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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Things to do in Hanoi

Most visitors to Vietnam will begin their holiday by flying into Hanoi. With it's atmospheric old quarter, lantern-fringed lake and an abundance of bustle and noise resonating from the local stalls and mopeds, it's easy to spend a happy couple of days experiencing this vibrant Asian city.


1. Get lost amongst the steamy streets of Hanoi's old quarter

Hanoi's old town is a myriad of sights, smells and noise. Give yourself time on your Vietnam holiday to wander into the heart of the city's narrow streets, finding pop up stalls on every corner selling delicious cuisine, and dodging mopeds as they wind lazily in and out of strolling pedestrians.


2. Attempt to cross a road

When you first arrive in bustling Hanoi the sheer amount of mopeds (and lack road rules) can be slightly daunting. However, once you realise that you won't get much sightseeing done without crossing a road or two, just start walking across slowly and you'll find that the drivers will just wind around you and you'll get to the other side with no problems.


3. Visit the Huc Bridge & Hoan Kiem river at night

This famous bridge is definitely worth a visit on your Hanoi trip. In the daytime the bridge is flanked by emerald water, but at night the waterside becomes lit by lanterns hanging from the trees and the bridge glows a firey red, adding to the reflections in the lake. It really is a not to be missed sight on your Vietnam holiday.

4. Visit a temple during Tet (Vietnamese new year)

If you manage to book your Vietnam trip over TET, you will find it is a great time to experience this spiritual city. All through February the smell of incense fills the air and you'll spot shrines and offerings all around. If you decide to visit a temple or two you will more than likely discover a religious ritual occuring and brightly coloured flowers on display. If you see a statue of a turtle, don't forget to pat it on the head for good luck, and if you're feeling flush, tuck a couple of dong under it as your own personal offering.

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