"Charming old town" Hanoi by Yezber

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Hanoi is so much more "authentic" than the much richer and bigger Saigon in the South. Don't wait too long going there - they're starting to get motorcycles now and in a few years they'll start buing cars and the charm will be lost forever...

Take a look at the architecture

Besides all the temples and the old streets in the center of Hanoi you should try to take a look at the architecture in general. Two reasons:
1) It'll all be gone when they start using cars big time.
2) They build some very narrow houses now and then - so even newer concrete buildings can look interesting.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Charming, old fashioned, good shopping
  • Cons:A few hustlers will do anything to cheat you for a dollar
  • In a nutshell:It's charming because they are poor - but they deserve to become richer - and then it's all gone...
  • Last visit to Hanoi: Dec 2002
  • Intro Updated May 21, 2003
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