Hanoi (Vietnamese: Hà Nội), the capital of Vietnam, and also its second largest city, is a fascinating blend of East and West, combining traditional Sino-Vietnamese motifs with French flair. It is largely unscathed from the decades of war, and is now going through a building boom, making it a rapidly developing city in Southeast Asia.
Anyone who has ever visited Hanoi will probably tell you that it may be the most authentic city culture in all of Asia.
People have settled here along the Red River for a thousand years. Nestled along wooded boulevards among the city’s two dozen lakes you will find architectural souvenirs left by all who conquered this great valley, from the Chinese who first came in the last millennium to the French, booted out in our own century.
Getting into Hanoi
The trip into the city from Noi Nai Airport takes about an hour and offers some poignant glimpses of modern Vietnamese life: farmers tending their fields, great rivers, modern highways that abruptly become bumpy roads. The drive is especially breathtaking at dusk when the roads fill with bicycles, and everything takes on the same deep colors as the modern paintings you see in Hanoi's galleries. Somehow the setting sun seems enormous here as it dips into the cornfields on the horizon.
Meter taxis and hired cars are easy to find in Hanoi. If you plan an extended visit you might consider renting a bicycle or motorbike.
One of the most beautiful sightseeing scenery has to be the Halong Bay, one of the 7 Wonders of the World.
Here's all the photos taken around and inside of the caves of Halong Bay. Went during the Winter period, hence u can see the smoky mist above the caves.
Let's look what's up inside in the caves of Halong Bay :
The Limestone Rocks on the Cave is so magnificently beautiful under the dim lights of the cave.
Do you know you can select and buy fresh seafood caught from the seas from the fishermen there?
Showing you guys some photos of the live sea creatures caught.
1st Photo : Live Squids
Next : Live Flower Crabs
3rd photo : All the fresh live Seafood ~ Cockles, fishes etc...
One can also see the fruits/vegetables being sold on the floating waters of Bay.
We rented the whole boat by ourselves, only have the boat man and one of the crew on board. Treated them to Seafood lunch and gave them some tips.
End of my tour at Halong Bay, Hanoi.
Overall view of the Caves of Halong Bay ~ Beautiful, isn't it?
In the city of Hanoi, may travel to the Halong Market where you can do your shopping there. Clothes, handbags and shoes are can be found here at low prices.
Near to Halong Market, can walk to the fresh fruits and veggies market where you can buy back some fruits for a refreshing treat after lunch or dinner.