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Our room in the Hotel Nikko Hanoi.
The toilet had a bidet-like contraption built into it. You pressed a button on the wall for rear cleansing, front cleansing or dryer.
Hotel lobby was decorated for Christmas.
Despite the forecast, we only had cloudy skies and no rain.
View from hotel window.
Traffic is waiting at a train crossing. The gate is manually pulled across by guards when the train is due.
Street vendor
A fully loaded bicycle!
Buildings are very narrow to reduce taxes.
Opera House
Typical wiring.
Gateway to the Old Quarter

Outdoor market in the Old Quarter

Fresh Fish


Indoor market

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum.

Contains the embalmed body of Ho Chi Minh

Ho Chi Minh's Palace
Ho Chi Minh's house and office where he lived from 1954 until his death in 1969.
Stilt House
Ho Chi Minh's cars

Buddha or Cypress tree's roots along the fish pond.

Museum of Ethnology

The outside section contains life size models of the types of houses used by the major ethnic groups (54) of Vietnam.

Tomb house of the Cotu people

Ede longhouse

Extended matrilineal families lived in these long houses.

The entrance on the left was for women. The one on the right was for men!
Hmong House
Tomb House of the Giarai people. 30 people can be buried in the structure.
The large wooden figures encircling the tomb are intended to accompany the dead into the afterlife.
Hani House
Museum Interior
The photo display depicts the various ethnic groups in Vietnam.
Buffalo Cart of the Chan ethnic group
Entrance to the Temple of Literature
Founded in 1070 and dedicated to Confucius, this was the site of Vietnam's first university
Students often come here to pray before taking a test.
Temple of Confucius
The grounds were beautifully landscaped .
Sunbeam Bridge over Hoan Kiem Lake (name means Lake of Sword Restored)
Ngoc Son Temple

Ho Guom Tortoise

Legend is that King Le returned a precious sword to the Tortoise. People still believe the sword is buried deep in the Lake.



Water Puppet Theater
Water Puppet in Museum of Ethnology



To learn more about our trip around Hanoi, go to the Hanoi Newsletter. To view the next photo gallery, go to Halong Bay Photo Gallery.

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