My dear Hanoi, you have seduced me as long ago no place did. You enter my heart along with my three favorite cities in the world, Madrid, New York and Amsterdam. Your pure essence of the Old Quarter and your tremendous chaos in symphony and perfect harmony, are worth living and unique to feel. Thinking to be with you just a couple of days, and finally it was a total of more than two weeks. I could not explain exactly this feeling to you, it is a curious mix of everything you have and you are🤩
HANOI WALKING ROUTE
- Đồng Xuân Market
- Old Quarter Ta Hien Corner
- Ngoc Son Temple
- Hanoi Opera House
- San José Cathedral of Hanoi
- Hanoi Train Street
- Literature Temple
- Imperial Citadel of Thang Long
- Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum
- Tran Quoc Pagoda
Click here to get the walking route in your Google Maps:
INFORMATION AND RECOMMENDATIONS OF HANOI
- Bún Chả, my most favorite dish, in Bún Chả Tuyết (34 Hàng Than) and also in Bún Chả Nom (Ta Hien)
- Bún Bò Nam Bộ, another favorite dish, in Bún Bò Nam Bộ Bách Phương (67 Hàng Điếu)
- Banh Mi (delicious sandwich) the best is made by a lady with a wooden cart, you can find it at 18 Hàng Buôm. And also great Banh Mi next to it is Banh My P, as well as the popular Banh Mi 25
- Pho 10, typical beef noodles in 10 Lý Quốc Sư.
The best beer on tap, a 5,000D glass (€0.19) on Phò Mâ Mây street, opposite the Vietnam Backpackers Hostel, sit in the plastic chairs and start talking to backpackers from all over the world.
Beer Street, Babylon Bar, Tom’s Bar, Tiki Bar, Hair of the Dog…
* Central Backpackers, location top!
* Republik Backpackers, breakfast top!
* Vietnam Backpackers Hostel, party top!
* Babylon Garden Hostel, mix top!
BEST THINGS TO SEE AND DO IN HANOI
- Lose yourself in the Old Quarter, day and night.
- Train Street (fast they close it at the end!)
- Long Bien Railway, alternative train tracks.
- Imperial Citadel of Thang Long
- Temple Literature and Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum area.
- Night market, shopping Friday to Sunday.
- Free Civitatis tour, good info and advice.
- Tran Quoc Pagoda, at sunset by the lake. (picture below)
THE FAMOUS TRAIN TRACKS
How to get into the train tracks? The most famous train tracks in Vietnam, located on Train Street, have recently been restricted to the public. Now there is a fence with several police officers guarding the accesses. The way to get into the train tracks is to walk decidedly on one side of the fence, towards the terraces of the bars on both sides of the tracks, wait there having a drink until the train passes🚂
THE ALTERNATIVE TRAIN TRACKS
As the famous “Train Street” has recently been closed to the public, risk and photography lovers, are coming here to “Long Bien Railway Station” to get this experience. Make sure what are the trains schedule so can be “more calm” on the tracks. Always the most important thing is your safety!🤟🏼
The traffic in Hanoi is crazy with hundreds of motorbikes, but its lovely to see that its a chaos under control.
Thank you, for all that you have given me Hanoi. Countless smiles, unstoppable laughter. Walking through your Old Quarter made me feel at home, with my favorite places where I visited again and again. We have lived unique moments that have made me feel happy, for all that and much more, you will always be special.