What to visit in Hanoi
Temple of Literature
One of the most significant place in Vietnam. The temple was build on 1070 and it is dedicated to Confucius – Chinese philosopher. This tranquil place helps you to recover and rest.
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The night markets are open only on weekends. The most famous market is Dong Xuan. Don’t miss the opportunity to check it out! However, if you visit Hanoi only during the week days, the market closes at 6pm.
Hoan Kiaem Lake
This beautiful lake is located in Old Quarter in Hanoi. I loved walking around this lake at night time. I would call it as a happy place. You can notice people dancing in the park and share the happy spirit around.
Come and enjoy some Vietnamese music but also old style 80s-90s music that you will make you happy. You can join them and dance too.
I think that these activities bring people together and it is a great way how to make people relax after their hard day by sitting all day in the store or restaurant in order to make living. It is definitely a better way how to switch off rather than sitting home in front of the TV.
Water puppet show
I haven’t personally tried but it has been recommended to check it out by few other bloggers so if you like shows go for it.
Check other Vietnamese shows
Explore traditional Vietnamese shows such as Lang Toi (My Village), Tu Phu (Four Palace Show), The Quintessence of Tonkin, Loi Cua Tre.
I think that watching shows over the world is one of the greatest way how to connect to the culture and unique art.
Tran Quoc Pagoda
Located around 3 hours from Hanoi. I would recommend taking a tour as the tour will provide all you need – transport, cruise, seafood lunch on the boat, then cruise with either bamboo boat or kayak and then get you back to your hotel or you can stay there overnight in a hotel with an amazing view of the bay – ideal for couples.
You might buy it directly in Hanoi or book it online in advance. The packages might differ – some includes meals, some not.
I really enjoyed my tour as I have been with bunch of friendly people on the boat from all over the world, it was fun.:-)
Enjoy Vietnamese food in Hanoi
I would say that Hanoi is mainly about exploring local food, experiencing the Vietnamese culture, street food style but also incredible fine dining in restaurants.
It might be more expensive than having a cheap street food, however, just imagine how expensive is to have a fancy and delicious dinner in any Western countries and not talking about Australia! Don’t get distracted by all the cheap street food. 🙂
This café is very popular amongst European travellers, very chilled atmosphere. Their egg coffee is one of the best in Hanoi.
Ga Dong Duong
Another place with delicious egg coffee and pleasant chill outside. Located in Hanoi street station.
Pho 10, Ly Quoc su street
A famous place for Pho bo soup, however you can get Pho bo soup almost everywhere and cheaper. In this case, it tasted similarly like having a street Pho bo.
The difference is that you can choose which part of beef you want – from flank, brisket to cheek. I personally liked the flavour. You can also put an extra fresh minced garlic and chili which is on every table for free.
The place is usually very busy and can be hard to find a place to sit. However, it is more convenient to have a food here and sit in front of a regular table rather than eating a street food outside and sitting on a very small chair and being squeezed with other people.:-)
You will also find more Europeans, Americans or Australians sitting in this place if you feel more comfortable rather than being in a very authentic place with no tourists. Some people love to sit only around locals. The choice is yours. 😉
Minhchay Vegan restaurant
Incredible place with amazing cuisine, Almost everything on the list looked delicious and the taste was just unbelievable.
The price is higher – cannot compare to street food but definitely worth to try. The flavours and ingredients just smoothly match together. Yum.
Rice paper rolls
It wouldn’t be Vietnam without having rice paper rolls! They are almost everywhere and taste great and very cheap – around 20000 Dong.