Spending a Day in Hanoi, Vietnam

October 2012 I went on my first solo travel! I did a two month trip around Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. Looking back it was the best decision to do this…and as we know now.. I didn’t stop anymore 🙂

Hanoi is the capital of Vietnam and with his old quater a must visit! The city is famous for its South East Asian, Chinese and French influences. A great mix if you see that in the architecture, the people and ofcourse the famous streetfood!

I started in Hanoi, I had booked a hotel before I left, the Rainbow Hotel. That hotel was about 1 km away from Hoan Kiem Lake, 1 long road with lots of shops and foodstands. A real nice walk to do each day. Before I left I had read about the early morning sports of the local people around the lake. You just had to go there and watch them sport, dance and relax.
And when you’re there you’ll learn the story behind the Turtle Pagode (Tortoise Tower) in the Hoan Kiem Lake in the background of this picture.
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Morning activity at Hoan Kiem Lake
  • Arranging a Guide on the streets of Hanoi
After I had seen that, I wanted to explore the city. I was standing at the street near Hoan Kiem Lake thinking how to go to the typical touristic sites of the city. At some point a motordriver began to talk with me, he could show me around town.

He said he wanted to show me the literature temple, one pillar Pagoda, Ho Chi Minh mausoleum and his house. We could also drive to the biggest lake in the city. Those were all things I had read about and certainly wanted to go to!

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My driver/guide for this morning
Afterward he would bring me to a great restaurant where lots of locals would eat. They served the best pho (noodlesoup) he said. Just one kind of pho but it would be the best! I decided to go with him so I put on his helmet and I got on the back of his motor and we went driving through the busy streets of Hanoi!

Take part in the busy Traffic of Hanoi!

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Riding through the traffic
Unfortunately I didn’t dare to make much pictures sitting on the motorcycle, because of the traffic. I was scared to loose the camera by dropping it 🙂

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The Temple of Literature

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The Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

At the time I was at the Mausoleum they were renewing the building. So I couldn’t get inside and watch it. But seeing the building alone was impressive too. And the museum was great too. I didn’t know that much about the great HCM. So to see his lifestory, where he was raised and how he got to be such a great personality was good for understanding everybodies excitment about him. He has accomplished a lot!

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The house of Ho Chi Minh

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The house where HCM actually lived

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One Pillar Pagoda

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Holding hands with Ho Chi Minh 🙂

Spending a Day in Hanoi - VietnamHaving a nice Vietnamese coffee at one of the biggest lakes in Hanoi

Eating the best Pho Ever in Hanoi

Back in the busy town I had to have a Local Lunch.

Around noon he brought me to a small restaurant in Old Quarter Hanoi and told me how to walk back to Hoan Kiem Lake. From there I could find my way back to the hotel. I went inside and ordered a noodlesoup. It was just one kind they are serving so that was easy. They helped me how to eat and prepare. It was just my second day in Hanoi 🙂

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Great pho!

I think Vietnam has the best soup in this world!! Make sure to eat it several times in different restaurants so you get the idea of it. Everybody has their own ingredients and makes it just that little bit different….or better then the other 🙂

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The Little Restaurant the driver took me

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And what not to miss also…

  • The busy streets of Hanoi

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And if you are back at the Hoan Kiem Lake you should visit the temple that is situated in the lake. It is a peaceful and calm place in the busy centre of old Quatre Hanoi.

  • Ngoc Son Temple

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And ofcourse there are lots of other great spot in Hanoi!!

Do you know one I  need to visit? Tell me!!I would love to go back one day and visit them!

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