The capital of Vietnam, Hanoi is situated on the banks of Red River to the north of Ho Chi Minh city. In the past, this city was occupied by France, and it earned the nickname 'Paris of the East' owing to its French influences. The city has become one of the most sought-after destinations in the world in recent times, as it is affordable and has plenty of historical attractions. While getting around in the city, you would come across several lakes, tree-fringed boulevards, and French buildings of the colonial era.
Eating out in Hanoi
One of the popular dishes is Pho or the rice-noodle soup, which is available everywhere in the city. Another delicacy in this part of Vietnam is Bun Thang, made using chicken broth, egg, chicken, onions and herbs. You would also relish Xoi Xeo or sticky rice topped with fried onion and ground bean. Among the best places to savour the local delights during your Hanoi holidays is Marvel Restaurant located in the Hoan Kiem district.
Places to visit in Hanoi
You would enjoy strolling the streets of Old Town, a quarter of narrow alleys with two-storey buildings with a medieval-era architecture. A popular landmark of the city is Hoan Kiem Lake that has the Ngoc Son Temple built on it. The Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is another interesting place worth visiting as it houses the tomb of Ho Chi Minh, the Ho Chi Minh Museum, and the One Pillar Pagoda. If you wish to enjoy some tranquillity, head to the Tuan Chau Beach located on an island near Hanoi.
Fun activities in Hanoi
A trekking expedition through the terrain of Pu Luong Nature Reserve would take you through some amazing mountain forests and terraced rice fields. You would also like to try your skills in golf at the Chi Linh Star Golf and Country Club located close to the city. If you wish to go on a day trip from Hanoi, head to the Cuc Phuong National Park. For a fabulous shopping experience, you can visit the Royal City Vincom Mega Mall, located in Thanh Xuan district.
Nightlife in Hanoi
Emerging from the gloomy days of its past, Hanoi now has plenty of offerings for those seeking an exciting nightlife. Among the thrilling nightclubs in the city is Infinity Club located in Hoan Kiem district, where you would have a spacious dance floor, affordable drinks, great lighting, and some exciting numbers spun from local DJs.
Accommodation in Hanoi
If you are someone who does not mind spending on luxuries, Hanoi has some world-class hotels with well-appointed rooms and suites. There are some modest hotels for mid-range budgets as well. For tourists travelling on tight budgets, there are cheaper accommodations around the Old Town area in the form of guesthouses and hostels. You can reach your desired location in the city using any of its public transport modes, such as buses, taxis, motorbike taxis, and cyclos.
Festivals in Hanoi
Christmas and New Year's Eve celebrations can be witnessed in the evening at prominent places with attractive lighting. An important festival for the Vietnamese is Tet, which usually falls in January or February. You can enjoy boat races, music, and other activities during the Keo Pagoda Festival in autumn. The Co Loa Festival involves parades taken through different locations and events like dancing, wrestling, and cockfighting. Another popular festival is Le Mat, which is celebrated with snake dances, water processions and mock battles.
Best time to visit Hanoi
Spring months of March and April, and autumn from September to November are the ideal times to be in the Vietnamese capital. During these times, the weather is extremely pleasant with comfortable daytime temperatures. The cheap holidays to Hanoi offered by Lowest2 bring down your travel costs to a great extent and include the best attractions of the city.
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