Hanoi is known to be an Asian city with strong European influences. The effects of the French rule are still strongly visible, adding to the city’s value.
Hoan Kiem Lake
At the lake you will find a small museum and a bridge that offers views of Turtle tower and the lake. The lake is supposed to be inhabited by large tortoises and it is said that if you see one, it will bring good luck.
Even if you aren’t very adventurous about eating, there are some local specialties that you have to try. These include cinnamon ice cream, “poop” coffee, worm paddies, pho, and bun cha.
Water Puppet Show
Water puppetry is an old form of art in Vietnam. Throughout history people believed that the spirits are leading their lives and so they came up with water puppetry to please these spirits. In our days this is a cheap way to find some entertainment.
Temple of Literature
The temple has been built in 1070 and it is a Confucian temple. In 1076 it has become the first university of the country. In our days a lot of graduates come here to take their picture and the grounds are very pretty.
Halong Bay Tour
The majority of the tourists take the time to have the Halong Bay tour. This bay is considered to be one of the 7 wonders of the world. It comes with hundreds of small islands. During the tour you can go cave spelunking, kayaking, and you can also relax.
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Vietnamese food is known to be quite delicious, so if you would like to steal some of the chefs’ secrets, a cooking class is just what you need. There are a lot of cooking classes that will teach you how to prepare Vietnamese spring rolls, for example.
Hoa Lo Prison
This prison is known for having been the home of John McCain for 5 years. In our days it has become a museum of some sort, which portrays the way the French have been torturing the Vietnamese people.
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If you ever got to know the Couchsurfing community, this might be the time to meet up with some of the members, Vietnamese people are very friendly, and who knows, you may gain some new relationships.
One of the best things about Hanoi is that there are a lot of free tours available. Tourism is an important part of Vietnam’s economy and there are a lot of students offering free tours just to practice their English with the tourists.
Ho Chi Minh
Although Ho Chi Minh wished to be cremated, the government has decided that it would be better to display his body in a mausoleum. You can also visit the museum dedicated to Ho chi Minh and all his accomplishments.
There are so many things to do in Hanoi and so little time. You have to make sure that you have a plan for your trip and you stick to it so that you won’t have any regrets.