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I love Hanoi. It’s one of my favorite cities on earth, and it has a very special place in my heart.

Let’s begin with a video I made in Hanoi.

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Hanoi was my home-base for 4 months (from Dec ’16 – April ’17), and I only have amazing to say about this city. In fact, I’m having serious withdrawals writing this blog post, as I reminisce from my time there!

While living in Hanoi, I was able to obtain a good feel and understanding for Vietnamese culture, food, people and lifestyle — and I’m beyond excited to share my insights with you in this article!

My intention in writing this post is to give you insider information about things to do, eat and see during your visit to Hanoi, because I know it can be intimidating as a first-timer.

Don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns while in Hanoi!

General Info About Hanoi

In this section, I’m going to tell you as many random things & tips that I think you should know before visiting Hanoi.

Hanoi is Vietnam’s capital and second largest city by population (behind Ho Chi Minh City). It’s located in the northern part of the country, and is home to some 10 million people in the metropolitan region.

The city is large and spread out, but most of the activity and touristy spots are located in the Old Quarter (unlike LA or Tokyo where everything is spread out).   You will likely be spending most of your time in the Old Quarter, where you will find tons of cafes, restaurants, hotels, bars, lounges, markets, clubs, street food vendors, etc.  It is, without question, the “most happening place” in the city — and for this reason, you can “see” Hanoi in 1 or 2 days (no need to spend a week there).

Another area of town that you may find yourself in is called Tay Ho (translated to ‘West Lake’).  It’s where all the expats in Hanoi live, who mostly consist of English teachers. Tay Ho has all the fancy restaurants and foreign food to enjoy, so if you’re tired of eating Pho, then go here!

Hanoi doesn’t have many tall buildings or a financial district in a “downtown area” — in fact, most buildings are under 5 stories tall.   If you want to see skyscrapers in Vietnam, then head to Ho Chi Minh city.

80% of vehicles in Hanoi are motorbikes, and it will certainly overwhelm you at first. Crossing the street is like playing Frogger in real life… and it doesn’t help that there are no street lanes!!  My best piece of advice is to always walk the same pace when crossing the road, and the drivers will go around you. If you slow down or speed up, then you might be in trouble…

People in Hanoi – Most people in Hanoi (and the Vietnamese in general) don’t speak English or speak at a very beginner level.   With the exception of workers in tourist places (i.e. hotels, restaurants, cafes) and college students, you will find the English levels lower than most countries in Asia.

To be honest, people in Hanoi are quite lazy, and are usually seen chilling outside on the street curb drinking tea and spitting sunflower seeds (it’s the thing to do in Hanoi).   Nobody seems to be in a rush, and things just happen as they happen. Hanoians love sitting in TINY chairs and tables (like preschool-sized chairs) – and it’s pretty funny the first time you see it. If you are a tall person, then you might have some issues sitting down!

You will find a lot of backpackers in Hanoi (mostly Australians, Europeans and Americans), as Hanoi has been on the rise in popularity with tourists. Most of them will be hanging around the Old Quarter or Ta Hien Street (beer street) by night  — more on that later.

Vietnamese Words to Know – Given the low English levels of the people in Hanoi, it’s in your best interest to learn a few Vietnamese words.  Here are the essentials:
– “Cam On” = Thank You
– “Sin Chao” = Hello
– “Tam Biet” = Good Bye
– “Mot, Hai Ba” = One, Two, Three

Money & Prices – The currency is the Vietnamese Dong, and the exchange rate as I write this is $1USD = 22,000 dong.  I know, it’s pretty inflated…   When you go to the ATM machine, you will be pulling out millions of Dong and it will boggle your mind.  You are a millionaire!!

With the exception of a few high end places, everything in Hanoi is cash only, so make sure to have twice as much cash as you think you’ll need.  This is very important, beacuse being stuck without money is a nightmare.

That being said, almost everything is cheap in Hanoi – I think it’s the cheapest capital city in Southeast Asia. Think $1 for a bowl of Pho, $0.50 for a taxi ride around the city, and $1 for a T-shirt!

Make sure to always bargain if you are buying any souvenirs from a street vendor or small shop (they always try to rip you off). Don’t be fooled.

Getting Around Hanoi– I would avoid taxis at all costs because the driver’s aren’t friendly and they might try to rip you off.   Instead, take Uber or Grab – both are reliable taxi services, with cheaper prices and safer standards than regular taxis. Trust me on this! There are also buses, but I never once rode them. Walking is probably the best option, and you can walk anywhere in the Old Quarter within an hour.

Sanitation — Street Food is available everywhere and I recommend eating as much as possible! However, some tourists get food poisoning because of the water – so always make sure to drink bottled water and only eat fruit that YOU peel yourself. Avoid the women on the street trying to sell you doughnuts or pre-cut pineapples, because they probably used a dirty knife and/or they have been sitting there for days. See photo below.

SIM Cards – Get yourself a local SIM card for your phone! They are so cheap (about $5USD for 3GB of data, which will last you weeks of using the internet). Just walk into any phone shop and ask about SIM cards, and they will assist you. Or you can get yourself a TEP portable wifi device, which gives you internet access in 100+ countries.

Accommodations – I recommend both Air Bnb and standard Hotels in the Old Quarter. I have found some really cheap places on Air Bnb (as low as $15 per night), and most hotels will run you from $10-40 per night. There are tons of hostels as well (if that’s your thing) for a bed as low as $5 per night.  But beware that most hostels are full of drunk Aussies taking their shirts off and acting like fools in the streets…

Arriving in Hanoi

There are a few different ways that you can arrive in Hanoi. The most common ways are by plane and by bus.  Or you can arrive by your own motorbike, in which case you won’t need my guidance.

By Plane – Hanoi has a fantastic and modern airport called Noi Bai Airport, which is just 10 miles north of the city. It serves both domestic and international flights from hundreds of locations around the world. If you arrive at the airport, take an Uber to your hotel (you can use the wifi in the airport to call it).

**Make sure to check if you need a visa before arriving in Hanoi** (Americans and citizens from many other countries can apply for an e-visa online for $40).   If you get an e-visa, you can pick it up at the airport if you print out the necessary papers. It’s easy.  

By Train/Bus – It’s likely that you will be arriving in Hanoi via ground transportation from another place in Vietnam. If so, the bus and train stations are located in the center of the city and you should have no problem when you arrive. Make sure to print out the address of your hotel or Air Bnb (in Vietnamese and English) or have a screenshot on your phone, in case you need help.

Things to do in Hanoi 

Below are my top 9 recommendations for things to do in Hanoi. As I mentioned earlier, the popular areas are all near each other and you can do everything on this list in 1 or 2 days. 

Walk Around Hoan Kiem Lake – In the center of the Old Quarter lies Hoan Kiem Lake, an beautiful and charming lake with amazing views. Go here to escape the hustle and bustle of the city, especially on weekends, when they block off the streets for cars and it’s pedestrians only.

Get Lost in the Old Quarter – As I’ve talked about a lot already, the Old Quarter is where all the magic happens in the city.  It’s noisy from all the honking horns, and the motorbike traffic is always heavy, but I suggest walking around to discover tons of restaurants, bars, cafes, clubs and all around good vibes.  The Old Quarter is a collection of about 36 streets, which all specialize in selling something (like jewelry, pillows, shirts, baskets, toys, shoes, sunglasses, etc).  Every time I roamed around the streets, I found another hidden gem.  Make sure to check out St. Joseph’s Cathedral, a church that’s been there since the late 1886s. It’s a popular landmark and meeting place in the city.

Go to the Weekend Night Market – Only on weekends is the night market on the main street in town — I forgot the name of the street but you can’t miss it.  Starting at about 7PM and going until about midnight, you will find hundreds of mini vendors side by side in tents selling everything from shirts to bluetooth speakers to lamps.  It’s all fake products, but REALLY CHEAP and you can bargain for everything.  As a rule of thumb, don’t buy it until you known down the price 50% from what they offer you.

Take a Motorbike Taxi – If you see an old guy chilling on top of his motorbike on a sidewalk, he is likely a driver and will take you anywhere around the city if you ask him.  You can also use the apps Grab or Uber to order a motorbike taxi. It’s cheap, a great way to feel like a local!  Note – you might want to get a face mask to avoid sniffing up all the fumes on the street..

Fine Dining at Tay Ho – As I briefly touched earlier, Tay Ho is the area where all the expats live (who are 80% English teachers). If you are looking for a nicer meal, or foreign food, then head up there!  It’s about a 10 minute drive from the Old Quarter, and it’s located half way between the airport and the Old Quarter.

Drink a Beer on Ta Hien Street – Also known as “Beer Street,” Ta Hien street is THE place to party on any night of the week.   In this area, everyone is sitting outside on small chairs, drinking beer and eating BBQ with their friends before heading to the clubs until the early hours of the morning.   Grab a local beer and wander around Ta Hien to see street performers, and all around happiness!

Visit Museums – Hanoi has a variety of museums scattered around town. I am not really a museum person myself, (and admittedly haven’t been to any in Hanoi), but if you are into museums, then check out Hoa Lo Prison, Ho Chi Minh Museum and Fine Arts Museum.  I’ve heard they are great.

Go to the Water Puppet Show – The silliest recommendation in this entire blog post is the Water Puppet show at Thang Long Water Pupper Theatre.  For one reason or another, it’s a huge tourist attraction.  Basically, you pay $5 to enter a small theatre and see the “classic puppet show” in water, which consists of strange instruments, and an even stranger play that’s entirely held in Vietnamese. Bring some beer and get ready to laugh.

Venture to the Snake Village (Le Mat) – For all you adventurous people out there, there is a village about 7 miles northeast of Hanoi called Le Mat, which specializes in selling snake. Many restaurants around town will serve snake at your table. When you walk inside, they let you choose which snake you want out of the cage (while it’s still alive), and then they kill it at your table before cooking it in the back.  They serve the snake in about a dozen gourmet-style dishes like stir fry, soup and fried.

Watch this video to get a better idea of what I’m talking about.

I Ate Snake in Vietnam, But There’s More…

WARNING: If you are a vegetarian, or easily feel uncomfortable, please skip this video.

A few days ago, I ventured out the Snake Village of #Hanoi, for an interesting and cultural experience. I am a fan of trying whatever the locals are eating (in any given place) — but this was one of the wildest meals of my life.

Would you ever try eating snake?

Thanks to my Vietnamese friends for helping me film this video Bui Ngoc Thieu Minh Tuan Thế Anh

Music: Ben Sound

Posted by Drew Binsky on Sunday, March 26, 2017


Things to Eat in Hanoi

Pho – The most classic Vietnamese dish, and one that’s rising in popularity around the world, is Pho. It consists of rice noodles with beef or chicken, onions, garlic and cilantro in a sour and tasty broth. The best pho in Hanoi is at a place called GIA TRUYEN on 49 Bát Đàn, Cửa Đông, Hoàn Kiếm — but it’s only open from 6-10PM every night. You can’t miss it because the line will be wrapped around the street. 

Banh Mi – This is a Vietnamese style sandwich, made on a French Baguette and loaded with tons of vegetables, meat and Vietnamese spices. The best Banh Mi Place is on 38 Dinh Liet Street and has a giant blue sign in front called Banh Mi Pho Co.  It’s located near the main square about 20 meters from the Aldo sign.

Bun Cha – a Hanoi specialty, bun cha is only served in Northern Vietnam and it’s my favorite dish in the city. It’s pork fatty meatballs, grilled over a fire, and served in a soup alongside rice noodles and tons of green vegetables and cilantro. The best bun cha is at a place called Bún Chả Hàng Mành on hàng mành street. Look for a big red sign and a 3 story building.

Spring Rolls – Vietnamese spring rolls is made of vegetables mixed with shrimp or chicken, and either fried in lots of oil, or served more health wrapped in rice paper.   I prefer the one wrapped in rice paper – make sure to dip it in the peanut sauce!

Egg Coffee – Hanoi is very famous for egg coffee, and it known to have the original recipe in Vietnam. I know it sounds gross, but it’s REALLY tasty! It’s just coffee with raw egg mixed on top, and it tastes more like a yogurt or custard than anything else. You can get it hot or cold (hot is better), and make sure to mix it with your spoon before drinking. There are egg coffee places all over Hanoi, but the best and original place is called GIANG CAFÉ – you have to go here because it’s incredible. The building and recipe hasn’t changed since 1939, and it’s quite touristy inside because everyone knows how great it is.

Sugarcane Juice – You can find sugarane juice from a street vendor for as cheap as $0.30. While you can find this all over Southeast Asia, the one in Hanoi is sweet and delicious and you should try it!

Fruit Juice – As Vietnam is a tropical country, the fruit is as fresh as it gets. The best fruit stand is on Bat Dan Street – it’s open really late!

Pho – Yes, this is the 2nd time I am telling you to eat pho beacuse it’s just THAT DAMN GOOD!

Best Day Trips from Hanoi

You can book all tours at any tour agency in Hanoi (there are literally hundreds of tour agencies on the streets of Hanoi). It’s not necessary to book any of these tours in advance before you visit Hanoi, as there is always availability even during peak season. Most tours are all-inclusive, meaning you will pay one fee which will cover all transportation, accommodation, and food costs. Extra activities will be at your own expense.

The following are the best day trips around Hanoi.

Ninh Binh – Ninh Binh is a small, quaint city just 50 miles south of Hanoi. It’s best known for it’s topography and stunning landscape, which is comparable to Ha Long Bay with regards to tall mountains, caves, and greenery.  The best way to capture its beauty is by taking a boat ride along the river.  Ninh Binh only about an hour ride each way, making it the most convenient day trip from Hanoi. Day tours to Ninh Binh range from $10 – 40 USD.

Ha Long Bay – Ha Long Bay is the main reason why people visit Vietnam. It’s the Grand Canyon or Niagara Falls of Vietnam, and it simply cannot be missed on any trip to Vietnam. It’s one of the best displays of nature I’ve ever seen in my life. You can take either a day trip, or a 2-3 day trip from Hanoi (I recommend taking a 2 day trip). It’s about a 4 hour drive each way from Hanoi. If you take a 2 day trip, you will sleep overnight on the boat and wake up to the best sunrise you’ve ever seen. Day Trips to Ha Long Bay are about $40, and 2 day trips are around $80.

Sapa Valley – Sapa Valley is my favorite place to visit in Vietnam outside Hanoi. It’s a little far to make a day trip (7 hour drive each way on a sleeper bus), so you will likely have to spend the night in the village or a homestay. Sapa is famous for it’s green countryside and rice terraces, which are alongside steep hills. Most tourists go here for trekking (half day, full day or 2+ days), where you will visit several villages and see how people live their lives in happiness without materialistic goods. It will take you back in time. The locals who live there are part of the Hmong tribe – they speak their own dialect and look physically different than people in Hanoi.   It’s really a great experience and I couldn’t recommend it more!

Nightlife in Hanoi

Hanoi isn’t as crazy of a party city as Bangkok, Bali or even Ho Chi Minh — but there are a some fun things to do at night.  Most of the partying takes place of Ta Hien street (Beer Street), or at the scattered bars in Tay Ho. Here are some of my favorite venues.

Polite Pub – If you are looking for for a chill night and live music, head over to Polite Pub.  They have one of the best assortments of wine and cigars in Hanoi, and the atmosphere inside will keep you all night long.   Head there around 9PM so you can grab a table, or else it will be too crowded to get in.

Club 1900 – One of the wildest nightclubs in the city, and located right on Ta Hien Street.  This place get crowded at about 11PM and goes until 3-4AM.  Expect to hear loud EDM music and dance all night at this massive club.  Also – don’t be shocked if you see people doing whip-its out of a helium balloon — they sell them in the back and they make you high for like 5 seconds (I don’t recommend it).

The Rooftop Bar – Located on the top floor of a business building, the rooftop bar might have the best view of the Old Quarter.  It’s a great venue with a DJ playing live music, and it offers a nice selection of cocktails and food (you can go for dinner and then stay all night to party).  You can’t miss this place in Hanoi!

Final Thoughts

As you can probably tell from reading this post, I am obsessed with Hanoi and I have a deep love for the city.  I hope reading this post has given you a better understanding of what to expect when you visit.  If you have any further questions about Hanoi, please contact me and I’ll get back to you!

Don’t forget to find & book your hotels in Hanoi on this link 🙂

Happy travels!

Drew Binsky

A graduate from The University of Wisconsin-Madison, Drew Binsky has visited 190+ Countries since 2012.He first caught the travel bug while studying abroad in Prague, then taught English in Korea, and now he's on a mission to visit every country on earth.Follow his journey on YouTube & Instagram @drewbinsky 🙂

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  7. I found your blog post very informative. I’m not even Vietnamese to begin with. However, when I read that you generalized people in Hanoi as lazy because of what you saw on the streets of them drinking tea really made me question if what has your years of travelling really taught you.

    Those people drinking tea probably worked the whole morning already, or are retirees or are just having their rest sessions between jobs, what do you know?

    There are lazy and hard-working people everywhere in the world, so for you to generalize everyone in Hanoi to be lazy just because of them drinking tea is a bit rude and shallow.

  8. Thanks for sharing such an amazing & informative blog which will surely be a big help to those travelling to the vietnam.Apart from the beautiful hanoi there are many amazing places to visit and out of many the beach resorts in the southern part of the country is very popular among the tourists.There one can find many beautiful beach resorts which provides top class hospitality.

  9. We are thinking of heading there early next year ! I dont think I have a single question after reading everything you have posted! THANK YOU FOR WONDERFUL INFORMATION!!

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  12. Great information, Drew! I love Pho so much too. Hope you will have another posts to review all best Pho shops in Hanoi 😀 Looking forward to it.

  13. Fantastic place. I would love to add it to my bucket list as there are so many attractions to see there and I am sure a trip to Vietnam will be fun. Keep sharing such awesome places.

  14. I totally agree with your suggestions when traveling to Hanoi. Now you can use a double-decker bus to move around Hanoi center, a very interesting new experience. Also, if you’ve come to Hanoi, don’t miss enjoying sidewalk cafe, it is also a culture of Hanoi people.

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    and if you go to thailand go to full moon party~

  16. It is quite ignorant to state that people in Hanoi are lazy. Just because there is another pace and culture there doesn’t mean that you may label it as lazy from your Western eyes. As a white man exploring poorer countries, you might be aware of that perspective in the future. Honestly, I thought your blog was interesting until I read that and will probably not visit your site again.

    1. 1000% agree….
      People in Vietnam are not lazy or anything else…. like everywhere in this world.
      I mean we are humans being with our qualities or not and it’s mean we are not perfect, like Drew Binsky… Being stupid can happen to anyone… Right?
      Hope than Drew will visit Vietnam again and will change his mind….

      1. Just because you know it’s a poor country doesn’t mean you have gone there.
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        Speaking from 15 years of experience, growing up and living in downtown Hanoi

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  21. Thank you for this post! It’s one of the most helpful I have come across.
    It’s a shame I’m only going for 4 days because I’d have loved to have seen all of the places you suggested!

  22. Wow! This is awesome. Going in November for 4 days and was a little scattered as to how I’d see so many things in a short amount of time but you pinned down all the good stuff for me thank you!!!

    1. Just bear in mind a few things are not super up to date. Things are slightly more expensive and you can also pay by credit cards in quite some places now (shopping malls, higher-end restaurants, …). In general the article is true and giving much more concrete advice and recommendations than I usually read!!!

  23. Awesome guide,I loved the information,I love Hanoi so much .Your blog information help me a lot,it’s give such a great information which is very helpful.thanks for sharing such a grate ideas.

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  25. Always love visiting Vietnam, so many cool things to see and surprisingly good nightlife once you figure out where to go. Can’t wait to head back next year.

  26. Hanoi is a city I fell in love with the first minute we arrived. Eating street side, motorbikes EVERYWHERE, the control chaos of crossing the street, and the people keep me going back year after year. Near the Metropole Hotel is a small alley that is referred to ask “ice cream alley” because of the handful of ice cream shops. Don’t miss the coconut flavored.

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  28. OMG! That’s incredible, Drew! Thank you so much for such a great and detailed description! Will definitely make my stay in Hanoi easier 🙂 One small question: why no one writes about that unusual (according to the pictures) place with the railway between the buildings on the narrow street? 🙁 Want to visit it but can’t find info how to find it on any blogs I’ve read so far. Will be useful just to add this info too 🙂 Thanks!

    1. @Marta, OMG, there are so many villages, cities and towns in Vietnam which have a railway between the streets and building, it’s normal here. However, the most well-known place is the railway thật’s near the intersection between Điện Biên Phủ Street and Phùng Hưng, it’s a short walk from the intersection, and it’s on the right side.

  29. Cool post! We are going in December. We have full days for Hanoi and 2 days on Halong. After that we go to Hue for 2 nights. We have 2 more nights empty before going to Saigon. Trying to decide if we will add on Hoi An. What are you thoughts of it? Seems like Disneyland to me. Another option is to add more time to Hanoi and do a day trip.

    1. You DEFINITELY should go to Hội An and Đà Nẵng also. It’s a UNESCO Heritage Site and it’s gorgeous. The cost for a visit there is pretty cheap for the experience that you’ll get and you’ll have a touch of the Old Vietnam there!

  30. Would like to check the transportation company that you are using when you move from hanoi to Halong Bay and to Sapa. Do you have the contacts of a reliable transportation source ?

  31. Hi! Drew, Would you recommend the open bus ticket or the reunification rail to travel internally within Vietnam? I have my trip in 3 weeks and been thinking about choosing the most convenient Mode of transport during my stay. Thanks.

  32. Excellent post. How about the nightlife of Hanoi? I am looking for nightclubs in Hanoi which not play Vietnamese EDM. I just can’t take it and it really ruins my night.
    Besides, I impress in how Vietnamese EDMs were made. Like I listened to some original version of and they are sad af. How amazing they are to turn them into EDM

  33. Thanks for your blog, this post is amazing. I`m the Hanoi person so I feel very happy when a foreigner writes such an interesting post like this. Hanoi is so beautiful, isn`t it? Hope that you will come back to our country, especially the capital of Hanoi, to find more exciting things of this city <3


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  35. Fantastic post. I have planned a trip to Hanoi with my family and so this post is very helpful to me. All your tips are also very useful. Keep sharing such posts.

  36. wow! thanks for this post im soooo glad i found you guys…. I’m planning to go to hanoi bec ive been so intrigued of how it is like there ever since wee had that guided tour in saigon…. bec it feels like they still have some rift with each other 🙁

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  41. This is a full post. Thank you for sharing. I am so impressive with snake wine (Le Mat Village). I love Hanoi so much and I will travel to Hanoi in next year.

  42. Hi Drew, wonderful blog on Hanoi. Pls do one for Ho Chi Minh and other regions of Vietnam. Thank you and keep up the good work of both blogging and Facebook videos

  43. Thanks a lot Drew binsky for this awesome post and informative too.I am sure that whoever is planning to visit vietnam should go to hanoi.Apart from hanoi the mui ne is also a must visit place for the tourists.Mui has some beautiful beaches and beach resort and one such resort is bamboo village beach resort which is voted as the best resort in mui ne, phan theit.

  44. Hi Drew,

    Where would you recommend to get a cheap massage? You made the reco on your IG story but didn’t name the place! I’m headed there in 2 weeks and could use a nice [cheap] massage. 🙂

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  46. I spent 18 months living in Hanoi back in 1995 (when I was 22). The place was a lot different. Far less busy. The streets were mainly filled with hondas, cyclos and bicycles. Cars were the minority even then. The whole city seemed to go to sleep after 9pm and it felt as if I had the streets to myself after that. Forcing myself to get lost and stumbling upon adventure in the dark back streets. Magical times of drinking at Bia Hois with late working cyclo drivers discussing the past, present and future of Vietnam. Wonderfully complex country.

  47. Hello Drew. Thanks for the insight. I’m curious though if its best to do cyclo tour, vespa or just walk to coverthe attractions near the Old Quarter?

  48. Hi Drew, great article!! I’m visiting Hanoi for the first time in Oct. Only there for 6 days , so your tips are going to be very helpful. Thank you !!

  49. This is a major problem with travel bloggers. You say with such certainty and conviction the best places to eat and drink, but from the look of it you never left the comfortable, familiar tourist streets of Old Quarter and Tay Ho. That’s not even getting started on your museum “advice.” I haven’t read any of your other articles, but I imagine it would probably be in a similar vein, like going to Los Angeles and just staying in Venice Beach, or Soho in London, or İstiklal Avenue in Istanbul. There is much more variety and experiences to be had if you venture beyond what dated advice you are parroting from guide books. Why such dishonesty? Who are you serving here? Corporate sponsors and advertisers, or the reader?

  50. Very nice article! You could see not only Hanoi citizens love sitting on small chairs but also every where in the country. It was a trouble to me at first times as i’m quite big 🙂

  51. Great article on what to expect.The “International Corner” by Ta Hien street is a must see even if you don’t drink. Crazy how traffic, people and beer flow through there.

  52. Awesome guide, looking forward to checking out all these places when I head there this week! Thanks Drew!

  53. Drew, loved the information.
    Can’t wait to see all the places you recommend next year when I go.

  54. The balls on you to call this an ‘ultimate’ guide. Written as if Old Quarter and Tay Ho are the only parts of Hanoi. You know with such certainty the single best place for each dish, and they all just happen to be in OQ?

    No excursions mentioned except the main ones you’ll find on any tourist site.

    It’s a really shallow picture of the city, even in four months you could have explored so much more.

    Keep on counting countries and making money for unoriginal content, I guess.

  55. Hi you said that pho comes with beef or pork. It’s actually beef or chicken. Pork isn’t used in the dish.

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