|Mobile greengrocer - Hanoi style|
- There are fewer motorbikes and more cars on the streets of Hanoi than Saigon.
- Generally, the people in Hanoi have a much better grasp of English than those in the south.
- There are far more trees in Hanoi than in Saigon.
- There is a much wider range of bars and restaurants in Hanoi, especially in the Old Quarter, but they appear to close earlier than those in Saigon.
- Talking of the Old Quarter, Hanoi feels like a much more characterful city than Saigon - there's a much greater sense of history.
- Hanoi has lakes and parks; Saigon only has parks.
Some highlights of our time in Hanoi:
- The Old Quarter - we enjoyed spending time wandering the streets of the Old Quarter, photographing the architecture and sitting in cafes watching the world go by. The night market in that district was a riot of colour and character, too. (See more photos of the streets of Hanoi here.)
|Typical street scene in the Old Quarter|
|Red Bridge at night|
|Water puppet show|
|Uncle Ho's Mausoleum|
|Uncle Ho's stilt house|
|Inside St. Joseph's Cathedral|
87, Ma May - you could easily miss this restored tube-house in the heart of the Old Quarter, but I recommend you seek it out. You will get a real insight into how and why houses were traditionally built and how people lived in them.
Hanoi has many more places to visit, including a plethora of museums, but we decided not to see them this time - it gives us a reason to come back to this lovely city!