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    Things To Do In Hanoi

    by Elizviet Written Nov 1, 2013

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    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.
    Price: $50.
    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.
    Price: $1-$2
    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.

    Hoan Kiem lake The Hanoi Old Quarter hanoi street food. Hoan Kiem Lake at night shop in Old Quarter

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    Ancient gate to Old Quarter

    by JohanIsWeg Written Feb 20, 2011

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    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.

    Old East Gate, Hanoi
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    36 STREET OLD QUARTERS

    by MikeAtSea Written Dec 3, 2004

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    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.

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    Hanoi, Vietnam - The last days in April, 2015

    by kimjongin Updated May 16, 2015

    Last month, me and my friend headed in Hanoi to attend a wedding of my friend. She married a vietnamese man so we went to hanoi to joined with her. But Hanoi is so beutiful so we decided to stay more few days to discovery Hanoi. And this are some highlights of the trip
    or spleeping:
    Essence hotel
    The essence hotel is conveniently located in the charming old quarters of historic Hanoi , it takes 15 minutes to walk from hotel to Hoan Kiem lake. and, it located in crowded street with a lot of bar, club and amazing street food. So satisfied of this hotel. Rooms are exceptionally clean, well appointed and probably have the most comfy beds and luxurious pillows we have slept in .Plus, room rates come with a lovely breakfast buffet spread which includes a “Pho” and egg station
    In each of room has a laptop, so conviniently Deluxe rooms and suites with balconies are also available for the space-needy.
    Rates for a Classic rooms start from US$70/night and Deluxe rooms from US$140/night.
    adress: 22 Ta Hien, Hoan Kiem Distric, Hanoi.

    Food must try:
    Xoi Xeo
    Chances are you will encounter this dish in almost every outdoors market. There are even two restaurant dedicated fully to this dish in the Old Quater street Xoi xeo is sticky rice topped with ground de-hulled mung bean and fried onion. But i dont like the way they added to much oil .Sometimes it can be served with eggs or steamed chicken breast on request. The serving is really filling and it is good for any time of the day but most Vietnamese have it for breakfast or lunch.

    adress: Xoi Yen at Nguyen Huu Huan Street cost 3$/ meal.

    Banh Cuon:

    If the French has this famous delicious crepe made of wheat, egg and dairy products; Vietnamese and particularly Hanoian is proud of their steamed crepe from rice flour and water. A savoury meal, the inside stuffing contains ground pork, wood-ear and seasoning. Most street chefs make the dish right at door so look for a place that steams are coming up high. Banh cuon is served with “nuoc mam”, a mixture of fish sauce, sugar and lime.
    Adress: Banh Cuon Gia An at Ba Trieu Street.
    Pho
    The famous noodle soup in the world so i don’t say much about it. Address: ho Bat Dan is a famous local restaurants famous for its “pho bo” (beef rice noodle soup). Located in the Old quarter “jungle”, the store easily stands out for the long line of people waiting to be served. You are highly recommended to join the local, line up for the “pho bo” and bring it to a selected table to eat
    Bun Thang
    The other types of noodle soup. Bun thang is a harmonious blend of color- the yellow of sliced egg; the white of bun; the off-white of chicken and the green of onions and herbs. Must eat at: Bun thang Ba Duc on Cau Go street is a great place to try the dish. This street vendor has a limited number of seats on the pavement but you will be surprised how many people can fit in the two storey old house behind the stall. Enjoy bun thang in such a setting gives the meal enormous highlights in your trip to Hanoi.
    Shopping survineer:
    Hang Gai street with so many silk store, you can buy some traditional Vietnamese cloth and pants for as low as US$40 (tip: bring samples of your favourite dresses/shirts on the day you arrive and have them tailored in an array of fabrics – allow 2-3 days).
    Night Market:
    The night market spreads 1km across Hang Dao, Hang Ngang, Hang Duong and Hang Giay streets of the old quarters and opens at 6:30pm every Friday, Saturday and Sunday night. Shopping finds aren’t fantastic here, but do make a trip to this festive market to rub shoulders (literally) with the locals and to soak up the vibrant and refreshingly non-touristy atmosphere.
    Art
    If you are after good, affordable art for the home or office, look no further than the numerous art galleries along Hang Trong Street itself. For a personal touch, bring a photo of the family and have it painted as an oil on canvas by a local artist (allow 3-4 days)!
    Coffee
    And special weasel coffee at Huong Mai Cafe. Beautiful place and amazing coffee. In this place you can try coffee for free. The staff speaks English very good. The weasel coffee is micrecal. So different, not like espresso. You can request to sample a shot of their bestseller and native Weasel coffee which is slighter sharper in taste and more acidic than their friendly neighbour, kopi-luwak (civet cat droppings) from Indonesia. And so many kind of coffee. Trust me, i was so confuse which one I would take. I take weasel coffee.
    Cost rate around 30$ to 80$/ kg
    Address: 15 Hang Manh, Hoan Kiem distric, Hanoi.
    Whatever you get up to in Hanoi, stay safe, cross the roads confidently and purposefully and enjoy the rich heritage and culture of this thriving city

    Xoi Yen Pho Nigh HuongMai cafe
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    Stroll Around the Old Quarter

    by bsfreeloader Written May 21, 2007

    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.

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    Local market at the Old Quarters

    by juliewong Written Dec 23, 2006

    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.

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    Old Quarter

    by pmarshuk Updated Dec 23, 2003

    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.

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    The Old Quarter

    by ValbyDK Updated Mar 2, 2013

    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…

    Cyclo tour
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    East gate of Old Quarter

    by muddybok Updated Aug 4, 2005

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    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.

    East gate of Old Quarter
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    Old Quarters

    by kenningst Updated Apr 13, 2008

    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.

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    Cyclo Ride Through Old Quarter Hanoi

    by black-saturn Written Sep 10, 2004

    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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