Flavors of Hanoi: Dong Da District.

The part of Dong Da we explored is all about heavy metal and hard work. Despite the ┬ásoul-crushing heat that day, most people we met there were very welcoming and were in great spirits. Here is what I saw…

 

Advertisements

Flavors of Hanoi- My Dinh District

My Dinh is all about contrasts. Beneath shiny new towers, five-star hotels and affluent neighborhoods remain shanty towns and slums. My Dinh also represents Hanoi’s grand ambitions for the future and the difficult reality of achieving them. There are whole communities of luxurious villas erected in a time of great optimism, that were soon abandoned in the face of a stagnating real estate market.

untitled (1 of 2)

 

untitled (2 of 2)

untitled (1 of 1)-2

Some of these semi-finished villas have found a second life as cafes, bun cha restaurants and motorbike garages. It’s this kind of ingenuity and adaptability that will ultimately bring Vietnam the success it deserves.

untitled (1 of 1)

 

Flavors of Hanoi- Long Bien District

This is the first installment of a weekly exploration of Hanoi’s many districts. According to my friends at wikipedia, Hanoi has eight urban districts and ten rural districts. I’ll cover the urban ones first and if I still have momentum I might try to cover the rural ones too.

For our first mission, my friend Dave and I walked across the historic Long Bien Bridge into the district of the same name. It’s very close to city center, but feels like it’s many miles away. It’s much quieter and things tend to move at a slower pace here. I can see why it’s becoming more popular with ex-pats.

Anyway here’s what I saw…

untitled (1 of 3) untitled (2 of 3) untitled (3 of 3)