The life here is so simple, the more you discover, the more beautiful and amazing things you will find, and the more interested you will feel. If you spend just one day of yours in this capital city, you will obviously feel it.
The morning in Hanoi is very different from others. The interlacing streets make its Old Quarter look like a maze, making its discovery more interesting. The best way to discover its “36 streets and guilds” is on foot to best enjoy the typical life sound of modern-traditional combined city.
Walking along streets of Hanoi Old Quarter, please don’t forget to enjoy a cup of coffee in a sidewalk café where you will get another brand new perspective of Hanoi. For a Hanoian, it will be a complete day if he/she does not pay their foot to the street.
If you wish to enjoy snacks of Hanoi, you may stop their walk at any street of the bustling Hanoi Old Quarter. There is a wide range for you to choose. Unlike many other places, snacks in Hanoi are rather cheap. You don’t need to walk into luxury restaurants to enjoy such specialties, you only need to sit down in small sidewalk stall and you still enjoy all specialties of Hanoi.
It can be the traditional taste of sweet and sour grated salad or spring rolls on streets around Hoan Kiem Lake.
Or it can be a simpler taste of the cheap Tofu of street vendors.
Otherwise, you can lead your walk to Hanoi-based stores in Hang Manh Street selling snacks of Saigon
Hanoi is so beautiful with roads shadowed by green trees and French-style villas. If you want to see this bustling but quite Hanoi, pay your walk to the Nha Tho Street and many other streets.
The most typical feature of Hanoi is occupational streets. Going there, you will have a chance to learn about the traditional occupations of such streets where many artists from traditional handicraft around the former Thang Long gathered to perform their work. Each street is attached to a specific work.
Ta Hien is perhaps the first place to visit of many foreign tourists to Hanoi and the final place seeing their face before they leave the capital city. So, it is also called “Street for foreign tourists”.
At this Ta Hien “international intersection”, there are up to 3 cheap fresh bear stores, attracting a lot of foreign tourists. If you are here, just enjoy and feel it. Don’t forget. Otherwise, you will regret.
From this “international intersection”, you may lead their walk to many other attractive streets such as Luong Ngoc Quyen, Hang Bac, Sam Cong, Quang Lac or Hai Tuong alleys to see tens of sidewalk bear stalls. Just sit down in one of small plastic chairs, chat with your friends and enjoy a cup of fresh bear, you will find your day refilled with full energy.
Late afternoon is the time for you to come back to Hoan Kiem center to enjoy an Trang Tien ice scream and ride a bicycle around the lake to contemplate busy rows of people.
A night discovery of Hanoi also offers you an interest. You will see that Hanoi at night is completely different from Hanoi during the day. The city is sparkling under the electric lights, the living speed seem to slow down.
Just spend your one day to experience Hanoi to see how lovely it is. In case you need a visa before packing your luggage, Vietnam visa on arrival is maybe a good option.