The Prince of Hàng Bè, Hanoi

Meet Duc, my motorbike taxi, or xe om, driver for much of the time I spent in Hanoi a handful of years ago. I have no reason to believe that he’s not nowadays officially known as The Prince of Hàng Bè Street. In this shot I liked how the street scene seemed to dance around him.

If you’ve never visited Hanoi, know that motorbike is by far the best way to get around. According to notes I just unearthed, rides in October 2010 ranged from 10,000 to 50,000 VND (at the time, USD 0.50-2.50). Cheap and a great rush. In many places, it was nearly impossible to stroll more than 60 seconds without being offered a ride.

Also take note: If you’re not comfortable riding on your own, Hanoi is probably the worst place on the planet to learn. Let someone else do the driving.

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And for the record: today’s Pic du Jour, the site’s 805th straight, was taken in Hanoi, Vietnam, on 25 October 2010.

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