Replies: 9 - Last Post: May 18, 2013 9:43 AM Last Post By: tumbleweeds
May 13, 2013 4:25 AM
May 13, 2013 6:12 AM
May 13, 2013 12:07 PM
2Agree with the above. What do you mean by 'cool'? However, I enjoy...
...catching the #47 bus from Long Bien station and go to Bat Trang (aka the ceramic village). It is an interesting ride along a levee and passing some villages. Bat Trang is the last stop so no problems about missing your stop.
Also, you could go for a few days in Ninh Binh province. From there see the inland karst scenery at Tam Coc and/or An Trang. You could also go to the Hoa Lu ancient village and the magnificent huge and stunning Bai Binh temple.
May 13, 2013 6:43 PM
3If you stay in Hanoi for the whole week, Why not making a trips to Ha Long Bay (if you love the sea), or a trip to Sapa (if you love the mountain rather than sea) :P. For one day trip in Hanoi, you can visit the Hochiminh Mausoleum, temple of literature, Long Bien Bridge, Ethology museum... of take a short trip to Duong Lam Ancient Village, Perfume Pagoda,...
There are many cool things to do, But what is cool to you :P
Make clear your question so all of us can help you!
May 13, 2013 7:32 PM
May 14, 2013 1:11 AM
May 15, 2013 12:12 AM
6You could do a street food tour. Although I have been to Hanoi many times and eaten lots of great street food, I found the Sticky Rice tour really great. All the food was good and I learnt a lot about it. I went back to a few places and expect to next time I'm in Hanoi. Tu, our guide, is very entertaining too.
I agree the ethnology museum is worth a trip, bus 14, and I also like the trip to Bat Trang. I like the Botanic Gardens too and Lenin park, though they call it something else now.
May 16, 2013 12:07 AM
7Thanks for the feedback. We did the common searches as you suggested. The reason I asked so vaguely is to get the ideas of different people. Hoping to hear feedback as #3 suggested, as it was something I haven't ran across in my previous research. Keep the ideas coming please.
Really could be anything from:
- a day you got lost in Hanoi and found....
- uncommon food dishes that you ran across in your visits
- what do the "less common" types of people do in Hanoi?
May 16, 2013 8:18 AM
I live in Hanoi. If you want to identify Hanoi, some pagoda around Hoan Kiem lake, the grave of Hochiminh president can be a strange thing to see. You should taste some Hanoi's food, it is mixed between Vietnam and French culinary. Ticket for museum is crazy cheap, nearly nothing in my mind. You should go to Vietnam Fine Arts Museum located at 66 Nguyen Thai Hoc street, History Museum, etc ...
If you want to buy some paintings, you can go to some galleries around ancient streets. Or you contact me or you check my website paintstreet.net to have a look.
May 18, 2013 9:43 AM
9Off-the-beaten track idea: go to the B52 Lake - the lake isn't all that special unless you use your imagination and imagine yourself living there in 1972, but the neighborhood is quite interesting. You can also visit the B52 museum in that same part of town. Have lunch or dinner at the huge bia hoi at 19C Ngoc Ha Street - less than a 10-minute walk from the lake. Very popular with locals and government workers, and it gets very busy during meal times. The food is good and the atmosphere can be quite an experience.
If you're in Hanoi during the weekend, have your morning coffee at the north-west end of Nguyen Du Lake (you can walk there from the Old Quarter in less than half an hour, or take a taxi or bus). You'll see lots of caged birds and rows of Vietnamese men who are either gambling on which birds are the best singers, fighters, fliers or best looking and couples who linger there to simply enjoy what passes for tranquility in Hanoi.
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