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These 25 Pictures Show What Life Was Like in 1990 Hanoi

These photos, taken just as the effects of “Đổi Mới” reforms were kicking in, show a Hanoi transitioning from an impoverished capital city into one embarking on a path towards the free market.


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Though some of the relics found in these photos (like the Honda Cubs) endure to this day, there are plenty that we’ll likely never see again, particularly the old French-built tram system and VND1,500 bottles of Bia Hà Nội.

1990 Hanoi

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