Hanoi self-sufficient travel experiences


Hanoi is known as the “soul” of Vietnam with the rich of culture and history. Hanoi today has experienced a lot of changes, becoming more modern but it still preserves its own cultural values. To understand more as well as have a good time in Hanoi, in this post, we want to share with you some self-sufficient travel experiences in this city. Hope that these information will be useful for you.

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Time to travel Hanoi

Weather in Hanoi is divided into 4 seasons, each season has its own features to explore, however, according to many visitors, the best time to travel Hanoi is in the autumn, lasting from September to November. This is considered as the most beautiful season in Hanoi with warm sunshine and arid yellow leaves. For those who can’t visit Hanoi in the fall, the spring, summer even the winter also offers you a lot of exciting things to do.

Hanoi in the autumn (via Hanoi Boutique Hotels)

Getting around

Traveling Hanoi in the self-sufficient way, the best and most popular mean of transportation to get around is motorcycle. Before you hit the road, remember to check your vehicle carefully to ensure your trip is the most comfortable and safest. Besides motorbikes, you also can choose to travel by taxi, bus or private car.

Places to see

Hoan Kiem Lake

Located in the heart of the capital and Hanoi Old Quarter, Hoan Kiem Lake is a romantic symbol of Hanoi. The lake is also known for many different names such as Luc Thuy Lake, Ta Vong Lake, Sword Lake, each name is related to the unique story and meaning. Visiting the lake, travelers will have the chance to explore not only the daily life of Hanoians but also many historical and architectural sites, for example, The Huc Bridge, Ngoc Son Temple, Pen Tower,… which create a harmonious picture with ancient and modern beauty.

Hoan Kiem Lake (via Vietnam Culture)

One Pillar Pagoda

One Pillar pagoda or Lien Hoa Dai Pagoda is a must-see attraction in Hanoi, featured with the unique lotus shape. The pagoda was chosen as a symbol of Buddhism in Hanoi with a thousand years of age, from the reign of Ly Thai Tong in 1049. The unique feature in design of this pagoda is that it was built on only one pillar. Over thousands of years, it still retains the spirit of ancient Thang Long Citadel.

Hanoi Old Quarter

Referring to Hanoi, no one can forget the image of old Hanoi with 36 streets which becomes the highlight of the capital. The best way to discover the Hanoi Old Quarter is taking a walk around or hiring a cyclo. Each street is a traditional craft village with different products such as fruit jams, silks,… You also cannot miss to visit Dong Xuan Market, O Quan Chuong gate on Hang Chieu Street, Ma May or Ba Chua Temple.

Getting around Hanoi Old Quarter by cyclo (via Tour Guide)

Bat Trang Pottery Village

Located in Gia Lam district, outside the city of Hanoi, Bat Trang Pottery Village is one of the famous villages in the north of Vietnam since Le Dynasty. Coming to the village, visitors will have the chance to see the impressive ceramic items with various shapes from dishes, bonsai to animals. You also can try making a pottery product by yourself and bring back as a souvenir.

Interesting things to do

Dong Xuan Night Market

Dong Xuan Night Market has operated for more than 10 years, mainly on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and selling the traditional and fashion items. The market’s gate starts on Hang Ngang Street, across Hang Dao, Hang Duong and ends at Dong Xuan Market. The market is the next destination we recommend you to travel.

Ta Hien Street

Ta Hien Street (via Báo Mới)

Only with small chairs and tables, visitors can be immersed in the vibrant and bustling nightlife atmosphere and enjoyed delicious street foods such as grilled chicken legs, boiled snails,… and the most famous drink: Ta Hien Beer.

Hang Buom Food Street

Dubbed a culinary paradise, Hang Buom Food Street offers more than 40 stalls with various dishes from sticky rice, snails to Korean food like tokbokki. Visitors also can be enjoyed folk music such as “hat van”, “ca tru” at Huong Tru or Bach Ma Temple.

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