Although Southeast Asian cities like Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur and Tokyo are renowned for their vibrant night scene, one must not overlook the underdogs. Vietnam is a stunning country which is laden with culture and scenery, however if it’s a simple matter of a party you’re looking for, many of the cities in this country will surprise you.
Although Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) in the south is more popular with young people than other Vietnamese cities, the capital, Hanoi, is more than worth a visit. This city is deeply rooted in tradition and a walk past the numerous pagodas will enthral you with the sights of local women draped in beautiful, traditional attire, not to mention the architecture of these structures is worthy of a few snaps. There are several parks in this city and dozens of well preserved lakes, where you will often witness the picture of Vietnamese men congregating over games of Quan.
To cut to the chase, the Bia Hoi outlets in Hanoi can be spotted everywhere and the most apparent asset is the short, plastic stools and tables which practically characterise and sum up the charm of these delightful places. The beer itself is served on a daily basis and is never brewed too far away, many Bia Hoi outlets actually brew their own. This light Pilsner beer is instantly appealing and will leave a delicious taste of rice and hops in your mouth. Completely free of preservatives, this mouthwatering beverage can be enjoyed on just about every street corner and although daytime drinking is fairly commonplace here, the night is when the lively atmosphere really begins to manifest. It is easy to chat to a local during the daytime as they can often be found in smaller groups and as far as a city goes, they are quite friendly. However at night time, many tend to ignore tourists and focus on their own boozy adventures, frequently branded by the sound of ‘Mot, hai, ba, zo!!’ (One, two, three, go!!).
Indeed, this city is a whirlwind of boozy escapades and for the most part, is completely safe to venture around at night time. Another terrific aspect of drinking beer in Hanoi is the dirt cheap price you can expect to pay; glasses of the famous Bia Hoi generally costing around 5000VND (0.25USD).