This was the list that I used when I went to Hanoi and you can see what I did here!
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1. Wander Around The Old Quarter
In this area you'll find plenty of this to do like..
2. Bach Ma temple is believed to be the oldest temple in Hanoi. It was originally built in the ninth century by King Ly Thai To. It is free to enter but make sure you have the right clothes to get full access!
3. Quan Chuong City Gate is the last of the 21 original entrances to the old Thang Long Citadel to survive over a thousand years.
4. St. Joseph's Cathedral was one of the first structures built by the french government in 1886 and was designed to resemble the Norte Dame in Paris.
5. Shopping - Throughout this whole area is where you’ll find a bunch of shops and get those iconic asia pants.
2. Relax By Hoan Kiem Lake
Hoan Kiem Lake which means Lake of the Restored Sword, is the center of Hanoi city life. Located in the Old Quarter, the lake is a popular place for people to eat lunch, take a walk or just sit back and relax. In the middle of the lake sits Ngoc Son Temple which is a buddist temple that was built in the 18th century. The name of the temple translates to ‘Temple of the Jade Mountain’ and is predominately dedicated to war hero General Tran Hung Dao. He defeated an army of 300,000 soldiers sent by Mongolian Emperor Kublai Khan in the 13th century to invade Vietnam. Inside the pagoda is a large bronze bust and other deities. There are altars dedicated to Tran Hung Dao, some ancient artefacts including ceramics and a preserved specimen of a giant turtle found in the lake weighing 550lbs (250kg).
3. Thang Long Water Puppet Show
For about $9 you get to experience a tradition that goes back to the 11th century when it originated in the villages of the Red River Delta Today's Vietnamese water puppetry is a unique variation on the ancient Asian puppet tradition and today is performed in a pool of water that is a 4 meter square.
4. Eat local food
1. Pho is considered Vietnam’s National dish is soup consisting of broth, rice noodles, herbs, and meat, sometimes chicken. You can find it at street stalls and restaurants countrywide.
2. Bun Cha is thought to have originated in Hanoi is typically grilled pork and noodles.
3. Banh mi is the Vietnamese word for bread and you’ll find plenty of shops selling sandwiches in these short baguettes throughout the city.
4. Egg Coffee is a Vietnamese drink traditionally prepared with egg yolks, sugar, condensed milk and robusta coffee and was amazing!
5. Train Street
Train Street is a residential street that a train passes through twice a day. It became extremely popular because of how instagramable it was but recently the cafes were shut down because of how dangerous it was.
The MUST Do
Ha Long Bay means “descending Dragon” and became a world heritage site in 1994. It is roughly 600 sq mi (1,553 sq km) and is home to numerous caves like Sung sot Cave is known for it’s stalactites and stalagmites. There are also plenty of islands like Ti Top Island which has a beach and awesome views.
1. The night market (near Đồng Xuân Market) in the heart of the district opens for business every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evening with a variety of clothing, souvenirs and food.
2. Beer street is a street lined with bars and cheap beers!
3. Temple of literature and National University, which was built in 1070 and was dedicated to Confucius. The temple hosts the Imperial Academy and Vietnam's first national university.
4. Imperial Citadel of Thang Long is a complex of historic imperial buildings.
5. Ho Van, which is across from the temple of literature, is a market with a little lake.
What To Bring
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