Ben Ngoc Son (Ngoc Son Temple) with the beautiful Huc Bridge (Sunbeam Bridge) stands majestically on Hoan Kiem Lake.
Backpacking in northern part of Vietnam – Hanoi, Halong Bay and Sapa.
Ly Thai To Statue
Mail a Postcard at Post Office
We walked through International Post Center at 6 Dinh Tien Hoang, just beside Hoan Kiem Lake. I decided to mail a postcard back to Singapore to myself. There were postcards on sold in post office, however, only when I was about to leave only got people to man the counter. So I bought a stack of 10 postcards for VND 25,000 (Expensive!) from street sellers that roamed around looking for ‘prey’.
The Tortoise Tower at Noon
We walked around Hoan Kiem Lake to passed through the French Quarter. However we didn’t venture afar as the weather was very hot and humid. Anyway, again The Tortoise Tower (Thap Rua) wouldn’t be missed at Hoan Kiem Lake.
St. Joseph Cathedral
It was our last day in Hanoi and Vietnam, so we went to some places that we hadn’t been to yet and did some last minute shopping. Our first stop was French-built St. Joseph Cathedral, which is located two blocks west from Hoam Kiem Lake, where Ly Quoc Su becomes Nha Chung.
Thap Rua (The Tortoise Tower) at Night
We saw The Tortoise Tower (Thap Rua) in the early morning, how could we missed it at night?
Sinh To Hoa Qua Tuoi
We went back to the Pho To Tich street to eat fruit shake again. This time we chose a stall that sell Sinh To Hoa Qua Tuoi for slightly cheaper price, VND 6,000. There was a slight different in ingredients for the fruit shake, but it was as delicious!
Shopping at Old Quarter Hanoi
Old Quarter is located at Hoan Kiem district, and known as Pho Co in Vietnamese. Enclosed by Ha Noi Citadel, Hoan Kiem Lake and the Red River, the Old quarter is also famously known as the 36 Pho Puong (36 streets), and its history spans 2000 years. In the 13th century, 36 guilds established themselves here with each taking a different street. Street names reflect the type of merchandise being made/sold. Nowadays, some of the streets have taken up new commodities, but still cluster together along a single street – Hang Can (once scales, now stationary), Hang Dau (once oil, now shoes), Hang Buom (once sailcloth, nowconfectioneryy and wine) and Thuoc Bac (once medicine, now tools), for example. While some still retain the names as of the original trades â€“ Hang Ma (Votive Paper Decorations Street), Hang Gai (Silk Street), Hang Thiec (Tin Street), and Hang Dong (Bronze Street).
Different Dinners – Cha Ca and Bun Bo
I initially agreed with Adeline to have dinner at Cha Ca La Vong, at Pho Cha Ca, which is very famous. But after saw the price of VND 70,000, I felt it’s too much expensive and decided to give it a miss, and located other cha ca shop instead.
Xich Lo (Cyclo)
Due to the very hot weather, we decided not to walk back to our hotel. So we decided to take either a taxi, motorcycle (xe may or xe om) or xich lo (3-wheeled pedicab or trishaw) to go back. After leaving Four Pillars of Temple of Literature, a xich lo driver was approaching us. We bargained from VND 50,000 to VND 20,000. It was very interesting and exciting to see how xich lo managed to find a winding route among so many traffic on the road.