5 best things to do in the centre of Hanoi
The 5 best things to do in the centre of Hanoi are really cool and they fill your day with joy. Hanoi is a big city and there are heaps of things to do and see in general. But because of its size, it might be a better idea to only concentrate on visitng the centre. There is enough waiting for you anyway. Trust me, you don’t really need to see much more than that…
5 best things to do in the centre of Hanoi
Before I start telling you about the 5 best things to do in the centre of Hanoi, I want to share a quick tip for those, who have never been to this city. Hanoi is huge so you might get lost. And you don’t want that to happen. Especially not those, who travel through Vietnam with a motorbike, it’s easy to get lost in such a big city.
So inform yourself before you get to Hanoi on how to go get to the city centre. Otherwise you’ll have a little problem 😉
Ho Hoan Kiem lake
The first one of the 5 best things to do in the centre of Hanoi is to go to a small lake named Ho Hoan Kiem, which is right in the middle of the city. It’s very beautiful and in its middle you’ll see a small temple called Ngoc Son Temple. The lake’s water colour is extremly green, which gives it a very unique touch.
Besides that, you can find many people hanging out there. A lot of them are artists and musicians. It’s a very peaceful place, but still really energetic. So many good vibes. Such a good mix.
Right next to the lake is a very nice small shopping centre with a bar on the top floor. It’s on the north western end of the lake. From there you can see the whole area and some parts of the city from above. Really nice!
Try street food
The 2nd point on the list of the 5 best things to do in the centre of Hanoi is to try as much different street food as you can.
Hanoi’s street food is one of the best in Vietnam. It is at least as good as the street food in Bangkok for example even though heaps of dishes a totally different. You’ll find street food vendors at every corner. Every single dish really is really cheap. A good noodle soup only costs about 1,5$. A big sandwich costs nearly the same. Sometimes more, sometimes less.
A good side effect is that you have the chance to get to know some locals or other backpackers at these street food vendors. Many of them prefer these localities, because they just have a good value for money. So definitely give them a try!
The Old Quarter of Hanoi is the third thing to cross of the list from the 5 best things to do in the centre of Hanoi. The Old Qaurter is full of life!
A very vibrant area with lots of street artists, street food shops, other vendors and much more. You’ll have one tricycle or scooter crossing your path after another. It’s ridiculous!
But it’s also good fun. There is no other way but to face the local traffic and behave like a real Vietnamese. Just go with the flow 😉
Many people go there to see the colonial architecture and to give all different kind of shops a try by spending a couple dollars for whatever you can imagine.
Hanoi Opera House
Make sure to visit the next place. The Opera house is a big attraction and an important cultural sight, which is why it has to be on the list of the 5 best things to do in the centre of Hanoi. Built by the French colonial administration in 1901, it evolved to one of the classiest institutions of the city.
The Hanoi Opera House has actually been modeled from two opera houses in Paris. When you visit it, you will be blown away by the orchestras and famous Asian singers. It’s a great place for people, who are more into culture travel.
The last thing you need to tick off the list from the 5 best things to do in the centre of Hanoi is visiting the French Quarter. This remarkable area has been home of most foreign embassies and govermental buildings.
It’s also the neighbourhood of the rich. Walking around will make you feel like you are in a surreal movie. Big houses with impressive ornaments, high priced restaurants and luxurious hotels everywhere you look. The Bel Air of Hanoi. A complete opposite to the rest of the city.
You’ll also find a lot of boutiques, galleries and shopping stores in the area. Many monied Vietnamese come here to spend some cash. Overall it’s a nice part of the city and it ads to the diversity.
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