The Amazing Scooters of Hanoi

Last year we decided to do things a little different for our New Year celebration. Rather than spend it with friends back home in Australia like we usually do, we thought we’d experience a taste of how the rest of the world celebrate this annual milestone. After some umming and ahhing, we eventually settled on Hanoi in Vietnam – and it was sensational!!

There was a lot to love about this bustling city of 7.5 million people, but the thing that caught our attention most was the ridiculously overloaded scooters. Everything from potted plants to washing machines had been artfully balanced on the back of them. Just when we thought we’d seen it all, another outrageous sight would zip along and blow our minds.

We spent hours just relaxing at coffee shops watching the world go by. One cafe in particular, Hapro The Little Ha Noi (Address: 23 Hàng Gai, Hoàn Kiếm) was a goldmine for people and scooter watching, with its large bifold window looking directly out to a busy intersection.

Here are a handful of the pictures we managed to take around the city:

Have you been to Hanoi? Let us know if there are any other great scooter watching sites. 

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Chris Ashton

We're Chris Ashton and Simon Ceglinski, two Aussie travellers with a love of exploration and adventure, and the odd bit of luxury thrown in. We seek out street art, street food, and scuba diving wherever we go, and prefer the road less travelled over well-worn tourist paths.

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    • We noticed a lot of Honda, Yamaha and Piaggio, but surprisingly not so many Suzuki. Had we been there a week longer we probably would have known what brand each scooter was simply by the horn!

  • Wish I had taken a picture of a water buffalo slung across the back end of a motor bike outside Hanoi!

    • We saw a few large baskets filled to capacity with ducks and pigs on the backs of the bikes, nothing as extreme as a water buffalo though. That would have been impressive! Those sights always came and went so fast, it was hard to get the camera out in time.

Written by Chris Ashton