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February 16, 2012

Images from Hanoi

Hanoi 2

Hanoi 4

Hanoi 8
street eating

Hanoi 10

Hanoi 13

Anise

Hanoi 23

Hanoi 26

Hanoi's Water puppets II
The famous Water puppets!

Hanoi traffic II
Crazy Traffic

Hanoi traffic IV
More Crazy Traffic

Hanoi 36

Hanoi 37

Hanoi 39
Street eating II

Noisy, alive, chaotic, commercial, Hanoi won’t leave you indifferent. Rich with street food, dangerous for the driving, crossing its roads is an interesting experience. Will come back.

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  1. intense! looked to be an interesting experience; thank you for sharing.

    Comment by The Simple Life of a Country Man's Wife — February 21, 2012 @ 18:29

  2. Fabulous, these photographs are very enticing to make one want to go and experience the city! Congrats on beign freshly pressed :)

    Comment by banbamama — February 21, 2012 @ 18:31

  3. Crazy traffic #2 truly looked crazy…too funny!

    Great photos. And for a blog titled “Not really a blog” to be Freshly Pressed seems truly ironic to me — but fun. :)

    Comment by Mikalee Byerman — February 21, 2012 @ 18:33

    • Hehe, well, the ‘not really’ is just a pun ;-) Thanks!

      Comment by jesus — February 22, 2012 @ 04:39

  4. Your photos really capture the real essence of Hanoi. Magical. Great colours and wonderful spices – loving the star anise basket!

    Comment by chilliandmint — February 21, 2012 @ 18:33

  5. Wearing heels while on a motorcycle or whatever you call that is new to me. Interesting. Very nice photos btw, I like how vibrant the colors are. :)

    Comment by Cathy — February 21, 2012 @ 18:37

    • I visited Greece several years ago and noticed a lot of women on motorcycles wearing heels. Crazy. But it seemed to work for them.

      Awesome photos here! Congrats!

      Comment by Moonmooring — February 22, 2012 @ 02:28

  6. Love Vietnam! Brings back great memories! Thanks for sharing.

    Comment by Paul Robnett — February 21, 2012 @ 18:39

  7. Beautiful pictures! I love seeing pictures of the street vendors.

    Comment by Carlie Chew — February 21, 2012 @ 18:39

  8. There are many aspects of that city that are intriguing and you’ve managed to capture them. Well done!

    Comment by katemadison365 — February 21, 2012 @ 18:54

  9. I’m from Hanoi. Thank you for such great pics. I miss “my” city so much :x

    Comment by YunaCrystal — February 21, 2012 @ 19:04

  10. I especially like the photo of the water puppets. Beautiful photos.

    Comment by Eagle-Eyed Editor — February 21, 2012 @ 19:11

  11. Fantastic pictures. Really brought my trip to ‘Nam in 2010 back to me. Nice work!

    My latest post is on the ‘What People Think I do’ meme for interns http://oracularspectacular.wordpress.com/2012/02/21/what-people-think-i-do-interns/

    Comment by Katie — February 21, 2012 @ 19:29

  12. Lived in Vietnam for a year–6 months in Saigon–another 6 in Hanoi. Love your photos! Makes me miss a city I love!
    Kathy

    Comment by Kathryn McCullough — February 21, 2012 @ 19:30

  13. Great photos. Thanks for sharing them. Connie

    http://7thandvine.wordpress.com/

    Comment by Constance V. Walden — February 21, 2012 @ 19:34

  14. Seems like someone enjoyed Hanoi !! Haha :D Awesome pics !! Cheers

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    Comment by Raaj Trambadia — February 21, 2012 @ 19:44

  15. Wow, nice! Makes me wanna go there!!! :)

    Comment by dutchgoesitalian — February 21, 2012 @ 19:45

  16. beautiful images . I love the second last one with the reflection.

    Comment by Geoff — February 21, 2012 @ 19:56

  17. lovely impressions!:)
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    Comment by rehqitz — February 21, 2012 @ 20:06

  18. These photos really bring back a lot of memories of my year 10 trip to Vietnam, thank you very much.

    Comment by Louise — February 21, 2012 @ 20:21

  19. NIce shots …I love Hanoi.

    Comment by happypoppeye — February 21, 2012 @ 20:31

  20. I’d go for the food :)

    Comment by midnitechef — February 21, 2012 @ 20:32

    • Oh yeah, food is amazing! :-) and street vendors is a good way to taste a lot of it :-). That and Hoi beer!

      Comment by jesus — February 22, 2012 @ 04:40

  21. Looks like it was fun and the food looks fun to try what was ur favorite street meal

    Comment by mznappylove1 — February 21, 2012 @ 20:53

    • I’m Vietnamese. The food in the picture is “Bun Cha”. It’s very delicious. It is also my favourite food. If you go to VietNam, special in Hanoi, you must eat it. I sure you won’t regret. ;)

      Comment by rubyvhn — February 22, 2012 @ 17:39

      • I like eating new things especially if the food is spicy

        Comment by mznappylove1 — February 22, 2012 @ 22:18

  22. You have captured the essence of this city :); Iparticulary like HanoÏ 36, thanks.

    Comment by travel739132 — February 21, 2012 @ 20:59

  23. I would be so afraid of the traffic. The food would be my dream though! Great pics!

    Comment by I Made You A Mixtape — February 21, 2012 @ 21:56

    • The traffic seems more scary than it actually is. You get the hang of it in no time! :)

      Comment by jesus — February 22, 2012 @ 04:41

  24. Love Hanoi! The food is fabulous and the water puppet show was fun. How long were you in Vietnam? Where else did you go?

    Comment by NatalieSCook — February 21, 2012 @ 22:06

  25. I tried to convince my fiance (now wife) that a honeymoon in VIetnam would be cool – I’ve done most of Asian but not Vietnam. But nope, we had to go to a crowded Thailand beach resort… so thanks for the pics :)

    Comment by James' Stuff — February 21, 2012 @ 22:12

  26. I really enjoyed your photos. I have been the southern end of Vietnam and remember distinctly the awful traffic in Ho Chi Minh! It was difficult to even cross the street in some areas. Please post more!

    Comment by ptowngirl — February 21, 2012 @ 22:25

  27. These photos are beautiful and I’d love to go there. Thank you very much for sharing!

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    Comment by chrisshipman — February 21, 2012 @ 22:31

  28. Looks like an interesting place to visit. Beautiful photographs.

    Comment by Colline — February 21, 2012 @ 22:33

  29. Beautiful crisp, clean images..

    Comment by hellenjc — February 21, 2012 @ 22:58

  30. I like how you started from the burning incense, the flag then to the food and the people. Nice composition :)

    Comment by Stargaze — February 21, 2012 @ 23:04

  31. I’m from Vietnam and yet still amazed by these pictures of yours :D

    Comment by Lisiangrass — February 21, 2012 @ 23:39

  32. These pictures are really great! So well done, so colorful.

    Comment by Steve — February 21, 2012 @ 23:47

  33. It was great seeing your pictures, and I almost feel a bit shameful because I visited Hanoi 4 months ago, and sadly I really disliked the city. I’m really sorry to say so, and I’d wish it wasn’t the truth. But, sadly, the completely insane traffic killed everything charming about the city. The beauty and fascination disappeared because of the constant LOUD traffic noise, the constant risk of getting traffic-killed and the polution. Leaving Hanoi I went to Hong Kong which felt like some kind of tiny village traffic-wise compared to Hanoi … :-)

    But I’m really glad to see your pictures and to read other comments from people who love Hanoi. I’m glad that you do! And I’d wish that I had the same feeling – because Vietnam is such a beautiful country – I discovered that on a day-tour a few hours away from the city. That was such a beautiful experience.

    Comment by Merete — February 21, 2012 @ 23:58

    • I’m travelling through South East Asia and have to say that sometimes when I don’t like a city it’s got to do with my mood during those days, so I always take it with a pinch of salt anyway. Besides, there’s always going to be cities you like more and cities you absolutely hate ;-)

      Comment by jesus — February 22, 2012 @ 04:42

  34. Very nice!!! :)

    Comment by maggiemoosetracks — February 22, 2012 @ 00:20

  35. It’s great how you capture our capitals! I myself haven’t been there yet … truly saying, it’s a little bit chaotic traffic but the way you call it “crazy” make me feel a little bit confused! :)

    Comment by maykid — February 22, 2012 @ 01:10

  36. Great Shots! After shooting in Hanoi I can fully appreciate these images, it isn’t an easy place to photograph and you did it quite well!

    Comment by Kate Harmon and Farra Williams - The Great Escapers — February 22, 2012 @ 01:25

  37. Thank you for taking the time to share the photos; I feel like I’m right there! :D

    Comment by Eileen黃愛玲 — February 22, 2012 @ 01:34

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    Comment by reinaldobanh — February 22, 2012 @ 02:34

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  40. These are beautiful photos! I am a WordPress photographer as well! Great job.

    Comment by Aaron Cohen Photography — February 22, 2012 @ 02:54

  41. The view is very beautiful

    Comment by Nikon Battery online Shop — February 22, 2012 @ 03:01

  42. Those water puppets are so cute–never seen those before!

    Comment by thespectatorssport.wordpress.com/ — February 22, 2012 @ 03:42

  43. Wow, first of all, thanks for all the comments. I really appreciate it! At the moment I’m travelling through South East Asia and will be posting more photos of this incredible area of the world! :-)

    Comment by jesus — February 22, 2012 @ 04:38

  44. wow :D it’s so interesting. nice blog, dude ^^b

    Comment by aquablueissa — February 22, 2012 @ 04:51

  45. Some lovely photos of the street life – sometimes I just wish I had my camera when a motorbike stacked with 20 goldfish in plastic bags passes – one has to always be ready for the unusual. To all those who complain about traffic – it’s all about losing any fear and nonchalantly crossing. I cross some of the worse roads in Hanoi almost everyday with my dog so it can’t be that bad… from Hound in Hanoi http://juraphotos.wordpress.com/

    Comment by juracraven1 — February 22, 2012 @ 04:56

  46. Great Photos. I felt like a I was speeding through Hanoi.

    Comment by Bold Wandering — February 22, 2012 @ 05:23

  47. Wonderful photos! Congratulations on being Freshly Pressed!

    Comment by Claire Lopez — February 22, 2012 @ 05:36

  48. Viet Nam looks so fascinating! Great photos.

    Comment by Ammon — February 22, 2012 @ 06:11

  49. I’ve never been to Hanoi but thanks for the true images. I think they definitely conveyed the spirit of it. I still feel heart-broken, somewhere in me, everytime I see poor people struggling to sell things here and there on the street to make a living.

    Comment by beauty toast — February 22, 2012 @ 06:34

  50. Reblogged this on Mr. Cao's World – Daily Photo, Video, Blog updates. and commented:
    love it ! great captures !

    Comment by Linh Cao — February 22, 2012 @ 06:53

  51. :D you make Hanoi look just as amazing in these photos as it is in real life. and as crazy as well :P. Great job!

    Comment by Nanto Dwyer — February 22, 2012 @ 06:58

  52. a great city, followed by great photo’s

    Comment by jai long — February 22, 2012 @ 07:48

  53. Looks like an intense experience. The food looks good and your photos are awesome! Bravo!

    Comment by Jody Thompson — February 22, 2012 @ 07:52

  54. next time, come to Hồ Chí Minh city. you won’t regret it. : D

    Comment by E. — February 22, 2012 @ 08:54

    • Been to Saigon, not had time to put up a post about it, let alone the photos! :-)

      Comment by jesus — February 22, 2012 @ 13:57

  55. Such a beautiful, charming place! Loved the photos. Maybe I’ll be able to visit someday.

    Comment by Rose — February 22, 2012 @ 09:09

  56. Beautiful photos. I went to Vietnam last year, and it’s an amazing, spiritual country.

    Comment by Casey Marriott — February 22, 2012 @ 09:09

  57. liked the water puppet photograph and the way photographs of street seller are captured. How water puppet works ? In my country India, Rajasthan’s Thread Puppet show is very popular and interesting.

    Comment by falgunihdesai — February 22, 2012 @ 09:40

  58. Street food is awesome fun! Looks like a lot of pollution?

    Comment by Ryan — February 22, 2012 @ 10:21

    • I didn’t feel like it was a very polluted city though. But didn’t stay for long to appreciate the effects, maybe!

      Comment by jesus — February 22, 2012 @ 13:58

  59. Reblogged this on nevertoooldforfairytales and commented:
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    Comment by chocolatecate — February 22, 2012 @ 10:26

  60. I love these photos :D

    Comment by Tiểu Cá Mắm — February 22, 2012 @ 11:11

  61. beauty never die!!!!!

    Comment by Flats in Electronic city — February 22, 2012 @ 11:16

  62. Beautiful pictures! Judging from the blue tables and lettuce it looks like you ate exactly at the same place as I did, funny choosing from so many tiny restaurants. Was the restaurant situated at one of the corners in the Old Quarter (including Baby Pigeon on the menu)?

    Although my blog is written in Dutch, you may like some of the Vietnam Pics I recently posted.

    Greetz,

    Charlotte

    Comment by charlotte4trainer — February 22, 2012 @ 11:30

  63. I can say only 1 thing and that this all Very Beautiful.

    Comment by Trojan Horse. — February 22, 2012 @ 11:31

  64. Great photos! I love the scooter shot #11

    Comment by Ministry of Minifigures — February 22, 2012 @ 11:32

  65. Very beautifully capture these photographs of local things.

    Comment by Rosy — February 22, 2012 @ 13:08

  66. Wow, these are beautiful shots!!

    Comment by crweatherford — February 22, 2012 @ 14:13

  67. great images

    Comment by valpixels photography — February 22, 2012 @ 14:25

  68. Captivating assortment of photos! . . . Hope to visit Vietnam and Hanoi next year, and your pictures have provided further encouragement! Thank you for sharing!

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    Comment by Michele LMS — February 22, 2012 @ 15:17

  69. I love Hanoi. Thank you for bringing back the memories of what a vibrant place it is! I have 3 water puppets at home, 2 of which come from the back streets of Hanoi.

    Comment by epicurienne — February 22, 2012 @ 16:05

  70. I really love your pictures! Thankx for sharing!
    Gracias desde España!

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    Comment by anna — February 22, 2012 @ 16:36

    • De nada, espero poder poner más muy pronto y ¡que os gusten también!

      Comment by jesus — February 22, 2012 @ 16:41

  71. Gorgeous pictures of Hanoi – you really have an eye for beauty!

    Ya sabía que eras español cuando veía el título “¿pero qué coño?” ;) Estudiaba en Salamanca unos 9 meses y empecé mi blog para recordar mis viajes ibéricos.

    Aunque vivo muy cerca de Vietnam (en Hong Kong), no he estado núnca allí. Acabo de volver de una semana en Beijing y el tráfico de Hanoi parece peor!

    Comment by James — February 22, 2012 @ 17:39

  72. Wow, these photos bring back a lot of memories. I was studying abroad in Hanoi in 2001, and I recently scanned/uploaded the photos from 10 years ago:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/geraldford/sets/72157624834578403/

    It’s amazing to see what’s changed (people more stylish), but how some things stay the same (street markets, food, water puppets).

    Comment by Doug — February 22, 2012 @ 17:45

  73. Lovely pics!

    Comment by Sapna — February 22, 2012 @ 17:48

  74. Truly captivating! You capture many emotions and beauty of Hanoi.

    Comment by pnwauthor — February 22, 2012 @ 17:53

  75. I love Ha Noi. Thank for your amazing pics :D.

    Comment by yenhh — February 22, 2012 @ 18:01

  76. Amazing photos enjoyed reminiscing about an amazing city – just got back myself and have so far blogged about Saigon and Hoi An – Hanoi, Hue and Halong Bay to come!

    Comment by Travelbunny — February 22, 2012 @ 18:14

  77. Really nice photos. :’)
    Everything looks very interesting, beautiful and pretty but after watching my friend’s film from Hanoi’s junction I can believe in your words about “dangerous for the driving”, “chaotic” and “noisy” Hanoi.

    Comment by sweetsaejin — February 22, 2012 @ 18:40

  78. So many photos packed into one post. I’ve never been to Hanoi, but it makes me think that you’ve captured the area well in this post. Great job.

    Comment by graciehart1 — February 22, 2012 @ 19:12

  79. Such absolutely beautiful photos! You captured the culture so well.. it’s beautiful. -beth

    Comment by Duoimagery — February 22, 2012 @ 20:43

  80. Nice photos, I especially liked those with people on motorbikes and a man with his bicycle!

    Comment by mashashin — February 22, 2012 @ 23:21

  81. What wonderful photos. Blessings.

    Comment by SHERRY E SHOWALTER — February 22, 2012 @ 23:42

  82. Thanks for the ride, it was like going there!

    Comment by theriotsquad — February 23, 2012 @ 00:23

  83. Thanks for the great pictures! My family is taking a trip around the world, and we are visiting Hanoi soon. I am looking forward to it!

    Comment by One World, 4 Girls — February 23, 2012 @ 01:24

  84. very nice. thank you for sharing – I really enjoyed the photos.

    Comment by magdalene2012 — February 23, 2012 @ 02:06

  85. Fantastic photos – excellent lighting.
    Thanks for sharing them with the world!

    Comment by Carrie Z — February 23, 2012 @ 02:38

  86. I really like the moped/scooter shots. Nice.

    Comment by emiliabrasier — February 23, 2012 @ 04:18

  87. Beautiful! We were in Hanoi 10 years ago and can really appreciate all of your images! Love the Turtle Pagoda lit up!

    Comment by millayt — February 23, 2012 @ 09:53

  88. Amazingly alive and vibrant photos. Great job.

    Congratulations of Freshly Pressed! Cheers!

    Comment by Vijay Nambiar — February 23, 2012 @ 12:25

  89. I love the traffic pics – I’m yet to master that speedblur technique

    Comment by literarykitty — February 23, 2012 @ 14:11

  90. Your pics are so alive! My husband and i are planning to stop by hanoi on our way to a wedding in siem reap. thanks for showing what to expect – in terms of images, at least :)

    Comment by supertamad — February 23, 2012 @ 16:25

  91. You capture very vivid colours!

    Comment by marykmhui — February 24, 2012 @ 03:26

  92. nice pict
    amazing ^_^

    Comment by dewasadewa — February 24, 2012 @ 08:50

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  94. Truly gorgeous photos. Can’t wait to travel to Vietnam to see these things myself!

    Comment by AvocadoPesto — February 24, 2012 @ 19:39

  95. Hi,
    Great photos – wish I was there!

    Comment by lovefoodpinny — February 26, 2012 @ 11:24

  96. Do none of those people wear helmets? I see bike riders without protection and think of the accidents I’ve had myself and cringe!

    Comment by gaycarboys — February 29, 2012 @ 09:57

  97. Oh man does those feather dusters bring back memories or what!

    Comment by Joanna — March 8, 2012 @ 02:28

  98. I see you’re in love with Hanoi. As a vietnamese, I suggest you going to hochiminh city.
    Hochiminh city is not as beautiful as Hanoi. we don’t have lake. We don’t have natural scenaries.

    But you’ll find it more interesting and friendly in Hochiminh city. By the way, the food is more delicious and more cleaner.

    Next time you travel to vietnam, please visit Hochiminh city.

    Comment by feelitright — March 10, 2012 @ 08:58

    • Haha, Are you from Saigon by any chance? :-) I have indeed been to Saigon, and most of Vietnam, from north to south… Just haven’t had time to get there in the blog!

      Comment by jesus — March 10, 2012 @ 09:02

      • Oh greatOh great. You have been to Saigon. =]]
        Saigon is an old name. Our new name is Hochiminh city. I don’t know why foreigners always know us as Saigon.
        It’s great that you have traveled form north to south. Do you love the country, or the food?

        Comment by feelitright — March 10, 2012 @ 09:15

      • We foreigners and even Vietnamese people I’ve met know it as Saigon because it’s an old name that’s been in the collective memory for years and years, that’s how I’ve always known that city. Everyone who was talking to me in Vietnam (Vietnamese) was saying Saigon anyway.
        I like the country yes, I like the food, very tasty! I could do with a bit of less ‘Oh, a foreigner, let’s just rip him off’ vibe! ;-)

        Comment by jesus — March 10, 2012 @ 12:42

      • =]] Thanks.

        Comment by feelitright — March 11, 2012 @ 02:32

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