynasty to serve as Vietnam's first university to train civil servants for the civil exam that determined...
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Ha Long Bay

There are lots of places to read about the geography and geology of Ha Long Bay, and I'm not very good as an amateur historian, so I will leave that for other writers in this case. I'll limit myself...
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"The Adventure Continues in Hanoi ! Hanoi !"
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"Good morning Hanoi !"
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"Hanoi - City of the Soaring Dragon"
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"Hanoi - City of Absorbing Sights and Sounds"
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