Hanoi Daily Photo

A (Quasi) Daily Dose of Vietnam's Busy-Busy Capital. (Archived)


Month: July 2008

Chợ Đồng Xuân

Đồng Xuân is the oldest and largest market in Vietnam; its ‘organized mess’ inside is quite worth a visit!

The tube-house

Six storeys, apple-green and the width of a door: I am not kidding, this is a real building, located very close to my apartment. I wonder what went into the architect’s head when he/she designed this… What’s your theory?

The keeper

As the city is full of bikes everywhere – whether they are on the streets, on the sidewalks or in the houses basements – someone needs to keep an eye on them when one goes to the restaurant or to… Continue Reading…

Hanging around

When the past (this old house), the present (those clothes hanging there to dry) and the future (the renovation works) meet, well, you get this surprising sight. But when you come to think about it, isn’t it what a city… Continue Reading…

Hồ Chí Minh Mausoleum

Here’s another famous building in Hanoi: the Hồ Chí Minh Mausoleum. Hosting the preserved body of the former leader, it is open to the public in the morning so that people can go pay their respects to ‘Uncle Ho’ – and… Continue Reading…

Little House on the Prairie

Right in the heart of the Old Quarter sits this ‘little house’, with pretty much no signs of life. I’m intrigued… Aren’t you?

The Opera House

Please meet the Hanoi Opera House (or Nhà hát lớn Hà Nội as you can read on the pediment), an interesting building inspired by the parisian Palais Garnier. Next to it is the Hilton Hanoi Opera Hotel, recently established; you may wonder why such… Continue Reading…

Motorbike hug

[xe ôm]: ‘motorbike hug’ … Or, more commonly, moto-taxi. Yep, this is one of the easiest way to travel inside the city when you don’t have a bike yourself, and, more importantly, if you’re not too averse to taking risks.… Continue Reading…

Fête Nationale

July 14th (‘14 Juillet‘) is France’s National Day, celebrating the anniversary of the storming of the Bastille in 1789; like all the Frenchmen residing in Hanoi, I got invited to the celebrations held at the Embassy today. This means mingling,… Continue Reading…


I finally got around to renting a motorbike yesterday, and it is pretty awesome; I can go around and stop when I see nice house entrances such as the one above. Priceless!