My family and I took the train to go down to the Central provinces, and we naturally made a few stops along the way. We used buses, minivans, taxi, motorbikes, and a flight.. And of course the Reunification train, that runs from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City. Here's a scene from this train, and I'll probably post a few more this week!
Okay, this isn't technically Hanoi, but it's not that far - in the North. I took this during my one-week motorbike trip, during which I saw some fantastic sights. Thankfully there weren't that many cars on the road, so those buffalos were safe!
Found this engraved bell in the Bút Tháp pagoda; my poor vietnamese skills only allow me to decipher 'Chùa Bút Tháp' (Bút Tháp pagoda), 'thành phố Hạ Long' (Halong city) and 'Tỉnh Quảng Ninh' (Quảng Ninh province). Yeah I know, I really oughta take some more lessons! Someone help me?
In case you're wondering, this was taken right in the heart of Hanoi! To be more exact, right inside the excellent Museum of Ethnology of Vietnam (Bảo tàng Dân tộc học Việt Nam) which showcases the numerous ethnic minorities that coexist in the country. Outside the museum, you can find samples of traditional houses, most of them being 'community houses' - which explains the surreal height for instance!
I found this interesting statuette in the Bút Tháp pagoda premises (this site is approximately 60 km away from Hanoi centre - translate into a 2h30 motorbike ride); the pagoda, which dates back to the 13th century, is really worth the visit!
Tran Quoc Pagoda is located between Truc Bach lake (where I live) and Ho Tay (West Lake). The legend says it's been built during the 6th century A.D. on the banks of the river, and then relocated to its current site. Sure looks like it's been well renovated ;).