Visiting Hanoi in Vietnam.
Also if you wish to book trips from them to say Ha Long Bay there was not marking up the prices and/or trying to rip you off.
As far as for eating out in Hanoi - the Old Quarter has plenty of street food available, some cafes but not too many actual restaurants however the ones that are about offer good basic food at low cost. There are much more plushy (and therefore
somewhat more expensive) restaurants around the French area and even more expensive hotels out by the two large lakes. There are also quite a few places to eat around the side streets within the Cathedral area which is just a few minutes walk from Hoan Kiem Lake.
The Old Quarter remains as a mixture of narrow streets lined with shops and stalls and with each street specialising in a particular product or craft - with 36 distinct craft guilds the area was nicknamed the "36 streets". It is is a very interesting area to walk around, busy and noisy with 1000s of motorbikes, old narrow long tube houses (taxes were levied on the frontage of the houses so they were constructed only 2 metres wide however the depth was not taxable
so the houses are often two stories high and go back a long way). There are several markets around - Dong Xuan Market is a very colourful and busy undercover market and Hang Ma Street is where you will find brightly coloured lanterns for sale.
One place of interest is Guiding Light Mosque which is at no.12 Hang Louc - it is difficult to actually see from the street as it is somewhat hidden amongst the clutter. The Mosque was built in the 1890s by the Indian Islamic community for traders and civil servants and is of
interest because it is the only mosque in Northern Vietnam.
Hoan Kiem Lake - Hanoi Old Quarter (Lake of the Restored Sword).
Located close to the Old Quarter the Hoan Kiem Lake is one of the Hanoi's most popular areas to wander around especially in the evening. There is seating everywhere and also there are numerous flower beds
(all very well kept of course) - a meander around the Lake takes around 30 minutes or so. In the centre of Hoan Kiem Lake is the Thap Rua (turtle tower) - which is a popular haunt of a variety of birds. To the south of Hoan Kiem Lake there is another much larger lake called Bau Mau Lake
(3rd picture along) - this is
situated within quite large grounds and you do have to pay a small fee to go in. There are probably meant to be quite a few facilities including a narrow gauge railway which loops round most of the area, paddle boats and so on but it all did seem a bit run down. Nevertheless the lake and park is a nice walk during the day though not
too sure about being around there late at night.
Den Ngoc Son Temple - Hanoi Old Quarter - Vietnam.
One of the main features of Hoan Kiem Lake is the beautifully red painted The Huc (Sunbeam Bridge) which leads to the Den Ngoc Son (Jade Mountain Temple). The temple was founded in the 14th century and is dedicated to General Tran Hung Dao who is a national hero as he defeated the Mongols in 1288, also to Van Xuong - God of Literature, to Lai To - Physician and finally to Quan Vu - a
marshal arts expert. Very popular and busy (opening times are 0730-1900) at most times there is a minimal entrance fee to the Temple - you can walk onto the bridge anytime free of charge but in the evenings it is totally packed out with youngsters.
Located at Hang Chieu Street, Quan Chuong
(Gate of the Commander of the Regiment) is the only remaining ancient gateway to the Old City of Hanoi and is so named in honour of an army officer who fought the French there in 1873 - originally there were 36 gateways into the City.
Our items about Hanoi - including day trips which can be easily done from the city.
- Hanoi Vietnam Sightseeing Guide and Photos
- Visting Bach Ma Temple, Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Tran Quoc Pagoda, Temple of Literature, Presidential Palace, Long Bien Bridge
- Visiting Tram Gian Pagoda, Tay Phuong Pagoda, Thay Pagoda in Vietnam
- Looking round Tay Phuong Pagoda, Thay Pagoda, Tram Gian Pagoda (Tien Lu Pagoda) on a daytrip from Hanoi, Vietnam, Photos.
- Going for a Cruise at Halong Bay in Vietnam
- Ha Long Bay cruise - daytrip from Hanoi and visiting Halong Bay, Bay of Tonkin, down into Hang Thien Cung caves, pictures.
- Visiting The Perfume Pagoda in Vietnam
- Going to visit The Perfume Pagoda which is on the Fragrant Vestige Mountain, a sampan ride on The Suoi Yen River in Vietnam.
- Day trip to visit Tam Coc in Vietnam
- Going to Tam Coc - taking a sampan ride through the caves and between the hills, also visiting Hoa Lu Temples in Vietnam.
- Vietnam and Mekong Delta Touring Guide
- Our Vietnam Home Page - this contains all of our topics about touring in Vietnam and The Mekong Delta.
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