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Hanoi: Red River Blues

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A travel journal to Hanoi by SeenThat

CaFe Photo, Hanoi, Vietnam More Photos
Quote: The Yellow River is as important a culture cradle to the Chinese as the Red River to the Vietnamese. Along it is their capital city in the few hundreds of years: Hanoi - a startling mixture of Vietnamese, French-Colonial, and Communist cities, as well as a backpacker’s centre as well.

CaFe?: Black & White Coffee

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Restaurant | "CaFe?: Black & White Coffee"

CaFe Photo, Hanoi, Vietnam
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Drinking coffee is a rite; a ceremony performed differently in every place according to its culture and customs. As any rite, it is a window to the local culture, and in the specific case of Vietnam it is a rather tasty opportunity to meet the energetic Vietnamese while they are relaxing at their favorite coffee shop. What better name for such an establishment than CaFe?On Vietnamese CoffeeIf studying the issue in a library, the prospects of ...Read More

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Streetside Soup: Hot Red Pho

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Pho Photo, Hanoi, Vietnam
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Noodles soup is a popular food all over East Asia, with regional variations which take advantage from local ingredients and tastes. Thailand’s "watdiao-nam" is an almost do-it-yourself dish allowing the customer to choose most of the ingredients, while the Vietnamese variation usually limits the choices only to the kind of meat and the rest is determined by the region the shop is in or has originated from.Vietnam offers the most social version of the dish; sitting on low s...Read More

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Fansipan Greens

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Between Laos and Vietnam Photo, Vietnam, Asia
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Unlike any other trekking peaks I’ve done, the Fansipan was mainly a cultural experience. A common language sometimes can create an illusion of understanding between people from different cultures, while in fact each side uses that language symbols differently, according to his own culture.Plans and MisunderstandingsWe planned the Fansipan climbing from Hanoi and spent a significant amount of time trying to gather information from the traveling agencies regarding the general conditions of the trek: "Don’t worry, it is very easy but very cold," was the usual answer; it left me worried.My limited knowledge of ...Read More

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Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

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Attraction | "Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum Grays"

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum Photo, Hanoi, Vietnam
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"What’s this?" and "Where am I?" were my first reactions. The classical boxy building certainly did not belong to South East Asia. The orderly line of people awaiting the entrance could not possibly be the same serial killers driving and riding the "motos" at illegal speeds (and mostly on the wrong direction) around the congested city.Communist CemeteriesVisiting cemeteries is a worthwhile activity for intrepid travelers in many places; the Recoleta Cemetery in ...Read More

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Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum
5 Pho Ngoc Ha
Hanoi, Vietnam
+84 4 942 1061

Hanoi: Red River Blues

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Downtown Hanoi Photo, Hanoi, Vietnam
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Few cities in South East Asia possess a more eclectic reality than Hanoi. The cradle of a regional empire that absorbed the Cham and other cultures, a South East Asia colony for a millennium, a French one for a while and finally the home to one of the few Communist regimes in the world, Hanoi provides beneath its thin shiny plastic cover a fascinating kaleidoscope.The Yellow River is as important a culture cradle to the Chinese as...Read More

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