People watching in Hanoi

So, we haven’t done a whole lot of blog worthy sightseeing in our two weeks in Hanoi.  What we have done a lot of is eat and eat and eat — more on that in a future post — and people watch.  We love hanging out at a cafe, nursing a drink, and watching the world go by.  And, the people watching in Hanoi is out of this world.

First, this is typical traffic for Hanoi.  You’ve got cars, you’ve got scooters, you’ve got pedicabs, you’ve got cars, you’ve got buses, you’ve got people on bikes, you’ve got pedestrians, etc.  And, they are going in every different direction at once.  I don’t know how it works, but somehow it does — especially when there aren’t any stupid tourists trying to cross through this mess.  (Our favorite is watching tourists try to cross who put their hand up in the “stop” signal — like that is going to matter even one teeny, tiny bit.  Yeah, sure, it is.  That big, huge tourist bus is definitely going to stop because you put your hand up…..)


Traffic in Hanoi.

Sometimes, you even get guys pushing loads of wood, steal beams, pipes, etc.


Pushing lumber through the intersection.

You also have your flower sellers.


Flower seller.

And hat vendors.


Hat vendor.

Don’t forget the pedicabs — they are everywhere, offering one hour rides around old town.  We haven’t taken any of them up on the offer just yet because I’m pretty sure we have walked on every single street in the Old Quarter.  And, the more we walk, the more we get to eat!!


Waiting pedicab driver.

Don’t forget your fruit vendors.  And, the guy in green is a Grab motorcycle driver waiting on a fare — Grab is the Asian equivalent of Uber.


Fruit vendor and Grab driver.

You can also shop for clothes on the side of the road too….


Clothing vendor.

I don’t think anywhere in the world has the same high quality people watching as Hanoi….but if you know of an even better place let us know.

About theschneiduks

Lisa has a degree in biology and another in law and has spent the last 20 years working as a patent litigator. She is a voracious reader of young adult dystopian fiction and watches far too much bad tv. She loves pretty much anything to do with zombies, and doesn’t think there is anything weird about setting an alarm at 6 am on a weekend to stumble to a pub to watch her beloved Chelsea boys. Robert has had many professions, including a chef, a salesman, an IT guy and most recently, a stay at home dog dad. He speaks Italian and hopes to learn Spanish on this trip. He loves nothing more than a day spent sailing, hopes to do more scuba diving, and rues the day he introduced Lisa to football (i.e., soccer).
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