"Explore the villages (III)" Top 5 Page for this destination Out of Hanoi Tip by King_Golo
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Instead of leaving the main road just behind Chuong Duong bridge, you may as well go straight on. Unfortunately, this road is heavily populated by all kinds of vehicles (such as oxen carts, bicycles, twenty-ton trucks, buses...). It's not in the best condition, either. The good thing: You can leave it anywhere you choose. If you turn to the left, you cannot get lost because this is the area between the airport road and the one you just left. Sooner or later, you'll end up on one of them. I would recommend driving on until Yen Vien and shortly after the town turn to the left at a white bridge. You will then find a village that is fully committed to steel production and processing. It's impressive to see: the machines are as old as the industrial age, there are no security provisions whatsoever, but there's an enormous amount of hard and rather badly paid work. I talked to people who punch ten-metre steel poles into smaller pieces for as little as $2 a day! Others melt steel and produce these poles - they have to work in temperatures of about 80-100°celsius. It's a big advantage if you've got some Vietnamese speaking person with you as this will make it easier to get into contact with the people. They are very friendly and probably as curious as you are. But be careful where you walk and stand - there's hardly any security and steel can be very destructive!
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