A few more images form the trip to Vietnam …
First is Hoan Kiem Lake (meaning – Lake of the Returned Sword). The story behind the lake is as follows: According to the legend, emperor Lê Lợi handed a magic sword called Heaven’s Will which brought him victory in his revolt against the Chinese Ming Dynasty back to the Golden Turtle God (Kim Qui) in the lake and hence gave it its present name (the lake was formerly known as “Luc Thuy” meaning “Green Water”). The Tortoise Tower (Thap Rùa) standing on a small island near the center of lake is linked to the legend. (source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hoan_Kiem_Lake). The bridge is called Huc Bridge.
Another image from Sapa – North Vietnam.
This Vietnamese man was writing Chinese characters on drawings outside a restored house/museum.