Scenes and Letters of Hanoi, Vietnam

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Scenes and Letters of Hanoi, Vietnam

Hanoi is humid and hot. It is a food heaven for good eaters and it has good markets for shoppers. Mostly, it has full of characters. You’ll never get bored.

Coming from China, Vietnamese characters gave me a different feeling. The Chinese character is not so exotic to me since I can read and write most of them. But Vietnamese is different. It looks just like English but it really is not. It has 6 different tones; you can see it on the top and the bottom of the each letter. And just like speaking Chinese, they won’t understand you if you’re not using the right tone. Four tone was hard enough but six tones? I’m scared to even try it.

Anyway, Hanoi back street is crowded with not only motorbikes but also all the signs to lure the customers. Sim card, all the food, advertisements, and messages. It was rather fascinating to me.

I captured some of the scenes and letters around Hanoi while I was walking around. It wasn’t easy; because I had to make sure that I wasn’t in danger with all the motorbikes. But yes, I got fascinated by the letters and the scenes around Hanoi. It entertained me for four days.

Small Restaurant Hanoi Vietnam

Small Restaurant in Hanoi Vietnam

Sim Card Hanoi Vietnam

Buying Sim Card is Easy in Hanoi

Lake Hanoi Vietnam

Buildings near Lake in Hanoi

Ho Chi Minh Museum Hanoi Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh Museum in Hanoi Vietnam

Hanoi Train Station

Hanoi Train Station

Hanoi Back Street Vietnam

Hanoi Back Street

Temple of Literature Hanoi Vietnam

Temple of Literature in Hanoi Vietnam

Danger Sign Hanoi Vietnam

Danger Sign Hanoi Vietnam

Bia Hanoi Vietnam

Bia Hoi

Advertisement and Laundry in Hanoi Vietnam

Advertisement and Laundry at backstreet in Hanoi Vietnam

Coffeeshop Hanoi Vietnam

Coffeeshop in Hanoi Vietnam

Lenin Statue Hanoi Vietnam

Lenin Statue in Hanoi Vietnam

Wisdom Temple of Literature Hanoi Vietnam

The Letter Means ‘Intelligence’ at Temple of Literature in Hanoi Vietnam

Bun Ca Hanoi Vietnam

Bun Ca in the street

Advertisement Hanoi Vietnam

Advertisement in Hanoi Vietnam

Juno Kim
Juno Kim
Juno Kim, Originally from Seoul, South Korea, Juno set off for the wider world to pursue her passion for travel and storytelling. She traveled the world as an award-winning travel blogger and photographer, witnessing the everyday life of different cultures. Currently based in Anchorage, Alaska and exploring this amazing Last Frontier. Follow my journey through @RunawayJuno and Instagram .


  1. Jenny says:

    Great pictures! You captured Hanoi very well!

  2. Great photos! Making me really excited about going back so I can stroll for hours take in the words and letters more!

  3. Liz says:

    Very cool photos. I know next to nothing about Vietnamese (or Chinese, for that matter), so just looking at the letters has always fascinated me. It looks like a really interesting place, thanks for sharing with us!

  4. Stephen says:

    You had me hooked with the Bun Cha photo. I love that stuff.

  5. Mike Bugno says:

    Love the advertisement and laundry pic. Looking forward to seeing Vietnam soon with you and Stephen!

  6. Do you even know what the signs mean? Hehe! Well, seems like you really had a great time enjoying those advertisements. Is the food there really delish? Great shots by the way!

  7. Desmond Keller says:

    Vietnam is a really beautiful place. The scenery is amazing, and the building are just so cute. I am looking forward to visiting it during on of the coming vacations.

  8. Ryan McCoy says:

    With every picture you post, Vietnam gets higher up on my places to go list.

    • Juno says:

      Thanks Ryan! Vietnam is really giving me mixed feelings, but after all, it’s a worthwhile place to travel for sure.

  9. Jerrah says:

    I just love the photos you have shared here and they are all awesome! I just hope I can visit those places someday too.. Thanks for the great photographs too..

  10. Billy Harvey says:

    This article served many interesting information’s which are totally new to me. I was unknown about Vietnam. So, i have learned more about Vietnam from this article. Also i want to visit Hanoi.

  11. Charlenevans09 says:

    To be honest, I love the the park and other tourist spots in Hanoi but I can say that Hanoi should implement cleanliness in their place. Thanks for sharing those photos.

  12. George says:

    The Vietnamese and Chinese are both beautiful languages yet I agree that they are complicated to learn. The photos are great and Vietnam would be a fascinating destination. I would love to get to know their culture.

  13. Jenny says:

    I haven’t been to Vietnam and I guess these photos are definitely awesome! I just love these photos so much! I hope you can even post more too..

  14. Claire says:

    I agree that they are complicated to learn. The photos are great and Vietnam would be a fascinating destination. I would love to get to know their culture. Thanks for sharing.

  15. Lourdes says:

    Thanks for the great photos. It was so good that I felt that I was in Hanoi myself.

  16. James says:

    Love the architecture in Hanoi – that blend of imposing Soviet architecture and monuments, the grand French architecture, the traditional Vietnamese buildings and the ornate decorations on the giant honeycomb of tube houses in the Old Quarter.

    Oh yeah, and the food’s great too.

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