Beyond what you’ve seen on the internet, the authentic Hanoi features its own beauty in every street corner. It’s best to collect moments of your exploration about the Hanoian life through memorable photos. Then, if you’re a keen photographer, take a look at 6 must-visit places to capture the most awe-inspiring street photos of Hanoi.
1. Hanoi Train Street
The highlights of Hanoi Train Street lie at the intersection between North-South railway and some striking streets, including Tran Phu, Phung Hung, Kham Thien and Le Duan Street. Rising popular from Instagram posts, distinctive images of Hanoi Train Street surrounded by residential buildings will amaze you with an organized chaos.
It’s surprising how the locals could risk their lives with frequent passing trains every day. The daily activities are engaged in the railways at the middle of train street and two narrow sides offering kids’ playgrounds, street vendors, culinary places and stunning coffee shops.
To get away from bustling streets, you should better soak up the beautiful peace nestled in this hidden spot. If you want to take impressive photographs, it’s highly recommended to get there around 10am or 3pm to avoid the crowds and train time schedule. However, capturing moments of the coming train is dangerous but worthwhile for adventurous person.
2. Long Bien Bridge
Constructed between 1899 and 1902 by the father of Eiffel Tower, Long Bien Bridge is not only a historic witness but also charming attraction to get deeper insights of Hanoi. The fresh air and panoramic overview will give you the most wonderful photo shooting than ever.
A long walk in both sides offer plenty of local concepts like the tranquil Red River and seasonal flower gardens on one side; and the vibrant wholesale market on the other. It’s greatest to come there at sunset or sunrise, wander around the railways and take catchy photos of the authentic Hanoi life.
If you’re a bit lazy, there’s a café called Serein, overlooking the bridge and nearby region. It sounds fabulous to sit down, sip a cup of cool drink and feel the true taste of Hanoi.
3. Phung Hung Mural Street
Phung Hung Mural Street is established under a contemporary art project of Vietnam and South Korea. There are wall paintings which recall memories of Hanoi old features such as Hang Ma Street, Mid-Autumn Festival, the ancient Trang Tien Department Store, Long Bien Brigde, street images of flower vendors, a schoolgirl on her way to school and other more.
This is either a recreational place or a cultural space for city dwellers and travelers to explore the heritages of Hanoi. Walking along the 200-meter street wall, you’ll see the contemporary art exquisitely depicting 3D paintings with multitude inspirational photo ideas.
4. West Lake Hanoi
Known as the largest freshwater lake of Hanoi, West Lake has a perimeter of 17km and covers an area of 500 hectares. This is a landmark visitors usually come for historic interests, peaceful scenery and splendid hotels and restaurants nearby. Despite its lively nightlife, the best time to capture the beauty of West Lake is at breaking dawn or twilight. The sunset and sunrise moments offer the most stunning photographs of West Lake, where you can take daily photos of the locals doing exercise or taking a stroll around the lakeside.
Additionally, West Lake is home to Tran Quoc Pagoda, a cultural symbol of Vietnamese Buddhism and Quan Thanh Temple, one of Hanoi’s ancient four sacred temples. You should combine your sightseeing with these highlighted attractions to inspire your photography trip.
There’re numerous hotels, coffees, restaurants and bars overlooking the panorama of West Lake. Find a rooftop place and take a rest in fresh atmosphere and comfortable tranquility.
5. Hanoi Old Quarter
Set the luxury buildings and skyscrapers aside, you’ll find the treasured value in ancient tiny houses, street vendors, Hanoi specialties and vibrant walking streets.
Hanoi Old Quarter inspires photographers with plenty of iconic beauty spots such as Hoan Kiem Lake, Dong Kinh Nghia Thuc Square, Dong Xuan Market and beautiful streets like Ta Hien, Hang Ma, etc. Each sight has its own charm that has drawn thousands of tourists’ attractions.
6. Quang Ba Flower Market
Maybe you’ve got familiar with the photos of street vendors wheeling bicycles laden with fresh-cut flowers. Why don’t you take a beautiful early morning adventure at Hanoi’s main marketplace for fresh-cut flowers? Beside purchasing purpose, Quang Ba flower market is an attraction for taking photographs and soaking up the atmosphere.
Unlike the graceful flower shops in Western cities, Quang Ba flower market has its own hectic, bustling atmosphere and a beautiful balance of beauty and craziness. The morning market welcomes visitors from midnight to around 6am, but most people miss out the liveliest time between 2am and 4am.
Come discover the authentic Asia market and get the uniquely memorable things to do in Hanoi. Not only a business, Quang Ba flower market features a way of life and a community indicating the most wonderful and buzzing experience in Hanoi.
Here are some suggested inspirational ideas to take the most appealing street photos in Hanoi. Let’s pack your camera and your eager for authentic photography experience.