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Hanoi ancient Vietnamese city

February 7, 2014 by David Herd

Hanoi is nothing like HCMC

Hanoi ancient Vietnamese city Hanoi ancient Vietnamese city, according to Wikipedia it has been inhabited since 3000 BC. Hanoi is nothing like HCMC, sure there is still lots of traffic and people however on the whole it is a far more subdued city. HCMC or Saigon is like an ants nest with people speeding all over the city on their motorbikes, Hanoi just seems to be a little calmer & more refined.

La Salsa restaurant

La Salsa HanoiLa Salsa is “One Of The Smartest Eateries In Town, In The Heart Of The Trendy Cathedral Area. Seasonal Western Menu, Great Wines And Authentic Tapas And Ambiance Have Made This An Expat Favourite.” THE ROUGH GUIDE.


St. Joseph’s Cathedral, Hanoi

Hanoi ancient Vietnamese city St. Joseph’s Cathedral, Hanoi is a church on Nha Tho (Church) Street in the Hoàn Kiếm District of Hanoi. The late 19th-century Gothic Revival (Neo-Gothic style) church serves as the cathedral of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hanoi to nearly 4 million Catholics in the country.  

Rainy day in Hanoi ancient Vietnamese city

Hanoi ancient Vietnamese city In Hanoi the summers are hot and humid, and winters are relatively cold and dry. Summers,  from May to September, are hot and humid, receiving the majority of the annual 1,680 millimetres (66.1 in) of rainfall. The winters, lasting from November to March, are relatively mild & dry, while spring (April) can bring light rains. It is important to note that particularly around the Halong Bay region in these months, it can get particularly cold.

Art gallery

Hanoi art gallery

Autumn (October) is the best time of year in term of weather. The city is usually cloudy and foggy in the winter time with average monthly sunshine hours for February are only 1.8 h/day.  

More rain in Hanoi

Hanoi in the rainOur Hotel was near the Old Quarter, near Hoàn Kiếm Lake, has the original street layout and architecture of old Hanoi. At the beginning of the 20th century the city consisted of only about 36 streets, most of which are now part of the old quarter. Each street then had merchants and households specialized in a particular trade, such as silk traders, jewelry, etc.  

Turtle Tower

Turtle Tower HanoiTurtle Tower, also called Tortoise Tower is a small tower in the middle of Sword Lake. The tower was erected on the Turtle islet, the former fishing site under king Le Thanh Tong. Under the Restored Le Dynasty (17th and 18th centuries), the Trinh Lords had Ta Vong Temple built on the islet, which disappeared during the Nguyen Dynasty. You can find some great hotel deals on Agoda    

Hoan Kiem Lake

Hanoi ancient Vietnamese city Hoan Kiem Lake, meaning “Lake of the Returned Sword” or “Lake of the Restored Sword”, also known asHồ Gươm – Sword Lake) is a lake in the historical center of Hanoi, the capital city of Vietnam. The lake is one of the major scenic spots in the city and serves as a focal point for its public life.  

Max is an Aussie living in Vietnam David Herd Thailand

I met Max through Greg Craig a mutual friend of ours on the Gold Coast.

Max & his staff from the Real Kangaroo cafe.

Real Kangaroo cafeMax is an Aussie guy who runs a well known cafe in Hanoi, the Real Kangaroo cafe  at 22 Bao Khanh St Hanoi, it is a good place to book your Halong bay tours, make sure you spend one night aboard to really benefit from the tour.

Dinner with friends in Hanoi.

  Hanoi ancient Vietnamese city John Martin aka Pothole & I have dinner with friends I had met on the internet.  

Girls from the beauty salon

Hanoi beauty salon

These gorgeous girls really knew how to treat a guy.

Ok ladies, make me look 10 years younger. 🙂

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Plus 4 inches taller and 15 kilo lighter. 🙂

Right in the middle of the bird flu scare

David Herd Thailand Here we are at the airport waiting to fly to Bangkok, the bird flu panic has gripped south east Asia so we are taking precautions. 🙂

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