January 2017

Vietnamese Women's Museum in Hanoi 2

Vietnamese Women’s Museum in Hanoi

Posted By : Hanoifreelocaltours/ 10 0

The old day goes “ men build the house and women make it home”. It means that men are breadwinners who take charge of earning money and shoulder financial responsibilities in the family, while women are accountable for taking care of children, preparing meals for the family. However, Vietnamese women have to take more responsibilities than those. In addition to being a wife, a mother of the children they are a insufficient millitary source in wars against invaders, especially through the two fights against the French and America colonialism.

Vietnamese women’s museum is located in Ly Thuong Kiet street which is the most ancient and vibrant street in such a cosmopolitan city like Hanoi. The museum was constructed in 1987 and run by Vietnam Women’s union. It is the goal of the site to preserve and display various tangible and intangible historical and cultural heritage of Vietnamese women through the long-standing pathway of the history. Since being inaugurated in 1995, it has held a variety of exhibitions successfully and welcomed millions of international visitors from different nations on a yearly basis.

Vietnamese Women's Museum in Hanoi 2
Vietnamese Women’s Museum in Hanoi

When it comes to the achievements that the museum has obtained, the most outstanding one that should not be mentioned is that it ranks 11th of 25 most popular museums in Asia voted by TripAdvisor with the meaningful message “ worth visiting, touching stories” in 2013. In addition, in continuous years, it holds one of the top tourist attractions of the capital, according to the recent statistics from the Tourism Department.

Vietnamese women’s museum was constructed in such a harmonious layout including two buildings a primary part, an inferior one and a cafeteria. The first impression that catches visitors’ eyes is the huge glass in front of the main gate. It is a stained glass divided into different cells with attractive colors that show the contents of the museum. Besides, it seems to be an effective way of emphasizing on the nature when the architectures utilized green trees and colorful flowers to take place of metal fence. Just a little detail is able to make tourists feel inspired and comfortable to enjoy quality time in the museum. It has four floors that are full with various books, items and subjects related to Vietnamese women.

If the outside of the museum brings tourists comfort, its interior makes them surprised and even takes their breath away because of its creative design. Standing in the first floor, there is a statue named “Mother of Vietnam” which is the symbol of the museum. The woman is holding her baby on her shoulder and her right hand is putting down at her feet, which means to be a shield to protect her child. This image represents for Vietnamese women with respected characteristics. Being a wife, a mother, they appear to be a flame heating the unconditional family love. Looking up to the ceiling is an interesting fun. There is a great number of the colorful conical leaf hats that are the symbol of Vietnamese women hanging on the ceiling. The museum often is renovated and redesigned accordance with each collection so that visitors feel like they are in a scene of the movie. Furthermore, other floors cover over 1000 items and diverse images. Only by seeing these exhibits can visitors portray vividly the appearance of Vietnamese women with their feats, sacrifice and their loss for our nation’s independence and reunification.

Women’s museum has three main themes: women in the family, women in history and women’s fashion. On the second floor, we can gain deeper understanding about women in the family ranging from wedding ceremonies, wedding costumes for women of all regions to the local rituals and customs related to women. There are some ethnic groups adapting the parental line of descent while others accept maternal line of descent. Despite the difference between groups in the family system, the procedures of wedding seem similar to some extent. The wedding normally consists of three parts: espousal, wedding and returned ceremony. It is interesting to note that for several ethnic groups, the more the amount of dowry is, the higher level of respect and love in husband’s family is. Next to the room displaying exhibits about wedding, there is a place to display the process of pregnancy with unique things of each group own such as a couple’s bedroom of the Black Thai ethnic and the ring called praying for having child. Additionally, the organization of family also depicts thoroughly through exhibits associated with various activities like hunting, planting, trafficking, and so on.

The third floor focuses on the topic of women in history. it is the site to reminisce the life stories of heroic females who delicated  the whole life to the Resistance war against invaders. You will be surprised to see memorabilia in here that is the most justified proof of creativity, iron willpower and ingenuous romance of Vietnamese women even in the wars, typically the vase from shells, militia platoon, etc… there are also various pictures of heroic Vietnamese mothers whose husband, children sacrificed bravely, heroically. They had to hide countless hurt in the introverted soul and continued to fight. They are so so great!!!.

Vietnamese Women's Museum in Hanoi
Vietnamese Women’s Museum in Hanoi

The forth floor is for women’s fashion. It shows clearly percise skills of vietnamese women in the craftsmanship. They produced sewing, art pattern, embroidery, making jewellery art and makeup art deriving from ethnic groups in the north mountainous area.  Besides, it is interesting for tourists to learn more about the unique traditional customs of betel chewing and teeth staining. The museum also holds different exhibitions about various different topics such as “Mau” creed whom the Vietnamese worship for with a view to wishing the best and praying for their family, especially for their children. You have chance of discovering some folk songs, dances and special costumes in the form of worshipping.

Adjacent to the main hall and courtyard, the first floor is also the place to display a wide range of exhibitions according to topics reflecting contemporary life, raising the voice of society and exchanging the cultures between countries, for example, the Japanese doll exhibition with excellent and precise handmade dolls. It brings the museum brand-new leaf and an opening life. Not only taking place some exhibitions and events, does the museum hold traditional musical programs that attract many international tourists as well. Thanks to performing these programs, while tourists outside Vietnam can broaden their horizons about this type of art, Vietnamese people in particular young generations put emphasis on preserving the national conventional traditions and identity. Besides assimilating into multicultural world, they also should protect traditional values and develop them non-stop.

    Attaching importance to creativity and practicing, the museum has opened discovery room in the aim of teaching children aged from 7 to 15 years. With modern and quality facilities, this room would facilitate children to nurture and foster their creativity, soft skills and expand their social relationships. There are both Vietnamese and English books, stories about women, children and other diverse topics sponsored from many bookshops, funds. Children are taught to make craftworks, conceal leaf hats and draw pictures of their own.

Vietnamese women’s museum appears to be a colorful magazine vividly replaying all aspect of life of Vietnamese women. It makes a significant contribution to convey meaningful messages to the youth about the respected qualities of women. It also helps to broaden our horizons about national heritage and traditional values of Vietnamese women.

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Hanoi What to eat


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If you are in Ha Noi and want to have a different experience to explore the Viet Nam’s capital, I think our Ha Noi Street Food Tour online is very useful for you.  I think you may know that Ha Noi has many delicious dishes and each dish has many kinds of it. However, you have only a limited amount of time; can you enjoy all best dishes?  Don’t worry because we have a list of top 10 dishes to try in Ha Noi. The top 10 street foods will make you become a real Hanoians.  The only one question you should ask yourself is “Hey stomach, are you ready?” I hope so.


  • About: i think every Vietnamese has the same opinion that “ Crab noodle soup that is so delicious that it very popular with the locals.” It has a light and natural sweet  that make it different from all kinds of food you have ever tried before. Moreover, it is very good for your health because there are a perfect mixture of protein., vegetables and noodles.  Thus, there is no need for you to worry about gaining your
  • What are included:    the soup has many ingredients basing on regional culture. However, some elements are common in all regions.

– Noodles

– Vegetables

– Crabs

  • What are servered accompanying: Vietnamese have habit of eating vegetables with soup. For crab noodles soup, they often choose: fresh lettuces, coriander leaves or onion leaves. Even if, they eat soup with “ quay” (a dish made of potatoes) or tofu.


local special crab noodle soup- What to eat in Hanoi
local special crab noodle soup
  • Where to eat in Hanoi: top 4 the most famous places


1.Hoa Ma:

                            – Address: 42th Hoa Ma Street, Hai Ba Trung, Ha Noi.

                            – Reviews: Crab noodles soups are very big which full of crab’s meat, beef and yellow- fried- tofu. The serving attitude is very high so you can enjoy your

                            – Price: 30000 VND – 55.000

2. Mrs Teo

                            – Address: 104 C6 To Hieu, Nghia tam. Cau Giay, Ha Noi.

                            –  Reviews: the soup is colorful of many kinds of elements. Especially, the vegetables eating accompanying is very delicious. The place is very crowded in the noon and in the evening.

                            – Price : 30.000 VND

3. Nguyen Sieu Street.

                            – Address: 32th Nguyen Sieu, Hoan Kiem, Ha Noi.

                            – Reviews: although it is quite narrow, it is always full of people. The broth is mixed of much taste but it is still keep its original one.

                            – Opening time: 6AM -6 PM

                            – Price: 000 VND – 45.000VND


  • About: it is one of the strangest dishes you have ever tried but I think you may be surprised but its taste. The first time you see the dish, I guess you may hesitate of trying because of its smell but it is the dish that you should not miss.
  • What are included:  fried tofu, fishcakes, pork and tightly compressed vermicelli noodles “patties” cut into cubes. These elements are eaten dipped into a shrimp paste. It is a special seasoning of Vietnamese. It is very strange taste but be aware of eating too much may bother you stomach.
  • What are servered accompanying fresh herbs, pork.
  • Where to eat in Hanoi:

  1) Hang Khay :

                                  – Address: 31th Hang Khay, Ha Noi.

                                  – Reviews: it is the most famous place for people who want to enjoy bun dau mam tom. You may be surprised by its crowd. It proves the attractions of the place.

                                   – Opening time: 10h30 am – 19 pm

                                   – Price: 45.000 VND

    2 ) Cay Bang, Dai La Street:

                       – Address: Cay Bang,  Dai La street, Hai Ba Trung, Ha Noi.

                       – Reviews: people choose the place because of many reasons but the most important one is its delicious taste.  Therefore, in high times, you many have to wait about for  15 minutes to 20 minutes to have the dish on your own.

                      – Opening time: 10am – 14pm

                      – Price: 000 VND


  • About: If you are bored with beef pho or chicken pho , stir fried noodles is one kind of pho that you should not miss. The rice noodles are worked fried with greens and meat.
  • What are included:  noodles, vegetables, beef and onion leaves.
  • Where to eat:

1) Bat Dan:

                     – Address: 45 Bat Dan, Hoan Kiem, Ha Noi.

It is opened may years ago but until now, there are different opinions about its taste. For some people, they think the dish is hardly eatable. However, for most people, the dish’s taste is very unique. The sweet and salty sauce is the most special taste that nowhere in Ha Noi has. That why there are people being  addicted to the dish.

                      – Opening time: 08:00 Am – 11:Pm

                      – Price : 30.000 VND- 66.000 VND

2) Hang Buom

                         – Address: 11th Hang Buom, Hoan Kiem, Ha Noi.

                          – Review: the dish is not only fried well done but also its high quality beef that make you never forget. Thus, since about 7 pm, the place is crowed until late.

                           – Opening time: 06:00pm – 03:30 pm

                           – Price: 50.000- 110.000


  • About: are you wondering about its name? False or real? You are far from alone . Most of people are also not sure about it. In fact, I can make sure that it is false. Therefore, you don’t need to worry about trying it at least one time because  you love it may be. In winter, enjoying the dish is not the bad choice to dispel cold.
dog meat noodle soup- what to eat in Hanoi
dog meat noodle soup


  • What are included:    pork,  galangal, shrimp paste and mẻ ( a kind of seasoning made of rice fermented).
  • What are servered accompanying :noodles, savory nature and lemongrass
  • Where to eat: according to Foody.vn and Lozi.vn – two best of voted attracting  places websites In Viet Nam, places below are recommended:

1) Kim Lien

                    – Address: between the C6 and C9 dormitory, Kim Lien, Dong Da, Ha Noi.

                    – Reviews: the place is clean. Noodles are white and tough. Pork is well done but soft enough. In addition, good serving and cheap price is plus mark for this place

However, you should notice on its  address because it is quite hard to find the place. You go to the 132th house in Phuong Mai Street. Then, you will see a large alley opposing you. Going in the alley, you are arrived in the place. One recommend for you, don’t  be the guest after 1 pm or you are nothing to order.

                     – Opening time: 07 Am- 10. Pm

                     – Price: 20.000- 35.000 VND


2) Vu Pham Ham

                    – Address: walking side Vu Pham Ham Street, Cau Giay, Ha Noi

                    – Reviews: opened in walking side, the place is quite clean. The dish is very good, especially  greasy broth.

                    – Opening time: 6 Am- 11 Am

                    – Price 25.000 – 33.000 VND


  • About: bun nem is another attracting dish in Ha Noi. The greasy of fried spring rolls, the sweet-and-sour sauce and the toughness of noodles make a great impression on you since the first time. No surprisingly that you will drop in a place to enjoy the dish in the second or the third time like real Hanoians. Try it if you see it.
  • What are included: noodles, spring rolls, sauce.
  • What are servered accompanying : vegetables such as been sprouts, fresh herbs.
  • Where to eat:

1) Dinh cong

                        – Address: Opposing KFC Dinh Cong street, Hoang Mai, HA Noi

                        – Reviews: I love this place because of both cheap price and good taste of the dish. I will come back here when the next time I visit Viet Nam and Ha Noi.

                        – Opening time: 9h AM- 9h PM

                        – Price: 15.000- 35.000 VND

2) Hang Cot

                      – Address: 36th Hang Cot, Hoan Kiem, Ha Noi.

                      – Reviews: the place has been highly recommended by customers on its location, price, dish quality and serving attitude.

                      – Opening time: 6h30 am – 9h30am

                      – Price : 30.000-40.000


  • About: the dish is local delicacy in Ha Noi despite many regions in Viet Nam sell it. It can be said that steamed pork wraps in Ha Noi is the best. Its distinguish taste is not like any taste of any dishes in Ha Noi or in the world. Furthermore, I suppose that no one can deny trying a colorful and skillfully made dish like it. Try it and while waiting for being served, taking notice around because I may sitting next to you.
  • What are included: pork, mushroom filling wrapped in freshly steamed rice paper. After that, chiefs top banh cuon with crunchy fried shallots.
  • What are servered accompanying: fish sauce, chili sauce and fresh herbs.




  • Where to eat:

1) Thanh Van.

                      – Address: 12th -14th Hang Ga, Hoan Kiem, Ha Noi

                      – Phone number: 0438.280.108

                      – Reviews: in Tripadvisor, people laid great store upon it.

A foreigner- John said “I was so surprised when I saw many people eating there at 10 am. They don’t have to work or the dish is too attracting? I am not sure.”

                     – Opening time: 6h3-9hpm

                     – Price: 15.000-28.000

2) Hoanh

                    – Address: 66th To Hien Thanh, Hai ba Trung, HA noi.

                    – Reviews: charice “the first time I saw it, I said “oh my god, is it eatable?”. It is very strange to me. Nevertheless, after that, I ate the dish every morning during my period of time in Ha Noi. I wish I could cook it for my family.”

                    – Opening time: 6:30 am -10 pm

                    – Price: 30.000 VND- 60.000 VND


About: you have a habit of eating sandwich but you are afraid of not finding it in Viet Nam?  You don’t need to order a sandwich in your country and wait for it transferred to Viet Nam (if you can) because in Ha Noi, Vietnamese sandwich is an ideal alternation for you. From my point of view, Vietnamese sandwich is one of the most ingenious France-meets- Asia creations ever!


What is included:  a fluffy baguette is full of many kinds of elements such as pate, cold cuts, cucumber and picked daikon and carrots.

What are servered accompanying : in Ha Noi, this sandwich is served with hot sauce and mayo drizzled on top?

Where to eat:

1) Pho co (the old quarter)

                   – Address: 38th Dinh Liet, Ha Noi.

                   – Reviews: you may be simplicity of the place but it has existed for a long time. Its dish- Vietnamese sandwich is favored by many people. Especially, all of elements used are made by owners

                   – Price: 20.000- 25.000

2) Dan

                  – Address: 34th LO Su, Hoan Kiem HA Noi.

                  – Reviews: it has been existed since 1979 so it is one of the most long life places in Ha Noi. Even though the country has changed a lot since that time, the dish’ taste in the place is still kept. Thus, it comes as no surprise to me that the place is always crowed.

                  – Opening time: 6h am- 9h pm

                  – Price: 15.000-25.000


About:  Vietnamese have habit of eating rice in all of their dishes. Sticky rice is a different kind of rice that it the one of the most popular dish in Ha Noi.


What are included:  sticky rice with various toppings. Differ from your first imagination of it, it does not come plain.  Grilled pork, ground meat and eggs are dispensable elements.

What are servered  accompanying:  sliced cucumbers.

Where to eat:

1) Xoi Yen

                     – Address: 35B- the corner of main street Nguyen Huu Huan and Hang Mam, Hoan Kiem Ha Noi.

                     – Reviews: Hana “I thought rice is not my favorite before but when I ate the dish, I changed my mind. It is very good.”

                     – Opening time: 5 am – 1 am

                     – Price: 35.000- 44.000

2) Yen Ninh

                     – Address 98th Yen Ninh, Hang Bun, Ba DInh, Ha Noi.

                     – Reviews: “the bowl of sticky rice very big but I can not leave any thing because it is delicious”

                     – Opening time: 9h am -9h pm

                     – Price: 30.000- 60.000


About:  traditional pho in Ha Noi is so famous that I think I don’t need to comment any things.  Chicken pho is one of two the most popular kinds of pho in Ha Noi.

What are  included: chicken meat, broth, noodles and seasonings.

What are servered accompanying :  lemon, herbs.

Where to eat:

1) Tu Lun

                     – Address: 5th Hang Trong, Hoan Kiem, Ha Noi.

                    – Reviews: I cannot explain why I love the place but the taste is vey wonderful. I am sure there is any where which has a more delicious dish than this place.

                    – Price: 20.000- 28.000

                    – Opening time: 06:00 AM – 01:30 PM


03:00 PM – 11:00 P

2) Quan Thanh

                     – Address 156th Quan Thanh, Ba Dinh, Ha Noi.

                     – Reviews: Kim “ I and my boyfriend came here only one time when we visited Viet Nam 1 years ago but I am still remember the good taste of Pho here.”

                     – Opening time: 06:30 AM – 11:00 AM

                     – Price: 25.000- 44.000vnd.


About:  visiting ha Noi, bun Cha is the dish you should eat or no one believes that you came here. It reflects our creation of food along with our eating culture so that why in 2016, the President of USA Obama decided to enjoy it in his time in Ha Noi with other members of House of Parliament.

Bun Cha with Hanoikids


What are included:  noodles, pork (there are two kinds of pork: strips of meat and minced pork patties), onion leaves.

What are severed accompanying: fish sauces, herbs.

Where to eat:

1) Huong Lien

                       –  Address: 24th Le van Huu, ha Noi

                       – Reviews: oh my god, when I knee our President came here; I guessed the dish is very good. Last year, I came Ha Noi and tried it. Wow, I am not wrong.

                       – Opening time: 9 am -8h pm

                       – Price: 40.000- 85.000 VND


2) Dac Kim

                       – Address 1th Hang Manh, Hoang Kiem

                       – Reviews: although the price is quite high, the quality of dish is equally to your money. “Cha” is made of crab. Besides, the size of the dish is large enough for any stomach regardless how big it is.

                       – Opening time: 10am -19 Pm

                        – Price: 50.000-60.000 VND

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local flavor pho hanoi beef noodles soup-best pho hanoi


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Someone said “Food reflects not only the material world but also the spirit world of a country.”  Therefore, for foreigners, enjoying food in another country is one of the most special ways to explore its culture.

According to CNN Travel “What list of Vietnamese cuisine would be complete without best pho hanoi? It’s almost impossible to walk a block in Vietnam’s major cities without bumping into a crowd of hungry patrons slurping noodles at a make shift pho stand”.

best pho Hanoi
Vietnamese Beef Noodle Soup

And  you, have you tried Best Pho Ha Noi yet? If not, don’t worry because Ha Noi Free Local Tour will please to guide you enjoy one of the best dishes in our Ha Noi street food tour online.

Like Pizza in Italia, Pho is one of best cuisine food in Viet Nam but it is particular in Ha Noi. It is the dish that you shouldn’t miss ‘even if in your last night in Ha Noi.

No one can make sure about “when pho was created and who created it?” because there are many opinions about this issue.  According to some scholars, pho was created in the 20 century, especially particular in Ha Noi. Thus, there are places which have sold pho for decades. For people who ate it, all of them have high opinion about pho in Ha Noi. That why Pho is the most famous dish in Ha  Noi.

Pho is diversified in kind and taste depending on regional culture. In Ha Noi, places have created many different kind of best pho in hanoi to make fresh taste so foreigners have an attracting long list of choices .However, beef pho and chicken pho are the best kinds of pho.


If you are wondering of what pho is made of, you are far from alone in your confusion. Despite variations of ingredients, the main elements of the dish are steamy broth, fresh rice noodles, sliced beef or chicken, and herbs or scallions.


Broth is the most important element in dish which makes the difference between places. In another word, broth decides whether pho dish is good or not. It makes the specifically distinctive taste of dish.  Pig’s calf muscle or beef’s bones are steamed in from 3 hours to 7 hours. Thus, broth has an especially natural sweet and greasy taste that no kind of sugar can.  After steaming them, broth is added many kind of seasoning such as onion, ginger, cinnamons, coriander seeds, star anise. These elements arouse peoples’ taste strongly. Each place selling best pho in Ha Noi has a secret of what amount of each element. It is called “secret recipe” to create distinguishing taste.  “Secret recipe “is based on experience and skill of chefs. Therefore, some places become famous while some are not.


broth and slice meats-best pho hanoi
broth and slice meats


Sliced meats are another important element of pho. Meat is chosen carefully to make sure that they are fresh. Because only fresh meat can make good pho bowls. Meat is medium to make them softy enough when you chew. You can feel sweet of meat which is mixed with greasy taste of broth is the taste that you have never tried before.

Fresh rice noodles used in pho is often made of a special kind of rice. The rice is planted in Viet Nam. After through some handicraft steps, rice turns noodles. Chefs have some tips to make noodles white and tough. They said it is a traditional recipe that used many years from generation to next one.

Whereas in some countries, they often eat baked meat with mashed potatoes, Vietnamese has a similar special habit of eating. Because of its greasy taste; Vietnamese often eat pho accompanying vegetables to make the balance taste. There are many kinds of vegetables such as lettuce, been sprouts, coriander or basil. Besides vegetables, each place has other dishes which are served accompanied. That is another plus mark for them.

Now, I think it is time you wanted to search in Google “where can you get the best pho in Ha Noi?” Ha Noi Free Tour Guide has list of top 5 the best places for you.



  • Address: 7th Hang Thung, Hoan Kiem, Ha Noi
  • About: Although it is not as famous as traditional places, it attracts customers by a unique characteristic. That is the mixture between music and pho, modern and tradition.

It is a good choice for people who want to listen to good songs while eating a pho bowl. I think it is a wonderful experience for you.

  • Reviews: This place is wonderful. Its  decor and songs make us very impressed. The service and food was great. Spring roll and Pho is the best.


  • Address: 24th Trung Yen, Hoan Kiem, Ha Noi.
  • About: its name makes the first impression on people because of its strange. Owner explains that “in order to make Gods (the way Vietnamese call their customers) curious and extremely happy when they eat here, I choose that name.” in addition, the broth is a plus mark for customers. Sliced meat in pho is appreciated highly. It is sweet and soft enough to eat.
  • Opening time: 5h30 am to 11h am

4h30 pm to 9h30 pm.

  • Price: from 15000 VND to 39000VN
  • Reviews: John “ the best pho i have ever tried. I think it is one for the best thing  i can’t forget about Viet Nam.”
local-flavor-pho-hanoi-chicken-noodles-soup-best pho Hanoi


  • Address: 13th Lo Duc, Ha Noi.
  • About: the place has been famous for more than 30 years. Its specialty is broth’s taste which is made of steamy bone’s sweet and seasoning. You are severed accompanying “ quay” ( a dish made of tapioca). It is a distinguish characteristic of  Pho Thin. The place is often crowed from morning till evening.
  • Opening time: 6:00 am to 8:30pm
  • Price: 40.000 VND to 60.000VND
  • Reviews: Dave “  Its price is very cheap for the best beef Pho. I think the best thing of this pho is that  its stir- fried beef or chicken. Moreover, the soup is so great that I think i can’t forget.”

 10th LY QUOC SU

  • Address : +) 10th  Ly Quoc Su – 0438.257.338

+)  42th  Hang Voi – 0915088586

+)  N2A Hoang Minh Giam

  • About: the place attracts people by its authentic, local and taste, the good quality of meat and seasoning. Moreover, the attitude serving here is very high, especially foreigners. Chiefs are please to sever people according to their taste. Therefore, there are many foreigners choose the place to eat pho each time they visit Viet Nam.
  • Opening time: 6:30 am to 10:30 pm
  • Price: 50.000VND to 77.000 VND
  • Reviews: Chan : “the first time i have ever visited Ha Noi, I ate Pho in this place. My impression is great. I think i have to come back many times.”
best pho Hanoi
Vietnamese Beef Noodle Soup

 Traditional Bat Dan place.

  • Address: 49th Bat Dan, Hoan Kiem, Ha Noi.
  • About: Bat Dan is one of the best traditional places that you should come first when you want to enjoy a sapid pho bowl. It can be said that Bat Dan has a great contribution to reserve the distinctive taste of pho in Ha Noi for many years. It  is not strange if you see people line up or pay first to enjoy a pho bowl here. Even if, after 9h am, if you are not hurry, pho will be sold out. It is speacial enough to prove its fame.
  • Opening time: 6am to 10am

6pm to 8h30 pm.

  • Price: because of its unique taste, its price is quite high from 30.000 VND to 55.000VND.
  • Reviews: Gruu: “Oh mu God. I have tried many kinds of Pho but Pho in bat Dan is the best dish in the world.

I hope you have your choice now. So it is time went out and enjoyed a pho bowl at least one time but I think you won’t eat pho only one time. Let’s try it!!!

Vietnam is not only famous for best pho hanoi, but also distinctively strong of coffee. Let’s click What to eat to add information about hightlight coffee shop in Hanoi, and coffee filter in Hanoi.

a cup of egg coffee in Haka coffee shop-Vietnamese coffee filter


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You are addicted to coffee and it is a dispensable part of your life?

You are too familiar with instant coffee and you think it is your the most favorite coffee?

One day, you visit Viet Nam and want to enjoy a cup of coffee. You ask a cup of coffee like you did in your country. Don’t be surprised if the waiter serves you a strange cup of coffee. It has a metal filter above a glass cup. It is our pride – filter coffee. Don’t be shame to try it because you may want to buy it immediately after you enjoy a  filter coffee in Vietnam


egg coffee- the weird drink- Vietnamese coffee filter
egg coffee- the weird drink


Filter coffee in Vietnam has been familiar with Vietnamese for hundred years but it has just burst into a trend since the 1960s. It is said that coffee filter was bring to Viet Nam by a Frenchman. Initially, filter coffee is only served for rich people. Then, it is beloved by everyone. Until now, although there are many kind of instant coffee in Vietnam, you can easily to come across a filter coffee cup anywhere. Actually, because of its advantages such as small, works and cheapness, it has become a unique culture in making and enjoying a coffee of Vietnamese.

Nowadays, there are many kinds of coffee filters depending on material of it such as aluminium, inox or plastic. Each material has its own advantages and its disadvantages but aluminium and inox are the most popular material.

When you want to buy a coffee filter, there are some notes you should know. Firstly, coffee filters are diversified in size, width, depending on the need of buyers. However, a good coffee filter has to have middling and steady holes to avoid dried coffee powder falling.

For aluminium coffee filter, its weakness is hard to clean after use.

For Inox coffee filter, you should choose filters which are made of stainless and meet the USA ASTM 304 or 430 quality standard. It will be harmless to your health and do not have bad affect on the quality of coffee.

A coffee filter including many parts: cup, press, bottom filter and lid. It works in endosmosis way which makes coffee have a special taste.


If you want to buy it online, there are many websites such as Amazon, Alibaba, and eBay. The price of a coffee filter fluctuates from 4.99 $ to 16 $.

If you are visiting Viet Nam, you are easily to buy it at a by far cheaper price – from 10 thousand dong (about 0.55$) to 1.5 $. You can go to any grocer’s in noisy streets to buy a coffee filter. Besides, supermarkets or famous coffee brands branches in sort of Trung Nguyen, Vinacafe also supply it to you.

In Ha Noi, there are 5 the most famous coffee streets that you should drop off to enjoy a standard filter coffee cup of Ha Noi. They are Trieu Viet Vuong, Thai Phien- Le Dai Hanh, Nguyen Huu Huan, Ly Thuong Kiet, Ho Dac Di. When you come these streets, you may be surprised because of crowed in all of coffee shops. Moreover, you will see how much Vietnamese love coffee although in Viet Nam, coffee was turned up much later than West countries. However, Vietnamese share a special way to enjoy the attracting drink in common. It reflects the culture of Vietnamese – patience and delicacy.


What to do                

+ An amount of fresh coffee (Robusta coffee planted in highlands in Viet Nam is recommended. Trung Nguyen coffee brand is the most famous coffee brand in Vietnam because of its high quality and price).

+ 100-300ml boiling water from 95 C to 100C

+ condensed milk (it contains sugar and is heat processed with steam. It reflects deep flavor of Vietnamese.)

 How to do a filter coffee cup 

+ Firstly, you have to clean your coffee filter with hot water. It makes coffee powder swell steadier.

+ Secondly, add an amount of coffee powder to ½ coffee filter. Then, you shake slightly. The next step is very important.  You have to use press to twirling coffee powder in spiral but not too tightly to avoiding coffee powder can’t absorb hot water.

+ Thirdly, pour about 1/3 inch condensed to your cup then put Vietnamese coffee filter above.

Add about 20ml boiling water and wait for coffee swell in about 1 minute. Then, you add boiling water but the maximum level of water is 2/3 of coffee filter. Place the bottom of coffee filter to keep its taste. You may have to wait about 10   minutes to have a wonderful filter coffee cup.

+Lastly, you can add a little salt to make your coffee cup more scented and attracting. Before enjoying it, you should use a spoon to stir it.

 How is a standard filter coffee cup in Vietnam:

Vietnamese coffee filter
Vietnamese coffee




















+ You need to see the speed of coffee falling. If it falls in drop, you are successful or not, you may need to try again.

+ Your cup has three separate uppers. The first upper is condensed in cream color at the bottom. Above it, there is a coffee- condensed upper which has caramel color. The last upper is brown coffee.

Color of coffee: color of real coffee cup is brown no matter how high degree you parch coffee powder.

How to enjoy a Vietnamese filter coffee cup:

Enjoy a cup of coffee is an art especially a filter coffee cup. It not only demands the    patience in making a good coffee cup but also in enjoying it. It can be said that “enjoying coffee is not for impatient and rush person.”

You should enjoy it little and little. When your tongue touches to coffee, you will feel a strange taste which you have never tried before. It is very different from instant coffee you are familiar with. While you drink it, you may realize why Vietnamese like it like that. They drink it with their friends or even alone. They said a filter coffee cup may help them realize many things of your life.  If you want to see the rush life of Ha Noi while enjoy a cup of coffee, it is a good idea.


the coffee shop old-fashioned way(Vietnamese coffee filter )
the coffee shop old-fashioned way











Hanoi Free Motorbike tours

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Hanoi Free Motorbike tours 

  1. Duration: 3 Hours
  2. Places: Sword lake, Old Quarter, Long Bien bridge, Ceramic road, Dong Xuan market, West lake, Phu Tay Ho
  3. Price: 15 US Dollars (330.000 VND) (For motorbike rental, Parking tickets and Petrol).

Hanoi Motorbike tours are not uncommon with all international visitors, however, experiencing a motorbike tour with Hanoi free local tour guides would be the most memorable trip for your life. Hanoi Motorbike tours are far more thrilling than taking a bus trip or just going for a walk owing to several factors that other trips are in lack of.

Firstly, we always try our best to make sure that all you guys can be immersed yourselves in seeing sights with our professional, friendly and enthusiastic tour guides. Our members are young generations who have deep patriotism and long to promote our national images to foreign friends. Besides, Our free tour guides are good at English so as to convey the entire messages and stories to international visitors and make conversations spontaneously. So many people asked us that whether tour guides’ driving skill are safe enough? This problem is really important and worth catering to. Nevertheless, if you book a motorbike tour with Hanoi Free Local Tours, it is not a matter, as all our members have passed the driving test excellently and even are trained carefully to bring the visitors the sense of safety and enjoy the whole trip without worries. Making visitors feel assured when riding with us are always put ahead.

Secondly, when it comes to attractive destinations that we will take you to cannot out of list without doubt.




We will ride you around the Sword lake- the slap bang of Hanoi capital which owes the longstanding history and hidden legend through the cherry and touching voice of the tour guides. Standing out in the middle of the lake is Turtle tower that is a symbol of Hanoi. Its architecture is the perfect combination between European and Vietnamese style. Another national relic is Ngoc Son complex, including Pen tower, the Inkslab, The Huc bridge and Ngoc Son temple. All of them create an impressed highlight, right there in the heart of the capital of Hanoi.


After that, we will surf through Old Quarter to get a glimpse of both classic and contemporary architectures here. It is the major Hanoi’s commercial district with its heart and sound being exposed through ancient streets. It is said to be the most vibrant and cosmopolitan trading site. It consists of 36 old streets whose name starts with “Hang” and represents for special goods that it specializes. For example, if you dropped by Hang Dao that used to be a renowned centre for trading silk, you would have bought the quality silk for your own. However, it currently specializes in ready-making clothes. Then turn right, you can come across Hang Bac which is considered as a silver factory under Ly dynasty. Wow, we are pretty sure that if you shop around all 36 old streets here, you might burn a hole on your pocket!!! Since its diversity and vibrancy can take your breath away. Besides, the daily life of Hanoians are more vivid and real than ever before through the very your eyes.

Being a Hanoian by taking a free local tour on mortorbike around hanoi


Next, staying away from the hustle and bustle of city life, we will be off the beaten track and move on to Long Bien Bridge which was one of the greatest bridges in Vietnam at that time it was built. Many visitors coming here feel that Long Bien bridge is the most perfect place to get sunset and take some photos. Because of standing from here, you can be immersed yourselves in breathtaking view of Red river and daily activities of local hard-working people in this area.  More importantly, this bridge has gone into our history for ages. Despite experiencing ups and downs during the long resistance war, it stands still and lives with Hanoians as a part and parcel of our life.


One place that cannot forget to mention is the ceramic road. It is the longest road with 4 km length. It can be said to be an artistic masterpiece with millions of small ceramic pieces on the occasion of 1000 years Thang Long citadel. Riding pillion the native driver along this road, you can get the feel of the local and understand how Vietnamese people are so proud of it. Only by looking at the images in this road, you guys can briefly portrait our cultural and traditional values during over 1000 year of building and protecting the country.


Then visitors would have chance of becoming intellectual native buyers in some traditional markets here. There is a wide range of goods trading on a daily basis such as pineapple, passion-fruit, meat, fish and many other special products that are specialized in these markets. Dong Xuan market is the distribution place and a bulk sale for retailers because of the quantity and price of goods here, while for tourists, it is the most attractive site to enjoy mouth-watering traditional dishes like Bun Cha, Bun Rieu. Furthermore, it will be more interesting if you learn how to bargain with humorous, friendly sellers in this market. Specially, there are almost female sellers here so that you will gain deep insight into Vietnamese women- greatest mothers, greatest wives and brilliant businesswomen.



The next part of motorbike tours in Hanoi is another large lake – West lake. If Sword lake brings the sense of vibrancy and excitement, West lake is far quieter and more peaceful. However, on the contrary of its peace, lives surrounding West lake are the most luxurious and qualified in Hanoi with villas and fussy buildings mushrooming. Stopping for a while to enjoy the breeze winds in West lake can blow your mind and it seems to heal any stress or pressure because of learning schedule or working stuff. That is the reason why it is the site for the young to gather on weekends.


It is noteworthy to mention that there is a famous temple nearby the lake called Phu Tay Ho. It was renovated recently in order to live up to people’s expectation. At the beginning of the year, in January and February to be exact, it is the place for the countless line of visitors from both inside and outside Vietnam to gather and pray for the family’s health and luck for the whole day. Therefore, it is often crowded in these holidays.

Another factor that cannot out of list is the service which is extremely professional. Besides, our tour guides always cater to the need of visitors physically and emotionally.

To specify, our tour guide will get picked you up at the hotel on time because we do not want to waste any little quality time to enjoy the whole tour with us. And then making a short conversation is necessary to make sure everything is ready to set off the adventure, especially some advice and rules while sitting on the back of the riders. For example, please hold on tight when getting through adventurous roads or at rush hour. Since you know, at rush hour, traffic appears to be a huge car park and hundreds of vehicles are jostling for the space in the road. It goes without saying that this scene is definitely thrilling experience that you would not like to miss. Moreover, when approaching the daunting intersections, you guys will have the feelings of rush adrenaline or scary a little bit, but don’t worry since you are accompanying with delicate tour guides – Hanoi Free Local Tours. If you take little children with you, we will suggest you some tips to assure the safety of them. More importantly, you can completely bury yourselves in a fantastic motorbike tour with us and enable kids to gain hands-on experience about Vietnamese lifestyle. Besides travelling on the scooters, you guys are able to take on challenge to learn how to ride a motorbike once time with the thorough instruction of our tour guides. It is a certainly fascinate and unforgettable event in the trip to Vietnam- a small, friendly country.

Other tours: Hanoi Street Food Tours

So why don’t you click BOOK now to enjoy a motorbike tour with Hanoi Free Local Tours

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