The Old Quarter in Hanoi is very much like a provincial town in France. The French greatly influenced this city and it can be seen in the architecture and layout. Many of the streets are narrow and filled with interesting shops and restaurants. The city used to be full of street kids selling postcards, ladies with flowers hawking their products, but these have been moved from the lanes and alleyways as the city begins to modernize. Make sure you spend some time walking around the Lake. You'll discover a lot about the city and its people by a few hours at Hoan Kiem Lake. The Lake is also a useful reference point if you get lost in the jumble of streets and lanes.

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The Cyclo Cafe is very popular. Old cyclos have been meticulously restroed. Staff of the Cyclo Cafe have a meal together. Hanoi has lots of interesting narrow streets and lanes. Vietnam's version of Barbi. You can spend an interesting few hours exploring the lake. The Australian ANZ Bank has set up branches throughout Vietnam. Men meet and talk near the lake. The lake is a safe place to ride. People are drawn to the lake to escape the heat. The lake is cool and inviting but no one swims in it. Woman selling fans. This is a good place to catch up with old friends. Bright colored flowers on the edge of Hoan Kiem Lake. Everywhere a picture. Street wise children in Hanoi.
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