If you want to learn about the history of Vietnam during your trip to Hanoi then a good place to start is the National Museum of Vietnamese History on Hanoi’s Trang Tien Street. For more happenings, visit the Museum of the Vietnamese Revolution on Tong Dan Street.
But you don’t have to visit a museum to get a better understanding of the country. The Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is a great example of Hanoi’s living history, as are the city’s many temples, some of which date back almost 1,000 years. Explore the streets of the Old Quarter and you’ll discover Hanoi as it was more than a century ago.
Your trip to Hanoi will give you the chance to explore the rich culture of Vietnam, and a visit to a water puppet theatre, such as the one on Dinh Tien Hoang Street, is a must. Water puppet shows blend traditional music and folklore with puppetry and modern-day special effects.
If you want to recreate Vietnamese cuisine on your return home, then take a cooking class in Hanoi. To see more of the city at your own pace you can rent a bicycle or motorbike from one of the many rental firms in the city.
Vietnam is famous for its noodle soup, and Hanoi is the ideal place to try it. The soups provide a great introduction to the country’s cuisine and are available in many combinations, including pho bo (beef) and pho ga (chicken). Savoury and sweet street foods are in ample supply, but be aware that hygiene standards can vary from vendor to vendor.
Hanoi also has a wide range of restaurants to suit a variety of tastes in the Old Quarter and elsewhere. Menus are renowned for being particularly long, and unusual delicacies are commonly on offer.
If you’re looking for traditional Vietnamese fashions and crafts, as mementos of your travel to Hanoi then head to one of the city’s numerous markets, such as Hang Da or Dong Xuan. For shopping later in the day, try the Night Market. Be prepared to barter, as most market sellers will begin by asking for a higher price than they expect to receive, particularly when dealing with tourists.
Essential facts about Hanoi
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