Xin chao, Hanoi (day 1)

I arrived in Hanoi early morning on the 1st of January. I fell in love with the city immediately for its spirit, traffic jams (better than in Saigon), and the people.

As always, the photos only reflect the places and the people. The amazing experiences and encounters I had in Hanoi remain in my heart.

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Morning at the Hoam Kiem Lake (“Lake of the Restored Sword”): The Huc Bridge.

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People are enjoying the 1st day of 2017.  

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Vietnamese blues trio.

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Turtle Tower.

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“2017” laid out with flowers.

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Interesting design.

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Women selling oranges …

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… and other fruit.

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Vietnam Military History Museum.

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Lenin Park.

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Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum.

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Grand plaza where Ho Chi Minh declared Vietnam’s independence from France & where his body now lies.

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Mausoleum guards.

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Compared to Saigon the streets in downtown look empty!

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Rain in the city.

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“Animlas at the Hoam Kiem Lake. The lake is my favourite spot in Hanoi.

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So many balloons – she can fly away! 

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The Notes Cafe. Well-advertised on Trip Advisor, but didn’t appeal to me. During the trip both in Myanmar and Vietnam I realized a lot of stuff on Tripadvisor is for tourists, consumerists and conformists, not travellers. And this is how it should be. Travellers must explore and discover themselves.

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A typical cafe in the Old Town. I absolutely loved hot Vietnamese coffee with condensed milk! 

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“Portable” (on the truck) super tasty coffee and pancakes at the lake. That reminded me of the “Chef” movie. 

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There were several street concerts on the night of the 1st of January.

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The bridge at night.

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People are having fun jumping across the moving sticks :).

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And this is tug-of-war, where I took my part :).

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Fantastic live concert with superb singers and musicians. The songs were both in English and Vietnamese.

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At the night market.

My verdict about Hanoi: WONDERFUL.

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