Hanoi Capital Culture

June 1st 2018

 There are so many reasons to make you feel loved Hanoi, perhaps by busy streets, safe destination, unique food & drinks, natural scenery, interesting stories of history or Spiritual tourisms…. 

Hanoi is like as a cool Breeze. This charming capital is an art work of mixing Western & Asian Architectures and Cultures where ancient and proudly Preserved Vietnamese culture is felt most keenly by visitors, and progress wrestles with tradition in different districts of City.

Hanoi Overview 

The unique and captivating character of Hanoi is one that could not be fabricated or recreated. Instead, it arises from a distinct combination of turbulence, resilience, tradition and the innovation of the 21st century.

It would be wrong to see modern day Hanoi as simply the result of its past. This city is constantly evolving to suit the dynamic people that live there.

Inside Hanoi

Hoan Kiem Lake

The city awakes at sunrise when the local people flock to the edge of Hoan Kiem Lake to greet the new day with some gentle taichi, a martial art revered for its health benefits. From this point on the momentum builds until the whole area becomes absorbed in the whirlwind of daily life. Motorbikes swarming around the lake, people zig-zagging from markets stalls to cafes. Vendors pedaling their wares from the backs of their bicycles. From sunrise until sunset the only stillness is the immense Loc Vung trees that guard the edge of the lake and protect the people from the powerful sun. 

The Imperial Citadel of Thang Long

 Registered with the UNESCO Heritage List is 2010, The Imperial Citadel of Thang Long is a must see for any history lover. Dating back to 1010, this fascinating complex of buildings, gates and palaces was once the home of the Vietnamese court before it was relocated to the city of Hue. 

Also known as the Hanoi Citadel, many artefacts and items dating back to between the 6th and 20th centuries were excavated in 2004, including foundations of old palaces, ancient roads, ponds and wells.

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

 Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum in Ba Dinh square is one of the most visited attraction in Hanoi. It is the final resting place of the most iconic and popular leader of Vietnam. His perfectly preserved body has been on display here since 1975. Here visitors can visit Ba Dinh Square where Ho Chi Minh read the Declaration of Independence in 1945. There is also the opportunity to visit Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, where people flock to see the final resting place of the cherished leader. 

Water Puppet Theatre

 The Water Puppet Theatre is a well-established activity for the majority of people visiting Hanoi and with good reason. Skillfully carved wooden puppets are manipulated upon a stage of water to tell amusing anecdotes about life in rural Vietnam. All performances are accompanied by a soundtrack of live traditional Vietnamese musicians and vocalists. The charm of the show and slapstick comedy make for great entertainment for all ages. 

City on move:

Impressed & mad Traffic

 Hanoi is a city absolutely buzzing with energy. This capital is often touted as the land of motorbikes and steamy pho (beef noodle soup). And that is partly true. But beyond first impressions, Hanoi has a mad and unbelievable traffic. You won’t know true adrenaline until you’ve crossed a street in central Hanoi. To do so will require you to temporarily abandon sanity and common sense. Visitors have no choice but to face the traffic in the local style but the experience of exploring the historical area is a must do and truly well worth it.

Walking around Old-Quarter

A short walk from the splendid lake is the enchanting Old Quarter, the heart of Hanoian culture. Old Quarter, where most visitors will start to visit. The district sits in the corner of a right angle and the West Lake to the North. Most historic landmarks can be found in the Old Quarter, but the up and coming neighborhoods around the West Lake are also worth exploring. 

These offer French-colonial architecture, Buddhist temples and pagoda, a rich food culture and a long history. 

 Hanoi Opera House (completed in 1911)

Standing in the heart of Hanoi, the opera house was located in a beautiful intersection downtown, where five main city roads lead to. The building was completed in 1911 after 10 years of construction, by two French architects. Its design is strongly influenced by the French architecture style from 19th century. 

 Tran Quoc Pagoda was built more than 4 centuries ago

 Old Quarter - every winding road and hair’s breadth alley leads to a new discovery. The skilled merchants selling their wares, perform the to and fro of bargaining, all accompanied by the live orchestra of beeping horns, daily chatter and birdsong. Then, there are the many sidewalk vendors and people simply out for a stroll and the popular Old Quarter is no exception, so walking around this district is distinct from a leisurely stroll in the park.

Cyclo Ride

 Come and stay in Hanoi Old Quarter without experiencing it on a Vietnamese traditional Vehicle – CYCLO, is indeed a big regret. That’s why travelers should take a private tour with this such kind of transportation. Clyclo, one of the most typical vehicles in Hanoi is the human-powered transport with a seat at the front of passenger and the driver at the backAn hour cyclo ride around the trading area in Hanoi Old Quarter to sense truthfully reveals the lifestyle of Hanoian.

Unusual Favourite Food & Drink for Visitors

Hanoi is a great walking city, much of it is like being in a living museum or observing an ongoing piece of performance art. Be intrigued by places where large groups of locals are gathered to eat or drink.

Draught beer – Bia hơi phố cổ

 Draught Beer called “Bia Hơi” is a fresh, draft lager, which typically retails at about 15,000 dong. That’s not a typo, it really is that cheap. Both are best consumed at local restaurants, which are characterized by small plastic tables and chairs spilling onto the pavement, and, more tellingly, an overwhelmingly Vietnamese clientele. Besides, the street-food, Beer and sidewalk cafes with countless delicacies are among the things that visitors enjoy exploring in Vietnam. 

Egg Coffee

Coffee did not originate from Vietnam but Vietnam is known for a famous delicious coffee – egg coffee. This drink has been praised by many foreign newspapers for the unique taste, nutritiousness and its deliciousness.

 From people sipping and sitting on low plastic stools on the sidewalk while gossiping with friends, to those who prefer the pricier, hipster-style cafes popping up around Hanoi, the need for caffeine is inescapable. 

There have come for egg coffee, a Hanoi specialty in which a creamy soft, meringue-like egg white foam is perched on dense Vietnamese coffee. There are hot and cold versions.

Mixed Culture – A green and peaceful Hanoi, a fast growing hospitable city with great tourism potentials, is now open and warmly welcome friends from all over the world.

West Lake - Hanoi