This post is part of a new series entitled ‘Picture Perfect’, published because of my wish to showcase some beautiful travel shots from around the world which didn’t quite make it into regular blog posts or which tell a story on their own and need few words, if any, to describe them.
Hanoi is a bit of a tough city to get right, cold and damp in Winter with smog/fog and very little sunshine and hot and humid in summer to the point of discomfort. I visited in Winter because Hanoian ‘cold’ is not really cold (minimum 12 degrees celcius), and because sightseeing is best done wrapped up in a jacket rather than dripping sweat. Here are some of my favourite images of this complex and often misunderstood city. If you go to Hanoi, please don’t expect a tropical paradise resembling Bangkok. It’s not Bangkok nor is it supposed to be. It’s Hanoi with its crappy weather, thick traffic and treasures to find if you look hard enough.
Hoan Kiem Lake and Ngoc Son Temple
Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum and the one pillar pagoda
Hanoian Street scenes
-Text and Photography by Denise Pulis @www.theartofslowtravel.com. All rights reserved.