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  • Solo
    Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We loved getting lost in its maze-like streets, each specializing in a unique trade, a testament to the city's rich history. While exploring, we stumbled upon a vibrant art scene tucked away in hidden galleries and studios, showcasing works by talented local artists.
    Beyond the bustling markets, we were surprised to find pockets of tranquility in peaceful parks like Hoan Kiem Lake. Locals gather here for morning tai chi or a relaxing stroll, offering a glimpse into daily Hanoian life. Of course, no visit to the Old Quarter is complete without experiencing the café culture. Quaint coffee shops line the streets, perfect for people-watching and enjoying a strong Vietnamese coffee.
    Written April 22, 2024
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  • Phillie
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hanoi's Hoan Kiem Lake was the perfect spot for a romantic stroll at sunset. We rented a swan-shaped boat (so cheesy, but cute!) and glided across the water, enjoying the vibrant city skyline reflecting on the calm surface.
    Written April 21, 2024
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  • Shane
    Perth, Australia277 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A nice church to visit. Very impressive from the outside. We entered the church through side door on the right hand site. Very peaceful and worth a visit. Drove by at night and well lit
    Written April 14, 2024
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  • arpitam
    Gurugram (Gurgaon), India728 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A unique experience to watch the close coexistence of railway and busy street. The way it is catering to the tourists amidst the hustle and bustle of the train street is a sight to behold.
    Similar railway system and ambience is present in many parts of developing/underdeveloped countries in the SE Asia; but the way this has been upscaled as a tourist attraction is exemplary.
    Kudos Hanoi.
    Written April 19, 2024
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  • Nat U
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great collection and informative tour. Fair prices. Definitely worth a visit. Had ceramics, textiles, tools, religious artifacts from multiple periods.
    Written April 22, 2024
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  • arpitam
    Gurugram (Gurgaon), India728 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The ancient pagoda is located in such a beautiful island off the edge of West lake in modern Hanoi. Since it is little away from the old quarters, it is advisable to start your day visit with this pagoda. The place is surrounded by very well managed walk-way amidst the busy main road of the city.
    The pagoda opens at 7 - 7.30 in the morning till evening.
    Written April 13, 2024
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  • sh u
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Really lovely paintings, 4 floors of great stuff to look at in all different styles. Friendly staff & good AC. I would recommend.
    Written April 12, 2024
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  • Tom M
    1 contribution
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    We rented bicycles and explored the scenic West Lake (Ho Tay). The fresh air and serene atmosphere were perfect for a romantic picnic. We found a quiet spot by the lake and enjoyed delicious street food while taking in the beautiful scenery.
    Written April 21, 2024
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  • extravelagent
    Honolulu, HI409 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    I had wanted to check out the bridge since it was designed by Gustave Eiffel. I only wanted to ride over it on a Grab bike but every time I requested on the app from around the city, it didn't have the route going over that bridge. I literally needed to walk to the Long Bien cafe at the end of the Log Bien bridge to ensure the route the motorbike would take. The bridge is only used now by motorbikes and pedestrians. Also the traffic goes in opposite directions. I'm glad I didn't walk over but rode over as the walk didn't seem that nice (or picturesque) with screaming motorbikes whizzing by you in a super narrow space. The bridge feels jenky when riding on it which adds to the experience. I can't believe it has become an IG spot, the bridge doesn't seem safe at all to walk but since the trains still go over it like 4-5 times per day, I'm sure it's fine.
    Either way, it's definitely an experience. Glad I did it once, probably won't go back but neat to say that I did another iron work by Gustave Eiffel. I wish they would decorate with lights at night so you can see it from afar or from the skybars, but due to the age and no upkeep, I could see putting up lights being an issue. It was still pretty cool experience, just don't expect too much.
    Written March 25, 2024
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  • Camillelucy7
    Atlanta, GA16 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    It’s a street full of clothing shops and restaurants. Nothing too survey in my opinion.

    I learned that each street in the area is named after a certain item sold like silk, fish sauce, goat meat, flowers, etc.

    That round have been helpful for me to know ahead of time side I only had short window of time to find pure silk. Most stores sold silk blend- whatever that means.
    Written March 8, 2024
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  • Shelley M
    Albany, New Zealand884 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    In the same area as the mausoleum and worth a visit if you are there. It is very small and my husband called it the pagoda on a stick. Had a squirrel in a tree that my son was more interested to watch. It is cute and has a line of people waiting to go up the stairs to pray. Had to go through the security and they take lighters and cigarettes off you and they had a huge pile on the counter. My husband went back in to get his when we were leaving and they just smiled.
    Written April 15, 2024
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  • Yasser B
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great tailored suit for a good price, completed in only a couple of days. Would strongly recommend for anyone who is only staying in Hanoi for a short time
    Written April 18, 2024
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  • Varsha S
    Singapore, Singapore28 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    During my final Sunday evening in Vietnam, I found myself wandering through the charming streets of Hanoi's Old Quarter and stumbled upon the Night Market. To my delight, I discovered that it offered everything I had purchased earlier, but at even better prices. In hindsight, I wish I had saved my shopping for this vibrant market experience. It's certainly a worthwhile addition to any itinerary, making it worth considering planning your trip around a Sunday evening in Hanoi.
    Written April 15, 2024
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  • Shelley M
    Albany, New Zealand884 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Looks so pretty at night when it is lit up and you walk around the lake. Unfortunately there is no public access to it. It adds a bit of magic to the lake.
    Written May 2, 2023
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  • MizuhoK
    Hino, Japan3,309 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    This mosaic art is at the north side of Long Biên station. This was the project to commemorate the county’s 1000th anniversary, started in 2007 and completed in 2010. It lasts about 6.5km, Guinness Records.
    We only saw mosaic art from distance. We saw from the bus on the way to hotel from AP. We saw from the bus from hotel to HaLong. The north of Long Bien station is a key point for major transport so you may come across here on during your move.
    We feel fine to see from distance since you cannot see the whole mosaic anyway. Rather, you can see the whole picture from distance. It’s a pretty colorful art which cheers the people.
    Written August 21, 2023
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