Taking a Hanoi cooking class, watching a puppet show or exploring the museum is not only an interesting activity attracting a lot of tourists when coming to the capital city of Vietnam but also a fascinating experience with the people who are living in this city.
Exploring Vietnamese cuisine through Hanoi cooking class
When you travel to any countries, one of the first things you want to experience will be its cuisine. Vietnamese cuisine is not exceptional. One way or another, you will have great chance to explore the specialties in Vietnam. In which, you should take part in a Hanoi cooking class by this tour to discover the culture of locals through cuisine.
Especially, you should learn how to cook:
- Vermicelli with fried pork balls (Bun cha): Chosen one of the world’s 25 most attractive dishes in summer by CNN.
- Vietnamese noodle soup (Pho): In the top 12 most delicious dishes in the world, chosen by Huffington Post.
- La Vong fried fish (Cha ca La Vong): Recognized in top 10 Vietnamese specialties as encapsulating Asian Cuisine Values by Asian Record Organization.
Visiting traditional craft villages
After visiting the famous places in Hanoi, you should spend time discovering some well-known traditional craft villages around the city. The distance to these villages are also not too far so, you can go there easily by cars or motorbikes.
- Bat Trang Pottery Village: It is just far from Hoan Kiem Lake about 13km. When visiting the village, you can learn how to make pottery and take a buffalo cart around Bat Trang.
- Van Phuc Silk Village: The distance to the village is about 12km. You can go there to buy some pieces of silk as souvenir for your relatives and friends.
- Te Tieu Puppetry Village: There are a lot of puppetry performances for you to come and enjoy.
Enjoying Hanoi coffee
Drinking coffee has become a cultural beauty in Vietnam, especially for Hanoi people. Some famous addresses for you to come and enjoy are Lam Coffee, Giang Coffee which is well-known for egg coffee, Dinh Coffee, Nang Coffee and Nhan Coffee.
You can enjoy the typical flavor of Old Quarter coffee and watch the streets from the above, as well as emerge yourself in the ancient spaces.
Below are some of the cannot-miss museums when you visit Hanoi:
- Vietnam Military History Museum (28A Dien Bien Phu, Ba Dinh): It is the first museum of the military museums system. In this museum, you can visit and better understand the history against foreign invaders and martial arts in Vietnam.
- Vietnam Museum of Ethnology (Nguyen Van Huyen, Cau Giay): It was listed in top 25 most attractive in Asia in 2013, chosen by TripAdvisor. When coming here, you can visit the traditional houses of Vietnamese ethnics groups as well as joining folk games.
- Vietnamese Women’s Museum (36 Ly Thuong Kiet, Hoan Kiem): It was among the most attractive tourist sites in Hanoi in 2012, chosen by TripAdvisor. You come to the museum to explore images of Vietnamese women in all aspects of life from the past to present.
Join a city tour
Another exciting way to visit Hanoi is taking a city tour to walk around Old Quarter and enjoy street foods or sit in a cycle rickshaw for sightseeing the city. For the tour, you can make a plan by yourself or ask some travel agencies for more information.
Hope that these suggestions will help you get more ideas about what you are going to do in Hanoi and prepare the trip more easily. Try to enjoy every moments when you travel to Hanoi some day.