If old streets, fine architectures and productive field are just your sight-seeing type, then you should try to visit Hanoi.
Hanoi is the capital city of Vietnam which is a favorite stop-over for many Asian and Australian destinations. It is situated on the banks of Song Hong or Red River and has roughly 6.5 million population that makes it look more chaotic and crowded. But however, Hanoi offers an ideal vacation get-away that you will never forget.
Vietnam’s capital is known for it’s old preserved architectural designs and rich agriculture. Upon stopping there, you will witness a busy street mostly run by motorbikes and vendors who sell great foods that will surely satisfy you. Other vendors also sell veggies, fruits, fish meats that are fresh from the farm.
To start your 28 hours adventure to Hanoi, you must settle your accommodation first.
Here are the top 3 list of hotels in Hanoi to help you decide your stay.
- The Hotel De L’Opera, one of the city’s grandest places to stay. Rooms are creatively designed with Asian textiles.
- Another is the 70-room Medallion Hanoi, located in the Old Quarter. An average type hotel that is a short walk away from Hoan Kiem Lake. They include breakfast in your stay.
- Camel City Hotel. A convenient hotel that offers free wifi and also includes breakfast in your stay.
There are other accommodations you can find in Hanoi, if you want to avail less you must book a room in advance.
- Your first walk
If you are done setting your room, then you must be ready for your first walk!
To truly appreciate the place, you must first take a walk and familiarize the city. I suggest you do it in the Old Quarter of Hanoi. This is one of the popular destination where fine old architectures can be seen. In fact, it is an old merchant area in the city where its layout is well-preserved over decades.
Or you can head first at Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre, which is near the City View Café. An evening event that performs old Vietnamese art form. Then go on until you reach a small scarlet Huc bridge that connects to the idyllic Ngoc Son Temple, which is dedicated to General Tran Hung Dao, who is known to be one of the leaders who fought against the Mongols in the 13th century. You can also take a moment to honor the martyr’s who died fighting for Vietnam’s independence.
If your hotel doesn’t include breakfast in your stay, you can have it in the City View Café.
After a good morning walk, it is time to experience one of the famous meal in Vietnam, which is the Bun Cha. It is consist of grilled pork in a tangy vinegar-based sauce and vermicelli noodles. You can also enjoy watching street vendors while sitting in the Bun Cha restaurant. They are open daily at 11am-2am.
In the afternoon, you can have fun observing the lifestyle of people living in there and take good photographs with the monuments and moments. You can have a good shot of Hoan Kiem Lake on the fifth floor of City View Café or just walk closer to it. You can also visit their big markets to appreciate their made products.
- Evening dinner
On the night, a good dining place named Au Lac House serves tasty Vietnamese cuisine, which is exquisite and fulfilling.
- Morning walk
Another morning work in the park will help you refresh your mind from your stressful life. The botanical gardens of Bach Thao are filled with beautiful orchids and other plants that are usually being photographed as the background image for wedding pictorials.
- National dish
If you want to taste the country’s specialty, you should not miss Vietnam’s national dish which is the big bowl of pho. You can try it at Pho Gia Truyen.
You cannot just leave the place without bringing a good remembrance! Don’t forget to take home a souvenir! You can find them at Dong Xuan market; it is the biggest and most central market in Hanoi. You will be exposed to loud noise, hot and chaotic environment just like any other Asian markets. However, when you left, you will earn one of a unique experience in your life!