It is sad to me that the ladies carrying their wares have had marching orders from many areas of Hanoi city. I thought it was a charming and very unique part of Hanoi which will be sadly missed not only for the tourists but for the convenience of locals.
As only a visitor peeking in, it looked like a perfect shopping experience for me, the locals, the vendor and the earth :
• they are mostly quiet no beeping, just a few song like calls informing people they are there
• their carbon footprint is so minimal since their mode of transport is by foot
• very little plastic bags were used since one only had to carry the goods inside
• the sales supported their families in remote Vietnam, giving educational opportunities to the young generation
• and who in their right mind would want to travel in rush hour traffic for dinner ingredients, when someone comes to your door?
I took these photo’s a few years ago before the 2008 ban, and want to include them as in surrounding areas they still exist and feel the need honor and document their existence for future generations.