After three weeks on a motorbike, I at last made it to the Vietnamese capital of Hanoi. This would be my second visit, so I wouldn’t have to run around seeing the sites. Rather, I could spend some time working on the blog, and drinking in the ambiance.
I always loved the energy of Hanoi’s Old Quarter, with its warren of narrow streets lined with old French Colonial shops and bustling crowds. Sure, the Old Quarter is the epicenter of tourism, and many of the shops are now guesthouses and tourist offices. But it’s also a real neighborhood, with shops selling mundane items that tourist aren’t interested in, and cheap Vietnamese cafes packed with local men. Butchers on the sidewalk sell fresh meat. Women carry baskets on poles filled with snacks, and push bicycles laden with fruit and vegetables.
Making it the perfect place to stop and work were all the nice cafes with fast wifi. Hanoi is a great place to spend some time, and plan the next leg of my journey. Here are a few of my favorite photos from my time there.
I'm Terry, former cubicle-dweller, and now traveler, photographer, writer, and entrepreneur. I quit my job in 2014 to travel to US national parks, then to South East Asia. I write about independent, flexible, long-term, budget travel. Sign up to my newsletter to get the latest news on what I'm up to. I hope you join me on my trek around the world.