Everything You Need to Know to Have a Holiday in Hanoi Vietnam

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Everyone has different impressions on Hanoi – the capital of Vietnam. All in all, the city is generally a worth-paying-a-visit destination. So what are the most helpful tips for a holiday in Hanoi Vietnam?

I. What to pack?

You must be wondering what you should pack for a holiday in Hanoi Vietnam. This is not too difficult. Fundamentally, these are the things you need:

  • Personal papers: Some important personal papers that you should take with you are your identity card and passport. They will be needed to pass the security gate or immigration gate.

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Personal papers (Source: Google)

– Smartphones: A smartphone will be your best friend when visiting Hanoi. It will be useful in many cases, such as ordering a cab, contacting people at home, or looking up travel information.

– Medicine: Although there are many pharmacies around the city, it may be difficult to find an appropriate type of medicine for minor illness. Thus, bringing some pills in cases of flu, stomachaches, or headaches are recommended.

– Cash: The habit of paying bills by card in some places, especially street restaurants, is not yet familiar in Hanoi, unless you’re dining at big restaurants and franchises. So you should prepare some cash before starting visiting the city.

– Clothes: Clothes are the most crucial stuff in this situation because you will have to pack by season. There are four distinct seasons in Hanoi, distinguished by different climate conditions.

  • Spring (January – March) is warm and there may be mild drizzle. You should bring some light and also thick coats, sports shoes, and an umbrella.
  • Summer (April – June) is notably hot. Nonetheless, being a city in the tropical zone, Hanoi can be hotter than you imagine. The average temperature is 30 to 35 Celsius degrees and can rise up to 40 Celsius degrees sometimes. You had better wear delicate, bright-colored clothes, sandals, and apply sun-cream before going out on the streets.
  • Autumn (July – September) is quite comfortable for tourists. It is cool and only a little cold at night. So you should prepare thin coats, shoes, and t-shirts for your holiday in Hanoi Vietnam.

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Hanoi in autumn (Source: Google)

  • Winter (October – December) is the coldest season in a year. The temperature is approximately 15 Celsius degrees and can decrease to 2-3 degrees. So warm boots, hooded coats, gloves, and woolen caps are some things you should bring.

II. Where to go to?

Every city has some must-visit spots. Hanoi is not an exception. These are some places that you can go for your holiday in Hanoi Vietnam.

1. Hoan Kiem Lake (Guom Lake)

Hoan Kiem Lake is the symbol of Hanoi and also of Vietnam. It is related to an important legend of the Vietnamese. The lake water has a unique green color and looks splendid under the morning lights. Turtle Tower, an exclusive construction that has been built for over 100 years, is located in the middle of the lake. Inside the area of Hoan Kiem, you can visit The Huc Bridge, Ngoc Son Temple, or Pen Tower.

2. Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

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Ho Chi Minh Stilt House (Source: Google)

This is the place where the body of Ho Chi Minh, the one who liberated the entire Vietnamese race, is preserved. Before visiting it, you should check whether it is opened. The ground is that the authorities close it down for repair sometimes. In that case, you can go around its area. There are still various spots for you to visit, such as One-Pillar Temple, Ho Chi Minh Museum, or Ho Chi Minh Stilt House.

3. Temple of Literature

Another place for culture-vultures is the Temple of Literature. This is the first university in Vietnam and has been established for about 9 centuries. The temple worships the Confucius, Chu Van An, and many great kings as well as Vietnamese scholars in the old times. You will be stunned when seeing the number of doctors that are honored here.

4. St. Joseph’s Cathedral

Located about 1 kilometer from Hoan Kiem Lake, St. Joseph’s Cathedral is quite a common destination for photographers. It was built in the early 19th century by the French. The church follows a Gothic style, which was very popular in the 12th century in Europe. The interior space of the cathedral is sophisticatedly designed with red lacquer trimmed with gold limber, which is very exceptional.

5. The Old Quarter

The Old Quarter is regarded as an unusual trait of Vietnam capital city. Most houses and streets here were built in the late 19th century and have been carrying this style ever since. The spot is also famous for delicious and low-priced dishes. Visiting the Old Quarter, you should buy a map at bookstores or download it on Google. The streets in the area are short and quite complicated for first-time-travelers.

6. Ceramic Mosaic Mural

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Ceramic mosaic mural (Source: Google)

Ceramic Mosaic Mural was a special project and also a special gift from artists to Hanoi on the 1000 year anniversary.

It is about 4 kilometers long and has become a must-visit spot for any tourists. The ceramic paintings appear on this work of art aim at praising Vietnam’s cultural activities in general and the beauty of Hanoi in particular. Taking a photograph with it will be a fantastic memory in your holiday in Hanoi Vietnam.

III. What to eat?

It is so regretful when having a holiday in Hanoi Vietnam without trying the food. Discovering the eating and drinking habit of the locals is also a way to find out Hanoi exclusive culture.

1. Pho

Pho is a daily food of the local people and has even been well-known by millions of people in the world. You may have tried this dish in your country but the taste can never be the same as that in the capital of Vietnam. The Hanoi cooks seem to have some secret in the broth of the food that tourists cannot resist.

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Pho (Source: Google)

Some reliable restaurants for you:

  •    Pho Suong Restaurant (24 Trung Yen Alley, Dinh Liet Ward, Hoan Kiem District)
  •    Pho Bat Dan Restaurant (28 Bat Dan Street, Hoan Kiem District)
  •    Pho Ga Quan Thanh Restaurant (42 Quan Thanh Street, Ba Dinh District)

2. Bun cha (Noodle and roasted meat)

There was no specific information that indicated when this food was created. The only thing that the people in Hanoi know is that Bun cha has been handed down to various generations. And it has been popular until today due to the second-to-none flavor.

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Bun cha (Source: Google)

The combination of grilled meat and the sweet-and-sour sauce will always be your good impression on the holiday in Hanoi Vietnam.

Some reliable restaurants for you:

  •    Bun cha Hang Quat Restaurant (Alley 74, Hang Quat Street, Hoan Kiem District)
  •    Bun Cha 34 Restaurant (34 Hang Than Street, Ba Dinh District)
  •    Bun Cha Hanoi Restaurant (102 B8 To Hieu Street, Cau Giay District)

3. Banh tom (Crisp shrimp cakes)

Another dish that symbolizes the Hanoi cuisine is Banh tom. Since it started getting common, the food has come with West Lake – a famous tourist destination in Hanoi. Banh tom in West Lake area has the sweet flavor of shrimps on the inside and the crispiness of the fried flour on the outside. Using it with some sweet-and-sour sauce and pickles, you will feel the whole taste of the food.

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West Lake Shrimp Cakes (Source: Google)

Some reliable restaurants for you:

  •    Banh tom Ho Tay (1 Thanh Nien Street, Yen Phu Ward, Tay Ho District)

4. Trang Tien Ice-cream

Trang Tien is an ice-cream brand that any travelers want to try when visiting Hanoi. Although it has been established for 60 years, Trang Tien Store is appealing to both local people and tourists. Using the slogan “Feel the traditional flavor,” this ice-cream shop is always crowded whether in summer or winter.

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Fresh ice cream (Source: Google)

There are various flavors for you to try, such as vanilla, chocolate, or strawberry. And you can find many types of ice-creams are sold here. According to many experienced travelers, the best one is the fresh ice-cream whose kiosk is on the deepest corner of the store. Remember to try it for your holiday in Hanoi Vietnam.

Some reliable restaurants for you:

  •    Trang Tien Ice-cream (35 Trang Tien Street, Hoan Kiem District)

5. Some new ideas

  • Hanoi is a city of not only historical sites but also a developing one with many fun places. So in case you do not want to spend your holiday in Hanoi Vietnam on cultural destinations, you can go to big leisure centers and complexes. Royal City, Times City, Lotte Center, Hanoi Creative City, and Ho Tay Water Park are some new examples.
  • If you visit Hanoi on weekends, the area around Hoan Kiem Lake will be transformed into pedestrian streets. This has been approved by the government for just about 2 years. There are a large number of activities in this area, such as magic shows, singing performances, or book fairs. They will be perfect for your nightlife in Hanoi.
  • Anthony Bourdain – the worldwide popular chef – used to express his thoughts on riding a motorcycle in Hanoi. He said “Hanoi is not like any other places in the world. One of the great joys in life is to ride a scooter on the crowded streets.” Therefore, if you know how to drive a motorcycle, don’t hesitate to try it in Hanoi. It will bring you the feeling that you have never had before.

Khanh Huyen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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