What to enjoy in Hanoi?

Read on to enjoy Hanoi farming & cooking class, one of the most amazing ways to explore Hanoi cuisine and culture.  

In addition to many different tourist attractions, Hanoi, the heart of Vietnam, really impresses all visitors by its unique cuisines – the most typical dishes of Vietnam cuisine and at very reasonable prices. There are several ways to enjoy Hanoi in general and Hanoi cuisine in particular, especially Hanoi Vietnam farming and cooking class. And now let me give you some useful tips to enjoy your trip to Hanoi in the most amazing way.

The best time to travel Hanoi Vietnam

As under the typical weather of tropical monsoon type, Hanoi has the hot summer with high rainfall and the dry cold winter. The city also receives a large amount of sunlight and a relatively high humidity all year round. Thanks to transition months, when coming to Hanoi, visitors will Hanoi will have a chance to experiences all four seasons: spring, summer, autumn, and winter. However, the best time suggested is on the fall as it is cool, dry and still has lots of sunshine. And spending time with family on this weather is really wonderful, right?

What to visit in Hanoi?

As the center of the political, cultural, historical, and social -economic quintessence built up over a thousand years of national construction of the Vietnamese nation, lots of meaningful places in Hanoi are waiting for visitors to explore.

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is one of the most popular destinations in Hanoi. It is the final resting place of Ho Chi Minh, the most iconic and popular leader of Vietnam, known to his people as ‘Uncle Ho’.

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

Right on the center of Hanoi, Hoan Kiem Lake or ‘Lake of the Returned Sword’ attracts visitors and locals looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of this modern city. Peaceful and quiet, and green water, the lake surrounded by plenty of trees and shaded spots make visitors more comfortable and relaxing. Standing in the center on a small island of Hoan Kiem lake is ‘Turtle Tower’, which becomes Hanoi’s symbol as well as Vietnam’s with all Vietnamese people and tourists coming to our country.

Hoan Kiem Lake

Hoan Kiem Lake

The Old Quarter

The most noticeable evidence of over-100-year-of-French-colony influence is The Old Quarter where one of Hanoi’s most common sights is that of streets packed with bicycles or scooters and cars swarming around pedestrians like a school of fish.

The Old Quarter

The Old Quarter

The Temple of Literature

As the first university of Vietnam, the Temple of Literature is often cited as one of Hanoi’s most picturesque tourist destinations. When coming to the Temple of Literature, visitors will discover historic buildings from the Ly and Tran dynasties with thousands of first doctors’ graduate’s names engraved on a stone stele in Vietnam – the memorial to education and literature.

The Temple of Literature

The Temple of Literature

How to enjoy Hanoi cuisine?

I bet that when coming to Hanoi, you will have a chance to be deep into a real food heaven. A lot of food tours are available. You can participate in some Hanoi vegetable farm tours, cooking classes in Hanoi or walk and join motorbike food tour, which is ideal for those wishing to enjoy Hanoi’s cuisine in a local way. Or more interestingly, you can enjoy exploring a local market, where you pick your own ingredients and then your family can learn and make popular street food dishes by yourself, such as Mien Xao Luon, Bun Thang, Bun Cha, Pho or Ban Xeo and so many more. It can be a great experience for your family.

Travel at local markets

Travel at local markets

Exploring Hanoi street food

A unique cuisine that attracts both Hanoi foodie and many travelers is street food Hanoi. I think it is really a great chance if your family discovers Hanoi street food heaven together, however, if you are afraid of getting lost and confused, it had better have a Hanoi foodie lead the way to the best food stands or local restaurants in this food heaven.

Hanoi Tour

Hanoi Tour

Private Dinner with a Hanoi Family

Another choice for Hanoi cuisine exploration is that you can catch a lift from your Old Quarter hotel and make your way to a local's house. This is one of the most favorable ways to enjoy Hanoi food and its culture.

Eating with a Vietnamese family

Eating with a Vietnamese family

Let’s sip green tea, watch that family prepare your meal, and chat about what daily life, about children, love or something you are curious as Vietnamese are really friendly and kind, and even you can go to the market with the host to enjoy the local markets and learn how to bargain. During the meal, you can get tips on proper eating etiquette and learn how to use chopsticks. So, you can get a deeper understanding of Vietnamese culture and its people.

Private Half-Day Hanoi Cuisine Tour

Among Vietnam tours, it is better to spend the morning or afternoon tasting a wide range of Vietnamese cuisine.  You can start a new day with breakfast at a famous restaurant in the Old Quarter, where you wait in a line with locals to receive a main dish of sticky rice or pho, a popular Vietnamese noodle soup and try a cup of egg coffee – Vietnamese cappuccino. After that, it is time to wander to visit all attractions in Hanoi and enjoy its food. Let’s go for a short walk around the Old Town and check out ancient buildings, representative of the mixed Vietnamese and Chinese architectural styles. Don’t forget to explore "36 Streets of Hanoi” and even learn to cross the streets and bargain with local vendors.

Hanoi Street food

Hanoi Street food

What to eat? Do not worry, as when traveling to Hanoi, you are “lost” in the food heaven: Pho, Pho Bo, Cha Ca, Xoi, Che, Bun Cha, Banh Cuon and many other.

I do hope that these above are useful tips for those coming to Hanoi, especially for the first time.