"Hanoi Inside Info" Hanoi by pez
Hanoi Travel Guide: 2,832 reviews and 6,249 photos
I really enjoy it here. This really is one of the most beautiful cities I've visited in Asia.
The people here are more reserved. You'll see a lot of men wearing green pith helmets made of compressed paper. The women in Hanoi are quite stunning, though don't wear ao dai (traditional outfits) as much as they do in Saigon.
In general things are less accessible to the tourist in Hanoi than Saigon, but that is changing.
Trees are everywhere. Lakes, too. Traffic is more chaotic, though at about 10PM the streets are almost abandoned. Hanoi is early to bed, early to rise: at 5AM walk around Hoan Kiem lake and you'll see thousands of people exercising.
I do my best to explore what this city has to offer. If you need any advice, or any topics covered that you don't see here, please feel free to e-mail me here at VT.
Everybody who has visited me understands now why I live here.
And every last vistor wants to return.
- Pros:Beautiful, good food, sometimes great weather, very Vietnam
- Cons:Somewhat backwards, often too humid, sometimes polluted
- In a nutshell:A real adventure.
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