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Getting the bus in Hanoi, Vietnam

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Getting the bus in Hanoi, Vietnam

Google maps kicks arse! There I have sad. I don’t like to say it like that, but when I discovered how I could use Google to help me get around by bus in Hanoi I was blown away. I was actually stunned by what I found.  I just couldn’t believe it would work, and even now […]

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The Temple of Literature, Hanoi, Vietnam

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The Temple of Literature, Hanoi, Vietnam

Văn Miếu Quốc Tử Giám (Temple of Literature), Quốc Tử Giám (Văn Miếu), Đống Đa, Thành Phố Hà Nội, is situated to the south of the Thang Long Citadel. The temple consists of a lake, some parkland, and 5 interior courtyards all surrounded by a brick wall. There is an entry fee of 30,000 Vietnamese Dong (£1 GBP; $1.50 USD). To enter you pass through a rather elaborate […]

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Ga Hà Nội (Hanoi Station), Hanoi, Vietnam

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Ga Hà Nội (Hanoi Station), Hanoi, Vietnam

During my visit to Vietnam I have two real “adventures” lined up. One of them isn’t so much of an “adventure” as it’s a visit to Ha Long Bay, which is a very touristy thing to do. However, the other “adventure” is, in my opinion, a real “adventure” as I am taking the train from […]

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Nhà Hát Lớn Hà Nội (Hanoi Opera House), 1 Tràng Tiền, Hoàn Kiếm, Thành Phố Hà Nội

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Nhà Hát Lớn Hà Nội (Hanoi Opera House), 1 Tràng Tiền, Hoàn Kiếm, Thành Phố Hà Nội

Vietnam was a French colony for more than 60 years from the late 1880s, and you can still feel and find a French influence in the country and the architecture. A classic example of this is the Nhà Hát Lớn Hà Nội (Hanoi Opera House), 1 Tràng Tiền, Hoàn Kiếm, Thành Phố Hà Nội, which was built between 1901 and 1911. The Opera house is […]

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Highlands Coffee, Hanoi, Vietnam

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Highlands Coffee, Hanoi, Vietnam

Just spent a good part of the day wandering around Hanoi, Vietnam. Fantastic place. I’m having a great time. So many things to see and photograph. However, I would describe the weather as “Hotter than Hades” (Hades is the underworld; the land of the spirits of the dead – another name for hell). And for […]

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Nhà Thờ Lớn (St. Joseph’s Cathedral), 40 Nha Chung (Nhà Thờ), Hoàn Kiếm, Thành Phố Hà Nội, Hanoi, Vietnam

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Nhà Thờ Lớn (St. Joseph’s Cathedral), 40 Nha Chung (Nhà Thờ), Hoàn Kiếm, Thành Phố Hà Nội, Hanoi, Vietnam

In my wanderings around Hanoi I came across in Joseph’s Cathedral – Nhà Thờ Lớn (St. Joseph’s Cathedral), 40 Nha Chung (Nhà Thờ), Hoàn Kiếm, Thành Phố Hà Nội – which I must admit was a bit of a surprise. I know that Europe colonised and had a heavy influence in Southeast Asia but always still does surprise me when I come across such large and […]

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Street shots of Hanoi, Vietnam – part 2 of 2

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Street shots of Hanoi, Vietnam – part 2 of 2

Some more photographs from my wanderings around the streets of Hanoi. There is always a different feel between the streets at night and the streets during the day. At night I find I like to stick to the well-lit areas, and explore the night street markets. Whereas, during the day I will wander pretty much […]

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Coffee at Thủy Tạ, 1-6 Lê Thái Tổ, Hoàn Kiếm, Thành Phố Hà Nội, Hanoi, Vietnam

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Coffee at Thủy Tạ, 1-6 Lê Thái Tổ, Hoàn Kiếm, Thành Phố Hà Nội, Hanoi, Vietnam

After exploring the market near Hồ Hoàn Kiếm (Hoan Kiem Lake),  and also watching the people exercise around the lake I decided to walk back to my hotel for breakfast. On the way, I saw a coffee shop on the corner – Thủy Tạ, 1-6 Lê Thái Tổ, Hoàn Kiếm, Thành Phố Hà Nội –  and decided to stop for a break. It turned out to be […]

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Market near Hồ Hoàn Kiếm (Hoan Kiem Lake), Hanoi, Vietnam

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Market near Hồ Hoàn Kiếm (Hoan Kiem Lake), Hanoi, Vietnam

When I was walking back from Hoan Kiem Lake I came across a great little market selling fruit and vegetables, meat, and some clothes. The type of market that I really like to explore. The first thing that struck me about the market was that it seemed to be almost impromptu.  It had no order. […]

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Hoan Kiem Lake (Hồ Hoàn Kiếm), Hanoi, Vietnam

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Hoan Kiem Lake (Hồ Hoàn Kiếm), Hanoi, Vietnam

An early 5:30 am start to the day, so early in fact that as I was leaving the hotel I almost stepped on the hotel manager who was asleep on the floor of the darkened lobby. Why up so early? Well, I had heard that Hồ Hoàn Kiếm (Hoan Kiem Lake), Đinh Tiên Hoàng (Lê Thái Tổ), Hoàn Kiếm, Thành Phố Hà Nội was worth checking out as […]

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