CHAO MUNG DEN HA NOI
I have listed the places you must not miss when you go to Hanoi...
A stroll around the lake at any time of the day is always an interesting sight to see ---- old men smoking bamboo pipes while playing mahjong or chess, people jogging, young lovers walking hand in hand or some vendors selling street food. In your morning stroll you will see some elderly Vietnamese women doing their tai-chi and chi-qong exercises and so on.
You should not miss the " Pen Tower " - It is a small stone brush tower that is located at the beginning of the bridge.
** TRAN QUOC PAGODA **
Tran Quoc Pagoda is seated on an island linked by a bridge between the two most romantic lakes of Hanoi, The West Lake and the Truc Bach Lake. It is the oldest pagoda that is situated in the center of Hanoi and is considered a cultural symbol of Vietnamese Buddhism.
The garden tower inside Tran Quoc.
Inside the pagoda, there are many valuable statues, such as the red lac statues trimmed with gold. ( see photo below ).
I was not able to go on my scheduled 2day/1 night cruise on Halong Bay because the day we went -- we were not allowed to sail due to the weather. The tour operator told us that the sea was rough and it was very windy.
I will be back in Hanoi hopefully before the year ends...and I will make sure to go to Halong Bay.