Plants, Pets, Art, and Wooden Furniture on Hoàng Hoa Thám Street – VIETNAM WALK

Plants, Pets, Art, and Wooden Furniture on Hoàng Hoa Thám Street – VIETNAM WALK

Hey good afternoon everybody, it’s Cory here. I am coming to you from Hoang Hoa Tham street in Hanoi, Vietnam. This is a place I wanted to show you guys. If you follow my Instagram, I took a picture of a bunch of shops that were selling furniture, and that’s why I wanted to show you this street. Because this street has a ton of furniture, and it also has a lot of greenery. Like nurseries and stuff like that. As you can see, they’re selling lots of different flowers, and herbs, and all kinds of house-hold plants, and whatever. There’s also a lot of bird cages, fish tanks, all kinds of stuff down this street. This street is real pretty, it’s lined by a lot of trees, so there’s a canopy. And a lot of shade and a lot of cool fresh air. So let’s go walk down, and see what it looks like. So you’ll see a lot of vendors selling greenery stuff. People just pull up on mopeds, buy a tree, put it on the moped, and then go home. Wow, just stepping onto this street, it’s already 5 degrees cooler. Nice, lush trees. If you look around, there’s some stuff related to gardening. So there’s a lot of flower pots and soil and stuff like that. I need to get some of these for my house. There’s also a lot of art, like traditional kind of stuff. Stuff related to altars. You can see some of the fish tanks here. So Hanoi, like many older Asian cities, has a lot of areas focused primarily on one or two kinds of things. Like if you wanted to buy a sofa, then you’d go to the street where all the sofas are. If you wanted to buy electronics, you go to the street where all the electronics are. From what I’ve read, this place is mainly fish and pets and art (and plants). And maybe within the last decade or two, that’s when the furniture stuff started coming along. Hi puppy! This is all hand-carved furniture. All the wood here is hand-carved and very beautiful. This looks like some type of pots… flower pots. Across the street, you can see art. Paintings… there’s some galleries around here too. Here’s a shop that sells like jade and other kinds of carved/polished things. I wish you guys could smell what I’m smelling. There’s a lot of flowers. And you could feel what I’m feeling. There’s a very nice cool breeze coming right down this corridor. So this street actually runs parallel to my street. I live one street over. And I read that this street was the perimeter of the wall of the old ancient capital. I forget which dynasty. But there was a wall to protect the palace or something like that. And that wall used to be where this street is now. I’m trying not to get hit here. Let’s look at some more greenery. There’s some real beautiful plants, many I’ve never even seen before. Here’s a shop that sells statues. A lot of bird cages here. There’s a lot of ceramics here, too. I heard that it’s imported from Japan and China, but there are a few that are made here near Hanoi, maybe 20 kilometers away, and then it’s brought in to this street area. Here’s some different types of birds, chickens… So for those of you who are concerned about animal rights, as I am, we probably all agree that a lot of these animals probably come from farms. Breeding farms, and that kind of stuff. I don’t support it, I’m never going to buy an animal or pet here, but it is a fact of life here in Vietnam, to see these kinds of things. It’s one of those cultural things, you know? That’s what the people have been doing here for hundreds and hundreds of years. I wish I knew more about regulations and stuff. So what’s also cool, besides stores selling plants, there’s also motorcycles and bicycles that come up and just park on the side of the street selling flowers, chili peppers, and all kinds of other stuff. Woah Looks like a turkey. This street is not super, super long. I mean, it is long, but the section where there’s all this stuff, the bird cages and fish tanks and flowers and stuff, it’s in just one section of this street. It’s not super long, I could walk it in maybe 10 minutes or something (at full pace) Very lush area of Hanoi city. Here’s some birds, and lots of fish. There’s some Beta fish, goldfish… What’s going on here? Ah, it’s different types of organic dried wood, organic shapes. You can make some stuff with that. This is a ceramic shop. Across the street, that’s a bus stop. You can see behind the bus stop, and next to it there’s a lot of plants also being sold. Alright, there are animals here. Poor puppies. OMG they look so cute. I wish I could save you all. So I’m noticing as I walk around and explore Hanoi, that there are a lot of streets that specialize in different things. Very similar to Seoul. Like the other day, I was walking through an area and it was all karaoke, machines and stuff like that. The street was all karaoke. Pretty crazy. Such nice shade. Wow, that guy had a lot of stuff. Ok, maybe I’ll cross the street. Here we go. This is how you do it. You just go, and you don’t stop. Very beautiful. Xin chao. (Hello) There’s all types of functional furniture made from wood, and there’s also more like spiritual-related. Like shrines, altars, and stuff. Or for ceremonies and what not. So you have a variety of different things. All hand-carved. This guy is sanding down this thing. Xin chao (Hello). Looked like a frame for a mirror. You notice, there’s not so much greenery stuff going on over in this area. It’s a lot of regular shops, and furniture. And paintings. And wood carvings. Wow, look at all these stones. They’re polished. Here’s some dried gourds. Tree bark. **Long honking noise** hehehe The honking, some guy is just riding with the horn button pressed the entire time. Crazy. So this tall building here, I think it belongs to a bank or something, oh yeah, Exim Bank. My house is on the other side of it. We’re very close to home. There’s actually a side street up here on the left that cuts through the neighborhood and goes right behind my building. So it’s a nice short cut. I’m going to cross the street again. Alright, now’s my chance. There are some shops up here I definitely wanted to show you. They do automotive repair, for mopeds, and they also customize. These are exhaust pipes and mufflers. Some shocks. I think this is one of the few Walking videos I’ve ever done where I just walked a straight line. I didn’t go down any alleys or get lost. Lots of traffic. Ok, so if I keep going straight, there’s going to be more furniture shops on the right side. On the left is just normal shops and restaurants. So that’s pretty much the end of it. And I took my Instagram photo from up ahead. So what I’m going to do is actually I’m going to take that little back alley and I’m going to go home. I’ll show you guys what that looks like. So this is it right here. If I just follow this along, it goes right to my home area. Notice the difference, how loud it is in the street and as soon as you step away into these side streets it’s just so quiet. Wow, look at that. I’ve only been down back here one time. So I have to hopefully remember that I’m walking in the right direction. Here we go, if you saw my other walking video, balconies so close to each other. They’re literally touching in some places. Oh… Can I go this way? Cảm ơn (thank you) So actually my apartment is not this white one, but the one next to it. And they’re building a road. This is what this canal looks like. Eventually they’re going to dredge this out and cover it and turn this into a road. So this will all be a road at some point. Right now, it looks like they’re dredging. Or setting up, getting ready to dredge. Not the nicest thing to see near your house. But I’m glad they’re actually doing something about it, so it’s just going to take some time. Alright guys, thanks for watching, leave any comments or questions down below. This was just a quick little walk around video for you guys, from here in Hanoi, Vietnam. Thank you for watching, give this video a Thumbs Up, please Subscribe, check me out on Patreon, all that other stuff. And I’ll see you guys later. Bye!

67 thoughts on “Plants, Pets, Art, and Wooden Furniture on Hoàng Hoa Thám Street – VIETNAM WALK

  1. Does your city or town have a street like this? If so, leave a comment below!
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  2. Nice walk! hoping you would stop by at a cafe/restaurant along the way or at the end of the walk. But it was still an interesting walk and fun seeing local biz too!

  3. Wow i have crossed those street million of times for my whole life and watching you actually do it through a camera angle is the freakiest experience. Ever.

  4. omg, the street looks so dangerous. they drive on both sides like theres no rules and theres so much honking! be careful!

  5. i really enjoyed the walking video. it's the first one i've seen. looking forward to more of them. i'll also look through your previous videos to see more of the walking videos, too.

  6. Was there two weeks ago and walked the ENTIRE stretch of Hoang Hoa Tham. It was insanely hot, but the sights were great. We cooled off with coconut coffee at Cong Cafe near West Lake in my friend's neighbourhood. You should try it — so good!

  7. Can't you add the other kind of advetisement. Not the banner type.. I mean.. I will see the other ad. for sure.

  8. Every time you walked out into the street I thought you were gonna get hit by a moped or something! 😩
    Is it always that loud in the streets? I feel like I wouldn't get used to all the noise 😣

  9. that wood is called driftwood for aquariums. I'd like too see i one of the fish shop though. I'm a aquarium hobbyist hehe.

  10. Great Video Cory, I miss these high quality movies. Do you miss Korea? I think Vietnam is a great place…Time for a Vietnamese girlfriend mate..Some of the girls there look very Take care!

  11. wow u are rather close to me , i live near Bach Thao park , if u put in some extra paces , u could get to West lake on Thanh Nien st , the place is super breezy and hotspot for couples

  12. Love the noises of countries like Vietnam, with the tooting of horns and crazy bikers. Great video, enjoyed the walk.

  13. I can't believe how many motor bikes are running around all the time. I don't think I could handle that. I live in Canada in a smallish town near Vancouver BC. The pace is a bit slower LOL
    It's interesting to see how other people in the world live. Keep up the good work on your vlog! 🙂

  14. Love the walking videos. A people watching video would be good. One of those crazy intersections would be very interesting to watch. Or maybe a video of the night life.

  15. Cory the difference in the tree lined streets is amazing ! feels cooler even on video lol . Thank you lovely walk along the road and interesting to see all the different shop 🙂 Take care .

  16. Wow.. Hanoi is so beautiful. Hope to see more about Hanoi over ur camera 😍😍😍
    Thanks alot 👍👍👍

  17. what is the most popular type of pet there? meaning-cats. dogs, birds.or do they have any really different type of pet that normally other countries wouldn't have.( hopefully I make sence

  18. Back alleys drive me crazzzy..I want more peeping into these quiet,mysterious yet intriguing alleys more,more and still more…loved the video….

  19. Nice. I found it odd that I didn't see any cars traveling towards you. Only motorcycles. Keep em coming.

  20. Have just seen you on Nguyễn Chí Thanh Street but couldn't say hi because of driving ^^
    However, love your videos ^^

  21. Sometimes I feel like I am riding on your shoulders for some reason. 🙂 Anyway, the honking would drive me nuts. I assume most of it is the courteous, "look out I'm here" type. Loved some of that furniture though, really nice. Best part is seeing the craftsman out on the street doing the work.

  22. That's cool how you really try to learn about your neighborhood/city Cory. Sorry if you had already touched on this but I think you would really enjoy getting a scooter. I know many out there will say you shouldn't but having lived there for 10 years and ridden one all those years, you really get to see and enjoy it so much more. Think about it, 10 years from now, the memories of riding a scooter amongst a stream of people in Hanoi!

  23. Hi Cory, I'm a brand new subscriber from Brisbane Australia and am fascinated by exotic travel / lifestyle videos, so pretty stoked that I found your channel as I love the Walking videos because as a viewer it gives me an insight or brief look into the daily life of that particular area. So just wanted to say hi, thanks for sharing your experiences and it looks like I have a few videos to catch up on 😉

  24. I am late to the party but I wanted to express my sympathies and congratulations on the recent changes you have gone through. I am just loving Vietnam! It is amazingly exotic and so different from South Korea. We look forward to all your new adventures and wish you nothing but happiness and peace. Two big thumbs up from us.

  25. If you're buying woodwork to bring back to the US, think twice. Unless you live in a very humid climate, the woodwork will crack because it's going from a humid climate to a dry climate. I bought an ornate box with chopsticks made out of wood. By the time it got back to California, the wood have already started cracking.

  26. i love how much "freedom" the people have in vietnam. or in many other so-called "poorer countries".

    shopworkers just chill in front of their shops and play with their handy. or eating something in front of their shops. thats one thing you would never see in a western country. in western countries these jobs are way too overregulated. you just have to look at customers the wrong way and you get fired.

    in vietnam it seems that low income workers like workers in shops have a lot more freedom. i bet they can even argue or insult the customers 😀

  27. Hey Cory I like your videos a lot. Please keep up your energy with Hanoi and enjoy it. By the way, have you attempted to ride a bike yet?

  28. This sixty-six y.o. Vietnam vet enjoyed your walking tour of Hoang Hoa Tham Street very much. I have been watching the really nice railfan videos of Red Ningbo Man, featuring activities on the VNR. Now I have something else nice to enjoy. I have viewed three of your videos so far, and plan to watch the rest of them soon. I think what you are doing is very special. Keep up the good work & good luck to you!

  29. We stayed in the Lavender Hotel years ago in the old quarter. It was next to noodle street. We love Vietnam and hope to revisit Hanoi in a few years. Thanks for letting us revisit with you Cory!

  30. that constant noise and honking gave me a headache. definitely hard to live in this kind of noise pollution.

  31. This is really fascinating, I am stuck at home watching your videos back to back, thinking of visiting this town next year and how the hell one practices crossing the street without getting themselves killed.

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