Hanoi - Peaceful capital of Vietnam
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19 years ago, in La Paz (Bolivia), Hanoi was honored to be awarded the title "City for peace" by UNESCO. This is the recognition of the international community for the outstanding achievements of Hanoi Capital in the process of innovation, as well as the aspiration of the Vietnamese people for peace. 19 years is not a long time with the development history of Hanoi Capital - a city more than 1,000 years old, this is also the time when Hanoi has changed.
Hanoi - The capital of Vietnam
Hanoi is exciting and peaceful capital of Vietnam, located in the center of the Red River Delta, the center of culture, political, economy of the country. Its name has changed several times, the capital was first called Thang Long, then Dong Do, Dong Kinh, and finally, it has been called Hanoi since 1831.
Hanoi Old Quarter
Architectural style of Hanoi
Unlike other capitals in the world, where rapid development has often been done to the detriment of the local historical heritage, Hanoi is also fast moving forward but without destroying what gives it such a strong character and charm: its French colonial buildings, centuries old temples, narrow, long and tall traditional houses, Soviet-style government buildings, etc..
Hanoi still maintains many ancient architecture. Including : The old quarters and over 600 pagodas and Temples. One of the famous places is The one Pillar Pagoda, The Quoc Tu Giam temple Literature, Hanoi Opera House, Hoan Kiem lake, Precedent Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum. And now, there’re a lot of big famous buildings as My Dinh stadium, Ho Tay water park, National conference center...
Hoa Lo Prison
Hanoi is the best place to experience traditional Vietnamese arts such as opera, theater, and water puppetry, shows that feature traditional music and depict Vietnamese folklores and myths. For a vivid taste of local street life, Hanoi style, pull up a little plastic squat stool on a street corner or in one of the many cozy, open-air bars serving the local brew "bia hoi".
Hoan Kiem lake
How is the weather in Hanoi?
Located in the tropical monsoon region, Hanoi's climate is characterized by a wet, hot and rainy monsoon in summer, cold and less rainy in winter, divided into four distinct seasons in the year: Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter. Spring begins in February (or lunar January) until April. Summer begins from May to August, the weather is hot but rains a lot. Autumn begins from August to October, cool weather, yellow leaves fall. Winter begins from November to January next year, the weather is cold and dry. The period of four seasons is only relative, because Hanoi has a very cold time, sometimes late cold, sometimes a prolonged hot period. Temperatures can reach 40 ° C in summer, and winter temperatures can drop below 5 ° C.
The best time to visit Hanoi
The best time to travel to Hanoi is autumn, from September to December. Because of this time, the rainy season in Hanoi is often over, the weather is nice, the sky is clear, the sun is light, the temperature is at medium, cool air. It is the best condition for visitors to have a wonderful trip to Hanoi.
Places to visit in Hanoi
Hanoi has many famous cultural tourist sites such as Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, One Pillar Pagoda, Van Mieu, Hoang Thanh Thang Long, Vietnam Museum of Ethnology, Ho Chi Minh Museum, Ngoc Son Temple, Tran Quoc Pagoda, Ho Guom (Sword Lake), Hanoi Old Town.
Come to Hanoi, do not forget to enjoy the famous pho of Vietnam
What's in the evening in Hanoi?
1. Walking Street Ho Guom (Sword Lake)
The most exciting time of Ho Guom is on weekend nights. It is a time of entertainment, rest and relaxation of a hard working week.
This is not only a famous place visited by tourists, Ho Guom is also a familiar point of Hanoi people on weekends. The place where you will see elders rehearsing in the morning, and youngsters performing art in the evening.
From Sword Lake, you can walk to visit the old town, eat Trang Tien ice cream, visit shoe stores, jewelry, ... or enjoy the strange cafe.
Address: Ho Hoan Kiem, Hang Trong, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi.
Operation time: 19:00 Friday - 00:00 Sunday every week
2. West Lake
This is one of the points that many people choose on weekends in Hanoi. This place not only has temples such as Tran Quoc Pagoda, Vong Thi Pagoda, Kim Lien Pagoda, Tao Sach Pagoda, Ba Danh Pagoda, Quan Thanh Temple, Tay Ho Temple ...
Around West Lake, there are also interesting and crowded cafes.
Address: Thanh Nien Street, Tay Ho, Hanoi
Uptime: All day
3. Street book Dinh Le
If you are a reader, visit Dinh Le Street.
Dinh Le Street is close to the sword lake, where there are many good novels, literature, and even detective ... and many kinds of books that you want to search.
Address: Dinh Le, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
Operation time: 8:00 - 22:00 every day
4. Saint Joseph Cathedral of Hanoi
If you come to Hanoi, you definitely have to go to the big church area to drink lemon tea, eat fried spring rolls to feel all the bustling atmosphere here. On weekends, around the large church area is very crowded.
Address: 40 Nha Chung, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
Uptime: All day
5. Old town night market
Hanoi Old Quarter Night Market starts from 18:00 - 23:00 on every Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening. Night market is about 3 km long, starting from Hang Dao street, adjacent to Dong Kinh Nghia Thuc square through Hang Ngang, Hang Duong and ending at Dong Xuan market gate.
Hanoi Old Quarter Night Market is a combination of ancient features of tiled roofs of time-colored, old walls with lively and bustling spaces. All create special charm that tourists will remember when they leave Hanoi.
Hanoi Weekend Night Market
Traffic situation in Hanoi
Hanoi has problems with traffic and pollution. Only over 6 million people but there are 4.5 million motorbike and car. Traffic jams occur. There’s a lot of smoke and dust in the air. For the first-time pedestrian, crossing the road is a daunting experience, but, amid all the apparent chaos, the "system" works. The trick is to just walk when you can, and let the torrent of bikes flow around you. Don't look left, don't look right. Just walk.
However, Hanoi is still a beautiful place to live and to work and I like living here. To visit Hanoi, please check out our Vietnam Tours.