Do you believe in the existence of Hanoi attractions? For many people, just some decades ago, Hanoi was well-known for war and bombs granted by the U.S Army. So, the city became a terrified place for residence and tourism. However, since the end of Vietnam War, the city has rapidly healed all wounds and pains. It has built up another face with peace and modernity. That was why some travelers were totally astonished by its development when they went back to Hanoi again. And this was also the base to let the place gain a nickname “Peaceful city” later.
Just spend little time on looking at Google search. Then you will realize that the city welcomes a huge number of tourists annually. Why can it achieve such an unbelievable result while many other Eastern cities, such as Bangkok, Tokyo and Beijing, are very attractive too? The most appropriate answer could be Hanoi attractions. In fact, the city is the perfect combination between historical properties and contemporary premises, apart from natural scenery. Hopefully, certain vestiges erected nearly one thousand year ago have been still kept hitherto, enhancing the city’s glamor. If you never hear about them before, let me introduce some of them to you. I believe after that, you will have a desire to have a trip to this time-honored city.
Interestingly, Hanoi is one of very few metropolises which have remained natural scenery inside them until now. In fact, the majority of Hanoi attractions created by nature are lakes due to the distinctive geographic features of the city. In the case you want to observe such natural gifts firstly, two admirable destinations for you are:
Hoan Kiem Lake
What makes Hoan Kiem Lake, or The Lake of Returned Sword, become the icon of Hanoi these days are several mysterious legends related to Vietnam’s territorial protection in the past. The lake is also a residential enclave of large soft-shell turtles. If lucky, you might see them floating on water on a nice day. Moreover, located in the center of the city, and plus spacious greenery, this green pearl allows you to enjoy its unique tranquility easily. Artificial constructions such as Turtle Tower and Jade Mountain Temple situated on two islands inside the lake enhance its beauty as well.
Not far away from Hoan Kiem Lake, this one, amazingly, is the hugest lake of the capital at the moment. As a result, West Lake produces a clean living environment for both local people and visitors to calm down after stressful work. Meanwhile, water sports, including swimming, canoeing and fishing, are allowable as well. Some religious buildings such as Tran Quoc Pagoda, Phu Tay Ho, on the oases there turn the lake into one great starting point to explore Hanoi.
Established over a millennium ago, Hanoi is one of the oldest cities in Vietnam. Despite undergoing several wars and destruction, it has formed and kept countless old sectors and historically valuable properties. they can reflect not only the distinct of Eastern cultural aspects, but also Western colonial styles. In fact, it’s very difficult to find another city like this. You can see the contrast thoroughly in such Hanoi attractions below.
The Old Quarter
Starting with 36 streets founded in Ly Dynasty hundreds of years ago, The Old Quarter was famous for each of the streets selling a different product, for example, silver, tin, silk or paper. Though throughout a long period, the streets have gradually disappeared, and just been remembered on the basis of their names, you will still realize some remnants displayed in ancient houses. Hopefully, thousands of gift shops are available in every road of the Old Quarter to let you understand Hanoi life in the past more. Aside from this are certain historical places of interest, such as Bach Ma Temple, Hanoi St Joseph’s Cathedral and Hanoi Ancient Gate, which diversify the Old Quarter attractions.
The French Quarter
Dissimilar to The Old Quarter, The French Quarter only demonstrates neo-classical French architecture. Dating back to the late 19th century, the French began their colonization in Vietnam. And in order to control Hanoi conveniently, they constructed a separate zone for them to dwell and work in the south of Hoan Kiem Lake. Most French colonial buildings there, fortunately, have existed until now, instituting the French Quarter nowadays. Just wander around the roads like a chessboard. After that, you will see a bundle of impressive constructions, from Hanoi Opera House, Hoa Lo Prison to National Museum of Vietnam History and Government Guesthouse. Perhaps, you might take the zone as a European district.
The Temple of Literature
Sited beside the French Quarter, The Temple of Literature is the first university in Vietnamese feudal period. It provides you with a chance to contemplate previous housing structure the Vietnamese preferred, as well as loads of turtle statues on which the names of the elite were carved to honor their superb results in national examinations.
One Pillar Pagoda
Having the same age as The Temple of Literature, One Pillar Pagoda appeared in Ly Dynasty too. Based on one pillar erected on a pond, the pagoda looks like a lotus flower blooming in spring. Grateful for its exceptional design, you might be surprised that it has never collapsed before.
The Imperial Citadel of Thang Long
Recently, The Imperial Citadel of Thang Long has become a new stop for Hanoi attractions. This is because Vietnamese archaeologists unearthed plenty of vestiges fabricated in Ly and Tran Dynasties. Once you watch it, probably, you would get to know how the bygone Vietnamese lived, and what their religious belief were as well.
Long Bien Bridge
Similar with Eiffel Tower in France, Long Bien Bridge was architected by Mr. Eiffel Gustave. This is the explanation why it’s mainly made of steel. However, it received lots of extreme devastation during Vietnam War instead of being carefully kept. Thankfully, the bridge has still stood on Red River for railway transport. In the local people’s belief, it’s a symbol of the Vietnamese – never fall down when they cope with difficulty.
Globalization has caused Vietnam to open more relationships with foreign countries in the world. Therefore, some out-of-date properties in Hanoi are replaced by modern ones to meet the high demand for fashionable places. This triggers off the birth of skyscrapers and later-day monuments. If you have an opportunity to accommodate in Hanoi, do not miss:
Ho Chi Minh’s Complex
To adore what President Ho Chi Minh, the national hero of Vietnam, did for the country, Ho Chi Minh’s Complex was finished in 1975, and open later to let everyone have an excursion of the region where President Ho Chi Minh stayed, worked and rested in peace. Mausoleum, stilt house and museum are the must-visit attributes in this complex. You could astonished that President Ho Chi Minh had a predilection of a simple life.
On the condition that you favor exceptional high-rise buildings, Keangnam Tower in Nam Tu Liem District – Vietnamese highest skyscraper, or Lotte Tower in Ba Dinh District could gratify you. The buildings comprise a 5-star hotel, and an observation deck as well. The latter can grant you a view of the city from above. Cinemas, apartments and shopping malls reaching all Western vigorous standards are included too.
Aside from an abundance of tourist spots above, you can have a discovery of another side of Hanoi attractions by engaging recreational activities. Actually, lots of visitors attend the city many times owning to its food and intriguing culture.
Thanks to the tropical climate, plants and animals can grow up in Vietnam well, producing a wide range of components for savory dishes. For the first time to travel in Hanoi, you should go to the north of Hai Ba Trung District, where illustrious restaurants serving all prominent meals. The most renowned ones are Pho – a type of noodles with beef or chicken, Bun Cha – Kebab rice noodles, and spring rolls. One of the most eateries there is Huong Lien Restaurant, where Mr. Barack Obama, the Ex-U.S President, tasted Bun Cha in 2016.
I have to say that this kind of artistic performances is exclusive. It’s a show in which puppets are under control of experienced puppeteers but move on the water surface. Folk songs are used as background music, while the slots are usually correspond to fairy tales or Vietnamese past stories. As a consequence, the show is well-suited to both children and adults. The most preferable place to watch it is Thang Long Water Puppet Theater near Hoan Kiem Lake.
There is no lack of famous handicraft villages around Hanoi. Some of them are Van Phuc expert in silk clothes, Bat Trang specializing in ceramic objects, and Thach Xa for the bamboo things with the shape of animals. When you arrive there, probably, you could be stunned by the meticulousness the artists bring into their products.
Anyway, I assure that Hanoi attractions will never make you be let down. Interstingly, the price for a trip to Hanoi is quite reasonable, around 50-60 USD/day, while all necessary services are adequate there. Therefore, why don’t you spend your holiday in Hanoi while you won’t need to prepare a lot of things for the journey?