Said to resemble the sinuous roots and branches of a tree sprouting from nearby Hoan Kiem Lake, Hanoi’s Old Quarter is a warren of twisting alleys and narrow lanes that fan out to the north and west. Developed as a crafts center between the 11th and 13th centuries, the neighborhood attracted artisans from all over Vietnam who specialized in trades such as metalwork, carpentry and ceramics.
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They’re buzzing darting, swerving … they’re everywhere. The streets of Ho Chi Minh City are a moving sea of them, and everyone, but everyone, from babes in arms to crepe paper-skinned grandparents, rides them. These are Vietnam’s ubiquitous motorbikes, and it’s said the city alone has as many as 2 million.