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…..)
Sometimes, you even get guys pushing loads of wood, steal beams, pipes, etc.
You also have your flower sellers.
And hat vendors.
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!!
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.
You can also shop for clothes on the side of the road too….
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.