2 days in Hanoi – what to see and do in Vietnam’s capital

2 days in Hanoi – what to see and do in Vietnam’s capital

2 days in Hanoi itinerary. If you only have two days in Hanoi this itinerary is packed with expert tips and all the best things to see and do in Vietnam’s capital city…

 

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Updated June 2020

Our Vietnam itinerary starts Vietnam’s Capital. We’ve got two days in Hanoi and arrive just before dawn. As we drive from Noi Bai airport on the main road to Hanoi, we are surrounded by a stream of vibrating traffic – it’s like being in the middle of a swarm of bees – and it’s where the Hanoi buzz begins. 

Scooters and bicycles piled to toppling with wares to sell in town; baskets stuffed to bursting with chickens, exotic fruits and vegetables stacked high. A dead pig lashed to the back of a scooter overtakes us, trotters flailing either side of the number plate. People on push-bikes wearing traditional nón lá hats glide serenely along. All have one destination in mind. Hanoi. Read on for my Hanoi intinerary and how to spend 2 days in Hanoi.

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The Nón Lá – Vietnamese Hat

The Nón Lá – Vietnamese Hat

 

A typical sight in rural villages all over Vietnam is a person wearing a traditional conical nón lá hat (leaf hat).  Worn to protect the wearer from both the sun and rain they are hand-made from palm leaves. There are other Asian versions of the hat but the Vietnamese forms the most perfectly circular cone which tapers smoothly from base to tip.

In some parts of the country the hat is called a nón bai tho (poem hat) where lines of verse are romantically inscribed inside the hat and can be seen only when held up to the sunlight. 

When I see an image like this I know immediately from the nón lá that it’s set in Vietnam and this is why I’ve chosen it as my entry to The Departure Board’s Picture the World photography project. 

Picture the World

Thanks to Kat from Travel with Kat for nominating me to submit a photograph from Vietnam to The Departure Board’s Picture the World photography collection.

I’d like to nominate Tricia from Tricia A Mitchell with her lovely images of India and Madhu whose fabulous photographs can be found on her site The Urge to WanderYou don’t need to be nominated to take part; just visit Picture the World and see what countries don’t yet have an image partnered to them.  Instructions on how to enter are all on the page and please do share any images you submit.

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The Diamond Jubilee and a very British Street Party

The Diamond Jubilee and a very British Street Party

It was a big four-day weekend here in the UK as Britons the land over celebrated our Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.   I went back to the town where I grew up to celebrate with family, friends and neighbours at something the British do best; a good old-fashioned Street Party.  The flags fluttered, heaps of bunting was strung across the streets and even the sun came out for a while.  Let me share with you a very special day…

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