Trees on Fire
May and June are beautiful months in Hanoi. Because that’s the season the Flame trees are in full bloom.
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.