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​Best things to do in Hanoi Vietnam

​Best things to do in Hanoi Vietnam

There is no shortage of interesting things to do when visiting the capital Hanoi. With the history of over one thousand years, Hanoi has its own distinctive characters that charm any tourist's heart. If you get the chance to take Vietnam package tours, do not miss these extraordinary experiences below. 

Go to the market in early morning

Quang Ba flower market and Long Bien market are the two tourist places that you should visit on the trip to Hanoi. The main products here are flowers and foodstuffs. The market opens during the night. Many people go to the market to not only exchange goods but also seek for a different perspective on the special culture of the Hanoi people.

Walk around Hoan Kiem Lake in the morning

Triston Yeo, a well-known photographer, voted to watch Hoan Kiem Lake in the morning the best thing to do in Hanoi.

Hoan Kiem Lake

Hoan Kiem Lake

Coming here, you can see the charming beauty of nature and learn more about the habit of Hanoi people. Ngoc Son Temple, a Buddhist temple dating back to the 18th century, is located on a small island in the lake connected to the Lake by a red bridge named The Huc. 

You can stroll along the lake to enjoy the fresh air, take a rest on a bench to observe the street scene and take part in daily activities together with the locals.

Shop at Dong Xuan Night market

The night market only opens at the weekends. Don't be disappointed if you don't have a chance in Hanoi on weekends because the market here sells all the things you have seen during the day. But if you can't buy anything in the morning, why not visit the night market? Because the atmosphere is more bustling, the streets are more crowded, and you are less likely to be scrutinized by sellers if you only watch and buy nothing from them. Remember to bargain a reasonable price, that's the general rule when you go shopping everywhere. 

Night market in Hanoi

Night market in Hanoi

Sit at a sidewalk restaurant

Hanoi has been long famous for street vendors and sidewalk restaurants. When coming to Hanoi, almost everyone is surprised by the variety of food such as Vietnamese-style pho, fried pork roll, mozzarella sticks, sugarcane juice, especially the Hanoi’s specialties including bánh cuốn Thanh Tri (rolled sheets) and bún chả (grilled pork and noodle). Traveling to Hanoi at any time of the year, visitors can choose delicious dishes. You should select seasonal delicacies to completely feel the characteristic features of Hanoi cuisine on the sidewalk food stores.

Take a stroll around the Old Quarter

Hanoi Old Quarter is one of the most attractive places in the capital of Hanoi. With the chessboard design, the streets are parallel and perpendicular to each other. In reality, not everyone can easily find a way in the Old Quarter. You can walk around busy streets or enter souvenir shops in the small alleys.

Hanoi Old Quarter

Hanoi Old Quarter

When you feel tired, it is suggested to choose a cafe located on the balcony of an old house. From this location, you can watch the bustling life while sipping a cup of coffee carrying the Hanoi taste.

Visit Hoa Lo Prison

Hoa Lo Prison is an attractive tourist destination that you should not miss in Hanoi. Exactly, that place depicts the propaganda of revolutionary activities of Vietnamese people. This is a valuable experience for you to better understand the harshness of war and how the French imprisoned Vietnamese Nam from the 1800s to 1954.

Hoa Lo Prison

Hoa Lo Prison

Walk on Long Bien Bridge

Crossing the Red River, Long Bien Bridge is regarded as a historical witness of Hanoi. This bridge was built in 1898. It has three lanes, and the middle one is designed for the train. With the ancient appearance and impressive architecture, Long Bien Bridge has presented in several works of foreign artists and some projects of young Vietnamese.

In the early morning or late afternoon in Hanoi, you should try taking a stroll on the bridge. It is certain that you will get unforgettable experiences.

We hope that with our suggestions above, your Insight Hanoi 5 days will be definitely remarkable. Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. Share this article with others if you find it helpful. Thank you!