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And more street life in Hanoi, Vietnam

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While traveling 3 weeks Relaxed Vietnam I did stay for about 4 days in Hanoi so I had plenty of time to get lost in the small streets of Hanoi and make photos of the wonderful, hectic street life. People sitting along the street chatting & eating, shops selling the most weird things and scooters cruising the city. And in the meanwhile I was thinking about how Hanoi was 22 years ago. Following is a serie of more photos about street life in Hanoi.





Having dinner at KOTO Restaurant in Hanoi, Vietnam

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After been eating a few days in different restaurants in Hanoi I did choose this time KOTO Restaurant. KOTO stands for Know One, Teach One. With the idea that learning should be passed on; knowledge is meant to be shared. This is the essential idea of KOTO’s Vietnamese-Australian founder, Jimmy Pham. More than 16 years ago, Mr Jimmy opened a hospitality training centre in Hanoi, giving at-risk and disadvantaged youth the opportunity to learn and thrive in their lives.​ KOTO's purpose is to end the cycle of poverty by empowering and helping our targeted youth to forge a better future for themselves, their families and their communities. ​ As a social enterprise, KOTO has trained over 700 students in our training centres in Hanoi and Saigon, with 200 of them currently enrolled.​ For more information have a look at their website Koto Foundation & Social Enterprise.

But what about the food? Simple delicious, stunning & professional served. Highly recommended, although the re…

Staying at the Amadas Hotel in Hanoi, Vietnam

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While traveling 3 weeks Relaxed Vietnam and staying 4 days in Hanoi I did stay at the Amadas Hotel in Hanoi. This hotel is located a bit in the north side of town, not in an tourist area but in a real Vietnamese area with a few shops, restaurants and real normal street life of Hanoi. Actually a nice area. The hotel has about 10 floors and each floor has about 5 rooms. The rooms are a bit small but comfortable and clean. And have everything you need like a private bathroom with shower, air-conditioning, mini-bar and free drinking water. The hotel serves a good breakfast buffet on the rooftop of the hotel. Staff is friendly and service minded. All together a good place to stay. For more information have a look at their website Adamas Hanoi Hotel.

More street-life in Hanoi, Vietnam

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While traveling 3 weeks Relaxed Vietnam and staying 4 days in Hanoi I did try to get lost in the small streets of Hanoi. I love to walk, get lost and be surprised about streets in cities and villages. Following are photos I took while walking in Hanoi, Vietnam.







Communist propaganda at the Vietnamese Women Museum in Hanoi, Vietnam

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As part of 3 weeks Relaxed Vietnam I did visit the Vietnamese Women’s Museum in Hanoi. The museum is located near the famous Hoan Kiem Lake. The museum is dedicated to the Vietnamese women, without whom the Communist Revolution of Vietnam would have never succeed. The stated mission of the museum is "to enhance public knowledge and understanding of history and cultural heritage of Vietnamese women... thus contributing to promoting gender equality". Following are some photos I took of the many communist style propaganda posters.




Toilet along the famous railroad street in Hanoi, Vietnam

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While traveling 3 weeks Relaxed Vietnam I did go to the famous railroad street in Hanoi where I did enjoy drinking a egg coffee. And while sitting there I noticed this sign at a door. I like people with humor like this.

The Rice Field Project : Building a bungalow

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As part of Living in Thailand we did build our own house between the rice fields of Pua in North Thailand. The main project was finished 3 months ago, for more information see my postings about The Rice Field Project. We always had the idea of starting our own homestay or guesthouse so we are now starting to build a first bungalow on our almost 1 rai land. It will be a simple bungalow, about 70cm above the ground and 36 sqm. big. The floor size is included the toilet & bathroom but excluded a 14 sqm. verhandha overlooking the rice fields and mountains of Doi Phu Kha. So just before I travelled in Vietnam for 25 days we did choice a construction company (as the company who did build our house did not have time) and had a chat with the boss. We agreed on a price and type of bungalow to be build. So when I came back from Vietnam we had a chat again about more details and the next day we signed a building contract, paid deposit and received a building design. And that same day they s…

The Confucius Temple in Hanoi, Vietnam

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While traveling 3 weeks Relaxed Vietnam I did visit the Confucius Temple, also called the Temple of Literature or Temple of Culture. Thisis one of the several temples in Vietnam which is dedicated to Confucius, sages and scholars. The Confucius Temple was built in 1070 at the time of Emperor Lý Thánh Tông. Following are some photos I took while visiting this oase of peace in busy Hanoi city.




Toilet notice in Hanoi, Vietnam

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While traveling 3 weeks Relaxed Vietnam I had dinner at a restaurant in the Old Quarter of Hanoi. And while going to the toilet I saw this notice at the toilet. I like people with humor like this.

First day in Hanoi, Vietnam

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While traveling 3 weeks Relaxed Vietnam I did stay 4 days in Hanoi. After a good breakfast at the rooftop of Adamas Hotel I tried to get lost in the small streets nearby my hotel. My hotel was not in the famous Old Quarter of Hanoi, but on the more or less north side of Hanoi. Not a tourist area but the real nowadays Hanoi city with small Vietnamese coffee shops, noodle shops and daily life on the small streets. Following are a few photos I made will walking around in Hanoi.












Waiting at the airport

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On my way for 3 weeks Relaxed Vietnam I was waiting at the airport and this sweet girl was sitting opposite me and deeply involved in a relationship with her telephone. A beautiful shot of Faces of Asia.

Traveling from Nan to Hanoi, Vietnam

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The first step of traveling 3 weeks Relaxed Vietnam was of course traveling from Nan in North Thailand to Hanoi in Noord Vietnam. From Nan there are 2 options, first option is to go first to Chiang Mai (350km) and then fly to Hanoi. Second option is to fly to Bangkok (1 hour and 10 minutes) and then to Hanoi. I did choose the second option. So I first had to drive from Pua to Nan, about 60km and it took about 1 hour driving in the slightly rain. Yes, the raining season has arrived! From Nan Nakhon Airport I did fly with Air Asia to Don Muang Airport. (keep reading under the photo).


After arriving at Don Muang Domestic Terminal I first had to collect my luggage and then walk to the International Terminal of Don Muang Airport. Easy, just follow the signs (see following photos). Once at the International Terminal I had to wait a hour before I could check-in my luggage (thank you Air Asia). After check-in I went thru immigration where a very friendly immigration officer offered me to get…