With approximately a population of over six million people, Hanoi makes is full of culture which makes it a seething mass of humanity. It is also the second largest city in Vietnam. If you truly want to explore Hanoi, it is best if you do it on foot since there is a lot to do and see. Hanoi was given its name in 1831. Previously it was known as Thang Long. Many areas in Hanoi were built during the French occupation. This is made obvious by the presence of French architecture and broad boulevards. This adds definite charm to the city.
Hoan Kiem Lake
If you do not like the noise and air in the city, you can be guaranteed of a wonderful when you visit the Hoan Kiem Lake. It provides a quiet and serene environment away from the city. The lake surrounds the Ngoc Son Temple which sits in the centre of a small island.
The temple was constructed in commemoration of Tran Hung Dao, a military leader from the 13th century known for his bravery during the battle against the Yuan Dynasty. This is a popular destination among many tourists. Nguyen Van Sieu, a Confucian master, and Van Xuong, a scholar are also paid homage on this island.
The island is popularly known as Jade Island and can be accessed through the Rising Sun Bridge or the Huc Bridge. Other areas that also attract tourists in Hanoi are Hanoi Old Quarter, West Lake, Ba Dinh Square, Hanoi’s city centre, and the French Quarter of Hanoi.
Where To Stay In Hanoi
When you arrive in Hanoi, you can find very many five star resorts or budget accommodation hotels. If however, you would like to experience the best time in Hanoi, it would be a good idea to book a hotel that is near Hoan Kiem Lake. This is the focal point of the city. It is a popular area where the locals gather to drink tea, practice tai chi and organize a number of festivals. The old city is also located here and you can find the remnants of the old times. You can also shop on streets such as Hang Dao (street of silk) and Hang Quat (Street of fans).
Hanoi Night Life
If you are looking to party and get wild in Hanoi, you might want to expect a little bit less. Hanoi is not exactly famous for a nightlife that is wild and crazy but there are tons of places that you can visit in the evening.
One of the most outstanding things that make up the Hanoi nightlife is the fact that they sell bia hoi, also known as fresh beer, after work. It is relatively cheap and you can buy as much as you want. If you are a jazz fan, you can visit their famous Minh’s jazz club where Quyen Van Minh, a local saxophonist plays. He is also the owner of the club.
You can also visit the Hanoi Opera House which features Gothic themes on the doors, shuttered windows and domes with pillars. If you still want to get a taste of their clubs and bars, you can visit areas such as Apocalypse Now, Bia Hoi 68 Hang Quat and Dragon Fly bar Lounge among other famous places.Read More