Plan a perfect day in Hanoi
You get a short visit to Vietnam and your next stop is Hanoi, the capital of this beautiful country. How to spend time effectively to have Hanoi unforgettable trip? This article is for you.
Book a suitable hotel is the first and foremost you have to do before or when travelling to Hanoi. You can take a look at these different hotels to find you the best one.
In the morning
Of course, have a delicious breakfast before the day of Hanoi discovering! There are a variety of famous food brands in Hanoi such as KFC, Circle K, McDonald or Burger King. However enjoy a Vietnamese local dish is never a bad ideal but a great chance for you, foreigners to explore the Vietnamese cuisine culture. Several suggestions for you are Pho, Bun Cha, Banh My. Besides, if you want to find some Halal food in Hanoi, click here.
I highly recommend you to go to the Ho Chi Minh mausoleum early in the morning, at 6 a.m. Why so early? The reason is the flag raising ceremony at Ba Dinh Square, a national solemn ritual, taking place at that time. Specially, if you searched on Vietnamese history, when observing this ceremony, you will get deeper understanding about Vietnamese’s patriotism. Afterwards, take a stroll around the property including Ho Chi Minh mausoleum, Ho Chi Minh’s house and Ho Chi Minh museum.
The next stop can be the Vietnamese Temple of Literature (Quoc Tu Giam). Quoc Tu Giam is the first university in Vietnam, constructed in 1070 and regarded one of Hanoi’s greatest historical and cultural sites. With the ancient architecture and the solemn atmosphere, this site will bring you the peace of mind that hardly taken among the bustling capital.
In the afternoon
The ideal place after Quoc Tu Giam is absolutely the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long, which is quite close to the Temple of Literature. The Imperial Citadel is the cultural complex composed of enclosures built within the Ly Dynasty. Nothing but the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long is the crucial witness to millinery civilization of Hanoi. Besides, the center part of this historical relic was listed in UNESCO’s World Heritage Site in 2010.
After wonderful visit to Vietnam’s renowned relics, it’s time to admire one of Vietnamese culture-rich traditional, Water Puppetry at Thang Long Water Puppet Theater. Water Puppetry is a form of traditional art originated from villages along the Red River. Puppets are made from wood, controlled via a secret pole-string apparatus under water duringn the performance. Additionally, along with the Water Puppet performance is another traditional muscic, Cheo, telling guests stories around the Vietnamese daily life.
Enjoying a famous cup of Vietnamese egg coffee at Giang cafe is an ideal beginning for a great afternoon in Hanoi. This coffee shop is named after the founder Nguyen Van Giang, known as the father of famous egg coffee (café trung). Giang created this unique beverage in 1946 when he was working as a bartender at the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hotel. Because milk is so scarce at that time in Vietnam; therefore, milk is replaced by egg. It is a blend of coffee and egg, mixed with sugar. A foreigner shared his thought on Giang café on Tripadvisor “It’s absolutely the best pace for egg coffee. The staffs are very nice. The terrace is always busy and the atmosphere is good. Egg coffee was an experience-kind of like a thick caramel latte.”
And then continue your day with a visit to Hoa Lo (also known as Hanoi Hilton), the largest prison in Indochina French constructed during their invasion of Vietnam. Hoa Lo prison’s been symbolic of colonialist exploitation causing to the start of Vietnam War.
In the evening
The most perfect choice for the evening is the Hanoi Old Quarter/ 36 Old Streets (Pho Co), the antique Quarter among the modern capital situated between the Hoan Kiem Lake and the Long Bien Bridge. Built in the 15th century, this millinery year quarter till remains its uniquely ancient architecture, attracting wide range of people including both local and foreign ones. Each street in the complex of the Old Quarter specializes a traditional craft. Particularly, Hang Ma provides with paper goods like gift wrapping, joss paper or hell money; Hang Gai Street sells silk clothes and silver products; Lan Ong Street offers a variety of herbal medicines and the forth. Because it brings unique classical features of the millinery capital, the Hanoi Old Quarter’s become the endless inspiration of numerous people and one of the most well-known attractions of Hanoi.
The best reward for a busy day might be several cups of cold beer in Ta Hien street, the foreign street in Hanoi, located in the Old Quarter. There are dozens kinds of beer for you to choose including black beer, bottled beer or draught beer. The comfortable, friendly and peaceful atmosphere and great beers are reasons for the charm of Ta Hien street.
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