Ha Noi

7/10/2017 8:27:41 AM

Lying in the heart of the Red River Delta,  the city of Hanoi blends the old world charm with the dynamism of a rising Asian city. It is often referred to as the ‘Paris of the Orient’. Filled with lakes, tree lined boulevards and French colonial architecture, this romantic city cuts a distinctly different style of life to that in Saigon. 

Ha Noi 

Lying in the heart of the Red River Delta,  the city of Hanoi blends the old world charm with the dynamism of a rising Asian city. It is often referred to as the ‘Paris of the Orient’. Filled with lakes, tree lined boulevards and French colonial architecture, this romantic city cuts a distinctly different style of life to that in Saigon. The city has undergone dramatic transformation over the last thirty years and is now seeing a burgeoning population paralleled by rising motorbike ownership, a rapidly expanding retail sector and a flourishing art scene. 

What to see insite Hanoi?

·         Hanoi is one of Asia's most fascinating cities with its unique blend of western and oriental charm.

·         A visit to the Old quarter - 36 streets in Hanoi is a must; comprised of trading streets where traditional and modern goods are traded from centuries old ‘tunnel houses’ and narrow streets are abuzz with colour and activity, cross the picturesque Huc bridge to visit the Ngoc Son Temple in the center of Hoan Kiem lake.

·         Temple of Literature-Quoc Tu Giam was the first University of Vietnam (established since 1070) where many students graduated with high flying colors. Some became doctors of philosophy. At present there remain 82 steles standing in the premises of Van Mieu. Aprt from its cultural value, each stele presents an artistic project of stone carving. Each stele is placed on the back of a turtle representing the nation's longevity. Its five courtyards retains a scholarly atmosphere and makes a peaceful respite from Hanoi's busy streets.

·         Rub shoulders with sombre groups of local Vietnamese in Ba Dinh Square, all here to pay respects to the country's revolutionary leader, embalmed and displayed in a glass case in an imposing Mausoleum.

·         One Pillar Pagoda is a cultural and historic relic, unique for its architectural features. The pagoda was first built in 1049 under the Ly Dynasty is built in the shape of a lotus blooming on its stem. 

·         On fine afternoons, stroll through the French quarter, sip an aromatic cup of coffee on the sidewalk and observe the bustling street life.

·         Vietnam is a culturally diverse country and the fascinating ways of life of her 54 ethnic groups can be seen at the Museum of Ethnology.

·         Quan Thanh temple is literally the temple which is dedicated to Saint Tran Vu. A temple is a place for worshipping saints while a pagoda is dedicated to Buddha and faithful disciplines.

·         Tran Quoc pagoda located on an islet of West Lake in Hanoi. It is one of the oldest pagodas in Vietnam and a cultural symbol of Vietnamese Buddhism. 

·         Military Museun: It was formerly the French expeditionary barracks and covers 10,000 m² divided into 30 showrooms. It was founded on December 22nd, 1958.

·         History Museum: was founded in 1926 and named "Ecole d'Etreme Orient". In 1958 it was restored and renamed the Vietnam History Museum. On display are rich collection of archaeological findings of great scientific and artistic value, illustrating the development of the nation and the State of Vietnam

Outside of Hanoi:

·         To learn about Vietnam's pottery history, a visiting Bat Trang Ceramic Village is a right idea. Here you could try your hands at making the ceramics, but it is much easier to be enticed into owning the exquisite vases, bowls and dishes produced from the hands of the talented Bat Trang potters.

·         For lovers of indigenous crafts, the Van Phuc Weaving Village lures visitors with its bewildering range of silk products.

·         Explore the rustic landscapes by cycling around the city's northern outskirts in Dong Ho Village, which is also famous for its painting styles that depict the traditional Vietnamese village lives.

·         Follow the trails of Vietnamese pilgrims and embark on a 2-hour trek up Huong Son Mountain to Perfume Pagoda (or Chua Huong), with lots of photographic opportunities along the way.

·         Duong Lam village, a purely agricultural village of the Northern Red River Delta where still preserve many hundred-year-old houses. The village was the homeland of the 2 great kings of Vietnam Ngo Quyen Temple and Phung Hung.

·         THAY Pagoda (Master Pagoda), dedicated to Thich Ca Buddha (Sakyanmuni, the historical Buddha) and 18 arhats appear on the central altar and TAY PHUONG Pagoda (Pagoda of the West) consists of three single-level structures built in descending order on a hillock said to resemble a buffalo.

·         Tam Coc - with its series of limestone rock formations jutting out from a sea of rice paddies, is a scenic and surreal place to visit. Nearby Hoa Lu also offers similar landscapes of rocky outcrops - no less spectacular when compared to Tam Coc - as well as 10th century relics from when the area was the capital's country.

 

Where to stay in Hanoi?

There is a big choice from the 1-2 star hotels to 4-5 star hotels.

Please get more detail information about hotel in Hanoi from this website. (Link to the Hotels)

Where to eat in Hanoi?

For street eats, Pho Bo (beef noodle soup), Bun Cha (grilled meat with dry noodles) and Banh Cuon (pho package with beef rolls) usually make good introduction to the local cuisine. A classic Hanoi dish, Cha Ca - grilled fish with tumeric usually served with rice noodles - is best savored on Cha Ca Street where this northern specialty dish originated at Cha Ca La Vong Restaurant. The popular Quan An Ngon makes a good introduction to Vietnamese cuisine with its scrumptious and inexpensive offering in a courtyard setting. You can also enjoy difference kind of traditional foods in the “Food street” – Tong Duy Tan Str.

 

Getting there and around

  • By road: Hanoi is 100km from Ninh Binh, 105km from Haiphong, 150km from Thanh Hoa, 170km from Halong, 480km from Dien Bien Phu, 680km from Hue, 790km from Danang, and 1,710km from Saigon.
  • By air: Noi Bai International Airport, over 35km from the city center, is one of the biggest airports of the country with various international and domestic routes. There are domestic flights from Hanoi to Danang, Dien Bien, Saigon, Hue, Nha Trang and international flights to many countries in over the world.
  • By train:The Reunification Express, runs from Hanoi to Central Vietnam (Hue and Danang) and then further to Saigon (more than 30 hours from Hanoi). Also from Hanoi, there are Northwest and Northeast trains to China, with one popular overnight route from Hanoi to Lao Cai (which is used to reach the popular tourist town of Sapa). The railway station is located at Le Duan Street, about 5-10 minutes from the center of city. 
  • By bus: Hanoi's three public bus stations are located some way from the city centre, which means you have to catch a bus, taxi or xe om (motorcycle) to get into the city. Long-distance buses from the South stop at Giap Bat station. Services from the Northeast (Haiphong, Bai Chay and Cao Bang) arrive at Gia Lam station and buses from the Northwest (Son La, Mai Chau and Lao Cai) Kim Ma station.

 

 

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