Exploring Hanoi Old Quarters

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My Next stop after Ho-chi-Minh was a fascinating blend of East and West, the capital city of Vietnam, Hanoi.

I checked into my Airbnb and the views of the city were mind-blowing from this place. To see the city on foot, I started my journey from the Opera House to Hoan Kiem lake. Lake in the Old Quarter. All the major shops, eateries and places to view are around this lake.

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Cityscapes

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View from my Airbnb room

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Riverside Views

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Intermittent Rains

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Vietnamese Coffee

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Vietnamese Rice Noodles

My first and last stop on this trip was the Tortoise Tower near the Hoan Kien Lake. There are a lot of souvenir shops nearby this area, you can get a lot of items ranging from bamboo artefacts to Vietnamese Silk from here. I also passed by St Joseph Cathedral, this Gothic architecture looked like a ghosted church to me, still very impressive.

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Opera House

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Indian Meal

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Old Antique shop near the Old Quarters

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Old Hindu submerged Temple

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Dragons means the statue is of a king or a God

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Bonsai Tree

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Emperor of Vietnam

This was a very quick evening walk in the city. I bought some souvenirs from the shops and went back to my Airbnb for a sound sleep before my long flight back to India.

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Night scenes at the lake

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St Joseph Cathedral

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Floating Temple at Night