Previously, I've shared to you the first part of my "Top 10 Awesome Things To Do In Hanoi, Vietnam." In case you missed it, it's HERE. Now, let me share to you the second and final part of this series.
Top 10 Awesome Things To Do In Hanoi, Vietnam (Part 2)
6. Explore Hanoi's Old QuarterHanoi's Old Quarter is a maze of streets dating back to the 13th century. Also known as Hoan Kiem District, it is considered as Hanoi's business and commercial hub as well as one of its main tourist destinations. You'll know that you're at Hanoi's Old Quarter when you start seeing streets crowded with scooters, bicycles, cyclos as well as hawkers with shoulder-poles containing their merchandise.
TRAVEL TIP: It is better to explore the old quarter just walking around for you get the feel of the place. Walk around, eat, shop and explore the busy streets of the Old Quarter. Just be careful when exploring the streets because cars, bikes and cyclos are coming from all directions, and sometimes they are fast!
7. Buy SouvenirsThe Old Quarters is one of the best places to shop for souvenirs. From ref magnets, to key chains, paintings, bags and t-shirts, almost all of the souvenir items you could think of are here.
TRAVEL TIP: Prepare smaller bills and be sure to always ask for discount! Hahaha!
8. Walk Around Hoan Kiem LakeHoan Kiem Lake, also known as "Lake of the Returned Sword," is a public park near Hanoi's Old Quarter. One of its most distinguishable features is the red bridge leading to Ngoc Son Temple in the middle of the lake.
TRAVEL TIP: This is a good spot to slow down, take a rest after a day of shopping and exploring the Old Quarters.
9. Watch The Water Puppet ShowWhen visiting Hanoi, one should not miss the water puppet show at Thang Long Water Puppet Theater. It is a very unique show as the puppet show is performed in a water pool with the puppeteers submerged in water. It is considered to be one of the cultural highlights of Northern Vietnam with roots dating back to the 11th century.
TRAVEL TIP: Thang Long Water Puppet Theater is located at 57B, Dinh Tien Hoang street, near Hoan Kiem Lake. The puppet shows are held daily at 15:30, 17:00, 18:30, 20:00 and 21:15. Ticket costs around 60,000 - 100,000 VND ($3-5) which can be purchased at the theater.
10. Have A Taste Of Vietnamese CuisinesDine at one of the many street stalls around the Old Quarter to have a taste of authentic Vietnamese cuisines. A must-try is the Bun Cha, a Vietnamese dish of grilled pork, veggies and noodles, which is said to have originated from Hanoi. This is really good! Once you tried it, you will be asking for another serving of it. Paired it with Nem Cua Be (Spring Rolls) and you're set for an amazing gastronomic adventure!
TRAVEL TIP: Try the Bun Cha and Nem Cua Be at Nha Hang Dac Kim Restaurant along Duong Thanh street in Old Quarter, they are one of the best Bun Cha places in Hanoi. Store hours is from 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM.
This Hanoi Vietnam Familiarization Tour happened on November 9-12, 2014 was sponsored by Cebu Pacific Air. Cebu Pacific flies 3 times weekly (Tuesday, Thursdays and Saturday) from Manila to Hanoi, leaving Manila at 10:20 PM and arriving in Hanoi at 12:30 AM. Return flights leave Hanoi for Manila at 1:00 AM every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, and arrive in Manila at 5:15 AM.
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Thank you Cebu Pacific Air for bringing us to Hanoi!
All photos were taken using Nikon Coolpix AW 120.
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