My 5: Ta Hien Street, Hanoi.

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1. Ta Hien Street, April 2018. Hanoi’s vibrant, colorful, bewildering old quarter is a real assault on the senses, even for a grizzled Asian traveller like myself. Dating back to the 13th century, this disorienting trade street will keep you on your toes as street hawkers hit you from all sides, tempting you into their restaurants, doing their utmost to flog you a straw hat, promising to relieve knotted muscles in side-alley massage parlors. Ta Hien Street is a flag-waver of the Old Quarter vibe; a 266-meter stretch packed with so much teeming humanity you’ll hardly know where to look. Especially at night when there’s barely a free inch of space to be had.  Continue Reading »