Hanoi, the capital of beautiful Vietnam for thousand years, is always attractive for tourists by its magnificent ancient features and wondrous tranquility. A tour around Hanoi will leave them unforgettable memories of the 36 old streets of Hanoi Old Quarters, Temple of Literature, a symbol of a rich traditional education, Hoan Kiem Lake and Ngoc Son Temple, the heart of Trang An, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the resting place of beloved President Ho Chi Minh, … and more other beautiful scenes waiting to be discovered.
The Beauty of Hanoi
Hanoi has a distinctive weather pattern in the North area with four distinct seasons, Spring, Summer, Autumn and Fall seasons. The summer is sultry, suffocating, hot and sultry; dry, cold winter with winter monsoons; slight drizzle in spring. More specifically, Hanoi Autumn is the most romantic time of the year with gentle weather, less rain, not too sunny sun, and not too cold, happening from September to November. In early Autumn, sunshine is slightly dreamy, late autumn will be pleasant cold. Traveling to Hanoi on this occasion, tourists will easily take part in walking, cycling, or take tours around the city in the quiet space around Hoan Kiem lake or West Lake, on the streets with full of the charming flowery aroma, one of the specialties of Hanoi Autumn.
One of the most special geographic features of Hanoi is the city surrounded by many small lakes and a big river, Red River. Specifically, Hoan Kiem Lake is located in the heart of the city with the ancient turtle tower located on a small peninsula inside the lake. Next to Hoan Kiem Lake are impressive architectural works and valuable treasures of the city, namely, Pen Tower, Radio Tower, The Huc Bridge leading to Dac Nguyet Lau or Tran Ba Temple … on the way to Ngoc Son Temple, … Tourists come here to admire the peaceful scenes of sunset and sunrise moments along with a spacious picture of friendly people walking around in Walking Street. Otherwise, the ancient, charming appearance of Hanoi creates a very personal beauty for wedding photos. The bride and groom often make their way along the leafy streets such as Hoang Dieu, Phan Dinh Phung, Kim Ma, or take nostalgic memories of the old town, Ho Guom Lake, West Lake…
West Lake located not far from the city center, is the largest lake in Hanoi. Tourists can rent a bike or take a boat trip around the West Lake. The best time to admire the beauty of this place is at sunset. Next to the West Lake is the ancient village of Nghi Tam, where it still retains the elegant entertainment of the old Hanoi people. Nghi Tam is also known as flower village, every spring come back to this village, tourists will be surprised with beauty of fresh flowers. Near West Lake area is Ngu Xa village with traditional bronze casting, Yen Phu village with incense making, are all places to visit when traveling to Hanoi.
Hanoi is also recognized as the center of Buddhism and its unique culture made of Vietnam beauty. Hanoi’s first appearance is many temples in the inner city with hundreds years old. The most famous temple work from Ly Dynasty is the One Pillar Pagoda, acknowledged as one of the most unique scene of Vietnam over the world. There is also Tran Quoc Pagoda, a long ancient pagoda built from the reign of Ly Nam De. Tourists remind Hanoi with the name of Hanoi Old Quarter, highlighting the truth inside Hanoi beauty. Hanoi 36 streets with old houses and streets still retain their appearance from the 19th century. Tourists can wander all day on these old streets, explore the peaceful and casual places around Hang Chieu, Hang Ma, … or around Hoan Kiem Lake like Nguyễn Du, Bà Triệu, Quang Trung, Nguyễn Tri Phương, Quán Thánh,… and enjoy some special cuisines of Hanoi in here like Pho, Banh Mi, Crepe Cake, Spring Role, …
For tourists, Hanoi blows their mind with some unique architectural works as combination between ancient and French styles. Remarkably, Temple of Literature, the first doctoral institution in Vietnam, has become a popular tourism destination of Ha Noi for its ancient value following Ly Dynasty architecture, with the aims to award certificates of merit to students with outstanding achievements in the entire Vietnam. Another reputable work is Hanoi Cathedral, with the airy and pleasant appearance, makes it as an undeniable place to experience when visiting Hanoi. Specifically, Hanoi Opera House, No.1 in Trang Tien, the central street of the city, attracts tourists for its special smaller version of Opéra Garnier from Paris and great national events in here.
Bat Trang village is the place where ceramics production is extremely reputable throughout the country. Walking around the village, there are many pottery workshops, and with full of unique rustic houses. In small pottery workshops, tourists enable to experience creating their own pottery products like draw mugs, ceramic souvenirs for friends and relatives.
Duong Lam Ancient Village: The ancient Vietnamese village still retains the ancient value til now. Visitors can also enjoy traditional rustic lunch in the yard of an ancient house, or listen stories of local people, and visit the moss covered walls. The most interesting thing to do is renting a bike and riding around the village. This is also the place to create a lot of beautiful photos.
Lotus Pond in West Lake: Located at the end of To Ngoc Van street in Tay Ho district, Lotus Pond is a place to photograph in Hanoi, and ideal destination for young people to take photos in lotus season. During the lotus season, especially the girls invite friends to the pond to capture her beautiful photos under the image of an old girl with Ao dai or Ao Tu Than.
Red River Rocks: located right on the banks of the Red River, this is a nice place to take pictures in Hanoi. It is ideal for couples, especially couples who are getting married to take romantic wedding photos with chariots, hanging chair, wooden bridge, flower fields…
Cuisine, Specialties of Hanoi Tourism
Pho is not to be ignored cuisine when traveling in Hanoi. Pho Hang Trong is a small vendor on the pavement, visitors will eat without tables, but only on the small stool, and enjoying a bowl of delicious Pho. Especially, this Pho only available for sale in the afternoon, for a long time, and the prices cannot be changed at only15,000 VND. The famous beef Pho is Ly Quoc Su. If tourists want to eat chicken noodle, they can go to Quan Thanh Street. Or come to Pho Hanh on Lan Ong street or Luong Van Can street to have a special taste mixed little sweet and sour flavours.
La Vong fried fish is another undeniable dish when coming to Hanoi. Tourists enable to enjoy this sweet and lovely dish with baked bread, noodles, along with roasted peanuts, coriander, basil, dill, and fresh onion with small shrimp sauce.
Rice noodle or Bun is a dish that contains the essence of Ha Noi cuisine. Rice noodles include a lot of ingredients such as chicken tossing milling, fried eggs, silk yarn spinning … The water made of Bun must be beautiful water from the bones and shrimp, a pot of water used to be very clear and aromatic. Otherwise, tourists can enjoy Bun with a small piece of grilled chopped pineapple with spicy aromas of marinated spices, served with sweet and sour sauce mixed of vinegar, garlic, chili, scented and other fresh vegetables.
Cuon roll: Hanoians often prefer delicacies, low fat fried cakes that are a typical delicacy of Ha Noi land. Rice must be carefully selected and then grind into flour mixed with water and then coated on the kitchen to have thin layers of cake. The owner quickly grabs the hot cake to disk then sprinkle the pork roasted with mushrooms and roll the last one sprinkle with a layer of shrimp up, and finally serving with fish sauce.
Let come to Hanoi and blow your mind with the ancient and romantic beauties made of Vietnam unique culture in here!