Trees on Fire

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Blossom of a flame tree May and June are beautiful months in Hanoi. Because that’s the season the Flame trees are in full bloom.

It’s not hard to guess where they got their name: this time of year, the orange or bright red blossoms make their treetops look like they’re on fire.blossoming Flame tree in Vietnam

You can find Flame trees throughout the city of Hanoi. Many streets of the Vietnamese capital are lined with them.

The Flame trees are most beautiful, however, around the city’s Hoan Kiem Lake. Here, their lower branches gracefully bow to the water, which reflects and doubles the bright reds and greens.

Fire and water by the lake

Hoan Kiem Lake lies at the south end of Hanoi’s Old Quarter. For many people, this lake is the heart of Hanoi.

On the banks of Hoan Kiem Lake, the Vietnamese meet for their morning Tai Chi exercise. During the day, tourists and locals alike stroll around the lake promenade. And when the sun’s going down and temperatures cool down, joggers begin to make their rounds.

At all times of the day, you’ll find young lovers, who have nowhere else to go, here. They sit together on the benches at the lakeside, holding hands, kissing, making plans.

And at this time of year, the bright red flowers of the Flame trees add an especially romantic touch to their dates.

Written by Thorsten

June 1, 2008 at 4:36 am

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  1. Beautiful pictures!!! In French the name of the tree is “Flamboyant”. We were in Hanoi in April and we missed them. What a pity! Thank you for the photos!


    June 7, 2008 at 5:00 pm

  2. I love your writing about Hanoi and flame trees. The red flowers always remind the Vietnamese about their school years as we here call this time of the year the “exam season”. Hanoi in May and June is really hot and these red flowers seem to make it even hotter. That’s the lively Hanoi in tropical summer.
    Let’s come here in Autumn and you will find another Hanoi with the fragrance of Milk Flower pervading the air.

    Dao Thuy

    June 13, 2008 at 8:24 pm

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