Travelers love markets. One senses the vitality and gets a glimpse into the culture of a country from the hubbub of its marketplaces. And of course, the more exotic, the more fun.
I always think we have to temper this with the idea that these markets tell us something of the inner city but can't really describe the whole country. It's a little like going to Los Angeles' Grand Central Market downtown and thinking you understand the culture of America. And a Farmers' Market in a suburban area will give you a much different picture.
Still, inner city markets are fascinating. So, here are some of my favorite pictures from the market area in Hanoi.
And next time, we’ll visit the Saigon market which has a slightly different flavor.