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Visit one of the oldest capital cities in Asia, wander the streets of the old quarter or explore Hanoi's colonial past. Discover the French influence on this Asian capital. Walk across the Sun Beam bridge to an island temple.


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Old Hanoi

Many parts of the city remain as they have been for hundreds of years. The only changes being to allow access to motor bikes and cars.Many of the former traditional crafts and skills are still carried on in the Old Quarter.




Old Quarter

Old Hanoi

The old quarter ....

The old quarter is the most energetic commercial district in the city. The small narrow streets and pavements are a buzz with work from early morning till late.

Crafts

Old Hanoi

The old quarter ....

The old quarter has for centuries been the centre for the craft trade. The streets are named after the trades which were and are still carried on along the pavements.


Further Reading on Wikipedia : Hanoi Old Quarter

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French Influence

Apart from the Baguette, there are many remaining influences from the French Colonial period remaining in the city.The Opera House and Metropole Hotel are just some of the examples of architecture from that time.




Metrople Hotel

French Influence

In elegant contr....

In elegant contrast to the old quarter the area around the Sofitel Metropole hotel is an osasis of peacefulness.

Opera House

French Influence

The Opera House ....

The Opera House was modelled on the Paris Opera. It is in the elegant colonial district.


Further Reading on Wikipedia : Hanoi Colonial Hanoi

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Hoan Kiem Lake

Hoan Kiem Lake lies in central Hanoi and separates the Old Quarter, with it's many crafts streets from the Colonial Areas.




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Hoan Kiem Lake

Hoan Kiem Lake

Hoan Kiem lake i....

Hoan Kiem lake is in the heart of the city. A walk around the lake offers some respite from th etraffic and busyness.

Sun Beam Bridge

Hoan Kiem Lake

The Sun Beam Bri....

The Sun Beam Bridge or The Huc connects the small island temple Den Ngoc Son in the middle of Hoan Kiem Lake to the lakeside walkway.


Further Reading on Wikipedia : Hoan kiem lake

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Hanoi on foot.

Apart from avoiding the traffic. exploring Hanoi on foot can be an exciting adventure, as the old city, old crafts mingles with the new and modern.




Hanoi City

Hanoi on foot.

Exploring Hanoi ....

Exploring Hanoi on foot can be straight forward. Take a walk through the old quarter, by the lake, through the colonial quarter, through the markets and along the river.

Road Crossing

Hanoi on foot.

Crossing the roa....

Crossing the road is not for the faint hearted. Always walk with a local on your traffic side. The seem to know when to walk and when to stop as the traffic swirls past.

Traffic

Hanoi on foot.

The city has a m....

The city has a mix of tuk tuks, motorbikes, bycycles and cars all competing for limited space on the roads. Traffic lights are limited and often not adhered to.

Work

Hanoi on foot.

The daily work t....

The daily work tasks as seen on the streets compared with western cities is very varied.

Long Bien Bridge

Hanoi on foot.

The Long Bien Br....

The Long Bien Bridge has played an important part in the security of the country and to day in its patch up and dilapated form is a symbol of Hanoi's survival against oppression.


Further Reading on Wikipedia : Hanoi


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