Vietnam is a pretty safe country to travel to, whether it is Hanoi, Hue, Danang or Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City). Most people are friendly and hospitable. They are willing to help you if you ask for. A majority of the Vietnamese don’t speak English, especially the old generations; however this has been improving for the last decade due to the accessibility of the Internet and there are more Vietnamese people studying at English speaking countries such as America, Australia, Canada, the UK….
Besides, Vietnamese cuisine is rich, diverse with tons of different kind of dishes and every local has its own signature food/style of cooking. Phở (Beef/Chicken noodle soup), bún chả – Spring Roll (bbq pork noodle in fish sauce), bánh cuốn (rice cake with Vietnamese sausage in fish sauce) are a few examples. And this is some tips for you before preparing for your Holidays to Vietnam, especially Hanoi
#1 Getting up early and jogging a few laps around Ho
an Kiem lake. It’s worth it.
Seeing the people of the city, young and old alike, rise and go through morning exercise routines as the fog clears around the lake in the morning is truly an amazing experience. The lake is just south of the Old Quarter, and is a real hub of the city. If you’re a foreigner, you may also find Vietnamese students around the lake looking to hone their English, which is a great way to learn more about culture in Hanoi.
#2 Taking a seat at one of the little blue stools. Street food in Hanoi is a culinary adventure.
You don’t need to know what you want to order – just take a seat at one of the stool and wait to be served as you watch the overwhelming hustle and bustle of the Old Quarter. It may takes some “bia hoi” – fresh beer
#3 Ha Noi’s Old Quarter is a must-see stop
This is a place where you can explore the unique architecture blended with a touch of western design in the center of Ha Noi.
#4 Visit the Water Puppet Theatre and catch a show
It’s a total tourist trap, but the fact that this unique Vietnamese art form has been preserved and is made accessible to foreigners is pretty cool. Not to mention the show and music are a lot of fun
#5 Vietnamese street food is extremely tasty and diverse
Don’t be afraid to try. It’s an integral part of the country’s cuisine. If you don’t know what to eat, here’s a great comprehensive and illustrative list of Vietnamese street food divided by regions
#6 Visiting Hoa Lo Prison
sarcastically nicknamed the Hanoi Hilton for its use as a POW prison during the Vietnam War, the museum has largely preserved the original prison conditions (also very worth going to the War Museum if you get to Ho Chi Minh City). It’s a must-see for anyone with even the slightest interest in the country’s history.
#7 Driving a motorbike can be a wonderful experience, but take it easy at he beginning!
#8 If you spend some time in Hanoi you may find yourself exhausted by the intensity and the constant motorbikes
if you want an easy escape then walk over Long Bien Bridge and when you find some stairs half way across the bridge. Walk down here and you are on a small island, away from all the noise and traffic. Its about 30 mins walk from the centre of the Old Quarter
#9 Ho Chi Minh Complex
Ho Chi Minh has left an indelible mark on Vietnamese history and he is revered in Hanoi as the country’s greatest leader. Nicknamed ‘Uncle Ho’ by locals, his preserved body is now laid to rest in a glass case in the Ba Dinh area of Hanoi. This is more than a tourist attraction, it is a part of living history and a visit here stays long in the memory. The sombre building was modeled after Lenin’s mausoleum in Moscow.
#10 Hanoi Opera House
One of the most elegant buildings in all of Hanoi is undoubtedly the Hanoi Opera House in the heart of the French Quarter. Built in 1911, is exudes Parisian charm from its ivory-toned columns, ornate balustrades and Gothic domes. Inside, performances range from opera, to dance, drama and international artists from every corner of the world. Large events are well publicized so keep an eye out and you might get lucky and get to see one of the world’s leading performers in one of the most beautiful buildings in Asia.
Above are roughly all the information for what to do in Hanoi you may find interesting when travelling to Hanoi.
Without any doubt you’ll want to spend some time reading other articles about hanoi or see itinerary we offer for tourists: http://yourvietnamtravel.com/vietnam-tours/vietnam-tour-packages/travel-in-vietnam/