Vacant streets a relief from the chaos

Update: February, 12/2013 - 04:00

Tourists who are familiar with congested streets in the capital city may be astonished at empty roads on the first day of the Lunar New Year. Most migrant workers in the city have returned to their home towns, businesses and industry have closed for the holidays and Hanoians are spending time with their families, leave the capital's main streets nearly empty. Peace and harmony has replaced the usual chaos creating a feeling of elation for photographer Viet Thanh. Here we show new year's day in the Capital through his lens.

A peaceful rest.


Balloon for sale.


The old man could never rest.


A street cleaner collects garbage on the first day of the New Year.


Dinh Tien Hoang street by the Hoan Kiem Lake.


Empty streets replace the usual chaos in the old quarter.


Riding bicycle is a way of enjoying peaceful atmosphere.


Peace and harmony has created inspired photography.


Sleeping lane.


Gam Cau street under Long Bien Bridge.


A happy family.


For a clean street.


The joy of reunion.


The pagodas are often crowded on the new year's first day