The capital of Vietnam, Hanoi is one of the ancient places in the world, with a rich history. The French colonial city has a mixture of eastern and western influences, which can be seen in the style of many architectural buildings in Hanoi. One can discover the remarkably preserved colonial buildings, unique museums and the world’s largest mosaic and ancient pagodas.There is so much to see and do in Hanoi and after finishing with the main attractions you will find that there is still many more things to do in this city.
Explore The Buzzing Heart Of Hanoi
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The Old Quarter one of the well known district in Hanoi is a business centre and a prominent spot among tourists as well as locals.The sidewalks are filled with cycles and scooters and you can shop and haggle over the prices with street vendors.There are pagodas,Buddhist temples and French colonial buildings in this street where you can just walk around and see the sights.The Old Quarter is shaped like a triangle, with streets named after the goods sold in them and there are shops selling silks,textiles and Vietnamese handcrafted products.There are plenty of eating places here where you can try the local dishes.
Visit The Women’s Museum
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This museum which is run by the women’s union is dedicated to the contribution by women to the country’s culture and society.The focus is on the obstacles the women faced, as the society changed and information on everyday life such as marriage, motherhood , fashion and life changing rituals as well as the female fighters who took part in the Vietnam war.
The Lake With A Tale
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Hoan Kiem one of the most serene spots is the place where locals throng from dawn to practise tai chi and morning workouts. Legend says that an emperor was given a sword by a magic turtle so it is also known as The Lake Of the Returned Sword.The lakeside gives an excellent opportunity to take in the local culture and watch the morning activities.
Sip Some Vietnamese Egg Coffee
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We all know that Vietnamese Coffee is one of the best ,the French introduced coffee in the late 19th century but Vietnam started growing their own crop and gave a different flavour to the coffee by adding condensed milk instead of cream.You will find a lot of coffee places where you can try the sweet and hot strong coffee but you must not leave Hanoi without trying the local egg coffee.The beaten eggs are added to the condensed milk, coffee and whisked to give a perfect cup of sweet creamy coffee which is hard to resist.
Shop At The Night Market
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The midnight market held on weekends is a sight to be seen and experienced.The vendors display all kinds of goods like clothing,toys homewares,gadgets and more, there are a variety of food displayed where you can try the local Vietnamese food and enjoy the local beers.Occasionally cultural shows take place in these night market.
You’re sure to discover something new everyday in Hanoi.
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