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Hanoi Things to Do

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  • Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

    4 out of 5 stars

    Something that didn't really appeal, was to see anyone laying there dead after all these years. We did want however to visit the Museum across the huge square but it was abruptly indicated buy one of the guards a long way from the Mausoleum that we had to go through the security scanner. From there the whole thing went downhill in that without...

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  • Hoan Kiem Lake

    4 out of 5 stars

    The lake is one of the major scenic spots in the city and serves as a focal point for its public life. Near the northern shore of the lake lies Jade Island on which the Temple of the Jade Mountain (Ngoc Son Temple) stands. The temple was erected in the 18th century A pleasant park in the centre of town, within easy walking distance from anywhere...

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  • Water Puppet Show

    4 out of 5 stars

    Water puppet theatre is a traditional art form in Vietnam, and has existed for more than 1000 years. The Puppeteers use bamboo poles to move their puppets around the small pond that forms the stage. I must admit that they are very skilful, but water puppet theatre never caught my interest. I think it is one of those things that you either love or...

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Hanoi Restaurants

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  • Food Stalls

    4 out of 5 stars

    Food stalls can be found at literally every corner. It'll take a little courage to eat in some of them as the food looks uncommon if not strange or inedible - but you'll most likely be satisfied afterwards. Basically all of them have their "menu" visible on a large plastic sign. If you plan to eat in food stalls, it might be a good idea to learn...

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  • Cha Ca La Vong

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    I guess i'm in the luck making the right decision leading my group of 40 pax opt not going to this restaurant at the end of Hanoi-Ha Long Bay visit. We're heading to airport unexpectedly early (something fishy) and no thanks to the local tour guide keep bragging about this 200 yrs. old restaurant serving Cha Ca fish trying to convince us to lunch...

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  • Little Hanoi

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Little Hanoi 2 has no relation with Little Hanoi 1. This is a lovely open-plan cafe with a mouthwatering selection of baguettes, pastas and salads. Their French breakfast is a steal at VND30,000. It opens daily from 07:30 to 23:00 and deliveries from 09:00 to 21:30. Everything is nice here.

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Hanoi Nightlife

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  • Water Puppet Theater

    While it may seem a tourist thing, water puppet theater plays are a traditional Vietnamese art. During the rainy seasons, when the rice paddies were flooded and every afternoon brought a tropical rain shower, people created this kind of theater which is actually played in the water. The puppets are moved with long wooden sticks and show typical...

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  • Apocalypse Now

    Apocalypse Now is a large, smoky bar full of American men and Vietnamese women. When we got there, my friend Vince went straight to the pool table, while I wandered to the bar to grab a few beers. While in line, I started talking to a nice young Vietnamese girl; things were going smoothly until she revealed that she was a hooker. Needless to say, I...

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  • Relax Bar

    we are enjoying so much the activity of the local people surrounding the lake, sitting there,,, relaxing... see a lot of motor bike passing by.. people doing exercise.. running around the lake, the beautiful bridge..

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Hanoi Transportation

  • Taxis

    I have lived in Hanoi several months now.... there are many taxi companies and one of the first things you will share with is what taxi companies you can trust. Mai Linh with its green and white large cars is touted by all hotels in Hanoi to be reputable. Compared to other reputable companies (thanh nga, thang cong) it is expensive so we never ever...

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  • Transportation in general

    Most visitors have a love-hate relationship with the traffic in Hanoi. They hate it for being messy, scary and are even perceived as dangerous. But most, if not all, will tell you that crossing the Vietnam streets is one of the best experiences during their Hanoi travel. Vietnam drivers and riders depend a lot on the body language as a guide. So...

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  • Trains

    We used the train to travel from here to Lao Cai..to get ourselves to Sa Pa. Our experience was limited though to “showing up” at the appointed time previous to our departure and picking up our pre-arranged tickets and getting onto the train. We arrived straight from the airport upon our arrival from Da Nang. With some time to kill before our...

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Hanoi Shopping

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  • Shopping Areas

    I have an order on hand with Zeds Threads for six more made to measure shirts which I will pick up on my next visit to Hanoi in the Spring of 14. Thus far they have made some great safari short sleeve shirts for me, simply from an old shirt I mailed out to them. From there they followed my instructions exactly giving me a unique design which I am...

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  • Local Crafts

    This is the best quality of lacquerware I've seen in Hanoi, Saigon, Bangkok and northern Thailand. The prices are high compared to other shops, but the difference in quality is remarkable. Dishes, bowls, coasters, boxes, lamps and similar Don't expect much more than 10-15% discount from list prices - it took us half an hour to get something like...

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  • Food and Drink

    It would be impossible to get starved in Hanoi - the centre of sensational cuisine. No matter where you come from, an array of restaurants providing foreign fares and Vietnamese cuisines are always ready to serve all your needs. Even vegans also find Vietnam an ideal destination for an appetizing vegan meal. It is not hard to find a high end...

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Hanoi Local Customs

  • Local transport

    The primary method of transportation is the motorbike. They are everywhere and serve both as personal transportation as well as cargo transportation.I've seen enough motorbikes everywhere. They carry everything in this kind of transport, unbelievable!My first experience of seeing someone using a bike for transportation was here in Vietnam who had...

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  • Turnaround

    Vietnamese temples are curious places to visit. Visually they are very similar to their Chinese counterparts but contents tend to differ due to the personas worshipped. Usually it is not Buddha and most likely there are going to be two or three of them - generals, kings and so on. So far so good until a bizarre element comes into the picture when...

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  • Typical Dishes for Vietnamese Tet

    Tet is the biggest and most important holiday to Vietnamese. It is the chance for family union and enjoy the traditional dishes. In this aticle, I would like to introduce you some typical Vietnamese Tet dishes. If you visit Vietnam on Tet holiday, don’t miss the chance to enjoy and make it for yourself to wholeheartedly experience the atmosphere of...

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Hanoi Warnings and Dangers

  • Traffic

    All of Hanoi have fairly fast moving traffic of which well over 50% is made of various types of motorbikes.Rules of the road are rarely used, and pedestrian crossings and to some extent traffic lights are null and void in Vietnam in that even if you are on it and the lights are in your favour, the traffic will not stop for you.It is almost as heart...

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  • Take care crossing the road.

    Walk at a steady pace in a predictable manner and traffic will go round you. Don't lose your nerve or do anything unexpected.

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  • Traffic

    The traffic in Hanoi is amazing but also very scaring. Cars and motorcycles everywhere and it looks like there are no rules, but somehow it works and the traffic seems to flow. Scary the first few times you need to cross a road in Hanoi, but just walk across in a slow and steady tempo. The best way to cross a road is to follow the lead of a local...

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Hanoi Tourist Traps

  • Street sellers

    I was in Hanoi recently on a business trip for a few days. My colleagues and I walked around the old quarter where they sell a lot of tourist goods. I got caught just after I had crossed the road, a lady carrying 2 baskets on a pole bumped into me by 'mistake' and within seconds I somehow ended up carrying the pole and wearing her hat. My...

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  • Transportation matters

    I felt into the traps 3 times, even I am extremely careful: 1. Took a taxi from one of the museum to the city, should cost around 40,000 Dong. The meter jumps so fast that I ended up paying about 5 times more. BUT, this is not the end of it. After I tried to consult the driver the price per kilometer and failure to do so, my wife passed me two...

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  • Touts

    You may see women carrying loads of fruit and think great photo opportunity. So do they!! They will ask whether you want a photo or if you are with someone else give them the pole to carry and for them to have their photo - for a price!!!

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Hanoi What to Pack

  • Mobile phone

    Bring you mobile phone if you plan on staying for a few weeks or more. For about 450,000 dong (about $30), you can get a chip to stick in your Tri-band GSM phone and you get 300,000 dong of credit, enough for light calling for a few weeks. International calls are expensive!! T-Mobile has a peering relationship with Vinaphone, so you can use...

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  • Peeling Lips

    If you come from a hot, humid country like me, and are going to Hanoi in the cold season (Nov-Feb), be sure to take along lip protection balm/gel etc. I did not because the temperature in Nov is like Cameron Highlands in Malaysia. I didn't realise it is very dry in Hanoi. By the 2nd day, my lips were very dry and peeling. I couldn't find anything...

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  • Essential items??

    Recommend one suitcase and definitely bring some form of a light, small/medium backpack. That way you can carry your guide book, camera, water inside. No point in bringing something too big, after all who wants to go walking or exploring carrying a bigger (and no doubt heavier) backpack?? Plus you'd be more inclined to fill it with junk! Wear...

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Hanoi Off The Beaten Path

  • Miscellaneous in Hanoi

    Hoan Kiem Lake means "Lake of the Restored Sword" --in the 15th century, legend has it that a young fisherman named Le Loi found a magic sword caught in his net. For 10 years (1407-1417) he used the magic sword to win victory over Chinese invaders. He crowned himself King Ly Thai To, and one day he was boating on Luc Thuy (Green Lake) near the...

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  • Out of Hanoi-Halong Bay

    We are family of 05 persons chose the Charter White Dolphin Cruise for the trip to Bai Tu Long Bay for 03 days 02 nights. All was over expectation! We had a great time kayaking & swimming on our private beach “ Pig’s head beach”. Especially we could join fishing trip with local fisherman that was exciting and interesting! Thank you so much White...

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  • Miscellaneous outside of Hanoi

    From Hanoi we took a day trip to Tam Coc near the city of Ninh Binh. Tam Coc is like an inland Ha Long Bay (and also reminiscent of Guilin, China) with spectacular river and mountain scenery. The tour bus took us to the village of Van Lam, then we boarded a small boat which took us along the Ngo Dong River. We passed rice fields and spectacular...

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Hanoi Sports & Outdoors

  • Tai Chi

    Vietnamese people are early birds. Vietnamese people are badminton cracks. You should know this before! So if you're interested in watching sports get up early and visit Ho Hoan Kiem or Lenin Park. It is not uncommon to see people playing badminton as fast as tennis pros early in the morning! The same is true for all those who prefer a less...

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  • Jogging or walking around Hoan Kiem Lake

    Join the local residents in Hanoi who wlaked, jogged or strolled around Hoan Kiem Lake.Best time is in the early morning or evening. But you can do it anytime of the day. Pleasant way of enjoying the lake and people watching who are exercising or cruising around the lakes on their motorcycles. When tired, sit on the many benches and watch the Hanoi...

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  • 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 ).

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Hanoi Favorites

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  • Arround the City

    Vietnam National Museum of History Address: No 1 Pham Ngu Lao Street, Hanoi, Vietnam 8.00 to 16.30 everyday (Monday to Sunday) Introduction: The Vietnamese national museum of history formerly the Louis Finot Museum, occupies the old archaeological and history research institution of the Ecole Française d’Extreme-Orient in a magnificent example of...

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  • Cultural Tips

    Four Saint temples protecting Thang Long- Hanoi" Thang Long tu tran”, the four famous sacred temples guarded 4 directions of Thang long Hanoi (the other three are Bach Ma (White Horse), Voi Phuc (Kneeling Elephant) and Kim Lien). Quan Thanh temple guarded North Hanoi Quan Thanh temple has another name Tran Vu Temple. It is a Taoism temple in...

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  • Architecture

    Perched on a tiny islet ( Jade Island) in the lake not far from the tower, is the Ngoc son temple . It dedicated to Confucian and Taoist philosophers and the national hero, Trần Hưng Đạo. The temple came under comprehensive repair in 1865 by Nguyen Van Sieu, an eminent scholar of the old Thang Long Capital. Other projects were...

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