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Things To Do In Hanoi
Hanoi- the capital of Vietnam, is the Asian city with European characteristics with much of its French influence retaining where you could immediately fall in love with. There is tons to do in this 1000 years- old city. However with your limited time, here ore our recommendations for things to do in Hanoi that will make you trip extra special.
Hoan Kiem lake
A beautiful lake located in the Old Quarters with a lengthy history and legend about the first king of Le dynasty. Hoan Kiem Lake means “Lake of the Returned Sword”. Hoan Kiem lake is located inside the complex of Ngoc Son pagod),The Huc Bridge and Pen tower in the surroundings making a sparkling colorful nature picture. In the middle of the lake situated Turtle Tower.People say that there are very large, old tortoises living in the lake and it is lucky if you see one of them emerging from the water.
Trying Local Specialties.
You can experience some adventurous things by eating some strange and unique dishes in there like snake meat (which is available in the form of a 14 course meal), Worm Paddies .If you have a chance you should try eating Soft Serve Cinnamon Ice Cream which is particular ice cream different from the usual supermarket, package we buy and very delicious with only about 60 cents.
Weasel coffee is the special beverage you should enjoy if you come to Hanoi especially for those who are interested in caffeine drink. It is made from coffee beans that have been carefully selected and digested by a weasel, then used to make coffee.
Of course, Visiting Hanoi is not completed without trying the street food like Pho, Bun Cha, Banh cuon..
Water Puppet Show
Water puppet art is a long traditional cultural activity of agriculture-based citizens by the Red River in Northern Vietnam and has existed for a long time with unique features. The special element of water puppetry is the use of the water surface as a stage for performance. The show is about an hour long and takes place every evening.
Price: $2.5 – $5 depending on which tickets you get
The Temple of Literature
Temple of Literature is located in van Mieu Street, 2km west of Hoan kiem Lake. Built in 1070, it was considered as Vietnam’s first university in 1076. Over the years, many Vietnamese scholars were educated here. Nowadays, it is a popular place for upcoming college graduates to get their picture taken and the grounds are quite pretty
Hanoi Cooking Centre
Located in 44 Chau Long Street, nestled on the edge of Hanoi's famous old quarter and close to picturesque Truc Bach and West Lake, Hanoi Cooking Centre is a cooking school, and cafe. Vietnamese food, with its fresh flavors and wide variety, is quite delicious. If you want to make your own Vietnamese dishes, it is a wonderful place for you.
Hoa Lo Prison Hanoi_
The Hỏa Lò Prison was a prison used by the French colonists in Vietnam for political prisoners and later by North Vietnam for prisoners of war during the Vietnam War . The prison was demolished during the 1990s, though the gatehouse remains as a museum.. When you come to here, you have watch an exhibit showing the awful conditions under French colonization as well as many objects, pictures depict American soldiers in there.
Hanoi night market
Hanoi night market, also known as Dong Xuan night market, is weekly held on weekend evenings in the Old Quarter of Ha Noi. It’s a very interesting place that all visitors should not miss if they have chance to travel to Hanoi. This market spreading from Hang Dao Street to Dong Xuan market creates a busy and crowed walking street. Local people and visitor come here for strolling, sight-seeing and shopping. You can find everything here from clothing, souvenir to recreation or food.
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum
Located in Central Ba Dinh District, Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum was built to dedicate the leader of the country where visitors come to express their admiration and gratitude to the national hero.
Ancient gate to Old Quarter
Hanoi’s Old East Gate is the only survivor of 16 medieval city gates that provided access to the historic walled city, which we now refer to as Hanoi’s Old Quarter. Situated at the intersection of Hang Chieu and Dao Duy Tu, which is due north from Hoan Kiem Lake, the gate remains a hive of activity, with pedestrians and motorcycles navigating the atmospheric Old Quarter.
- Historical Travel
- Hiking and Walking
36 STREET OLD QUARTERS
Named for the original 36 streets that formed the quarter, this is the most crowded and busy part of downtown. In streets, named each after a particular trade they once represented, merchants and buyers carry out a flurry of activities. Today, this is a shopping mecca for visitors and residents alike. Our group took a ride on one of the rickshaw type bicycles and enjoyed a different view of this busy part of Hanoi.
- Arts and Culture
- Historical Travel
The Old Quarter
If you don’t want to stroll around the Old Quarter on your own, you can take a cyclo tour through ‘Quartiér Indigene’ - as it was called by the French. You’ll find a long line of cyclos just in front of the Huc Bridge at the Hoan Kiem Lake, and we went for a very interesting 1½ hour tour through the Old Quarter...
The Old Quarter is a charming place filled with narrow streets, tall houses, and a hectic daily life. The area was once known as 'the 36 streets’ because it originally consisted of 36 streets, each being closely attached to a traditional trade such as silversmiths, potters, bakers, and so on… Today there are bicycles, motorcycles, food stalls, stalls selling all kinds of goods, and people everywhere…
- Arts and Culture
Stroll Around the Old Quarter
Hanoi’s Old Quarter dates back to the 13th century and is a shopper’s heaven. Anything and everything you could hope to find is on sale here down one street or another. Even if you aren’t a shopper the area is worth exploring, as the people watching and architecture are both sublime.
Local market at the Old Quarters
Located at Hang Be Street around the Old Quarters, this market starts at 6pm. Worth visiting if you're up to looking for local street food. Found a noodle seller that could cook up a good dish of noodles for 1,000 Dong per bowl, the cheapest I've paid for a meal in Hanoi.
The tourist heart of Hanoi (and indeed the heart of the whole city) is the maze of streets that make up the old quarter. The area is located between Hoan Kiem Lake (Lake of the Restored Sword) and Long Bien Bridge. Originally the were 36 streets each dedicated to a different artisan guild, now it is a wonderful maze of streets throbbing with life ,shops, stalls, cafes, bars and street life.
The sidewalks are almost impossible to walk on as they are full of parked motorbikes, so you walk down the narrow roads with everyone else, keeping an eye on the constant flow of bike and motorbikes around you.
East gate of Old Quarter
This gate is not accessible by cars and mini vans. Of course the surrounding streets are also too narrow for 4-wheelers. Pedestrians and motorcyclist have their fair chance of privileged zone.
- Historical Travel
Hanoi is 2 areas of contrasting features. Old quarters is one of them. Take a walk around and absorb the local Hanoian culture and way of living.
Cyclo Ride Through Old Quarter Hanoi
A cyclo ride through the old streets of Hanoi, Vietnam where you can really see Hanoi life as it takes place.
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