As a famous tourist destination in Hanoi, Hoan Kiem District has many places to play, visit and explore. Keep this article in your travel guide to travel to Hanoi in the most wonderful way!
Hoan Kiem Lake and Old Town Bike Tour
For residents of the capital or tourists from afar, Hoan Kiem Lake, also known as Sword Lake, is a familiar destination, a typical representative of the land of a thousand years of civilization. Going to the lake, taking a walk, enjoying the wind, breathing in the fresh, relaxing air is like slowing down in the midst of all the chaos and bustle of the city.
On the shore of the lake is also where people from the surrounding area come to exercise every morning or at the end of the afternoon, when you take a few steps you will see modern dance groups with exercise to the rhythm of music, or other songs, nursing practice for a group of men and women. This is also a meeting place for young people, families and a fun place for domestic and foreign tourists. Anyone who has come to Hanoi will visit Hoan Kiem Lake.
On both sides of the lake are weeping willows and trees that lean down and wrap their arms around the emerald green water of the lake that sparkles with the golden light of the sun. Around the lake there are beautifully decorated flower gardens, there are also portrait painters who put their soul into their pens to get the most realistic image, then stop to admire the resplendent Turtle Tower in the middle of the lake, the Ngoc Son temple and the bridge. The Huc, Pen Tower, Nghien Tower, Ly Thai To Monument.
Cyclo is the best means of transport to explore the lake and stroll through the famous old town. The cycle’s open, clear design allows you to take photos or enjoy the wonderful views. It is a clean and comfortable means of transportation to explore central Hanoi.
Old town – 36 streets
When talking about nightlife places in Hanoi, we cannot forget the 36 streets with familiar and rustic names: Hang Dao, Hang Bac, Hang Ngang… they all have the common name of Old Quarter. Each street, each street name has its own characteristics, such as Hang Duong apricot, Hang Chieu, famous for selling mats,… all carry old stories that evoke memories of thousands of years of Hanoi’s history.
Not to mention that in Pho Co there are also traditional restaurants, imbued with the capital’s cuisine, that once you eat it you will remember it forever. From world famous dishes like bun cha, bun thang, pho, banh mi… to famous snacks like green rice, apricot fruit, salad, sticky rice with sweet soup,… there are so many, just walk around and watch the scenery, When you see a delicious restaurant, stop to enjoy it.
Dong Xuan Market
Built in 1889, Dong Xuan Market is known as the largest indoor market in Hanoi and offers a wide variety of products such as fresh produce, souvenirs, accessories and clothing, as well as electronics and household items.
Like most local markets in Southeast Asia, Dong Xuan Market has a lively wet market. The ground floor is where locals buy seafood, meat and vegetables. If you want to buy souvenirs, head upstairs where you will find numerous stalls selling t-shirts, fabrics, school uniforms, bags and crafts, all at wholesale prices.
Old Town Night Market
If you come to Hanoi, you cannot avoid visiting the Dong Xuan Night Market, with many diverse items and very affordable prices in almost 4,000 stalls ranging from clothing, ornaments, toys, school supplies, souvenirs and household appliances to craft items, souvenirs. .
The night market in the old town is always lively. Tourists, especially foreigners, love to go to the old town night market because of the ancient scenery and the very familiar items of Vietnamese people, especially old town dishes. Extremely rustic foods are sold. the streets of the night market, from the famous Hanoi gifts such as Vong people’s green rice, Hang Duong apricot, to the delicious snacks that international tourists love when they come to Vietnam. Men like bread, grilled spring rolls, banh khuc, grilled meat…
Trang Tien Square
Trang Tien Plaza is one of the oldest shopping malls in Vietnam. Trang Tien, which has long-standing historical and cultural value, is considered a precious gem in the heart of the capital Hanoi. With a luxurious appearance and still retaining its inherent classical characteristics, surely very few people know that Trang Tien Plaza is one of the buildings with historical symbols, witnessing many changes in Thua Thien Hue, capital of that era.
Today, Trang Tien Plaza bears the mark of the French architectural style, elegant, luxurious but no less sophisticated. This is the first high-end luxury shopping mall in Hanoi, bringing together more than 200 high-end domestic and international brands, including famous names such as Louis Vuitton, Dior, Rolex, Cartier…
Not only does it have high-end brands, Trang Tien Plaza also has brands preferred by the majority of customers such as: Nike, Gap, CK, Levis,… In addition, this place is also an entertainment center that integrates multimedia. such as restaurants, cinemas, etc. Trang Tien Plaza has all the amenities of a shopping mall, not only for fashion lovers but also a place for family gatherings, meetings and entertainment every weekend.
St. Joseph’s Cathedral, Hanoi
St. Joseph’s Church in Hanoi is known as the oldest Roman Catholic church in the city. Hanoi Cathedral was inspired by the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. It has a neoclassical architectural style, two bell towers, an intricately designed altar, colorful paintings and stained glass windows from France. Surrounded by many trees and flowers, a statue of Mother Mary is also placed in the front courtyard of the cathedral.
The street area near Hanoi Cathedral is an ideal place to have fun. The church has beautiful old French architecture. With fresh and airy air, you only need to find an ideal place, and there is nothing better than having a cup of lemon tea “chatting” with your friends.
Vietnamese Women’s Museum
The Vietnamese Women’s Museum not only attracts tourists for its quality but also for its innovative and new service methods. This is one of the three most attractive destinations in Hanoi voted by the global tourism website. If you choose Hanoi as your destination, the Vietnamese Women’s Museum will definitely be a place you should not miss.
In addition to the annual exhibitions, the Vietnamese Women’s Museum also periodically organizes special topics on the image of women from the past to the present throughout the year. Many images of women are displayed there, through which visitors will see images of Vietnamese women ranging from kind, traditional to strong, resilient and hardworking. That is also the unique feature that this museum offers to visitors.
Inside the museum, there are many souvenirs for sale such as: brocades, photographs of Vietnamese culture, key chains, jewelry, etc. If you come here, choose a gift for yourself to give to family, friends or relatives.