Hanoi New Year

Happy New Year from Hanoi!

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The Old Quarter was really rocking tonight. It seemed like the whole of the city had come out to party. There were throngs of people everywhere.

There were a couple of areas with large New Year Countdown parties, with big screens and lights. I got to one of them around 10.00pm and it was already packed out and rocking. See the video below to get an idea.

 

There was a great atmosphere and everyone was having fun. However, the crowd packed out the road from wall to wall so there was a lot of pushing and shoving as people tried to get through the crowd. It was a pickpocket paradise. After enjoying the show for a while, I moved onto the side streets where things were busy but less crowded. The video below shows one of the side street areas.

 

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A post-midnight snack from a street vendor. A Vietnamese version of satay sticks – grilled meat on a stick with a chili sauce on top. Excellent!
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I even got to try my hand at wafting the coals on the grill

 

 

 

 

 

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