Area : 3,345km2
Population : 6.562 million (2010)
Hanoi is an antique yet awakening metropolis of Vietnam. It is well-known as a centre of authentic local cultures, contemporary art and haute cuisine.
Representing the typical weather of tropical monsoon type in Northern Vietnam, Hanoi has the hot summer with high rainfall and the dry cold winter. The city also receives a large amount of sunlight and a relatively high humidity all throughout the year. Although the weather is divided into two main seasons: rainy season (from January to September), and dry season (from October to April), thanks to transition months, Hanoi still experiences all four seasons: spring, summer, autumn and winter.
SEE & DO
Old Quarters: The first and foremost destination for any visitor in Hanoi is the Hanoi Old Town (Old Quarters). One can easily get lost in the tiny and labyrinthine streets with myriad boutiques and shops. In the past, this was the centre of commerce of Hanoi with the most skillful craftmen who concentrated in a specific street with their special products. Name of the streets used to be refered to the allocation it specialized, such as “Hang Bac” street (Bac means silver) is well-known for jewelry, while “Hang Thiec” (Thiec means tins, metal) is typical for metal works.
Ho Chi Minh’s complex: This is where the Vietnamese show their pride and definite respect to their great father of the country: President Ho Chi Minh. Come visit the Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum and his modest stilt house, just nearby the spectacular Presidential Palace before entering the Ho Chi Minh Museum to understand why he become immortal in Millions of Vietnamese’s hearts.
Temple of Literature: One of the most fascinating and impressive constructions in both cultural and structural aspects is the Temple of Literature. Built in 11th century and still known as the first university of Vietnam, the Temple of Literature dedicated to Confucian and is among the rarely well-preserved ancient structure in Vietnam.
Tran Quoc Pagoda: The solemn yet tranquil pagoda Tran Quoc lies on the small island on the dazzling West Lake, just few minutes away from the bustling Old Quarters. Its is known as the oldest and most sacred pagoda in Hanoi as well as most ravish and shining one.
Museum of Ethnology: To be the largest Museum in Vietnam, Museum of Ethnology acts as a fully informing exhibition with various objects and information on different tribes of Vietnam while revealing the unique traditional culture of Vietnamese to international friends.
Quang Ba flower market: Located by Nghi Tam str. overlooking the poetic West lake, Quang Ba flower market is the largest and most hectic flower market in Hanoi. Known as “Night market” since it only opens during night time and finishes at 7.00 am the next morning. People from all around Hanoi and adjacent provinces bring their only products – the most colorful and fresh flowers here for sales. This is for sure the ideal place for not only buying some super cheap flowers but hunting the most expensive moment of Hanoi at dawn.
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.
Cha Ca La Vong
Add : 14 Cha Ca Street
Tel : +84 4 3825 3929
Price : US$6 – 8 with drink
Cuisines : Vietnamese
Description : You are sitting in one of the oldest house in Hanoi, served by the most traditionally styled chef with traditional dish of fish fried tableside with herbs, spices, onions, peanuts, and rice noodles.
Phở (Noodle soup)
This universally famous food is best enjoyed in Hanoi, where it was “invented” in the early 20th century. Pho- or rice noodle soup- is omnipresent in Hanoi, appearing anywhere from street vendors to high end restaurant chain Pho 24. Some is served with chicken and some with beef. Each type of meat entails a variety of sub-dish, using from beef tenderloin to beef brisket, chicken wing to chicken thigh. The tip is, look for the place where locals gather the most and you know where you should order and sit down.