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Hanoi Things to Do

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  • Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

    4 out of 5 stars

    Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is the most important site in Hanoi for all loyal Vietnamese people. Ho Chi Minh, the nation's hero, is laid out there (against his will, by the way - he wanted to be cremated after his death!). Be prepared to see hundreds of people waiting to get a short glimpse of his body. Uncle Ho is presented there for 9 months - the...

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  • Hoan Kiem Lake

    4 out of 5 stars

    If you are an early bird, just take your running or walking shoes, cloth yourself comfortable and take a couple of round around Hoan Kiem Lake. You meet a lot co-runners, people having early one practising gymnastic, meditating people, groups having some fun and you really get an power kick for your day. Don't mind the weather, if there is rain you...

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  • Water Puppet Show

    4 out of 5 stars

    I enjoyed very much ths show in this theater. The shows refered to Vietnamese traditions by means of water puppets, like daily life of Vietnamese farmers (cultivating, tending buffalo, catching fishes…), communal entertainment (swimming contest, dragon dancing…), or historical legends.

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Hanoi Restaurants

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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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  • 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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  • 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 theatre shows 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 theatre 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

    Taxi will be most convenience to get to deferent locations around the city when it is too hot to walk or too far. Short ride in the city can be only 2 dollar cost, a bit further maybe 4. Also from/to airport it is convenience and does not cost too much. Make arrangement in advance regarding trip to the airport and I got it for only about...

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  • Buses

    If you wish to go to the airport from the city centre, using local transportation, you have to take two buses: 1. take bus 9 behind the Tourist Office near the Hoan Kiem Lake. Travel until, Cầu Giấy, the last stop. 2. take bus 7 to Noi Bai - airport. In both buses, the ticket is payed directly to the driver.

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  • Trains

    Vietnam railway is developing, but still, it is a level of developing country and not to expect any qualities. However, it is still functioning, it is cheap and easy and safe way to travel the country. If you can give up a bit on your comfort, it can be a way to travel cheap. We took the night train from Hanoi to Hue which was bearable, as a...

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Hanoi Shopping

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  • Shopping Areas

    It's not just one shop, it's a whole street full of silk shops. Each one sells silk clothes as well as the fabric itself so that you can have a shirt or a dress tailored somewhere else. I guess that there are about 60 shops. I propose buying the fabric only - it's possible to have a shirt or anything else tailored in Van Phuc village, but if you...

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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

  • Number six - Bia Hoi and beer

    Sugar at the bottom, as we Finns say. There is a little bit crowded on my best list here, this should also be number one because it was one of the reasons I came here. Seriously, we Finns are known as heavy drinkers and I would like to avoid being named as "the beer Finn" or "that beer boy from F").Bia Hoi is a Hanoi's version of beer drinking. Of...

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  • Number five - Spring rolls

    Springrolls stole my hearth also. These are served as starters in most restaurants and the procedure is simple (I have done it at home also, with great success :). Take a rice paper, wet it with water till it becames soft. Fill with vegetables, fist, meat, pork, shrimps or what ever your imagination is saying. Roll it and serve with dip as is or...

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  • Number four - Vietnamese coffee

    As we Finns are really heavy coffee drinkers, it as a strong recommendation when I say that Vietnamese coffee is best in the world. It is dark, strong, characteristic and there is very light taste of chocolate behind. It is prepared just to you and you need a special filtering system which you can buy from market and it's very cheap (in the...

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Hanoi Warnings and Dangers

  • TAXI IN HANOI

    TAXI'S DO HAVE A METERIt doesn't seem to work properly!!!I was charged 670,000 dong (about $45au) for about half hour taxi ride. A motorbike taxi cost $4. BE AWAREWatch the Driver constantly, because he is watching you, waiting for a chance to push a little button that makes the meter jump heaps. In my case, he added an extra zero.This is what I...

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  • Warning number four - motorcycles...

    This is close to traffic warning, but let's take this also. The pavements are not for pedestrians, in practice, you face this situation everywhere. The city (Old Quarter) is not buildt for motorcycles and now there are hundreds of thousands. The parking is a problem here with imaginative solution, your park where is enough space. This is our...

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  • Warning number three - Carrier

    I don't yet know what is the name of this carrying apparatus, let's call it apparatus. You probably can't avoid these polite ladies when on then streets, just smile, take the apparatus and smile again. You are awarded with the hat also and that might be bemusable at least to ladies (and men also, when you have just visited your hair stylist).

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Hanoi Tourist Traps

  • Street sellers

    It cannot be said often enough: Street vendors in the Old Town take prices that are up to ten or twenty times as high as what Vietnamese would pay. Although a higher price is reasonable (it's still cheap for westerners), this is far too much! Paying VND 30,000 for some small bananas when you can get them for 1,000 outside the Old Town isn't fair...

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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

  • Damn, that's cold today!

    When in Hanoi in wintertime, especially in January and February, be sure to bring a warm coat and a warm pullover. Although it's located somehow southish, Hanoi gets pretty cold in winter. Temperatures range from 8-15°celsius, i.e. 47-59°fahrenheit. In addition to that, it's very likely to rain - the Vietnamese call this kind of rain "raindust"...

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  • 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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Hanoi Off The Beaten Path

  • Out of Hanoi-Halong Bay

    First of all, Halong Bay is not at all off the beaten path - there's just no category in VT so far which it fits in. Never mind that, Halong Bay is a must-visit when in Vietnam and therefore one of the places visited by countless tourists. It's also a world heritage site of the UNESCO and definitely deserves this honour. In one word: it's...

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  • Miscellaneous in Hanoi

    Le Van Huu street is a little bit away from the centre and just around the corner of the apartment I lived in when in Hanoi. In my opinion, it's one of the most beautiful streets of Hanoi as it is very interesting and busy in a number of ways. Coming from Hue street, the first thing you'll experience is a smell: The upper part of Le Van Huu street...

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  • Out of Hanoi

    Hanoi is well worth spending a week, but what if you become bored by it? Why not check out the villages in the vicinity of Hanoi? They will provide you with a unique view of Vietnam's rural life and you'll be amazed how untouristy this country can be. Not to mention the incredibly friendly people... The best way to visit the villages is by...

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Hanoi Sports & Outdoors

  • Tai Chi

    Vietnamese people are early birds. And 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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  • Dancing in Lenin Park

    Lenin Park has already been described as a place to watch people doing Tai Chi early in the morning. However, there's also sport in the evening. If you enter the park from its south side (opposite Bach Khoa University), and walk to the right, you'll soon come across a paved circle on which people gather in the evening to enjoy dancing classes. I...

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  • Sports for early birds

    Vietnamese people are early birds. And 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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