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Thai Khue, Hanoi

1A Hang Manh Street
Hoan Kiem District
Tel: 84 4 828 9469's insider take:

Don't want to gift your family or friends with tacky Uncle Ho T-shirts? Nothing says "I thought of you" more than a handcrafted nose flute (or sao chim). Esoteric traditional Vietnamese musical instruments are spilling over at this fun Old Quarter shop, from mouth harps and chimes to three-stringed lutes and buffalo-horn bugles. There are also wooden rasps in the shapes of crickets, frogs, and rabbits, and, for those who want to be woodwind heroes, the saxophonelike hu-lu-si, handmade with a gourd chamber and bamboo pipes.

Open daily 7 am to 9 pm.

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