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22 Apr 2014 10:40 AM -

Things To Do In Hanoi City And Ha Long Bay

After enjoying the vibrant sounds, bustling setting and beautiful sights of Hong Kong, it is time to set our sights on an opulent and reinvigorating trip to Hanoi, Vietnam. Formerly known as Thang Long or the ascending dragon, Hanoi is the charming capital of Vietnam best known for its palatable street foods, historic monuments and wealth in natural attractions. As a former French colony, Hanoi also boasts a unique ambiance that blends Sino-Vietnamese motifs with a few French characteristics.

As with our Hong Kong trip, there are a lot of exciting things to do and enjoy in this lovely Vietnamese tourist haven. Here are some of the highlights of our upcoming trip to the city of Hanoi:

Ha Long Bay cruise

Let’s start our trip to Hanoi with a blast by hoping on a luxurious cruise in Ha Long Bay. For two nights, we will be cruising around Ha Long Bay, and enjoying the picturesque views of the bay’s limestone caves and cliffs. Furthermore, you get a chance to take dip on Ha Long’s crystal clear blue waters or relax on the cruise’s sundeck while sipping a cocktail, beer or any drink you want. As for our meals, we will be served with a wide array of fresh and delectable seafood as well as other traditional Vietnamese dishes.

Visit its most celebrated temples

With the Ha Long Bay cruise in the books, we move back to the city, and take pleasure in visiting the numerous temples and pagodas of Hanoi. With more than 600 pagodas and temples available in the city, it might not be a good idea to visit all of these religious and historic sites. However, we will be dropping by on some of the most popular and celebrated temples or pagodas in the area, including Hani Temple, Bach Ma Temple, Ngoc Son Temple and temple of Literature.

Enjoy traditional Vietnamese arts and culture

Named as one of humankind’s Intangible Cultural Heritages by UNESCO in 2009, the Ca Tru Hanoi Club is truly one of the city’s best and most beloved attractions. As far I’m concerned, a visit to this attraction is a must for anyone traveling to Vietnam, especially to the ones who love traditional Asian court music and arts. As we pay a visit to the Ca Tru Hanoi Club, we get to enjoy a variety of cultural performances from Vietnamese artists in a very intimate and tranquil setting.

Eat

No trip to the city of Hanoi is complete without sampling its world-renowned street foods. For me, a trip to Hanoi is a culinary journey that allows you to savor a plethora of sumptuous street foods and local delicacies, such as grilled meat by stick, gio cake, sugar cane juice, qua chua dam, tao pho, caramen, bo bia, trang tine ice cream, banh nhung, steamed fried wheat flour cake, and many more.

Shopping

In Hanoi, there are a lot of markets where we can enjoy discounted deals for all kinds of merchandise, from clothing to DVDs. Aside from its night market, we can also make our way to the other popular markets in the city, including Dong Xuan, Cho Hom and Hang Da.

Before we leave Hanoi, we must make it a point to drop by the Chula Fashion Showroom. Often touted as the premier fashion boutique in Hanoi, the Chula Fashion showroom is an exquisite specialty shop that sells high quality handmade dresses at very reasonable and affordable rates. Not only are there dresses creative and original, but their craftsmanship and fabrics are superior as well.

Hanoi is indeed a beautiful and scenic Asian city worth visiting. While Hanoi might be as vibrant and busy as Hong Kong, a trip to this destination allows us to replenish our energy, enjoy good food, and discover a myriad of natural wonders and historic monuments. So, come with me, as we wander around the city, and take pleasure in everything that it has to offer. 

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