Thursday, August 09, 2007

Hanoi, Old Quarter

View of city from our hotel room.

The picturesque Hoan Kiem Lake in the middle of Hanoi city.
Hanoi's Old Quarter is where you would find all the hustle and bustle. Situated on the north side of Hoan Kiem lake one can easily spend hours looking at the little streets and shops. Despite the heat it was a pretty relaxing experience. Everyone was friendly enough; rickshaw drivers and shopkeepers did not tourists all.

Very interesting low rises and crazy electrical wiring everywhere.

The streets are lined with small shops which sell clothes, fabric, some souvenirs, and of course food. Here we have a shop specialising in preserved plums. I have tried the Chinese light-brown version, which looks very similar to the ones on the lower left corner. I hadn't realised they could come in so many different colors. Perhaps they have different flavours? I am not really a big fan cos it's usually very sour.

Inside Dong Xuan Market. A popular place to pick up cheap everyday stuff. You name it, they've got it there. I picked up my signature Vietnamese hat there for US$1.

An unusually wide street corner in the Old Quarter.

Major fire hazard!

Street food.

A street corner on the south end of the lake.
Mopeds rule at night (even more so than day time)! All the young people were out cruising on that Saturday evening, to see and to be seen.

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