Monday, June 2, 2008

Quaint old Hanoi

Some sights from Hanoi.....
The hotel where we stayed.

The hotel by night, taken from the swimming pool area.
The Hanoi Opera House which was next to the hotel.
Bobby Chinn's restaurant! Yes the same Bobby Chinn from World Cafe Asia on Discovery Travel and Living channel.
The view inside Bobby Chinn's.
The Vietnamese version of "The Ritz Hotel".

This shop was teeming with soft toys, right up to the pavement!
The famous Dong Xuan Market facade. It was a Friday evening and the entire Dong Xuan road became a pasar malam (night market) that evening.
The very, very long pasar malam, selling mostly clothes and accessories.
We went to the Water Puppet Theatre for a show, costs just RM4.00 for an hour-long show. As its name suggests, it involved puppets on water, manipulated by humans behind a screen using retractable poles. Pretty unusual.

I saw a woman bottle-feeding these really scrawny kittens. They were mewing so pitifully that I wished I could bring them home with me!
This doggie was so cute and bored, just resting its chin under the chair, watching the world go by.
A beautiful painting of a Vietnamese lady with her hair up in a bun....kinda reminded me of Aunty Poi.
Weasel's supposedly from the faecal deposit of a weasel. I did NOT dare to try.Typical Vietnamese way of trading.
A lady wrapping betel nut by the roadside.

The building where the company office is in.

Hoan Kiem Lake.....our main landmark when walking around. This lake is pretty scenic with willow and flame of the forest trees framing it. It is strangely always windy too, and many locals like to do their exercise around it.


wmw said...

Good 'ol Hanoi, enjoyed my trip there albeit I was perspiring like crazy! :p

Precious Pea said...

Seems like a lovely place to visit..but one problem, hubby not keen though. Aii..

JeromeFo 令狐冲 said...

Omgz...So cuteee all the kittens!