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Pho Hanoi - Hanoi What to eat

Hanoi Noodle is more than Pho Hanoi| Restaurants Recommendation

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“Hanoi: What to eat” The Series

Vietnamese Noodles Is More Than Phở (Pho Hanoi)

Pho Hanoi seems to be familiar with most of people, who have interest about Hanoi. It is regarded as a spirit of Hanoi.

Let’s take a Hanoi Tour to know more about Things to do in Hanoi and has a chance to taste Pho Hanoi

But there is much more than Phở. You might be suprise with different type of noodle in Hanoi.

You might fall in love with the Hanoi’s Cuisine.

A. Phở – Rice noodle

A.1. What is phở?

Phở is a kind of rice noodle, made by steaming rice batter into thin sheet and then cut them into strand, is thin, flat, and white compared to other types of Vietnamese noodle.

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Phở is thin and flat string

 A.2. Phở Bò (Beef Rice Noodle)

  • Pho Bò Hanoi(Beef Noodle Soup)

Mentioning Hanoi Pho, the most common type of phở can be thought of is phở bò, beef noodle soup. Considering the best bowl of phở bò, several things are counted: the translucency of the soup, the quality of the beef and the thinness of the noodle. Above all is the perfect seasoning of saltiness, sourness from lemon and sweetness from the bone-stewed broth. Phở can also be eat with quẩy (fried bread).

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Chili and lime create an amazing flavor of Phở

Adding chili, fish sauces, lime and other herbs can amazingly increase the flavor of phở and therefore can give you a full experience of Hanoi’s the most representative food.

Address:
  1. Phở Thìn, 13 Lò Đúc Street – 5:00am to 9:00pm
  2. Phở Tư Lùn, 23C Hai Bà Trưng Street – 6:00am to 9:30pm
  3. Phở Lâm, 48 Hàng Vải Street – 6:00am to 10:00am
    *Phở Lâm is famous for Soup Beef Heel Muscle Noodle.
  • Phở Bò Xào (Stir-fried Beef Noodle)

If noodle soup is too familiar with you, let’s try the stir-fried version, which is also comparably fantastic! This is the new taste of Pho Hanoi.

Stir-fried beef phở has the same ingredient as the soup version, but without the broth and is cooked by frying those ingredients.

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Stir-fried Noodle, a creative dish from Phở

Herbs, chili and lime can also be added, but merely optional

Address:

Pho xao Phu My, 45B Bát Đàn Street.

A.3. Phở gà

If you don’t like beef or you can eat beef, why don’t you give a try with Pho ga (Chicken Noodle soup). Pho Hanoi is also famous for this type of Pho.

Also consists of noodle, broth and meat, phở gà is different with chicken. In using chicken and its bone to create the broth, phở gà is somehow more delicate and light in flavor.

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Phở gà – Chicken noodle – A special Hanoi Food

Interestingly, famous phở gà restaurants usually open at night, from 7:00pm to 11:00pm.

Address:

Phở Hà, 15 Hàng Hòm Street

Phở Nguyệt, 5 Phủ Doãn Street

*Price (all types): 40.000 ≈ 60.000 VND (1.5 ≈ 3 USD)

To get more information about Best Pho in Hanoi, please click here.

We’ve just been through Pho Hanoi, then What is more than Pho Hanoi? 

B. Bún – Rice Vermicelli

B.1. What is bún?

Bún is also a type of rice noodle, but more round in form, like sticks.

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Noodle made in long slender threads

B.2. Bún Chả (Grilled Pork Noodle)

Bún chả is served with grilled fatty pork (chả) over a plate of white rice noodle (bún) and herbs with a side bowl of sour, sweet and salty dipping sauce. The indescribable harmony of sourness, sweetness and saltiness of the sauce with the deep seasoned grilled pork, and also with light austerity of the rice vermicelli promises to be a unforgettable taste once tried.

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Bun Cha – A signature food of Hanoi

Crispy grilled pork with sour and sweet saucy, with the austere white rice vermicelli stand for the signature elegance and delight in Hanoi food.

Address:

  1. 74 Hàng Quạt Street (in a small alley), 10:00am to 2:00pm
  2. 34 Hàng Than Street, 10:00am to 4:00pm
  3. 67 Đường Thành Street, 10:000am to 8:00pm

B.4. Bún Thang

Bún thang is a slightly sweet noodle soup infused with the taste of stewed shrimp. A bowl of bún thang contains many colors working a harmony: the white tangled vermicelli sets off the red of the shrimp, the pink of sliced pork paste, the yellow of sliced fried eggs, cleaved chicken, salty egg yolk, and the green of fragrant knotweed and basil.

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An elegant flower of Hanoi food

The attractive look of bún thang, like colorful blossoming flower, with the light touch of shrimp sauces leaves you an amazing experience of the Hanoi elegant taste.

Apart from Pho Hanoi, Bun Thang is also regarded as the traditional Hanoi food.

Address:

  1. 11 Hạ Hồi, 6:00am to 11:00pm
  2. 29 Hàng Hành, 6:00am to 9:30pm

 B.3. Bún Đậu Mắm Tôm (Fermented Shrimp Paste Noodle)

Bún đậu mắm tôm, shortly called as bún đậu, has 3 main ingredients: rice vermicelli noodle, fried tofu and fermented shrimp paste, also optionally with boiled pork and chả cốm, Vietnamese jaded-rice sausage.

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Bún Đậu Mắm Tôm – A dish that you should never miss when coming to Hanoi

Address:

  1. 29 Alley, Hàng Khay Street. 10:00am to 9:00pm
  2. 1 Phan Phù Tiên Street, 10:00am to 2:00pm

*Price (for all types): 30.000 ≈ 60.000 VND (1.5 ≈ 3 USD)

C. Miến – Glass Noodle

If you don’t want Bun or Pho Hanoi for your food anymore, since they have been introduced to you several times.

Why don’t you taste Miến?

C.1. What is miến?

Miến is made of mung bean, or Canna edulis

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Miến – a different type of Vietnamese noodle

It’s first gray, stiff in shape and opaque but turn transparent and stretchy after cooked.

Besides cooking a bowl of miến, miến is also used as an ingredient in making spring rolls. Compared to other kind of noodle, the stickiness of miến makes Vietnamese dishes really appetizing and interesting.

C.2. Miến Lươn (Eel Glass Noodle)

Miến lươn nước (Eel glass noodle soup)

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Eel Glass Noodles

Miến lươn nước simply has 3 main ingredients: fried eel, glass noodle and broth. However, the amazing broth of miến lươn nước with hành dăm, a Vietnamese special herb leave you a light but memorable taste of seafood.

Although not as famous as other noodle dishes, miến lươn promises to be an memorable tasty experience in your Hanoi food’s collection

Miến lươn xào (Stir-fried eel glass noodle)

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Stir-fried eel glass noodle

Miến lươn xào is a stir frying version of miến lươn nước. With interesting combination of sour pickled cucumber, fried onion, and eggs with glass noodle and eel, miến lươn xào is also a dish you should not miss when visiting Hanoi.

Miến lươn trộn (Mixed eel noodle)

Miến lươn trộn, also comprise of noodle and eel, is special for the amazing sour and sweet sauce that is used to mix with noodle and eel. With pickled cucumber and other Vietnamese special herb, this dish is also in your should-not-miss food list when coming to Hanoi.

Address:

1 Chân Cầm Street, 7:00am to 10:00pm

87 Hàng Điếu Street. 87:00am to 10:00pm

*Price:40.000 ≈ 60.000 VND (2 ≈ 3 USD)

Take your time, Pho Hanoi is not the only special dish in Vietnam.

Take several days in Hanoi, you might be amazed with the attractiveness of the food in Hanoi, especially Hanoi noodles – a beauty of Vietnam.

Everything about St joseph cathedral

Saint Joseph Cathedral Hanoi| Opening Hours – Schedule – Address

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Saint Joseph Cathedral Hanoi | Historical Information | Tourist Information

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Saint Joseph Cathedral

An Neo-Gothic Cathedral located in the heart of Hanoi Capital, Saint Joseph Cathedral is the representative evidence of the French colonial architecture.

Familiarly called by the local as “The Big Church”, Saint Joseph Cathedral is the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hanoi for more than 4 million Catholics in the country.

Another place that also represents the evidence of French colonies is Hỏa Lò Prison (also known as Maison Centrale).
Click here to read more about Hỏa Lò Prison.

A. History of St. Joseph Cathedral Hanoi

A.1. The Construction:

The construction of Hanoi began in 1886, with the architectural style described as resembling the famous cathedral Notre Dame de Paris.

As an oldest church in Hanoi, St. Joseph was one of the first structure built by the French colonist during the expansion in its colonial empire Indochina.

St. Joseph was built on the site of Bao Thien Pagoda – a well-respected temple as the center of Buddhist practice in Lý-Trần dynasty demolished for the construction of the Church.

A.2. After the French colonial era:

After the retreat of French from North Vietnam in 1954, St. Joseph Cathedral is under the control the Vietnamese Nationalists and suffered decade of persecution, when priests were arrested, church property were seized and expropriated.

It was not until the Christmas Eve of 1990 that the mass was allowed to be celebrated there.

 B. The Architecture of St. Jospeh Cathedral

B.1. Exterior:

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Exterior of St. Jospeh Cathedral
  • 64,5 meters in length, 20,5 meters in width, 31,5 meters in height.
  • The façade consists of two towers, square in shape with five bells.
  • The twin bell towers with the resemblance to Notre Dame de Paris.
  • The exterior walls made of granite stone slabs, yet is stained with pollution with the pass of time.
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Granite stone wall of St. Jospeh Cathedral
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St. Jospeh Cathedral become stained as time pass

B.2. Interior: 

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Inside St. Jospeh Cathedral Hanoi
  • Gothic style, tall windows with pointed arches.
  • Stained glass windows were produced in France then imported to Vietnam.
  • Rib vaulted ceiling.
  • Weathered nave with shiny sanctuary made of trimmed wood
  • The statue of Virgin Mary kept in palanquin, to the left of the nave.
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St. Jospeh Cathedral on Christmas day

C. Tourist Information

C.1. Opening hour

  • For Outside visit: all time
  • For Inside visit: visitors can only enter the Cathedral in Hanoi in the opening time of ceremonial practice as the following schedule:
    • Weekday: 5:30 am and 6:15 pm
    • Saturday: 6:00 pm
    • Sunday: 5:00 am, 7:00 am, 9:00 am, 11:00 am, 4:00 pm, 6:00 pm and 8:00 pm
    • Special ceremony is on 19th March every year.

C.2 Address

Visitors can easily find St. Joseph Cathedral Hanoi, located at 40 Nhà Chung street, as it lies in the connecting corner of Nhà Chung and Nhà Thờ street.

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Saint Joseph Cathedral Hanoi Address

C.3. Entrance Fee/ Ticket Price

Public space and free

C.4. Transportation

  • Bus:
  1. take 01 to Trieu Quoc Dat street stop
  2. 02 to Hai Ba Trung Street stop;
  3. 09, 14, 36 to Hoan Kiem Lake stop and

Then walk to the Cathedral

  • Motorcycle/ Bicycle: park vehicles near Hoan Kiem lake (the parking line is parallel to Cau Go Street) and walk to the Cathedral

Parking fee: 10.000 VND (0.4 USD)

D. What’s next after visiting St. Joseph Cathedral?

D.1. Where to go next?

As a benefit of location in the center of Hanoi, visitors are provided of a variety of choice for the next destinations. Visitors can consider these following:

  • Hoan Kiem Lake and Ngoc Son Temple:
  1. Hoan Kiem Lake, the lake of Returned Swords, as the most representative site pertaining the value of Hanoi with famous historical legend.
  2. Ngoc Son Temple as the symbol of educational tradition of the Vietnamese
  • Hoa Lo Prison: also known as Maison Centrale, a representative testimony of the period of Vietnamese revolutionary struggle against the French colonists

Address: 1 Hoa Lo Street

  •  Vietnam Museum of Woman: preserve and display various tangible and intangible historical and cultural heritage of Vietnamese women through the long-standing pathway of the history

Address: 36 Ly Thuong Kiet Street

 D.2. Where to eat next?

  • Bánh gối and deep-fried cuisine: 52 Ly Quoc Su Street
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Bánh gối – a deep-fried cuisine
  • Pork Porridge: Ngõ Huyện Street
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Pork Porridge on Ngõ Huyện Street

E. Free Tour with Hanoi Free Local Tour

Visitors are highly recommended to book a free tour with Vietnamese locals when visiting St. Joseph Cathedral to understand more about its presence in the local’s social life and further fully explore Hanoi with other nearby attractions.

Free tour is organized by Hanoi Free Local Tour with tour guides are groups of young passionate and energetic students who seek to guide the foreigners as a way to practice and improve their English skills but are trained to have full knowledge about attractions in Hanoi and tour guide skill.

Booking a tour is easy as visitors only have to go to websites and place a tour’s order. Visitors will receive a confirmation from tour director and they will be picked at their hotel or arranged meeting place at time as appointed.

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2018| VIETNAM MUSEUM of ETHNOLOGY| Entrance fee – Opening hour – Map

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ALL ABOUT VIETNAM MUSEUM OF ETHNOLOGY (Entrance fee – Opening hour – Map)

As Vietnam is a multi-ethnics nation composed of 54 ethnic groups, Vietnam Museum of Ethnology plays an important role in preserving and presenting the cultural heritage of various ethnic groups.

This place is a must-see for people who want to have more knowledge about Vietnamese histories and culture.

Another place that also contributes a lot in preserving the cultural heritage of Vietnam is Temple of Literature.
Please click here to read

A. Introduction

A.1. Cultural value:

The Vietnam Museum of Ethnology is a convergence of cultures and a scientific ethnological center.

At the present, a high number of collections are highly cultural value, are exhibited and preserved by the Museum

  • More than 15,000 objects
  • About 40,000 photographs
  • Many audio-visual tapes

A.2. Construction:

On 14 December 1987, the proposal for the museum was officially approved.

Construction lasted from 1987 to 1995.

It was opened to the public on 12 November 1997.

Each section are designed by different architect:

  • Exhibition building, in the shape of Đông Sơn drum, is designed by architect Ha Duc Linh – a Tày ethnic citizen.
  • Interior architecture is designed by the French architect Veronique Dollfus.

B. Directory and Division of Sections

B.1. Indoor section – Trống Đồng Building

B.1.1. First floor:

The first floor illustrates the life of 54 Vietnamese ethnics in different residence through series of pictures and model of simulation.

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The model simulates the daily life of a Vietnamese ethnic

The model simulates the daily life of a Vietnamese ethnic

B.1.2. Second floor

The second floor is place for temporary exhibition, is always renewed according to the exhibition’s topics.

Examples are:

  • “Life in Hanoi during the subsiding period (1975-1986)” in 2006
  • The exhibition of students’ life away from home in big cities in 2013
  • The series of photos of life of Tay Nguyen ethnics in the 1950s in 2014 and 2015.

B.2. Outdoor section – The Garden of Architecture

The outdoor exhibition is an interesting attract for presentation of realistic house model of different ethnics.

Coming to this section, visitors can learn more about

  • the diversity of perspectives
  • tradition
  • living style
  • value of various ethnics

Those are still lingering until the modern day and can illustrated through the design of houses.

B.2.1. Giarai Arap tomb house:

As Giarai people hold the deceased in high esteem, the Giarai has the tradition of building large tomb to worship the passed away.

The most prominent decorations in Giarai tomb is large wooden sculpture carved from tree trunks.

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Giarai tomb with carve of sexually-explicit men and women, seated children, animals and the servants of the dead in the afterlife.

The biggest of these tombs are about 45 square meters.

Even there is some changes as the time goes by, the tombs are considered as a symbol for exemplary architecture of the group.

B.2.2. Cham house

House is the most tangible cultural heritages of the Cham with different physical characteristic:

  • House is built on ground and arranged in ordered rows.
  • Doors open to the south-west or between.
  • Wall made of bricks and mixture of lime and shells, covered with tiles or thatches.
  • Rooms are arranged in a particular order
    1. Sitting room
    2. Room for parents
    3. Children and married woman
    4. Kitchen
    5. Warehouse
    6. Nuptial room for the youngest daughter.
  • Certain rituals must be performed before the building of the house, praying for the Land God and asking for his permission to cut down trees in the forest.
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The simulation of house of the Cham
B.2.3. Viet house

As the North and Middle of Vietnam are frequently hit by storms and hurricanes, local residents content themselves with one storey houses. Viet houses often follow an order:

  • Middle bay in main house is the altar of ancestors.
  • Two lateral bays are place for visitors and rest.
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A typical Viet House in the past

In the 20th centuries, 5 bays were joined on the main house to serve initially as a rice loft, and later as where tuition was given.

B.2.4. Ede house

The long house (nha dai) in Buon Don District, Dak Lak, belonging to the Ede ethnic group, is the longest house in the Central Highlands.

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Nhà dài serves as a community hall and is used for public meetings and group activities by Ede people

A normal long house is 30 meters in length and 4 meters in width whereas the long house (Nhà dài) in Buon Dot is 85 meters in length and 6 meters in width.

B.2.5. Bana Communal house

The communal house, the most important building in Bahnar village, serves as:

  • Meeting halls for men in the village and as
  • The place for rituals
  • Celebrations
  • Preparation for war or defense.
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The form, size and structure of the museum’s communal house replicate those found in the village now.

The bamboo, wood, rattan and straw used for the construction were brought from the Central Highland.

B.3. Thủy Đình House

Beside representing the culture through architecture, the folk tradition is also shown through the art of water puppet in Thủy Đình House.

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Thủy Đình at Vietnam Museum of Ethnology

As a traditional art form, the story about rural life is told through the combination of wooden puppet and traditional musical playing on water.

B.4. Southeast Asia section – Cánh Diều Building

The Southeast Asia section is built in 2008 with the area of 500ha.

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The First Southeast Asia Museum in the region

With the exhibition of artifacts originated from different Southeast Asia countries, visitors are inspired to learn more about the culture of not only Vietnam but also other countries in the region and around the world.

B.4.1. Văn hóa Đông Nam Á – Southeast Asia Culture

B.4.1.a. Visual Performance

  • The Java play of mask and dance:

The Java people in Indonesia has the tradition of dancing play since the 15th centuries, in which the actors wear mask and are guided the story teller script, with the assist of Gamelan, a traditional musical instrument.

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Java play is acted in wedding, local festival and big holidays, based on famous India legends
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Java Wooden mask

The Java supposes that:

  1. straight nose for wealth
  2. golden-inlaid for deities
  3. white for king and the great man
  4. yellow for civilians
  • Indonesia Shadow Puppet:

The art of shadow puppet – wayang kulit – is originated from India, with the play of delicate puppet on a white background.

  • Myanmar String Puppet:

The art of string puppet – yoke thay thabin – was born since the 15th centuries and became popular in the 19th centuries in Myanmar. The play is based on the familiar folk of Budda, the myth of the birth of the world and historical tales. 

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In the play, the evil puppets walk from the left, princess, prince and king puppets walk from the right; and the magical puppets fly downward from the sky.

 

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The wooden puppet is adeptly moved through the control of 16-20 strings

B.4.1.b. Daily Life

The daily life of Southeast Asia is deeply entrenched with the culture of rice agriculture, traditional housing, wood sculpture, lacquer, and jewelry making.

B.4.1.c. Social Life

The social life in the region follows various set of rules in marriage, funerals, scripts and betel.

B.4.1.d. Religion

  • Local religion:

Local religion, a popular religion in Southeast Asia, is based on the belief of spirit in relics and nature.

  • Hinduism:

Hinduism was born in India in the 800 B.C then was introduced into Southeast Asia, from Java island to Bali in Indonesia.

  • Buddhism:

There are two groups of Buddhism, Mahayana in Indonesia and Therevada in Myanmar, Thailand, Campuchia and Laos.

  • Muslim:

Muslim started penetrating into Southeast Asia since the 13th centuries from India and China. This is the main religion in Indonesia, national religion in Malaysia and Brunei.

  • Catholicism:

Catholicism was introduced into Southeast Asia since 15th centuries. Nowadays, 80% of the Philippines is Catholicism, a 3rd largest Catholicism country in the world, after Brazil and Mexico.

B.4.2. Một thoáng Châu Á – A Moment of Asia

A Moment of Asia section introduce the culture of different region in Asia, such as Southeast Asia, Northeast Asia, West Asia and South Asia with the majority of artifacts belongs to Japanese Prfoessor Kaneko Kazushige’s collection, from about 400 journeys.

B.4.3. Vòng quay thế giới – Around the world

The collection, as the section’s name, break out of Asia’s border and take visitors to the culture of the world. The exhibition is organized into 4 small sectors, where visitors can learn about different aspect of life in disparate continents:

  • Asia: folk culture, religion, weapons, mask and puppet, clothes and jewelry.
  • Oceania: mask, jewelry and trade, routine objects and man house.
  • America: folk culture, clothes and jewelry.
  • Africa: folk culture, mask, religion, daily relics, clothes and jewelry, trading and exploitation.

C. Tourist Information:

C.1. Opening hour:

Everyday during the week, from 8:30am to 5:30pm.

Closed everyday Monday and Lunar New Year Eve.

C.2. Entrance fee/ Ticket price:

Entrance fee is 40.000 VND/each ( ≈1.8 USD)

For preference only: Ticket price for Water Puppet Show:

  • Adult: 90.000 VND/each.
  • Children: 70.000 VND/each.

C.3. Transportation:

Vietnam Museum of Ethnology is located at Nguyễn Văn Huyên Street, Hanoi.

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Vietnam Museum of Ethnology Address

Visitors can easily travel to Vietnam Museum of Ethnology either by taxi, bus or motorbike or bicycle. For motorbikes or bicycle, the fee for parking is 5.000 VND. For visitors who want to come here by bus, there are several available lines such as 7, 12, 13, 14, 38 và 39.

C.4. Free tour for Vietnam Museum of Ethnology:

Visiting Vietnam Museum of Ethnology, visitors are highly recommended to book a tour with the local to fully understand the tradition, culture, routine and habits of different ethnics.

Free tour is organized by Hanoi Free Local Tour with tour guides are groups of young passionate and energetic students who seek to guide the foreigners as a way to practice and improve their English skills but are trained to have full knowledge about attractions in Hanoi and tour guide skill. Booking a tour is easy as visitors only have to go to websites and place a tour’s order. Visitors will receive a confirmation from tour director and they will be picked at their hotel or arranged meeting place at time as appointed.

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2018| HOA LO PRISON| | Opening Hours – Map – Ticket

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HOA LO PRISON | HISTORICAL INFORMATION | TOURIST INFORMATION (Hours  – Map – Ticket)

Hỏa Lò Prison, also known as Maison Centrale, is a representative of the period of Vietnamese revolutionary struggle against the French colonists.

This place might answer your question “Where to go” in Hanoi.

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Hỏa Lò Prison – Maison Centrale

Located in the heart of Hanoi Capital and known as one of the most inhumane prison in Vietnam with the most modern equipment at the time for the harshest punishment.

Hỏa Lò prison is a symbol of the Vietnamese patriots’ indomitable will and myriad sacrifice for the national independence.

A. Construction and Architecture:

A.1. Construction:

The construction project started in 1896 and finished in 1899.

The prison was built next to the Court of Justice and Intelligence Department as the combination against the patriotic movement of the Vietnamese.

A.2. Name:

The formal name of the prison is Maison Centrale (Central House) given the French expectation of this as the most secured and solid prison in Indochina.

The other name of the prison, in Vietnamese, is Hoa Lo:

  • “Hỏa” means fire
  • “Lò” means Kiln

Since this area used to belong to a pottery village before the prison construction, the local named the prison as Hỏa Lò as the informal memorial name of the village.

A.3. Capacity:

Originally, the prison was designed to hold only 450 prisoners.

However, the actual number of prisoners was much higher, under the French domination

  • In 1913: 615 prisoners
  • In 1953: 2000 prisoners

Some detention rooms were too crowed that the weaker prisoners were requested to be taken out to avoid the choke.

A.4. Architecture:

The so called ‘unbreakable prison’ was constructed with extra thick bricks and tiles.

  • The besieging wall was built with steel bars and stone 4m high and 0.5m thick
  • The wall is topped with pieces of broken glass and high-voltage electric wire
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The highly secured wall enveloping the prison

Despite the varying chambers’ dimensions, all follows an identical design: tile roofs, solid walls, gray lacquered floors.

For the maximization of security, all equipment, from building material such as glass, steel, …to equipment such as doors, lockers, nails, …must be imported directly from France.

A.5. Map:

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Hoa Lo Prison’s Map in the 20th centuries

Hoa Lo Prison’s Map in the 20th centuries

The prison was divided in to 4 sections: A, B, C and D.

  • Zones A and B were for inmates are being considered, criminals or prisoners in violation of prison discipline.
  • Zone C was for the detainment of the French prisoners or foreigners.
  • Zone D was the place where prisoners who were sentenced waited for the execution date.

A.6. Famous artifacts:

The guillotine: known as the “human killer”, was brought by the French since the late 19th centuries.

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The medieval guillotine

The instrument is made of 3 parts:

  • A flat wooden surface
  • A cutting steel frame
  • A sharp blade.

When the prisoner is executed, the headman drags the rope and the blade drops down incisively.

On execution:

  • The head of the prisoner fell into the underlining tank
  • The remaining body was transferred into the calameae basket.

Particularly, after the execution, the French even hung the prisoners’ head at public place to threaten and undermine the Vietnamese’s will.

The execution row:

Prisoners who were sentenced to be executed were detained and had to wait for the fixed date.

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The execution row

They were fettered on the cement floor all day and night, and did everything in that one place.

Normally, they were detained in this row for ten months after being sentenced. However, some of them were killed right after three or four days.

The cachot:

Cachot is used to detain those who were punished for violating the rules of the prison. Cachot in Hoa Lo is “hell of hell” where the cell is cramped and dark.

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The cachot in Hoa Lo prison

Here, the prisoners are isolated, shackled all day and night and must eat, sleep, sanitate at the place.

The cachot’s custody is subject to death shortly due to edema, blurred vision, scabies for lack of proper hygiene, light and oxygen.

The iron shank:

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Leg shank in Hoa Lo prison

This iron leg shank is composed of two parts:

  • The upper part is made of iron
  • The lower part is made of wood.

In an attempt to escape, the prisoners usually applied a layer of fat and burned coal to loosen the hole.

B. Hoa Lo Prison (Maison Centrale) through the course of time:

B.1. The French Colonial:

This prison was built by the French colonialist on the outskirts of the city, as the central prison city of both Central and Southern part of Vietnam.

It housed a variety of people, including political prisoners, patriots against the French colonial government.

In 1899, even when then construction was not completed, the French used Hỏa Lò for the capture of numerous political fighters against them.

Those years after, the prison was periodically updated with the increase in the number of chambers, the expansion in areas and the importation of up-to-date facilities.

B.2. World War II:

At the time of World War II, when the French lost, the Japanese claimed the victory and replaced the French’s position in controlling Indochina, Hỏa Lò prison was also under the Japanese regulations.

The battle between Japanese and French at the time in this area was a precious moment for the historical prison break which story still anchored until the present time.

B.3. Vietnam War (1954-1973)

As the French colonists left Hanoi as the result of the defeat at the battle of Dien Bien Phu and the 1954 Geneva Accords, Hoa Lo Prison was under the control of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam.

From 1954 to 1973, Hoa Lo prison was used for the detainment of spies from the South, the political prisoners who were against the Vietnam Communist Party and U.S solders.

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The US POWs (Prisoners of War)

Notably, the American senator John McCain and Pete Peterson, the first US Ambassador in Vietnam following the re-establishment of diplomatic ties between two countries in 1995.

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John McCain was captured in Trúc Bạch Lake

The US prisoners sarcastically called Maison Centrale as “Hanoi Hilton.” As there were many US solders kept in other prison, US pilots were detained in Hoa Lo prison right in the center of the city as a way to prevent US’s aircraft from bombing Hanoi, given the two previous cruel bombs that the US dropped in 1968 and 1972.

B.4. Post-War Time:

The prison is continued to be in use after 1973 for criminal prisoners.

In 1994, the government decided to move the prison to the outskirts of Hanoi and built the Hanoi Tower for apartments and shopping mall.

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Hanoi Tower – used to be one part of Hỏa Lò Prison

Only a part of the prison remained and were preserved as the memorial of the Vietnamese patriots.

C. Hoa Lo Prison and the untold stories:

C.1. The life in prison:

25 to 30 prisoners lived in a shared room where they were fettered most of the time and had to share one toilet.

It was up to their attitude that their 1 or 2 legs would be fettered. The prisoners had 15 minutes every day for a walk and a bath.

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A high number of prisoners in one cell

They had to stand naked around the tank built in the center of the yard and poured the water as quick as they can onto their body with the watch of the guards and jailers.

Every day, they had two meals with rotten rice that already had maggot, stunned vegetables, foul dried fish and rarely with tough buffalo meat like rubber or old sow meat.

Further more, prisoners were forced to do sanitation right inside the cells. Those buckets contains the waste and excrement were left for days and weeks uncleaned, causing serious pollution and horrifying discomfort for the life of the prisoners.

C.2. The torture in prison:

When conducting the restoration, the staff met many Vietnamese veterans who spent a part of their lifetime in the prison and asked them to write down their memory of the life in Hoa Lo prison, in which they called the prison as the hell of earth for its cruel hundred methods of torturing.

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The prisoners was tortured
  • The colonists hung the prisoners up or down for beating with electric shock engine at their head or heart.
  • The prisoners were even stuffed with clothes soaked with gasoline to be burned.
  • Some prisoners were put into the water tank, and hit from outside, which seriously damaged the prisoners’ hearing ability and nerve system.

C.3. The fight in prison

During their time in this prison, Vietnamese patriots struggled for a better condition so as not to be killed.

They also organized a secret Communist movement inside the prison to lead the political will and unity.

They even went on a hunger strike to fight for their request to be treat properly as political prisoners

C.4. Series of escape:

  • In 1932, 7 prisoners pretended to be in serious illness and successfully fled on the way of being transferred to the clinic with the help from friends.
  • 1945 happened the miraculous prison break of more than 100 patriotic prisoners. At the time of World War II, taking the advantages of the disorder between the Japanese and the French, political prisoners mixed with common criminals exchanged prison uniform with daily clothes from visitors, walking out decently and escaped.
  • 1951 marked the most famous jail-break when 17 prisoners under death sentence organized the escape from the sewer tube.
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Hoa Lo Prison – The Sewer Tube

The sewer tube’s mouth was small while the grid is stiff and dense; therefore, the mission to go into the tube to cut the grid was horrified since the tube was filled with garbage, toilet’s waste and clinics stinky bandage.

On the Xmas night in 1951, following the broken sewer, 17 prisoners broke out of the prison. Unfortunately, when they open the sewer door and stepped on the street, they confronted a group of patrolmen and only 5 of them successfully escaped and survived.

C.5. Life of the US prisoners:

Despite the ongoing debate about the life quality and condition in the prison, there is a small yet interesting story told by famous Vietnamese writer To Hoai about the Christmas treat of the US POWs (Prisoners of War).

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Christmas meal for the US prisoners in Hoa Lo Prison

As for the American, Thanksgiving or Christmas’ meals usually had turkey, even turkey was not familiar for or favored by the Vietnamese.

In the Christmas holiday’ treat, dozen of trucks were ordered to supply turkey to the prison.

D. Tour information:

D.1. Opening hour:

Every day, during the week (including holidays or Tet, New Year Eve), from 8am to 5pm.

D.2. Entrance fee:

Ticket price is 30.000 VND/each (≈ 1.2 USD)

D.3. Transportation:

Hoa Lo Prison is located on No. 1 Hoa Lo Street, a part of French Quarter, and is 1 km to the west of Hoan Kiem Lake.

Visitors can easily travel to Hoa Lo Prison either by taxi, bus or motorbike or bicycle. For motorbikes or bicycle, the fee for parking is 5.000 VND. For visitors who want to come here by bus, there are several available lines such as 02, 09, 23…

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Hỏa Lò Location

D.4. Free tour in Hoa Lo:

With the purpose of learning more about historical periods through the diverse perspective of the local and also to experience the unique insight about Hanoi, visitors are highly recommended to place a free tour organized by Hanoi Free Local Tours. Tour guides are groups of young passionate and energetic students, who are trained to have full knowledge about attractions in Hanoi and tour guide skill.

Booking a tour is easy as visitors only have to go to websites and place a tour’s order. Visitors will receive a confirmation from tour director and they will be picked at their hotel or arranged meeting place at time as appointed.

*As a historical site, formal dress up is recommended, yet is not too strictly required.

 

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4 Days Itinerary Hanoi (2018): What to do in Hanoi Vietnam for 4 Days 3 Nights

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What is the best Hanoi 4 days itinerary?

So you’ve already known what to do in hanoi—if you haven’t—please read this article first.

What to do for a 4 days itinerary Hanoi? It must not be harder than a 5 day itinerary in Hanoi right?

What are the things to do in Hanoi for 4 days 3 night?

Making an itinerary is definitely a pain in the neck—especially a 4 days Hanoi itinerary.

Today we will create your perfect 4 days 3 night itinerary in Hanoi—so you can make the most out of your time with an itinerary 4 days in Hanoi.

The 4 days itinerary Hanoi will be broken down into:

  • In the morning
  • In the afternoon
  • At night

And the itinerary will includes things to do both:

  • Inside of Hanoi
  • Outside of Hanoi

Let’s explore more shall we?

Day 1: Star with the Old Quarter

Where should we first visit in a Hanoi itinerary 4 days?

1.1 In The Morning

1.1.1 Visit the Old Quarter

Let’s start the day with visiting the Old Quarter of Hanoi.

Where should you start?

Start off at Cau Go Street. The best way to explore the Old Quarter is to use a free Hanoi Walking Tour.

This way, you will get young and passionate people walk you through every single corner of the Old Quarter.

Not only will it be easier for you to find the direction—but also better if you want to learn about the history and name of the street.

End your exploration at Le Thai To StreetIt’s not the end of the exploration.

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A walking tour helps you experience the Old Quarter

The Old Quarter of Hanoi has been existed for a long time, it’s always been a bustling area of the city. This has always been the place for small business and merchants do business.

And this has created the many street with their featured profession and business like Salt street, Sugar street, Cigarette street, Chicken street,…

Now the Old Quarter has been an appealing place for people who want to learn more about Thang Long capital and Hanoi.

People from every corner of the world like Europe, Africa, America and Asia come here to enjoy the traditional food, culture and beauty of Hanoi.

1.1.2 Eat Pho

For the best pho, you can try Pho Gia Truyen at 49 Bat Dan Street. This restaurant is always crowded because they can still keep the delicous and original taste of Vietnam traditional pho. The price is 35,000 VND (US$1.5) for a bowl of Pho.

It’s time to take some rest.

Because in the afternoon we will explore more.

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Pho Bo is the most popular food of Vietnam

It’s time to try some local food. Throughout the walking, you can stop by and try some traditional food of Vietnam.

The Old Quarter obviously has all kinds of amazing Vietnamese food—that are not only delicious but still can keep their traditional taste.

If you come to Hanoi without trying Pho then it would be a waste. Pho is the most popular traditional food of Vietnam. It’s delicous with noodle, spices, beef and beef soup.

1.2 In The Afternoon

1.2.1 Visit Tran Quoc Pagoda

Take a taxi or Uber to Tran Quoc Pagoda. This is a must see destination on a 4 days itinerary.

It is located on the small peninsula of the West Lake.

Remember to wear formal clothing—no skirts, no shorts. Avoid seemingly rude behaviors like—smoking, taking pictures, crossing arms or speaking too loud.

If you are spiritual, on this itinerary, once you get inside you can do your praying ritual. Walk along the pagoda and see the amazing stones, statues and architecture of the pagoda.

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Tran Quoc pagoda from above

If you are interested in spirituality and history—Tran Quoc pagoda is a must see.

The pagoda is considered as the most ancient pagoda in Hanoi with its history line of more than 1,500 years.

In 1962, Tran Quoc pagoda was listed as historical heritage of Vietnam. 

The construction of Tran Quoc pagoda is a architectural feat. It’s located on a only peninsula of the biggest lake in Hanoi—West lake. This makes Tran Quoc pagoda the most beautiful pagoda in Vietnam.

Once you’re hungry, it’s time to..

1.2.2 Eat Banh Tom (Crisp shrimp pastry) and Banh Bot Loc

Go to Thang Long restaurant at No 1 Thanh Nien Street to try the best Banh Tom. This restaurant has been serving Banh Tom and Banh bot loc for a long time. The price will be 100.000 VND ($4.3)/pax

 

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Banh Tom Ho Tay – a special treat on Hanoi itinerary

You know what West Lake is also famous for? Banh Tom (Crisp shrimp pastry)

Banh Tom has been the traditional food in the mind of many people living in Hanoi. The main ingredient is shrimp and sweet potato being deep fried in oil—making it so crispy and delicious. This in combination with the sweet and sour fish sauce create the perfect dish.

Banh Bot Loc is also another dish made of Shrimp. With the main ingredients are made of small shrimp, bacon, jew’s ears being put into tapioca powder—Banh bot loc has a strange and yummy texture and taste. It will also be dipped into traditional sweet fish sauce—giving it an amazing taste.

Now once you get some energy…

1.3 At Night

1.3.1 Bike around the West Lake

Go to 96 Yen Hoa Street. The price of hiring bike is cheap and reasonable here. The regular price is 50.000 VND (US$ 2.2) for 6 hours. That’s a lot of time for bike riding!

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Biking around west lake

West Lake is the biggest lake in Hanoi. Biking around West Lake or just sitting on a rock chair near the lake is relaxing and refreshing. You can sightsee the lake at night while inhale in the fresh air of West Lake—where there’s little traffic and building around.

That’s it for day 1.

Take your time in Hanoi, take a rest, prepare for another day in 4 days itinerary.

It’s time to prepare for another exciting day. It’s…

Day 2: Explore Hanoi

What else we should visit today?

2.1 Morning

2.1.1 Visit St.Joseph Cathedral

If you’re interested in French architecture then you must visit St.Joseph Cathedral.

To continue our itinerary, go to Nha Chung Street. St.Joseph Cathedral is located at No 40 of Nha Chung Street, next to Hang Trong garden. You should visit the cathedral in morning since it’s usually closed by noon.

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A corner of St. Joseph Cathedral

Being one of the oldest historical relic of Hanoi—still—St.Joseph Cathedral has the ancient beauty of Hanoi. St. Joseph Catheral has been existed for more than 3 centuries, witness all the change of Hanoi.

The cathedral was designed according to Gothic style (Renaissance) —resembles Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral with high and curvy arch.

Though having an ancient and mysterious on the outside—once you step into the cathedral, you will be surprised by the magnificent and glorious look inside the cathedral.

Now it’s time to grab some food.

2.1.2 Eat local food: Cha ca (fish meatball)

There are many Cha ca restaurant in Hanoi, mostly from the Old Quarter.

One of the best and most popular cha ca restaurant is Cha Ca La Vong at No 14 Cha Ca street. The regular price is 150.000 VND ($7.5)/pax.

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Cha ca a must-try dish on 4 days itinerary

Cha ca is the traditional food that everyone living in Hanoi Old Quarter knows about. Cha ca in Hanoi is different from cha ca in other places.

Cha ca Hanoi is made by filtering the best flesh of the fish, then deep fry to make it crispy.

After that, you can eat cha ca with basil, cumin and other spices. It can be served with special shrimp sauce or fish sauce with peanuts on top.

2.2 Afternoon

2.2.1 Visit Museum of Fine art

Go to No 66 Nguyen Thai Hoc Street. The museum opens from 8:30 am—5:00 pm. The ticket price is  10.000 VND (US$0.4)

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Another view of Vietnam Museum of Fine Art

Then Museum of Fine Art is a must-see place for people who are into the art on the itinerary to explore Hanoi.

Vietnam Museum of Fine Art was built in the 30s of 20th century as a place for daughters of French officers to live in.

Now it is the place to save the cultural and artistic value of Vietnam.

Here in the museum, you can see the statues from the 16th century, exhibits from the 17th century and painting from the 20th century.

Every single exhibits is cherished and arranged beautifully to help the audience taste the best of artistic value.

The best thing you can see national treasure like the statue of Buddha with 327cm of height, paintings from famous painters like To Ngoc Van, Nguyen Sang.

2.2.2. Visit Temple of Literature

Which is the first university in Vietnam?

If you want to the cultural signature of Vietnam then you have to go to Temple of Literature.

Go to 58 Quoc Tu Giam Street. The ticket price will be 30.000 VND (US$ 1.3).

The opening time is:

  • 7:30 – 18:00 from Monday to Friday
  • 8:00 – 21:00 from Saturday to Sunday.

For dress code, no shorts and miniskirts.

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The beauty of Temple of Literature in the morning

Temple of Literature in Hanoi is not only a historical place representing the long progress of Vietnamese culture.

It made a big contribution on both Confucian civilization in Vietnam and human culture in the world also.

Temple of literature was ranked as the cultural and historical site on 28th April, 1962.

2.2.3 Eat Local Food: Banh My (vietnamese sandwich)

For the best banh my, you should try Banh My Ngon at no 49 Thanh Street. The price is 25.000 VND (US$ 1.1)/piece.

 

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Banh My is the best sandwich in the world

Banh My (Vietnamese sandwich) is considered as one of the most delicious sandwiches in the world.

Banh my is delicious and diverse combination of pork, pate and veggies, stuffed into a crunchy baguette.

Other combination of banh my can have head cheese, pork sausage, cucumber and vegetables.

2.3 At Night

2.3.1 Eat street food at Hang Buom

Go to Hang Buom Street. The price will be extremely cheap 15,000-30,000 VND/dish.
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Hang Buom is famous for street food at night
Walking through the Old Quarter and enjoy the street food has now become the habits of Hanoi people on the weekend.
Go through the night market, there are many kinds of traditional food like shells meat ball, sticky rice with grilled bird, grilled meat ball, grilled meat, che,….
Che and juice are the best choice for walking and enjoying at the same time.
You would have plenty of time on 4 days itinerary in Hanoi, so take your time to feel the atmosphere here.

Day 3: Beyond Hanoi

3.1 In the Morning

3.1.1 Visit Trang An complex

Since you get plenty of time with the 4 days itinerary, why don’t we go further?

If you want to see the wonder of Vietnam then you have to see Trang An complex.

You should also arrive early at 5 or 6 in the morning to have more time to spend here—since Ninh Binh is 85 km from Hanoi  it would take 2-3 hours to get there.

Once you get to Ninh Binh, you can use taxi or xe om to get to Trang An.

When you get there it’s time to…

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Breath-taking scenery of Trang An

Trang An now draws more and more attention to its tourism activities.

With the natural beauty mixed with cultural and historical beauty, Trang an was listed as important heritage of Vietnam and recognized an world heritage by UNESCO in 2014.

The whole place is a beauty of glorious mountains and lengthy rivers connecting with caves—bringing the extraordinary beauty of the scenery.

Coming here, you can not help but absorbing the pure and subtle beauty of nature with the historical value from the mountain, the river, the cave and the jungles.

3.1.2 Visit Trang An grottoes

The cruise will take about 3-4 hours and you should also bring along sunscreen and hats. The best time to start the cruise is 8AM

If you want to stand up to take some picture during the cruise, be sure to ask the guide first—since it can be dangerous for people on the boat.

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A corner of trang an grottoes

It has one of the most breath-taking grottoes in the world. Trang an is famous for having many stalactites which make the atmostphere breezing inside the cave.

It would be one of a kind experience when you can sit on the boat—seeing all kinds of moss and algae under the water and sense the freshness and purity of the environment.

The journey through unique caves like Sang cave, Seo cave, Dark cave, Drunk cave will be an amazing exploration.

The current price is 150.000 VND (US$ 6.5)/pax. The boat can only take 4-5 people at once.

Kids with height less than 1m will get a free ticket.

3.1.3 Eat burned rice and goat meat

Go to Huong Mai restaurant at No 850 Tran Hung Dao Street next to Vissai hotel. The price will be 50,000-150,000/pax

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Ninh Binh is also famous for burned rice

People often say that “if you come here without eating burned rice and goat meat then you’ve never been to Ninh Binh.”

Goat meat in Ninh Binh is more delicious than other provinces for 2 things:

  • The goat is raised on the mountain, eat many kinds of leaves and herbs—making the flesh more firm.
  • The second is the special method of cooking.

Especially the stir fry goat meat—with the crunchiness and sweetness of the meat—when you eat with other kinds of herbs like basil, cumin it would be extremely delicious.

Along with goat meat, burned rice has become the delicacy of Ninh Binh. If you come here without trying burned rice with goat meat soup then it would be a waste.

Ninh Binh burned rice is mention by many people because of its flavor and crunchiness. Burned rice from Huong Mai is considered the most delicious burned rice in Ninh Binh.

These food you hardly get in another places with the same taste.

3.2 In the Afternoon

3.2.1 Visit Bai Dinh Pagoda

On this 4 days itinerary, we should not miss Bai Dinh Pagoda.

Bai Dinh Pagoda has the most records in Asia and Vietnam—you will be amazed with the numbers of statues and the size of the pagoda.

Take a taxi to Bai Dinh pagoda. Once you come here, the one way ticket will be 30,000 VND/ pax for the distance of 1.5km.

You should must formal clothing before coming into the pagoda. Also bring along water and snacks because the pagoda is very big.

 

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Bai Dinh temple

Bai Dinh is a pagoda complex includes 2 part:

  • The Old Bai Dinh Complex
  • The New Bai Dinh Complex.

In the old Bai Dinh Complex, you will get to visit:

  • The Dark cave
  • Nguyen temple
  • Cao Son temple.

In the new Bai Dinh there are many national feat you can visit:

  • The biggest golden buddha statue in Asia
  • The biggest La han hall in Asia,
  • The biggest copper bell in Vietnam
  • The most La Han statues in Viet Nam
  • The biggest pagoda in Vietnam
  • The biggest well in Vietnam.

3.2.3  At Night

You have a long day travelling and moving, it’s time to take a break and rest to prepare for tomorrow.

Don’t be so rush, you still have one more day for your 4 days itinerary

4. Day 4: Back to Hanoi

Your 4 days itinerary in Hanoi has one day left. Where should we go now?

4.1 In the Morning

4.1.1 Visit Le Mat Snake Village

Coming to Le Mat Snake Village, you will see a lot of snakes.

Take a taxi to Le Mat Street. Le Mat village is located in Long Bien District—it’s 9.7km from Hanoi.

To enjoy best dishes of snake, go to The Hung Restaurant located at 33 Le Mat Street.

The price is 100,000-200,000 VND (US$ 4.4 – 8.7)/pax.

 

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Visiting Le Mat Snake Village

Now in the village there are hundreds of household raising snakes, dozens of snake restaurant and a lot of cultural events about snakes being held annually.

The snakes are brought to the village, tamed and familiarized and now become close like a pet in the household.

Le Mat is considered the Snake trading center in the North, also the most popular snake village of Vietnam.

Tourists coming to Le Mat not only able to visit the snake farm but also touch the non-venomous snakes.

You can also have the chance to see on your own eyes the chefs cooking a snake. The kind of snake that people enjoy the most here is Cobra.

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Snake roll – A special taste dish

All meals made of snakes are amazing, from snake heart, snake blood, to snake soup, snake sticky rice and stewed snakes.

Many people coming to Le Mat might feel shocked at first but later on find it extremely interesting.

For the afternoon, it’s time to get back to the Old Quarter .

4.2 In The Afternoon

4.2.1 Eat Che and Banh Troi.

Do you have a sweet tooth?

Go to No 1 Bat Dan Street. The price is 15.000 VND to 25.000 VND ($0.75-1) for a bowl of Che.

When we talk about traditional Che, nowhere can serve better Che than Che Ba Thin. Not having the various options like other che—rather sticking with the traditional recipe of Northern Vietnam—Che Ba Thin can still keep the traditional taste of Che.

Traditional che with simply recipe of green and black beans of Northern Vietnam. Nothing could be better than a bowl of che on a cold and breezing weather.

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Che is a yummy dessert

4.2.2 Eat Banh Ran

Banh Ran is the kind of fast food that you can find in every where in Hanoi. It’s the vietnamese version of donuts.

Go to Banh Ran Goc Da at No 52 Ly Quoc Su. For normal serving, the price is 50.000 VND/pax.

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Banh Ran is delicous fast food of Vietnam

Banh ran can have a sweet or salty taste, depends on personal preference.

  • Sweet Banh Ran will includes beans and sugar being rolled in a dough then deep fry till the point of crunchiness.
  • Salty Banh Ran will contain pork, jew’s ear and mushroom being deep fried.

Banh Ran Goc Da is the most popular banh ran store. They have been serving banh ran for decades. On regular day, the restaurant is always crowded.

4.2.3 Buy some souvenirs

Want to keep some memory of Hanoi on this special 4 days itinerary?

Want to bring some gifts to friends and family?

There are a lot of things you can buy in the Old Quarter. The Old Quarter has everything for you to buy—many of which contain traditional value of Hanoi.

 4.2.3.1 You can buy Non La (asian conical hat)

Go to Hang Non Street in the Old Quarter.  The price is 30.000 (US$ 1.3) VND/piece

Non la is the familiar image of Vietnamese women though being simple and subtle but also very elegant. Non La can not also be used as a head cover—it also the symbol of Vietnamese farmer.

Non La can be a unique gift and souvenirs from Vietnam.

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Non La has now become the symbols of Vietnamese

4.2.3.2 You can buy Banh Com (green rice cake)

Go to Banh Com Nguyen Ninh at No 11 Hang Than Street. The price is 20.000 VND (US$ 0.8) /piece

Banh Com Ha Noi is has a unique taste of Hanoi. The main ingredient is made of green rice and green bean.

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Banh com is made of bean and green rice

4.3 At Night

Your 4 days itinerary is nearly end.

Tomorrow you’ll be leaving Hanoi. So it’s better to prepare and take a break for early arrival.

But if you still have some time you can go to Ta Hien or Luong Ngoc Quyen to enjoy some beers there.

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People drink beer on Ta Hien Street at night

You will have a great time with local and other foreigners.

So that’s the perfect 4 days itinerary in Hanoi. There are a lot of things you can do in Hanoi with an itinerary 4 days.

Now it’s time to get going.

An exciting journey is right ahead.

Quentin Nguyễn

The beauty of Huong Pagoda

5 Days Itinerary Hanoi (2018): What to do in Hanoi Vietnam for 5 Days 4 Nights

Posted By : Nguyễn Anh Quanh/ 14 0

5 Days Itinerary Hanoi  or Things to do in Hanoi for 5 Days ? How do you plan these 5 days?

You know it.

You know Hanoi is full of amazing attractions.

You heard people telling epic stories about Hanoi.

And you have 5 days to spend here in Hanoi.

You’re excited to pack it up and make a Hanoi 5 days itinerary.

But…

You don’t know what to do in Hanoi—for 5 days!!!

Scratching your head ferociously, you think:

  • “I come here, but what can I do for 5 days in Hanoi?
  • “How can I make a 5 days Hanoi itinerary?”

You know nothing about the places to visit in Hanoi.

You know nothing about the food to enjoy here.

No worry because…

I will break it down day by day—all the things you can possibly do in 5 days—to create the best Hanoi itinerary for 5 days.

 

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Create a 5-day hanoi itinerary is hard

The 5 days itinerary will be broken down into:

  • In the morning
  • In the afternoon
  • At night

Also…

The 5 days Hanoi itinerary includes things to do both:

  • Inside of Hanoi
  • Outside of Hanoi

This way, you can make the most out of your experience—with 5 days in Hanoi.

Now let’s begin, shall we?

Day 1: Inside Hanoi

You’ve just got to the Old Quarter.

You see the crowded street full of people and motorbikes.

You can feel it—the atmosphere of the Old Quarter.

Now it’s time to explore it a little bit.

In the Morning:

What to do#1: Visit The Old Quarter

Have you ever heard of this: “Hanoi has thirty six streets and guides?”

The Old Quarter is the place everyone must see and feel.

It’s the mixture of both traditional and modern—exciting and relaxing—at the same time.

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Explore the Old Quarter

The Old Quarter is located near Hoan Kiem Lake and in the center of Hanoi.

There are things that you can do here:

  1. Walk and sightsee the people and the street
  2. Shop local products
  3. Try street food on the way from local restaurants
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Follow the map to explore the Old Quarter

Join the mystical adventure through 36 streets and guides:

  • Start: Cau Go Street
  • End: Le Thai To Street

As your exciting exploration going, remember to look out for the way—the traffic can get crazy sometimes.

Now let’s move to…

What to do#2: Sightsee Sword Lake

What is the most popular attraction in hanoi—the one that everyone in Hanoi must know?

It’s impossible for you to visit Hanoi without knowing—or seeing the Sword Lake.

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Magnificent Turtle Tower of Sword Lake

Things that you can do here:

1. Sit on the rock chair and sightsee Sword Lake

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Local people around Sword Lake

2. Take photos.

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A beautiful view of Turtle Tower

The scenery in Hoan Kiem Lake is always magnificent no matter the weather.

After that you can visit…

What to do#3: Visit Ngoc Son Temple

Ngoc Son Temple is just a few steps away from Sword Lake. It’s on Sword Lake, once you cross the Red Bridge.

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Ngoc Son Temple is next to Sword Lake

Things you can do are:

1. Learn Vietnam traditional calligraphy.

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You can learn Vietnam Traditional Calligraphy

2. Learn to pray and do ritual. This is a must-try for spiritual lovers.

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Praying in Ngoc Son Temple

3. Listen to traditional music by local artists. 

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Traditional artists playing music

What to do#4: Taste Local food

Hungry?

It’s time to grab something to eat again. The Old Quarter is the center of all traditional food in Hanoi. You can find every kind of food here.

There are a few options for you to choose:

  1. Bun cha (Grilled Pork with Vermicelli)
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Bun cha is a delicous traditional food of Hanoi

If you want to eat grilled pork with vermicelli and sweet sauce—then you should try Bun Cha.

One of the best Bun Cha is Bun Cha Huong Lien:

  • Address: Bun Cha Huong Lien at 24 Le Van Huu
  • Price: 30,000 VND($1.3)/bowl
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Bun Cha Hương Liên is the place president Obama visited

2. Pho (beef noodle)

If you want to try the most popular food of Vietnam—then you have to try Pho.

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Pho Bo is the most popular food of Vietnam

The best Pho in Hanoi—still has the original and traditional taste is Pho Gia Truyen:

  • Address: Pho Gia Truyen at 49 Bat Dan
  • Price: 35,000 VND($1.6)/bowl

3. Bun Ca (Fish Noodle)

If you want love sea food, you can try fish noodle.

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Bun Ca is for those who love seafood

Bun Ca Sung Cay Si has one of the best fish noodle you ever taste. You won’t regret it:

  • Address: Sung Cay Si Fish Noodle at 5 Trung yen
  • Price: 30,000 VND($1.3)/bowl

Once you get your energy, it’s time to further exploration.

In the Afternoon

What to do#1: Visit Opera House

The Opera house is the feat of French architects.

Once you come here, you can learn a lot about the history—also observe the astounding construction inside.

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A view the Opera House

Things that you can do here are:

  • Observe the magnificent architectual construction by the French.
  • Learn about the history. You will learn about the reason behind the creation of Opera House.
  • Watch the performance. Here in the Opera house—you can see one of the most amazing traditional performance—by the most talented people in the country.

Located on Trang Tien Street, it won’t take you a long time to get here from the Old Quarter:

  • Address: 01 Trang Tien Street
  • Price: 400,000 VND(~$18)/ticket

And now, you will…

What to do#2: Visit Long Bien Bridge

If you love learning about the history—then Long Bien Bridge is a must-see.

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Long Bien – a long history bridge

Things you can do here are:

  1. Learn about the history.

Long Bien Bridge is the witness of a history of hundred years. Here you will learn about the amazing stories behind this attraction.

2. Drink tea and eat grilled potatoes and corns on the bridge

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Eating grilled potato on Long Bien Bridge

3.Watch the sunset and take photos. Watching the sunset from the bridge is wonderful.

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See the sunset on Long Bien Bridge

It crosses the most well-known river in Hanoi—the Red River.

From The Opera House, it’s only takes 10 minutes by Taxi:

  • Address: Next to Long Bien Station

What to do#3: Snack some local food

Feeling hungry already?

You must be—after a full day of exploring Hanoi.

Let’s get back to Old Quarter and get some afternoon snack.

Delicous food you can snack on are:

1. Che

If you have a sweet tooth—then Che would be the best snack for you to try—it’s really tasty.

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Che is a yummy dessert

The best che is located at:

  • Address: 52 Dieu Street
  • Price: 20,000 VND($1)/bowl

2. Banh Troi Tau.

If you want to try the best Che and Banh Troi Tau go to 52 Dieu Street to get the famous Che and Banh Troi Tau there.

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Banh Troi Nuoc is tradition dessert from China
  • Address: 52 Dieu Street
  • Price: 20,000 VND(~$1)/bowl

At Night

What to do#1: Visit the rest of the Old Quarter

Eventhough you’ve explored most of the Old Quarter—There are still more for you to see.

If it’s the weekend there will be walking street—just walk, enjoy the atmostphere and have fun with the locals.

What to do#2: Drink Beer On Ta Hien Street

It’s very exciting and fun during the day in the Old Quarter.

You got it.

What about the night?

Even better.

At night, the street is full of people coming to all the bars in the Old Quarter to chill and relax.

Things that you can do:

  1. Drink beer and cheer with the other
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People drink beer on Ta Hien Street at night

Drink some bia hoi (vietnamese craft beer) on Ta Hien or Luong Ngoc Quyen while sitting and chilling on the sidewalk with other people.

You can make some friends with other foreigners

  • Address: Ta Hien Street and Luong Ngoc Quyen Street or
  • Price: 50,000 VND (~$2.3)/bottle

Day 2: Outside Hanoi Old Quarter

After one exciting day. You just can’t get enough of Hanoi.

Want to experience more?

Let’s go, shall we?

In The Morning

What to do#1: Visit Ho Chi Minh Complex

Interested in history, achitecture and sightseeing?

You have to visit Ho Chi Minh Complex—a must see in Hanoi.

Things that you can do:

1. See Flag Ritual.

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Flag-Off Ritual at Ho Chi Minh Complex

If you arrive early then you can see the flag ritual here—at 6 am.

2. Visit Ba Dinh Square

See 240 squares of grass. Learn about the glorious history of Vietnam.

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Sightsee the beauty of Ba Dinh Square

3. Visit Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum.

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The view of Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

Here, you can the image of our great president Ho Chi minh.

  • Address: Hung Vuong Street
  • Price: Free

What to do#2: Visit One Pillar Pagoda

One pillar Pagoda is the signature of Vietnamese Culture.

It’s has the best designs and scenery in Hanoi. An ancient and elegant pagoda on top a lotus lake—it’s extremely beautiful.

Coming here, you can sightsee the wonderful view of the pagoda.

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One Pillar Pagoda on top of lotus lake

From Ho Chi Minh Complex—One Pillar Pagoda is only 4 minutes walking from there:

  • Address: Doi Can Street
  • Price: Free

In The Afternoon

What to do #1: Visit Imperial Citadel of Thang Long

If you like ancient history—you can not miss Imperial Citadel of Thang Long.

Imperial Citadel of Thang Long was recognized as UNESCO World Heritages in 2010.

Things you can do are:

1. Sightsee the historical value and beauty of Imperial Citadel of Thang Long. See and touch the old citadel wall.

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A Corner Of Imperial Citadel Of Thang Long

2. Learn about the history of the old dynasty.

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See the old wall of Imperial Citadel Of Thang Long

To see Imperial Citadel of Thang Long:

  • Address: Quan Thanh Street
  • Time: 8AM-12:30PM, 13:30PM-17PM
  • Price: 30.000 VND (~$1.3)

Now it’s time to…

What to do #2: Visit Temple Of Literature

Temple of Literature is the first University of Vietnam. Therefore, needless to tell the culture and historical beauty of this attraction.

Things that you can do are:

1. Sightsee the historical and cultural beauty

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A part of Temple of Literature
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Another side of Temple Of Literature
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The famous drum of Temple of Literature

Temple of Literature is only 7 minutes from Imperial Citadel of Thang Long: 

  • Address: Quoc Tu Giam Street
  • Time: 8:30-11:30 & 11:30-16:30
  • Price: 30,000 VND (~$1.3)/Ticket

What to do #3: Snack some more local food

Things you can snack on are:

1. Banh My

Banh My (Vietnamese sandwich) is considered the most delicous sandwich in the world.

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Banh My is the best sandwich in the world

For the best Banh Mi, you must try Banh My Ngon:

  • Address: Banh My Ngon at 49 Thanh Street
  • Price: 20.000 VND(~$1)/piece

2. Banh Cuon

Banh Cuon (Rolling Steam Cake) is traditional cake made from rice, meat with fish sauce—it has amazing appearance and unique taste.

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Banh Cuon is extremely delicious

When it comes to Banh Cuon—no whereelse can beat Banh Cuon Gia Truyen:

  • Address: Banh Cuon Gia Truyen at 12 Ga Street
  • Price: 25.000 VND (~$1)/dish

3. Xoi

Xoi (Sticky Rice) is a special dish of rice that is sticky and rich, served with Cha (meatball), Ruoc, Lap Suon (chinese sausage).

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Xoi is a must-try for foodie coming to Hanoi.

For the best xoi:

  • Address: Xoi Cat Lam 24 Thanh Street
  • Price: 25.000 VNS (~$1/bowl)

At Night

What to do #1: See Water puppet Theater Show

Interested in traditional vietnamese art?

Then you should go see water puppet theater show. It’s Unique Vietnam traditional art.

It describes daily life of vietnamese farmers, entertainment with people (swimming contest, dragon dancing,…) or historical legends

It tells stories about:

  • Vietnamese farmers life
  • Communal entertainment of vietnamese (swimming contest, dragon dancing,…)
  • Historical legends (The Return of Sword on Sword Lake,…)
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Foreigners try Water Puppetry

2. Enjoy some coffee.

There’s a coffee lounge nearby you view the show while sipping some coffee.

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Thang Long Puppetry Theater

Thang Long Puppetry Show:

  • Address: 57B Dinh Tien Hoan Street
  • Price: 100,000 VND/pax ($4.5) + 30,000 VND ($1.4)/cup of coffee

What to do #2: Walk around Sword Lake

It’s been a long day, why not spend some time relaxing

Walk around Hoan Kiem Lake on the side walk.

You can:

  1. Sit on a rock chair and sightsee Sword lake.
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Sword Lake at night

Sitting on a rock chair and have a conversation and view the Sword lake at night. It’s fresh and relaxing.

2. Snack on Street ice cream or pickled fruit

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Pickled Fruits
  • Address: Old Quarter Coffee 11 Gai Street.
  • Price: 15.000 VND ($0.8)

3. Get your pencil portraits.

There’re always talented artist sitting on the sidewalk offer to draw your portrait.

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Get Pencil Portrait
  • Address: Old Quarter Coffee 11 Gai Street.
  • Price: 20.000 VND (~$1)

Day 3: Arrive Halong Bay

You’ve made the most out of your time in Hanoi in those 2 days.

You did great.

Now….

It’s time for a fresh experience. It’s time to taste the saltiness of the sea.

And no other places can beat Ha Long bay for the beauty.

In The Morning

What To Do#1: Go to Ha Long Bay

Ha Long Bay is located in Quang Ninh, 160km in Hanoi so it would take 4 hours by bus.

On the way to Ha Long, you can sightsee and take picture of the Red River.

In The Afternoon

What to Do#1: Sightsee and eat lunch on Junk Boat

Get on junk boat, beautiful sun deck, lying on bed and enjoy the magnificent scenery of the bay.

Things you can do:

1. Sun bathe

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Sunbathing on Ha Long Bay

If the weather is good enough, you can sunbathe.

2. Have lunch on Board.

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Eat Lunch on Ha Long Bay Deck

Coming to Ha Long Bay without tasting the fresh seafood would be a waste. Trust me. You wouldn’t want to miss it.

What to Do#2: Kayak

Want to excercise a little bit?

Try kayaking.

Kayak and sightsee the beautiful bay of thousands year old island is one of a kind experience you can’t forget.

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Kayaking on Ha Long Bay is super fun

Things you can do:

1. Kayak to Thien Son Cung Cave.

Thien Son Cung Cave is a must see. It’s has magnificent view.

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Thien Cung Cave is the wonder of Ha Long Bay

2. Take some photos of the wonderful scenery.

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The majestic view of Ha Long bay

At Night

It’s already a long day in Ha Long.

It’s time to rest and prepare for a long exciting day ahead.

Day 4: Go to Trang An Complex

Yesterday you had a great time in Ha Long Bay.

And for today—we will visit Halong Bay again!?

Wait, but this time…

It’s Halong Bay on land. It’s called Trang An Complex.

Trang An was listed as an UNESCO World Heritage Site on 2014—needless to tell the beauty of this place.

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Breath-taking scenery of Trang An

Trang An is located in Ninh Binh, take 3 hours using bus from Giap Bat bus station. You can totally arrive and leave at the same day.

A few tips:

  • Bring some extra clothing—going to the caves will be cold.
  • Sneaker and a little bit of food to snack on the way.

In The Morning

What to Do#1: Visit Trang An Grottoes

Things you can do:

1. Get on a boat.

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A corner of Trang An grottoes

You can sightsee and learn about these grottoes at the same time.

2. Take some photos.

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A selfie while kayaking

Remember to take some photo of the magnificent grottoes.

In The Afternoon

What to Do#1: Eat Local Food

Ninh Binh is famous for many kinds of wonderful food.

Things that you can try:

1. Mountain goat meat.

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Mountain Goat Meat is the delicacy of Ninh Binh

Here, the goats are fed with herbs and organic vegetables—therefore the taste is wonderful.

2. Eel vermicelli.

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Eel vermicelli is a must try in Ninh Binh

3. Burned rice.

Mountain shells are tasty—they have the flavor of mountain and trees.

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Ninh Binh is also famous for burned rice

If you want to try these food, you have to go to Huong Mai Restaurant:

  • Address:  850 Tran Hung Dao Street, ninh Binh
  • Price: 40.000 VND/($1.8)Dish

What to Do#2: Visit Thung Nham Park

Thung Nham is the most impressive attractions in Ninh Binh.

If you want to see the grandeur of the mountains and rivers—you have to go there.

  1. Explore Thung Nham.
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Scenery of Thung Nham

Nothing could be better than exploring Thung Nham flooded forest with boats.

2. Explore more caves.

There are caves like:

  • Pray To Heaven Cave
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The mysterious view of Pray to Heaven cave
  • Thuy Cung Cave
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The view of Thuy Cung Cave
  • Ba Co Cave.
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Exploring Ba Co Cave

These caves are just breathtaking and must be seen.

3. See Bird Garden.

Bird garden has more then 46 species of birds with 50000 birds there.

It’s liveliness mixed with the beauty of animal and flora.

What to Do#3: Visit Bich Dong Pagoda

Love architecture?

Interested in history?

If so—Then you must visit Bich Dong Pagoda. It’s a human feat in the middle of spontaneous nature.

Things you can do here are:

  1. Sightsee the magnificent scenery and the architectural feat.
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You get to see the beauty of nature and human architect

At Night

You got a long day. It’s time for you to rest.

Day 5: Back to Hanoi

In The Morning

What to Do#1: Visit Bat Trang Pottery Village

Bat Trang pottery village is one of the most well known traditional handicraft village.

Local artisans who use both traditional and modern techniques to create beautiful porcelain artworks.

Bat Trang Pottery Village is 13km Southeast of Hanoi. To get there you can use day tour or bus.

Things you can do here are:

  1. Purchase ceramic products

You can purchase the finest handmade ceramic products—vases, bowld, cups and plates.

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Bat Trang Village is famous for their pottery products
  • Address:  Bat Trang Village, Bat Trang commune
  • Price:100.000-200000 VND ($5-10)/piece

2. Create your own ceramic products.

You can create your own product by  joining a workshop. It’s an amazing experience.

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Join workshop and learn how to make your own pot
  • Address:  Bat Trang local workshop, Bat Trang Village, Bat Trang Commune
  • Price:25.000 VND (~$1)/session

In The Afternoon

What to Do#1: Visit Old Quarter

For the afternoon, let’s walk through The Old Quarter again. Walk through the crowded street with your partners

If you’re a bit more adventurous—then you can explore some tiny alleys of Vietnam.

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Explore Tiny Alleys of the Old Quarter

What to Do#2: Shop around

Want to keep some memory this trip?

Want to buy some gift for friends and family?

This is the chance for you to do—buy shopping around Hanoi.

Hanoi has a lot of things you can puchase including traditional food and products

Things you can purchase:

1. Coffee.

The coffee culture in hanoi is massive. Coming to Hanoi you have to try Coffee.

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The coffee culture of hanoi is massive

For the best coffee powder:

  • Address: Cafe Huong Mai at 15 Hang Be Street.
  • Price:100.000 VND ($4.5)/ 100g.

2. O mai (sugared or salted dried fruits).

O mai is many foreigner’s favorite junk food—it’s really tasty. It’ the mixture of sweetness and sourness.

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O mai tastes like candy

For o mai, try Hong Lam O Mai:

  • Address: Hong Lam O Mai at 11 Hang Duong Street or Gia Loi O mai at 8 Hang Duong Street.
  • Price:30.000 VND ($1.4)/ 100g.

3. Ao dai.

Ao dai is elegant and beautiful clothing for traditiondal vietnamese women.

Nowadays, we have more beautiful ao dai—a mixture of traditional and modern features.

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Ao dai is traditional clothing of vietnamese women

To buy the best ao dai, you need to try ao dai at Luong Van Can Street—the street has been making ao dai for years:

  • Address: “Trach” Tailor, 8 Luong Van Can Street.
  • Price: 500,000 VND – 1,000,000 VND ($25 – $50)/ ao dai.

4. Banh Com.

Banh Com is made of Com is a special kind of rice—it has a freshly green color—it tastes as rich as milk

Banh Com is sweet and yummy with main ingredients are green been and green rice.

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Banh com is made of bean and green rice
  • Address: Banh Com Nguyen Ninh at 11 Doc Hang Than Street
  • Price: 20.000 VND ($1)/piece

5.  Lacquerware.

Lacquerware is elegant and refined piece of houseware—it’s perfect decoration and can used as a gift.

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Lacquerware can be great gift and decoration
  • Address: Marena Hanoi at 28 Nha Chung Street
  • Price: 300.000-400.000 VND ($18-20)/piece

6. Non la.

Non La is Vietnam traditional head cover—usually wear by farmers. Now, it has becomes the signature piece of clothing of Vietnam.

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Non La has now become the symbols of Vietnamese
  • Address: Hang Non Street
  • Price:40. 000 VND (~$1.8)/non

What to Do#3: Eat Local Food

Try local food like:

1. Banh Xeo and Banh Ran

Banh Xeo (Vietnamese Pancake) Banh ran (Vietnamese Donut). Best Vietnamese fastfood ever—it’s a must try.

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Banh Ran is delicous fast food of Vietnam

For the best Banh Xeo and Banh Ran, try Banh Ran Goc Da:

      • Address: 52 Ly Quoc Su Street
      • Price: 30.000 VND (~$1.4) per dish.

2. Nom (Beef Salad)

Nom (Beef salad) is a delicious salad dish with beef and sweet fish sauce.

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Best dish of Nom is at Nom Vi Dung

For the best dish of Nom try Nom Long Vi Dung:

      • Address: 23 Hang Bac Street, Near Hoan Kiem Lake .
      • Price: 30.000 VND ($1.3)

3. Egg Coffee

Egg coffee is a famous modern drink in Hanoi—it has the richness from egg and milk and bitterness from coffee:

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The taste of Egg Coffee is unforgettable

For best Egg Coffee:

  • Address: Old Quarter Coffee 11 Gai Street.
  • Price: 20.000 VND (~$1)

At Night

It’s time for you to wrap it up and prepare for departing tomorrow.

But if you still have some spare time then you can…

What to Do#1: Drink Lime Tea near St.Joseph Cathedral.

Want to grab a drink?

If you want to enjoy your evening fully—you must try Vietnam Lime Tea.

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Enjoy lime tea and have a conversation with friends

And nothing could be a better spot to drink lime tea than on the sidewalk of Church Street—next to St.Joseph Catheral:

  • Address: On sidewalk of Church Street, next to St. Joseph Catheral.
  • Price: 15.000 VND (~$0.7)

Conclusion

So what is the optimal 5 days Hanoi itinerary?

3 days inside Hanoi and 2 days outside Hanoi.

Those are the perfect 5 days 4 nights itinerary  in Hanoi. The plan above helps you make the most out of your time in Hanoi.

However, you can freely tweak with the itinerary above to suit your preference.

There are options like:

  • 5 days inside Hanoi
  • 4 days inside Hanoi and 1 day outside Hanoi
  • 2 days inside Hanoi and 3 days outside Hanoi

Still…

If you follow the plan above—you will for sure make the most out of your time in Hanoi.

And now?

It’s time to pack it up… And get going.

Let’s have a great time in Hanoi.

Cause time waits for no one.

Author: Quentin Nguyễn

Temple of Literature Hanoi

TEMPLE OF LITERATURE HANOI| Hours – Dress code – Map – Ticket

Posted By : Hằng Nguyễn Thị/ 11 0

ALL ABOUT TEMPLE OF LITERATURE (HOURS – DRESS CODE – MAP – ENTRANCE FEE)

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Temple of literature Hanoi, main gate

Temple of Literature is one of Things to do in Hanoi, a must-see historical site when visiting Hanoi, the Capital City of Vietnam.

Temple of Literature not only represents the enduring progress of Vietnamese culture ( sự thay đổi Văn Hóa Việt Nam theo thời kỳ)  , but also contributes significantly to both Confucian civilization (Đạo Khổng Tử) in Vietnam and other cultures in the world.

  • Temple of Literature was ranked as the cultural and historical site on 28th April, 1962.

I. Temple of Literature In Hanoi

I.1 Temple of Literature Hanoi introduction

How did Temple of Literature appear?

The Temple of Literature was built in 1070 during Ly dynasty to honor Confucius (Confucius was a Chinese teacher, Politician, Philosopher and Founder of Confucianism)

Confucianism 

According to his philosophy, Confucianism, people must obey five relationships in the society:

  1. Ruler and Subject.
  2. Father and Son
  3. Elder Brother and Younger Brother
  4. Husband and Wife
  5. Friend and Friend

Imperial Academy

In 1076, Vietnam’s first university, the “Quoc Tu Giam” or Imperial Academy, was established by King Lý Nhân Tông.  The Imperial Academy originally reserved only for  sons of the Kings and madarins. Finally, it was opened for all talented students.

General structure of Temple of literature

Temple of literature complex encompasses five walled courtyards connected by gateways. The number of courtyards, five, is the symbolic number of five basic elements forming the world:

  • Five basic elements: Metal  – Wood –  Fire – Water – The earth.

Phoenix  and dragon  symbols are used to represent the Empress and Emperor:

  • A phoenix represents beauty  – A dragon represents power.

The below is structure of 5 main parts of Temple of Literature Hanoi

I.2 The First Courtyard- Đại Trung Môn (The great middle gate)

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The great middle gate in Temple of Literature

The first courtyard extends from Đại Trung Môn (The Great Middle Gate) to the Đại Trung area.

Đại Trung Môn (The great middle gate) is a combination of the names of two great books of Confucianism:

  • Đại Học ( Great learning)
  • Trung Dung ( The Doctrine of the Mean)

Two smaller gates on the left and right side of Đại Trung Môn

  • Accomplished Virtue (Thành Đức)
  • Attained Talent (Đạt Tài)

In ancient Orient concept, left side is more important than right (From Confucius point of view). Therefore, Virtue is more important than Talent.

The carp symbol located at the top of the gate has a meaningful story due to Chinese legendary: “Many carps swim upstream against the river’s strong current in a contest held by God, but only few are capable of the final leap over the waterfall.  If a carp successfully makes the jump, it can transform into a powerful dragon.”

  • The carp overcoming waterfall: hardships that students must overcome if they want to get success in education
  • The carp becoming dragon: student’s promotion in social rank

Plus, 

In the past, students had to pass three exams to become government official: Regional exam (Hương examination), National exam (Hội examination) and Royal exam (Đình examination).

Firstly, those students passing the Regional exam (Hương Examination) would be named at the academy.

  • During the course at the academy, the students discussed literature, wrote poetry and learned about Chinese philosophy and culture. The students were enrolled for three to seven years. They had minor tests each month and four major tests each year.

After succeeded in the exams during the course, the students were awarded certification by the Ministry of Rites, qualified them to sit for the National exam (Hội examination)

Finally, after qualifying from National Exam (Hội examination) enables students to take the Royal Exam (Đình Examination), held at court.

In case the students failed the exam, they have to wait for three more years for the next exam.

I.3 The Second Courtyard- Khuê Văn Các (The Pavilion of Constellation)

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Khue Van Pavilion, Pavilion of Constellation

Located in the Second Courtyard is Khue Van Pavilion (Pavilion of Constellation)

  • A unique architectural work was built in 1805 under Nguyễn Dynasty- regarded as the symbol of Hanoi in the present time.
  • Given the meaning of term ‘Constellation’ as the brightest star – that carry the wish for development and prosperity for education and culture of Vietnam.

On top of the pavilion is the combination of the circle and the square: 

  • The circle represents the sky
  • The square represents the earth.

This is the symbol of the yin and yang harmony. 

I.4 The Third Courtyard – Thien Quang well and Doctor Stelae

Thien Quang Well

In the center of the third courtyard is Thien Quang well (Well of Heavenly Clarity).  Some functions of Thien Quang Well are:

  • To keep the atmosphere of Văn Miếu complex to be tranquil
  • To purify people’s mind
  • Being as a mirror for people to arranging their dress before entering the most scared part of the complex

 

 

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Thien Quang well, the Well of Heavenly Clarity

Doctor Steles

A general Doctor Stele includes 3 parts:

  • The first part wrote nice words toward the Emperor, his royal court and Confucianism
  • The second part commented on the importance of building steles and the responsibility of successful people toward the country
  • The third part was information about the exams and successful students

Originally, there are 91 doctorate steles.

However due to wars and natural disaster, there are only 82 left.

In putting the steles on the back of the tortoises:

  • The tortoises stand for longevity and wisdom so the names of successful students would last forever

 

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Doctor Steles in Temple of Literature Hanoi

I.5 The Fourth Courtyard- Đại Thành Môn (The gate to great success), and Đại Bái Đường (House of Ceremony)

Leading to the Fourth Courtyard of the temple is Đại Thành Môn (The Gate to the Great Success)

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Dai Thanh gate means The Gate To Great Success

In the center of the fourth courtyard is the Đại Bái Đường (House of Ceremony)

  • The house of ceremony is a place for Emperors and Fellows to make their offerings to Confucius. New doctors come to House of Ceremony to kneel and bow to show their respect

 

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House of Ceremony in the center of the fourth courtyard

In Đại Bái Đường, the pair of crane and turtle that present desire of longevity and eternity

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Crane and Turtle in House of Ceremony

On each side of the fourth courtyard stands two areas. The original purpose was to keep altar Confucius and Chu Văn An (a master of the Imperial Academy), yet they have now been converted into souvenir shops and drinks stalls.

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Two sides of The fourth courtyard with souvenirs

Adjacent to house of ceremony is Đại Thành Sanctuary where Confucius and his four greatest disciples are worshipped.

In the present day, the locals come to Đại Thành Sanctuary to pray for blessings with incense and offerings.

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Confucius and his four greatest disciples

I.6 The Fifth Courtyard, grounds of the Imperial Academy

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The Fifth Courtyard Grounds of the Imperial Academy

The Fifth Courtyard has been through long history.

  • In 1076, Emperor Ly Nhan Tong ordered the construction of an imperial academy as a fifth courtyard
  • In 1946, the courtyard was destroyed by the French.
  • In 2000, it was reconstructed on the ground of the original “Imperial Academy” as a temple.

The upper floor is dedicated to the three emperors who contributed mostly to the foundation of the temple and the academy:

  • Ly Thanh Tong (1023–1072), who founded the temple in 1070 (In the middle of altar)
  • Ly Nhan Tong (1066–1127), who founded the Imperial Academy (On the right altar)
  • Le Thanh Tong (1442–1497), who ordered the built of doctor statues in 1484 (on the left altar)

Around the Fifth Courtyard, some buildings hold a drum and a bronze bell. The drum is 2.01 metres wide, 2.65 metres high, has a volume of 10 m3 and weighs 700 kilograms. The bell was cast in 2000. It has a height of 2.1 metres and it is 0.99 meters wide.

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The drum in Temple of Literature

II. Temple of Literature opening hours, price, dress code, map

II.1 Temple of Literature opening hours

Opening days: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Opening time:

  • In summer ( From April to October) : 07:30-17:30
  • In winter (From October to April)     : 08:00-17:00

II.2 Entrance fee

Entrance ticket price (2017): 

  • Adult: 30,000 VND (~US$ 1.3) for Vietnamese and foreigners
  • Students: 15,000 VND (~US$ 0.7) (ID, students card required)
  • Children under 15: Free

II.3 Dress code

As Temple of Literature is a formal historical site, visitors should pay serious attention to the dress code as visitors need to be respectable.

In detail, no hat, shorts, mini skirt or tank-top…when being in worshipping/sanctuary area.

II.4 Map

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Temple of Literature Map

Note:
5-6: The first courtyard
7: The second courtyard
8-9: The second courtyard
10-11: The fourth courtyard
12-13-14-15: The fifth courtyard

III. Free tour in Temple of Literature Hanoi

Visitors are highly recommended to book a free tour in Hanoi. Hanoi Free Local Tours are organized by groups of young passionate students, who are well-trained to have full knowledge about attractions in Hanoi and tour guide skills. Booking a tour is easy as visitors only have to go to websites and fill in a tour’s order. Visitors will receive a confirmation from tour director and they will be picked at their hotel or arranged meeting place at time as appointed.

Author: Kristen Nguyễn

47 Best Things To Do in Hanoi Old Quarter At Night and Around Hanoi (by Tripadvisor)

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What are the things to do in Hanoi?

You know it right?

You heard Hanoi is full of amazing and exciting activities?

You heard Hanoi is full of places for you to discover and enjoy.

You want to make the most out of your time here in Hanoi.

But…

What to do in Hanoi—when there’s no guide around?

What are the things to do—when there’s no one around—telling you the info you need?

Worry not…

This is the ultimate list of things you can do in Hanoi—This can be great for you 5 days itinerary in Hanoi

Now…

Let’s start:

I. Things to do in Hanoi At Night

1. Drink Cold Beer on Ta Hien Street                            

Drinking cool beer is a common thing to do in Hanoi at night.

—it’s the best thing to do in Hanoi at night.

Ta Hien are Luong Ngoc Quyen street are the most popular place to grab some beer. It’s always crowded at night when a lot of locals and foreigner enjoy beer together. Now i has become a gathering destination for party lovers. Grab some beer, feel the music and have fun with locals and foreigner would be a great things to spend your night.

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People drink beer on Ta Hien Street at night

Info:

• Address: Ta Hien street, Luong Ngoc Quyen Street

• Price:  20.000 Vnd (~US $1)/glass or 80.000 Vnd (~US $4) for a bottle

2. Wander Around Walking Street

If you really want to have some fun then go to Walking Street.

On weekend there will be no vehicles around Hoan Kiem lake so people can freely have fun on the street. Activites you can enjoy are shuttlecock kicking, salsa dancing, singing, trying traditional food and game. Now it’s become a regular thing to go on Walking Street on the weekend to hang out.

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People having fun on Walking Street at night

Info:

• Address: Hoan Kiem lake

• Time: Friday, Saturday and Sunday

• Ticket Price: Free

3. Eat Ice Cream On Trang Tien Street     

Want to have some treat?

Going for a walk around Hoan Kiem lake at night, it’s so hard to refuse to visit Trang Tien street—the most beautiful, bustling and famous. 

The most popular ice cream store is Trang Tien ice cream. The store was founded in 1958. It become the most popular place to get ice cream in the Old Quarter. Nothing could be better than walking through the street while enjoying a cone of ice cream.

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Trang Tien Street is famous for ice cream
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Eat ice cream on Trang Tien Street at night

Info:

• Address: Trang Tien street, near Hoan Kiem lake, Hoan Kiem district

• Price: 15.000VND/cone (~$0.7)

4. Shop at night market

Want to buy something?             

Visiting night market in the old quarter of Hanoi is an interesting activity. Visitors would have a chance to buy a variety of goods and its price is very reasonable.  The street get crowded at night, especially on weekend where a lot of people hang out on the street.

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Night market in the Old Quarter

Info:

• Address: Hang Dao Street, Hang Ngang Street, Hang Duong Street, Dong Xuan Market.

• Time: 18:00 to 23:00 from Friday, Saturday and Sunday

5. See Water Puppetry Show in Hanoi                   

Interested in art?

You should see Water puppetry show in Hanoi.

This traditional art has been existing for more than a thousand year. And now it has become the symbol of art of Vietnam. Water puppet show is Vietnamese folk culture performs some contents like Vietnamese farmers (catching fishes, tending buffalo, cultivating …) or historical legends.

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Water Puppet Show is for art lovers

Info:

• Address:  57b Dinh Tien Hoang street

• Time:  15:30, 17:00, 18:30, 20:00, 21:15 and sunday at 09:30

• Price:  Around 60.000-100.000 VND (US $ 3- 5)

6. Drink Lime Tea on Nha Tho Street

Want to have a grab some drink?   

Then try some lemon tea.

A cultural thing the young in Hanoi do “Drinking a cup of ice lemon tea and shooting the breeze”.   

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Enjoy lime tea and have a conversation with friends

Info:

• Address: On Nha Tho street, near st. joseph Cathedral

• Price: 15000 VND (~0.7USD)/glass

7. Sightsee from Long Bien bridge

Interested in history?

Then you must see Long Bien Bridge. Long Bien bridge becomes the usual spot for people to hang around at night. You might wonder what to do there?

Nothing could be better than seeing the Red River—while sitting in a small corner, eating some baked corns and potatoes by locals. It’s a cozy and relaxing experience.

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Eating baked corned on Long Bien Bridge at night

Info:

• Address: The end Long Bien Station

8. Visit Skyline Observation Deck

Want to explore different view?

Go to Hanoi Lotte observation deck, which is near by Skywalk. Standing on the 65th floor of Lotte center, at that height, you can clearly see the beautiful and sparking view of hanoi.

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Get the view of the whole city at night in Observation Deck

• Address: 54 Lieu Giai street , Ba Dinh district.

• Price: 200.000 VND (~9$)

9. Bike around West Lake

Want to relax?

Nothing could be better than riding the bike around the West Lake. 

West lake is the biggest lake in Hanoi. You can hire some bike to ride around and enjoy the fresh atmosphere. The street is not crowed—it’s usually peaceful and relaxing. It could be the perfect place for you ride a bike and have a conversation with your friends and family. Once you’re hungry, you can get some ice cream at shop around the lake.

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Biking around west lake

•Address: West Lake in Tay Ho district

• Price: Free

10. Eat Street Food at Hang Buom Street.

If you are a true foodie then you must go to Buom Street at night. You could not imagine how many things you could do and could eat there

At night, there are many kinds of tasty street food being served in every single corners. There are so many kinds of food for you to try including: barbecued beef, Che, Banh Troi Tau, hot pot and so on. Nothing could be better than having some food while walking on the street enjoying your night.

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Hang Buom Street is famous for streetfood at night

Things like:

•Address: Hang Buom Street

•Price: 20.000-30.000 VND/dish

II. Things to do in Hanoi old quarter

11. Visit Hanoi Ancient house

If you’re in love with history then you should visit Hanoi Ancient House.

Hanoi Ancient House is the oldest house of Hanoi.

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A corner of Hanoi Ancient House

Info:

• Address: 87 Ma May Street

• Time: 8am-8pm

• Ticket price: 10.000 VND ( US $ 0.5)

12. Visit Bach Ma temple

As you walk through the Old Quarter, you should also visit Bach Ma temple!

Having the existing architecture of the temple is style of the XIX century, Bach Ma temple  is beautiful and imposing.
The architectural feature is a unique way of construction in the Nguyen dynasty.

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Bach Ma Temple

• Address: 76 Hang Buom street

• Time: 8am-8pm

Note:

• Dress code: No shorts or miniskirts. 

• Other: Stay silent. No smoking, no armcross. Only film when allowed 

13. Visit St. Joseph’s Cathedral

Want to see some Europian construction?

You must go to St.Joseph’s Cathedral!

The church was built by the French in December 1886. It is the oldest church in Hanoi.

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St. Joseph’s Cathedral

• Address: 40 Nha Chung street

• Time: Usually closed by noon

• Ticket price: Free

14. Visit The Opera house

If you want to see the landmark of Hanoi—then you must check out The Opera House.

To get more about the Opera house here

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Inside the Opera House

Info:

• Address: 01 Trang Tien Street

• Time: 8am-10pm

• Ticket price: 400,000 (20$)

15. Sightsee at Hoan Kiem lake (Sword Lake)

If you come to Vietnam without visiting Sword Lake then it would be a waste!

It’s the most popular attraction in Hanoi—it’s a must-do thing in Hanoi!

In the morning, you get to feel the peaceful atmosphere. At night, you get to see the lively picture of Hanoi in the evening. Not only is the signature of Hanoi, it’s also one of the best place for you to chill and relax.

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Sword Lake is a must see in the Old Quarter
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Sightsee and visit Sword Lake

Info:

• Address: Next to Dinh Tien Hoang Street

16. Explore Small Alleys of The Old Quarter

Want to have some adventure?

Try exploring the small alleys of the Old Quarter. The Alley is traditional way of construction in Vietnam. Even though it can be a bit strange as you discover the alley, you will find many interesting things inside like hidden shops and restaurants.

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Explore Tiny Alleys of the Old Quarter

Info:

• Address: Alleys in the Old Quarter like Ma May St, Hang Buom St, Hang Ga St,…

• Time: All Day

17. See Ngoc Son Temple 

Going to see Sword Lake without seeing Ngoc Son Temple is truly a waste.

Ngoc Son Temple is one of the most popular attraction of Hanoi. Located in on Sword Lake, across the famous Red Bridge, Ngoc Son becomes the signature of Hanoi.

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Pay attention to dress code while visiting
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Praying in Ngoc Son Temple

Info:

• Address: Next to Hoan Kiem Lake

Note:

• Dress code: No shorts or miniskirts. 

• Other: Stay silent. No smoking, no armcross. Only film when allowed 

18. Visit Quan Su Pagoda 

Want to see temple in the Old Quarter?

You must visit Quan Su Pagoda

With a history line of more than one thousand years, Quan Su temple is one of the most treasured heritage of Vietnam. The foundation of Bach Ma is related to many stories and legends.

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Bach Ma Temple is located in the Old Quarter

Info :

• Address: 76 Hang Buom Street

• Time: 8am-8pm.

Note:

• Dress code: No shorts or miniskirts. 

• Other: Stay silent. No smoking, no armcross. Only film when allowed.

19. Attend a cooking class

If you’re in love with Vietnam traditional food then why not learn how to make it?

There are so many people once come to Vietnam start to fall in love with the food—so much that they want to create to food by themselves. Vietnamese traditional food is not only delicious but has traditional value as a culture of Vietnam.

Anh Tuyet restaurant has been teaching people how to cook traditional vietnamese food for many years, as now the 7th generation. The owner of restaurant has many times been featured on Discovery about Vietnamese traditional cuisine.

Coming here, you will learn how to create many dishes people serve in Tet holiday like: xoi (sticky rice), gio (meatball), canh bong (bubble soup),…

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Making Vietnamese dishes by yourself to discover the soul of Vietnamese cuisine

Info :

• Address: 25 Ma May Street

• Time: 8am-8pm.

III. Hanoi Free Tours Guides

Getting around Hanoi is not easy.

It’s challenging with a lot of new things. Hanoi Free Tours Guides are the best way to explore Hanoi with out any hassle. With our Hanoi Free Tours Guide, you will get free advice and guidance by friendly and modern locals.

20. Hanoi Free Walking Tour

Want to explore the Old Quarter?

Then you must try Hanoi Free Walking Tour.

For a Hanoi free walking tour, we will walk you through the exciting street of the Old Quarter. You can explore 36 streets and guides of Hanoi—from the big street to small alleys. On the way, you can get to buy souvenirs, eat local food and explore every aspect of the Old Quarter.

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Explore the Old Quarter according to the map
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Walking Tour can be fun and adventurous

Info:

• Guides: Young locals from universities of Hanoi

• Price: Free

• Duration: 3-6 hours

• How to register: Here

21. Hanoi Free City Tour

Want to visit all attractions in Hanoi within a day?

Then you must try Hanoi Free City Tour. With a city tour, you get to see all the beautiful and popular attraction in Hanoi, not just in the Old Quarter. 

Places that you will visit in the free tours:

Old Quarter

• Hoan Kiem Lake

• St. Joseph Catheral

• Ngoc Son Temple

• Long Bien Bridge

• The Opera House

• Dong Xuan Market

• Ho Chi Minh Complex

• Temple of Literature

Info:

• Guides: Young locals from universities of Hanoi

• Price: Free

• How to register: https://goo.gl/zB7zjC

22. Hanoi Free Street Food Tour

Face it.

Coming to Hanoi means nothing without trying out all the amazing food here.

There are many delicious food—mostly street food—being mention by the Telegraph. If you take a street food tour, we will walk you through the street of Hanoi Old Quarter, try the most popular and delicous street food you can ever taste. 

Food you will try in the free tour:

Banh Mi

• Pho

• Bun Cha

• Bun Rieu Cua

• Bun Ca

• Banh Ran

• Sua Chua mit

• Che

• Egg Coffee

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Enjoy local food with our guides
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Our guides are young and passionate

So booking a food tour to experience with your local guide will be one of the worth-trying things in Hanoi.

Info:

• Guides: Young locals from universities of Hanoi

• Duration: 3-6 hours

• How to register: Here 

23. Hanoi Free Motorbike Tour

Staying in the car can not give you the full experience of visiting Hanoi.

If you want to have one of a kind experience—then you should get a Free Motorbike Tour.

You get to visit around the Old Quarter on a motorbike—not to mention actually ride it if you want to. You will go to a famous coffee shop to sip a warm egg coffee then they will walk around Hoan Kiem Lake, Opera House, the old town, Dong Xuan market—the most bustling places of the capital for everyone to learn the rhythm of Hanoi. You can stop by these destinations to buy special street food—baked corn, baked potato

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Nothing is better than getting on a motorbike for real

Info:

• Guides: Young locals from universities of Hanoi

• Price: Free

• Duration: 3-6 hours

• How to register: https://goo.gl/9RM5QC

III. Things to do Outside Old Quarter

24. Visit Quan Su Pagoda

Quan Su is one of the most well-known pagoda of Hanoi. Every year, on events like Lunar New Year, start of the month, people come to Quan Su Pagoda to pray and wish for better well-being.

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A look at Quan Su Pagoda

• Address: 73 Quan Su street

• Time: 8am-8pm

Note:

• Dress code: No shorts or miniskirts. 

• Other: Stay silent. No smoking, no armcross. Only film when allowed 

25. Visit Tran Quoc pagoda 

If you love seeing pagoda—then you should go to Tran Quoc pagoda.

Located on a small peninsula on West Lake, Tran Quoc is extremely magnificent. The pagoda is considered as the most ancient pagoda in Hanoi with its history line of more than 1,500 years. In 1962, Tran Quoc pagoda was listed as historical heritage of Vietnam 

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Tran Quoc pagoda from above

• Address: Thanh Niên Street

• Time: 8am-8pm

Note:

• Dress code: No shorts or miniskirts. 

• Other: Stay silent. No smoking, no armcross. Only film when allowed 

26 . Visit Hoa Lo Prison

Are you into Vietnamese history?

Then Hoa Lo Prison is a must-see.

From a traditional pottery village, Hoa Lo was turned in a place for punishment and suffering. Once you get here you can learn about the painful history and witness the pain of prisoners of Hoa Lo

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Hoa Lo is for those who love history
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Depicts of prisoners inside Hoa Lo

Info:

• Address: 1 Hoa Lo street

• Time: 8am-8pm Vnd (US $ 1.5)

• Ticket price: 30.000 Vnd (US $ 1.3)

27. Visit Imperial Citadel of Thang Long

Have you hearded of Imperial Citadel of Thang Long?

Imperial Citadel of Thang Long was listed as World Heritage by UNESCO in 2010. Imperial Citadel of Thang Long was built by many kings throughout history and now has become the most precious heritage of Vietnam.

Once you get here, you can sightsee the old wall, the flag tower of Vietnam and walk on the garden.

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The old wall of Imperial Citadel Of Thang Long

Info:

• Address: 09 Hoang Dieu Street

• Opening time: 08:00-12:30 and 13:30-17:00 everyday

• Ticket price: 30.000 Vnd (~US $ 1.3)

28. Visit Temple of Literature

If you want to the cultural signature of Vietnam then you have to go to temple of literature

Temple of Literature in Hanoi is not only a historical place representing the long progress of Vietnamese culture. It made a big contribution on both Confucian civilization in Vietnam and human culture in the world also. Temple of literature was ranked as the cultural and historical site on 28th April, 1962.

Learn more about Temple of Literature here

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The famous drum of Temple of Literature
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Another side of Temple Of Literature

Info:

• Address: 58 Quoc Tu Giam street

• Ticket Price: 30.000 Vnd (~ US $ 1.3)

• Opening time:  7:30 – 18:00 from Monday to Friday and . 8:00 – 21:00 from Saturday to Sunday

Note:

• Dress code: No shorts or miniskirts. 

• Other: Stay silent. No smoking, no armcross. Only film when allowed.

29. Visit Museum of Ethnology

Are you interested in different culture of vietnam?

If so then go to Museum of Ethnology .

Coming to Museum of Ethnology you get to see the traditional features of 54 ethnic groups of Vietnam. You will learn about how different ethnics group carry out their marry, funeral, their clothing and their entertainment.

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A look at the stilt house
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Visiting Museum of Ethnology

• Address: Nguyen Van Huyen Street

• Price ticket: 40.000 VND/pax

• Opening time: 8am-8pm

30. Visit Bat Trang village

Interested in Vietnam traditional porcelain?

Come and join pottery class—have an interesting experience in how to make pottery product by yourself.

Bat Trang Pottery Village has the longest tradition of making pottery in Vietnam. The pottery here is diverse in their styles and shapes. One of the best thing here is you can see for real the artisans making pottery. You can also create your own pottery products by joining a workshop.

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Amazing Bat Trang Tour with our guides
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A foreigner from Free Bat Trang Tour trying to make a pot

Info

• Address: Bat Trang Commune, Gia Lam District.

• Price: 40.000 VND/pax

• Time:8am-8pm

Interested in Free Local Tour to Bat Trang Village?

Free Tour Info:

• Guides: Young locals from universities of Hanoi

• Price: Free

• How to register: Register here 

31. Visit Van Phuc silk village

Situated on the bank of Nhue River, about 10km southwest of Hanoi Old Quarter, Van Phuc silk village is famous for its traditional weaving and premium quality silk products.

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A look at Van Phuc Silk Village

Info:

• Address: Bat Trang Commune, Gia Lam District.

• Distance: 8.5km or 30m by car.

32. Visit Le Mat snake village

Hanoi is one of the most famous places for many dishes cooked from snake. Out of Hanoi city, Le Mat village has a tradition of capturing snakes since the eleventh century. Snake meat has been a good and valuable food for people.

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Visiting Le Mat Snake Village

• Address: Le Mat Street, Long Bien District.

• Distance: 9.7km or 30m by car

33. Visit Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

Ho Chi Minh is considered as the great father of Vietnam, Who dedicated his life to save the country from invaders.
The construction project started on the 2nd of sep 1973 and completed on the 21st of august 1975. 

When you come to Ho Chi Minh mausoleum at night (Ho Chi Minh: The first and greatest president of Vietnam), you will see a pretty and peaceful night space which attracts a lot of people’s eyes. It is Ba Dinh square that a taking off flag ceremony is hold in the evening everyday.

Learn more about Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum here

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Flag rising ceremony
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A corner of Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum
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A free city tour with our guide

Info:

• Address: Ho Chi Minh mausoleum, Hung Vuong street, Ba Dinh district

• Opening days : Tuesday, wednesday, thursday, saturday and sunday

• Time : 07:30 am -11:00 am

• Ticket price: 25.000 Vnd ( ~ US $1)

Note:

• Dress code: No shorts or miniskirts. 

• Other: Stay silent. No smoking, no armcross. Only film when allowed.  

• Time: 06:00 am

34. See Aquarium at Times City

Are you an animal lover?

If so, you should go to the Aquarium at Times City to see the first and only Aquarium of Hanoi. Coming here, you get the chance to see the amazing sea life with more than thousands species of animals.

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See Times City Aquarium

Info: 

• Address: 458 Minh Khai Street 

• Time: 9:30am — 10pm

• Price: 100.000 VND — 200.000VND ($5-10)

35. Iceskate at Royal City

When was the last time you do iceskating?

If it’s been a long time then you can do iceskating at Royal City. The place is broad and equiped with modern facility.

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Ice-skating at Royal city

Info:

• Address: Nguyen Trai Street.

• Time: 9 AM —11 PM

• Price: 220,000 VND ($10)

36. Visit Lenin Statue

President Ho Chi Minh follow the ideology of Lenin. The statue Lenin is now located on Dien Bien Phu Street. In the evening there are a lot of people having fun, practicing hip hop, salsa or playing soccer.

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Lenin Statue in Lenin Park

• Address:28A Dien Bien Phu Street

37. Visit Hanoi Flag Tower

Hanoi Flag Tower is the only construction that is still intact in the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long Complex. Hanoi Flag tower was construction under Nguyen dynasty on the land of Imperial Citadel of Thang Long.

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A view of Hanoi Flag Tower

• Address: Le Hong Phong  Street

• Time: 9:00 am—5:00 pm

38. Sightsee Nhat Tan Bridge

Nhat Tan Bridge is one of the biggest bridge in Hanoi. At night, this is the place where young people come and have fun.

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A view of Nhat Tan Bridge

• Address: Ho Chi Minh mausoleum, Hung Vuong street, Ba Dinh district

• Time: 09:00 pm

39. Go to Vietnam Museum Of Fine Art

Vietnam Museum of Fine Art was built in the 30s of 20th century as a place for daughters of French officers to live in. Now it is the place to save the cutural and artistic value of Vietnam.

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Another view of Vietnam Museum of Fine Art

Info:

• Address: 66 Nguyen Thai Hoc Street 

• Ticket Price: 10.000 VND ($0.5)

• Time: 8:30 am—5:00 pm

40. Visit National History Museum

It demonstrate the life of Vietnamese from more than 30000 years ago until now. With the total area of 4000 squared meters, and more than 10,000 exhibits, National History Museum is one of the biggest museum of Vietnam.

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Inside Vietnam National History Museum

Info:

• Address: 66 Phan Chu Trinh Street

• Time: 8AM–12PM1:30–5PM

• Ticket Price: 10.000 VND ($0.4)

41. Visit Huong Pagoda

Huong Padoga or perfume pagoda is the place for spitual lovers. Every year, there are a lot of travellers from everywhere come here for their spiritual ritual. Everyone time people come to Huong Pagoda, they keep a strange feeling.

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The beauty of Huong Pagoda in the morning

Info:

• Address: Huong Son, Hanoi

• Distance: 46 km from hanoi or 1 hour by bus.

V. Things to do out of Hanoi

The following places are in the northern of Vietnam that you should visit if you have three or more than three days in Hanoi

42. Visit Duong Lam Ancient Village

This is the first ancient village being given the title historic relic in 2006. With interesting features about ancient architect, Duong Lam old village still has the basic feature of an ancient village with village gate, banian tree, well, temple and pagoda.

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Visiting Duong Lam Old Village is another thing to do in Hanoi

Info:

• Address: Duong Lam, Son Tay Province

• Distance: 56km or 1 hour by car

43. Visit Dong Ho Painting Village

Dong Ho Paintaing Village for a long time has been popular for art of retaining the cultural and traditional value of Vietnam. Dong ho Villiage is very popular for traditional work.

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Traditional Paintings from Dong Ho Village

Info:

• Address: Bac Ninh Province

• Distance: 33km from Hanoi 

44. Visit Bavi National Park

Coming here you get to climb the mountain and inhale in the fresh air of the jungle. The main travelling destication is Cactus garden, Ngoc Hoa cave, Old church, french prison, Tan Vien temple,…

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Enjoy the natural beauty of Bavi National Park

Info:

• Address: Ba Vi, Hanoi

• Distance: 48km from hanoi

• Ticket Price: 60.000 VND ($3)/pax

45. Visit Ha Long bay

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The majestic view of Halong bay

Designated a World Heritage site in 1994, Halong Bay is a vision of ethereal beauty and, unsurprisingly, northern Vietnam’s number one tourism hub.

Activities to do in Ha Long bay includes: Floating on the boat, visiting caves, sun set party, cooking class, enjoying kayaking to discover Halong Bay…

Info:

• Address: Quang Ninh Province 

• Distance: 180 km from Hanoi or 4 hours by bus.

46. Visit Trang An Complex

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Breath-taking scenery of Trang An

Trang an is the best choice for busy travelers. Just one day tour package includes dozens of must-see sites.

Trang An now draws more and more attention to its tourism activities. The tour covers religious worship, history, boating, excavation learning, and an optional cycling choice for those who loves biking.

Info:

• Address: Ninh Binh Province.

• Distance: 85km from Hanoi 1.5 hour

47. Visit Sa Pa

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Peaceful and fresh atmosphere of Sapa

The natural landscape of Sa Pa is combined with people’s creativity along with the terrain of the mountains, the green of the forest.

The picture of Sa Pa is arranged in a harmonious arrangement to create a region with many romantic poetry and attractive scenes…

Info:

• Address: Lao Cai Province

• Distance: 317km from Hanoi or 5 hours by bus.

Conclusion

You’ve seen all 47 things to do in Hanoi and around.

With this list—from now on–you won’t run out of things to do in Hanoi.

Let’s grab your belongings and start your journey.

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