The ever present "Cyclo". They are everywhere in Hanoi's old quarter, constantly looking for tourists. They will follow you down the street, asking if you want a ride.
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This is how you cross the road in Vietnam (although not usually in a crosswalk) just step into the madness, look straight ahead and walk slow.
Oh sure it looks cute, but be prepared to fork over the cash once the photos are done.
Hoan Kiem Lake, the center of old Hanoi. The bridge leads to an island and a temple dedicated to the legend of the lake. More Info http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hoan_Kiem_Lake
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The entrance to Ngoc Son Temple on Hoan Kiem Lake.
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The main sanctuary of NNgoc Son Temple
Incense Burner at Ngoc Son Temple
Inside Ngoc Son Temple
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We were there around the turn of the lunar month, when families burn paper money for their ancestors.
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The Tortoise Tower standing on a small island near the center of Hoan Kiem lake.
There are very few private cars in Vietnam. Everything is done on bikes or motorcycles.
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Make sure to look in the upper left hand corner...
Bia Hoi - or street/fresh beer. 18 cents a glass, you sit on plastic chairs on the sidewalk and drink with your friends and strangers. This is one of the national pasttimes of Vietnam.
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Deb and her friend Jodi, who works in Hanoi for the US Gov.
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Ho Chi Minh's mausoleum
Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum.
Supposedly Ho Chi Minh's house.
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The Temple of Literature. A temple to Confucious and Vietnam's first university. About 1000 years old. More info http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Văn_Miếu
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The Temple of Literature