Visit one of the food markets!
Seeing the sights and sounds of a Vietnamese market is an experience for sure! You will recognize many items -- but not others. And the fish are incredible! Here we have some of the peppers that give Viernamese cuisine it's fire:)
Cylcing and Explore the colourful Life
Give you a real insight into Northern Villages scenery, Biking for one day out of Hanoi would be lovely. Summer will be good for Ha Tay ( with visit Tay Phuong pagoda ) and winter for Bac Ninh province ( to see silkworms, mulberry fields & But Thap Pagoda ).
Hanoi:Temple of Literature
Ever wondered why you see cranes on the back of the tortoises in Vietnamese temples? Well, these animals carry a silent message as the tortoise is believed to live ten thousand years, and the crane one thousand years; and they're seen mostly in temples dedicated to Confucius, emperors and local spirits.
Two animals mouth a silent message: May you be remembered for one thousand years, and may your cult endure for ten thousand years.
Where:Nguyen Thai Hoc
GC Bar (aka the Golden...
GC Bar (aka the Golden Cock)....I don't know if that is what GC really stands for but according to a few ex-pats and the Lonely Planet Vietnam guidebook that is the name of this lively bar.
It's a bar for every type of person..regardless of creed, style, or even sexual orientation. They've got a regular clientele of ex-pats and locals who really work the pool table well. Tiger & Halida beer girls serve up some great cold beer and the bartenders deal with the cocktails. casual....backpackers, ex-pats, and the corporate type all blend in well at GC.
Vietnamese Airlines mini Van
The cheapest way to get from Hanoi Airport to the Vietnamese Airlines office in the city is by the white mini vans. It cost only USD 2 for the trip. The mini van driver was trying to cheat one of the passenger by telling him that the ride was USD 3 and USD 2 was the old price. When he refuse to pay, the mini van driver even threaten to throw is bagage out of the mini van but the guy stay put and hard on his price and there was a little commotion until a lady from from vietnamese office came and he asked her what the price was and she said USD 2. WALLA...tourist wins....
Stay hard and fast on your knowledge. The price is still USD 2.
To get to the mini van office, turn left upon exiting the main entrance and walk until you see the minibus sign.