Secrets of Old Town Hanoi

Back while ago I visited Hanoi on a business trip. We were there about 10 days and I got to take an all day tour which kinda focused on old town and some crafts there. The old town is a fascinating so many block square section of town. It has that “crossing over” feeling to it like you have gone from new to old with just steps to do it.

I really loved how the streets combined in the old town with small shops and businesses crowded together with winding streets, cars, and bicycles sharing.

We chose a cycloped tour of the old town.

Old town was like a mix of fast moving emotions all crowding in with sights, smells, and sounds that greet you.

Its one of those places you cannot see in a day or a cycloped tour yet you do it anyways and you jostle with the cars and pedestrians and the street hawkers.

What I was left with years later is this feeling that down any of the streets of old town I would have seen an amazing sight but due to the limitations of the tour, I would never do it. It seems I felt this way on my walking tours as well. No matter how many streets I walked in Tokyo or Sydney, the next street over was a mystery.

I do mark the places for my big 2018 trip as a place to get back to. Now more than ever, I will leave this place. I don’t like the politics and the changes and the far less that the US has to offer. I need to walk far shores and find something new. Or something old.

Something old in old Hanoi.

Published by Michael Perry

I've been blogging for over 20 years and now am living in Southeast Asia. The blog is about my slow vagabonding wherever I want to go. My home base is in Cambodia but I'm rarely there.

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