We’ve spent our first week in Vietnam staying in the Old Quarter of the capital, Ha Noi. The Old Quarter is just that… old. Ha Noi has been located on this spot for more than 1,000 years. Many of the buildings look like they’ve been here about that long… crumbling, dingy, a million shades of fading grey and brown.
However, in amongst these ancient and washed out buildings you’ll find beautiful shocks of colour and life. The warm yellow of the flowers being sold by a vendor on a bike, the rickey blue stools lined up at street side cafes, the lacquered red of the bridge to a pagoda… these colours leap out and brighten up what may otherwise be a dull city. It’s lovely to look at and enchanting to explore.