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Hanoi is a compact city where the sighseeings are all relatively close by. You may walk by foot or esplore the city by cyclo. You would probably stay at the Old Quarters and use Hanoi as a base for Halong Bay, Sapa, Perfume Pagoda or other parts of Vietnam.

Suggested that you start your sightseeing in the morning by visitng Uncle Ho at the Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum. This is Hanoi?s most visited site and revered places.

The cyclo ride from Hoan Kiem Lake takes about five minutes. The Mausoleum is open only in the mornings, from 7:30 to 10:30 in the Summer and from 8:00 to 11:00 in the Winter. There are often large crowds so do arrive early.

The other nearby sightseeing are The One Pillar Pagoda (a very tiny one) just outside Ho Chi Minh Museum.

Take a cyclo or walk to the Temple of Literature (Van Mieu) which is another worth visiting museum. You may even see some students painting this favourite site.

Dont miss Hoan Kiem Lake, Ngoc Son Pagoda and the Water Puppet Show. If time permits do visit the Museum of Ethnology. I love the outdoor exhibits and you can spend the half a day there.

Do approach the friendly VTers mylan (lan), kentnguyen (kent) and Ladyfromasia (minh) if you need any local knowledge.

VT Meet on 29 May 2005 at Chim Sao

We had one of the biggest VT Meet turn up in Hanoi.
Thanks to lan for recommending Chim Sao. We had a great dinner here.

Seen in this pic are basil, memyselfandi (garth), kentnguyen (kent), AlexWorldWide (alex), viann, mylan (lan), imstress (jen), Ladyfromasia (minh), duc, susanyzz (susan)

VT Meet at Jazz Club

We head down to the Jazz Club near Hoan Kien Lake after dinner.
I was honoured to take Lan's bike there. The ride was simply awesome! The guys took a cab there.

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  • Mar 6, 2009 at 3:05 AM

    The food and service was fantastic. They did a fantastic steak, from Australia, and cooked it perfectly. I strongly recommend this restaurant to anyone feeling like a home cooked quality meal and the wine list is also good.

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    Aug 3, 2008 at 2:04 AM

    Its the unique feature of oriental Society.. We have same type of scluptures in our Temples of Old Age..Looks Nice picture..Great pages on Hanoi.

  • Jul 17, 2008 at 5:31 AM

    Had a wonderful half hour in St Joseph's Cathedral. There may have been information on the details, but much in view was self evident. Were those 12 stations of the cross depicted on pillars around the sanctuary? I will go back and check on it.

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    Jun 29, 2008 at 5:34 AM

    Hi Jen. You have a great Hanoi page. I'm planning going there later this year. Thx for the tips.

  • ukirsari's Profile Photo
    Nov 5, 2007 at 3:39 AM

    hi jen, a nice page about hanoi. want to be there someday. anyway, you should go to lombok whenever you're already in bali. only takes 40 minutes fly and not so expensive by merpati airlines :) that's one of my fave destination within my own country!

  • Apr 2, 2007 at 7:05 PM

    Oh how i miss vietnam! Nice to see these pics ImSTRESS :) I will remember that night for ever and ever.

  • relax47's Profile Photo
    Mar 30, 2007 at 3:11 AM

    can't wait for the story to finish

  • Joseph69's Profile Photo
    Jan 7, 2007 at 11:51 PM

    Funny photo! Great stuff! ;)

  • victorwkf's Profile Photo
    Nov 23, 2006 at 6:47 AM

    Hi Jen, you really have lots of good tips and photos of hanoi! They will be useful for my coming trip :)

  • i-s-a's Profile Photo
    Nov 14, 2006 at 12:35 AM

    very useful tips! btw, i'm 86888th visitor from your hp...will that count? :0) happy trips for you!

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