Vietnam day 3 - Hanoi (Highlands Cafe & Hoan Kiem Lake)
Having had a wonderful meal in Gourmet Corner, we set off for a walk around the city. This place is quite near from the lake where we are headed, so we went there on foot.
The funny thing about this city, and all cities around Vietnam is that their electrical cable is so
|Low dangling electric cabble|
|Old coffee shop|
We went to a small mall around here, not really recomended, since there's nothing interesting to see, more like a large department store than a mall. We only head for a coconut drink there.
Here's a map of the surrounding area :
We went here at about 5 o'clock, there's lots of beautiful shops and interesting spots here.
|Baguette sold in the street|
The entrance to Highland's Cafe is very small and non discreet, it's just a small staircase at the side of the building, short walk on the staircase and you'll encounter an elevator that will take you to the Cafe on top of the building.
|Table with a view|
The view was quite interesting, I encounter this gentlemen wearing cap with his big tele lenses that probably weigh as much as a child.
Hoan Kiem Lake
The lake is just 5 minutes walking distance from the Cafe, the afternoon sun provide a nice lighting and exposure, so we had a chance to take some photos. There's also nice park there, with hot dog seller and drink stalls. Lots of people visit the place to have an exercise, which we quite admire. The weather was blistering hot, so we barely have the energy for a long walk, let along a full exercise.
In the center of the park there's a bridge connecting the park to a small temple. There's a lot of people taking picture here, there's not much to see in the temple as far as I can tell. Admission fee is quite affordable, only about $2. Because we were quite fatigued and it's quite late in the afternoon, we decided not to go to the temple area and just takes a picture alongside the park and the beautiful red bridge.