"Hanoi" Hanoi by Applelyn

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On one of his tour to the city, the King saw a dragon hovering around it. Thus He named it "Thang Long" or "City of Ascending Dragon". It became the capital of Vietnam in AD 1010. Through many incarnations, today it is known as Hanoi which means "bend in the river". Because of its strategic location along the important waterway "Red River" in Vietnam, Hanoi had flourished and attracted many businesses from all over the world.

Hawkers peddling goods the traditional way

A common street scene where hawkers peddling with pendulous burdens of local produce hanging at the two ends of a shoulder pole. When tired, they positioned themselves at streets' junction for customers to patronise them. The products included yummy sweet potatoes and refreshing pineapples.

A quick snooze

Cyclos are part of the scene in Hanoi especially in the old quarters. You will see loads of cyclos outside your hotel. They will normally quote you about USD 2 for a 2km trip. But if you have the courage to bargain, you can get it for VND 10 000 for it. You can also hop into cabs but they can be very unreasonable and the prices are too high for short distance.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Cheap goods and fresh seafood
  • Cons:Dusty and noisy
  • In a nutshell:An interesting city that worth a trip
  • Last visit to Hanoi: Apr 2006
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • yellowbell's Profile Photo
    Mar 25, 2009 at 6:09 AM

    Haven't seen a water puppet show before! Thanks for the tips Olivia!

  • nixca316's Profile Photo
    Jun 15, 2008 at 11:30 PM

    Very informative!

  • Jan 28, 2008 at 6:07 PM

    lovely page!

  • victorwkf's Profile Photo
    Dec 6, 2006 at 6:51 AM

    Hi Olivia, im going to hanoi the week after next and will stay at camellia 4 hotel. Thanks for your tips :)

  • King_Golo's Profile Photo
    Sep 1, 2006 at 9:18 AM

    great pages!!! i had snake blood liquor, snake bile liquor and snake *** liquor near hanoi... *urgh*!!! at least these parts of a snake meal i would not recommend to anybody...

  • planxty's Profile Photo
    Jul 28, 2006 at 4:44 PM

    Ho Olivia, I must say you write excellent tips and support them with great photos. Your directions are very good. Nice work. fergy.

  • Ekahau's Profile Photo
    Jul 15, 2006 at 8:12 AM

    Olivia you do a very nice page very good information great photos a site to visit if you are going to any place you took the time to write about

  • Apr 27, 2006 at 5:55 PM

    Wow - I love the red ao-dai you bought. Glad to know that you have a great time in Hanoi. Hope to hear more from you on the trip!

  • Jim_Eliason's Profile Photo
    Apr 26, 2006 at 6:59 PM

    great page Olivia. I loved the water puppets in Saigon!


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