If you plan to have an adventurous journey in a totally foreign country, I might say that Vietnam is the best choice. Trip to Hanoi is a great experience. A country that is located nearby the China inland, belong to the South-East Asian peninsula. Vietnam has been known as the land that has a beautiful coastline and rich land. It preserves the heritage from its France colonial through its architecture blending with a bit taste of modern sense.
Most people who visit Vietnam will have a definite destination which is Hanoi, its capital city. Located at the north side of Vietnam, Hanoi offers you so many remarkable experiences. As this city is known widely, more people come and get themselves to visit this place every holiday comes. There are plenty of places and kinds of traveling, from culinary to art, from historically up to cultural sites.
Exploring the old architecture must be put in your number one list. Some parts actually have been remade a bit more modern, but other parts haven’t. Those other parts are for example around the winding streets and alleys of the Old Quarter. There, in the markets around the area I said earlier, you will find numerous culinary spots. Try the more challenging ones, like the snake dishes or if you want to play safe then try its rice noodles which become the signature dishes in this area.
Next plan is you have to explore all its remarkable history. It is because this city is blessed with some interesting heritage sites that you never want to miss. They are all located along the banks of the Red River. So, using the waterway perhaps can be a good and different idea. The historical places like Tu Dam, Dai Lo and Cho Dong Tu temples can be your main choices. Don’t forget also to visit the Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, on which it is the final resting of one important person in Vietnam, the one who fought for Vietnam from a cruelty war and colonialism. Next is visiting the cultural sites. There is a village named Bat Trang, famous for its ceramic and pottery maker. Then it has some iconic temples like One-Pillar Pagoda and Literature temple in University of Vietnam.
Where to Stay
Looking for an accomodation for your holiday? There is different kinds of accommodation at a wide range of prices, on top of different promos. From 5-star hotels to mid-range ones and B&Bs, there is a wide range of accommodation available in the Old Quarter. In this area, looking for a place to stay in will never be an issue, whatever your budget. Here the list of hotels :
Rising Dragon Palace Hotel
Somerset Grand Hanoi Serviced Residences
Melia Hanoi Hotel
Rising Dragon Villa Hotel
Sunshine Suites Hotel
Moevenpick Hotel Hanoi
Somerset Hoa Binh Serviced Residences
Silk Path Hotel
After you make a clear itinerary, the next step is booking all the things related to your Vietnam vacation earlier in time. Like what we have talked about in the previous part, make a clear destination on what part of Vietnam of your holiday trip. Choosing Hanoi as the main destination may give you some advantages. As it is located at the north part of Vietnam, as a matter of fact, North Vietnam has a lot to explore.
You may spend a little time to go to a natural preservation called Cuc Phuong National Park. It is located more or less one twenty kilos to the South-West of Hanoi. There, you can see a wonderful landmark, where mountains, forest as well as endangered species of langur monkeys. What a best place to fresh your mind. You can ride a bicycle or do the hiking there. Last but not least, never ever miss one of UNESCO world heritage which are the Halong Bay and Van Long Nature Reserve. So, what are you waiting for? Have a holiday trip to Hanoi….