5-Days in Hanoi

Sometimes referred to as “Paris of the Orient”, Hanoi is equally as exciting and lovable with every cafes on every corner and street food in-between. There are so many things to do and see in Hanoi, we thought it best to create a must hit list with museums, unique food, and cultural experiences.

  • Stroll around Hoan Kiem Lake (Lake of the Restored Sword), take some nice pictures on the Red Bridge, enjoy some ice-cream on Trang Tien Street
  • Water puppet show, 57b Dinh Tien Hoang Street (show time: 3:30, 5:00, 6:00, 8:00, 9:15 pm)
  • Tran Quoc Pagoda, oldest Buddhist pagoda in Hanoi
  • Museum of Ethnology, Nguyen Van Huyen Street (a must if you want to see a broader picture of Vietnam’s 54 peoples. Closes on Mondays)
  • Temple of Literature (first university of Vietnam)
  • Tan My Design, 66 Hang Gai Street (3 generations of Hanoi’s finest silk and embroidery products) Hillary Clinton bought a scarf here
  • Hoa Lo/Hanoi Hilton prison, Pete Peterson the first ambassador to unified Vietnam and Senator John McCain used to be prisoners here
  • Drink some ‘Bia Hoi’ in Ta Hien beer street. Remember to cheer others with ‘Mot, hai,ba dzo’ (1,2,3 bottom up!) if you want to be like a local
  • The Hung Snake Restaurant – cobras are selected and cooked for you 10 different ways
  • Bun cha Huong Lien, 24 Le Van Huu Street (famous diners include Barack Obama and chef Anthony Bourdain)
  • Giang Cafe, 39 Nguyen Huu Huan Street (famous for egg coffee) (a must)
  • Pho Thin, 13 Lo Duc Street (very famous for noodle soup with chicken)
  • Cha Ca La Vong (grilled fish)
  • Book a cyclo tour if you want (make sure to bargain and agree on the number or hours and price before getting on one)


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