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29 thoughts on “The Soul of Old Hanoi”

    1. Thank you for your feedback! I will update this post as soon as I have a better photo of tò he. My current one is so bad and posting it would be a disgrace 🙂

  1. Are you back home? Reminds me of “old” Shanghai with its bustling street activity and people essentially living their lives out in the open. Is there a “new” Hanoi and is that what you will show us next??

    1. Yes, Hanoi was expanded in the last decade. Nearby villages such as Ha Tay, Ha Dong, etc. became parts of the “new” Hanoi. I didn’t intend writing about them, but thanks to you I might have a look at them 🙂 Let’s see if I can see anything special in these areas.
      Posts about my hometown, Ho Chi Minh City (commonly known as Saigon) will come this year. So stay tune! 😉

      1. Oh great, do let us know all Saigon has to offer! I’m sure a lot has changed in the past couple of decades for Vietnam.

      2. Thank you, Sara! It will definitely be published in this year 😉 I already have the idea for that post, but some photos are still missing.

  2. I have yet to make it to Hanoi, but I’ve heard and read great things about it. But this is the first time I learn about tò he. I had to google it up to see the different variations of the figurines, and oh my! They’re meant to be eaten? They’re just too pretty and cute — although the same can be said about those super cute Japanese bento meals.

    1. Yes, tò he are 100% edible but people usually don’t eat them for two reasons. First, as you said, they are too cute. Second, they don’t taste good 🙂 It’s just glutinous rice powders mixed with food dyes.

  3. Len, I was so happy to read this, because I was contemplating on our next destination in Asia and Vietnam is high on the list. I think we will definitely visit. I’m particularly keen to see Hoi An. xx

    1. Hoi An is high on my list as well 🙂 I really want to see how much it has changed in the last decades. 15-16 years ago, the town was just a ruin. It was literally dead. Locals also left the town because there was nothing to do there. You only saw a few tourists and service was terrible. But now it is Vietnam’s top destination 🙂

  4. This brought back some lovely memories of long ago. 2010 I think it was, that I was in Hanoi, and loved it. Alas I did not get to most of these places but have strong memories of the Old Quarter, and of buying rambutan from a street vendor.

    1. Did you try your haggling skill? 🙂 I guess Hanoi was less crowded back then. By your next visit, I recommend seeing the citadel. I was surprised by how well they present the artifacts.

      Sorry for the late reply, I just came back from India. Will try to finish some posts before the end of this year 😛

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