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Getting around Hanoi involves walking (wonderful), bicycles or motorbikes (scary), cars (expensive and time consuming), or hiring a cyclo. Above is a photo of Mr. Lap, my cyclo driver this summer.
I’m in the back row in the blue shirt. This is a group of friends and clients on a trip that I designed and led to Singapore, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos a few years ago. I’ve been traveling extensively in Southeast Asia, and delight in helping others travel successfully and learn about these countries.
I was at the edge of a cliff. Below me, rice paddy fields clung to the edge of the mountain, plunging over a thousand meters downward. I was in the northern mountains of Vietnam, suspended in a cloud
Skinny three-story homes lay straggling in between the paddies of rice. Their architecture is delightfully puzzling: two bits rococo (encouraged by the French, no doubt), a sling of neoclassicism or modern touches, and from time to time, several dashes of Disneyland (especially apparent in the paint selection) are present.
My two favorite museums in Southeast Asia are: the Asian Civilization Museum in Singapore and the Museum of Ethnology in Hanoi. The photo is taken at the Hanoi Ethnology Museum and captures one of the several stunning tribal village structures located there. Skilled villagers were brought to Hanoi with their traditional materials, tools, and methods to construct these buildings. As modern materials and building methods replace the traditional ones, these buildings are becoming rare finds