We’re off exploring the gritty streets of Hanoi again, and first up we head back to Train Street to see if we have any luck this time!
Enjoying a beverage and hoping to get an up close experience with a train.
We enjoy some iconic sights as we wait, but alas, no train again!
Never mind, there’s still plenty more to explore in this vast, fascinating city.
From ladies in traditional conical hats to mountains of cheap souvenirs.
Whole streets are dedicated to single types of goods including kitchenware and temple decorations.
Here’s one of the most iconic places in Hanoi, the President Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum.
It is the resting place of Vietnamese Revolutionary leader and President Ho Chi Minh.
The imposing building is located in the centre of Ba Dinh Square.
The square is where Ho, Chairman of the Workers’ Party of Vietnam from 1951 until his death, read the Declaration of Independence, essentially establishing the Democratic Republic of Vietnam.
Again! Back in the bustling chaos that is Hanoi. Bleary eyed after rolling off the night train at 6am and unable to check into our hotel until 3pm!!!
So we while away a few early morning hours people watching. And Hanoi is very very full of people!
Whether they are wheeling their fresh produce along the street or making a scented spectacle.
Hanoi is a heady mix of modern and deeply traditional. Rich and incredibly poor. Old ways still pervade in a city swathed in pollution from a million mopeds.
We stumble across this group of energetic young dancers practising their routines.
This seems to be a favourite past time for young Vietnamese as you’ll see lots of groups of teens dancing or improvising on the street.
Then finally we can check into our final hotel of the journey, the glorious The Light Hotel.
One of the few hotels in Hanoi that can boast of a (very vertiginous) rooftop pool!
A perfect place to cool down and relax after humid, gritty days sight seeing in the busy city. Up here you could be a million miles away from the grimy chaos below!!