What kind of a traveler type are you? Are adventures what is keeping you going or do you prefer peace so you can rest your body and soul? There are so many places in the world that can offer you one or another but we think we have come across a city that can truly offer a huge variety of both: adrenalin and rest! Hanoi is the capital city of Vietnam and even if it is not the first on the bucket list of many, we feel like we should mention a word or two since it left a meaningful impact on us!
This multi-million people city has been a center of Vietnamese culture for centuries. People have started to realize how much it can offer, both culturally and gastronomically, so in the next couple of paragraphs, we shall mention why Hanoi in an inevitable town on your to-visit list!
What we recommend as soon as you arrive is to take a walk around the city on your own. This way you will get a general impression of what awaits you. Don’t bother yourself with the names of buildings or squares or museums since that is what your tour guide will explain in detail. Yes, hiring a tour guide should be your next step! It will be well worth it because it can truly fulfill your experience in Vietnam.
Do you enjoy shopping as well as sightseeing? If you do then you must visit Dong Xuan market! More than 2 centuries old, this market is the largest in Hanoi! From groceries to souvenirs and clothes, it offers a large variety of items originally from Vietnam.
How many things to do in Hanoi are there? If you don’t know what you are looking for too many! For some cultural impact, check out Opera House! This building represents both cultural and architectural wonder for Vietnamese people and tourists as well. For an enhanced experience continue your walk towards the temple of literature. Sometimes students come here as well to pray for better grades and the myth is that it helps them. Would you miss an opportunity this important?
After daily educational visits to museums and galleries, take some time off and find a bar on the rooftop. Imagine how different your opinion on Hanoi can be after seeing it from a rooftop? Have a cocktail or two and enjoy the view.
For those of you who ‘roll’ peacefully we found a corner for you to enjoy! West Lake is a perfect place to rent a bike and cruise around paths that lead to restaurants where you can enjoy a cup of coffee or famous tea!
No matter what you choose to do in Hanoi, we can guarantee that it will be worth your money and time. If you happen to have any more suggestions or if you have already visited the Vietnamese capital city, we would love to hear from you! For you who are ‘still in the dark’, we expect a comment or two as soon as you return!