Went there about 10 years ago.
Many amputees then.
Women wear AoDai look beautiful.
Now they must be richer. Maybe tourism spoiled already and lost the innocence.
Hanoi is nicer than Saigon ( Ho Chi Minh city).
Still got French architecture.
Stayed in a hotel in the middle of a lake. Nice.
Look for this place "Little Hanoi" (search for it in Google) which is located in the Old Quarter. There are some shops at the old quarter near the lake which sells camera bags cheap, make sure you bargain down to 8USD, i can get the same bag but much cheaper at Hoi An. The brand is northface.
Xing is right, in fact "Yunyang" in Yunnan is a much nicer place than Sapa. Its now infested by tourists like us and the people are fast losing their charm and innocence, not sparing the kids either. When I wanna take a pic of the kids, they reach out their hands and shouted "1 dollar 1 dollar!" or "Photo money ! Photo Money!", wonder who taught them that...
But if you are armed with a telephoto lens of at least 200mm thats another story though....:devil:
If you are planning to visit Halong Bay, try to do at least a two days trip instead of a day trip or you'll spend the most of the day trip traveling up and down to Halong Bay. Won't have much time at all to see anything. And since it's during their Tet (our CNY) period, it would probably be difficult to get train tickets on the sport if you're going to Sapa.
Cont... Erm so sorry, i dun have enough pix about Halong Bay....but dun visit those landscape at CNY, i afraid that those boat and transport sevice will close... but if u can go from today...more flower...nice weather...and see how ppl prepare for new year
hey Foxxy, nice pics.... are the latter ones from TamCoc? the bridge and temple looks familiar or is it Fragrant Pagoda, hehe... to Agila, if you are thinking of going to Fragrant Pagoda during CNY.... you'll be mobbed by thousands of pilgrims ;p
Those pix have taken from Hanoi and and on the way to Huong pagoda ( only can go by river)
the temple at midle of the lake is inside Hanoi, there is have a nice story about it.
TamCoc also a nice place ^^ i have some pix of that place ^_^
Hi again, i forgot one thing to tell ya, this season ( CNY) strongly recomend you dun go to Halong Bay, it is very foggy there, u canot take any pix
and if u go Sapa, it nice there, but the weather there about 0 to -3 C degree , it's cold ^^
Highland coffee !!! Yum Yum.....esp at night, very nice view from high up there.:thumbsup:
They serve camel meat too....:sweat:
Tam Coc is nice. It wasn't exactly very foggy at Halong Bay and Tam Coc when i went during CNY last year. But last year CNY is abit later than this year's, so i'm not sure what's the weather condition now. Sapa is misty and foggy for sure. But i doubt you have the time to make it there.