People in Hanoi are perhaps the most active I’ve seen in any city. Walking around Hoan Kiem Lake on an early morning, I saw people doing all sorts of activities for exercise, as well as using all sorts of fixtures for exercises. Like the guy who used a bench to do ab exercises by hooking his legs around the back of the bench, or the multiple people using unused fences as parallel bars.
One place that I particularly liked was Ly Thai To Park. Within a single block, there were people engaged in a laughter exercise class, aerobics, something like Zumba, badminton, dancing, and a hackey-sack game that reminded me of sepak takraw.
If you’re interested in checking this out, go early in the morning, as I think I was there at 6:30am. Perfect if you’re jetlagged and up early anyway!