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1. Posted by Alqueda (Inactive 17 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Make sure you go these places as highlights of the city:

1. Ho Chi Minh complex, visiting his Mausoleum, the Presidential Palace and his old houses. The Mausoleum is where the body of the greatest president of Vietnam is kept in a glass coffin. The Presidential Palace is a beautiful French building that was originally built for the French General Governor of Indochina, later on Ho Chi Minh worked in the building.

2. One pillar pagoda: Built in the 11th century as a memorial to the Goddess of Mercy. The whole pagoda stands on a column. The place is next to Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum.

2.1 Tran Quoc Pagoda: Lying on the bank of the West Lake - biggest one in town, this is the oldest and one of the biggest pagoda in town. The pagoda has a beautiful set of statues and stupas. Good for some photos. Get out of the pagoda, turn right, stroll for several minutes you'll see a boat, which is now home to Highlands Coffee. Sitting on top of the place is great for watching sunset on the Lake. Late afternoon and evening the road becomes the most romantic one in town where thousand of couples hook up.

3. The temple of Literature: the once biggest education center of Vietnam and also the most beautiful temple in the country dedicated to Confucius- the founder of Confucianism.

4. Museum of Ethnology: Biggest one in town displaying exhibits and lives of 54 groups of people living in Vietnam

5. Old Quarter: Trading part of the city, most populated and flourish place in town. Thousands of tiny shops selling cheap things. Ideal to look for clothes, fake watches, fake Lacoste T-shirt and nice painting galleries.

6. Ngoc Son temple: A nice little temple dedicated to one of the 10 best generals in war history. The temple was built in the 18 century. Make sure you see a turtle (maintained in a glass coffin) to the small roof next to the temple, which used to be living in the water of the lake.

7. Every last 3 evening of the week, part of the Old Quarter is only for the pedestrians (traffic is banned). Local shops are the set up in the middle of the daytime-busy streets to sell local thing. Pretty good for going out having a look. Watch your language once you're here, just to be on the safe side.

8. Cheap clothes and watches: Go to Hang Dao street (near the Sword Lake). This is where you can find a 4$ Lacost T-shirts or a 3$ Swiss watch. I'm sure they're not really bad comparing to a the genuin.

9. For a traffic experience? Spend around 3-4$/hour renting a cyclo, you will be cycled around the Old Quarter, be a part of the amazing traffic. After that, first thing you're gonna say is: I have survived.

10. Wanna taste a bit of the local culture? Go to cafe Lam (91 Nguyen Huu Huan street) where you taste nice Vietnamese coffee, but seeing the local is more interesting for those who expect)

11. Heard of the Water Puppet show? It originated in Vietnam and the ticket is about 2.5$ where you see 1 hour show of the stunning art takes place on the water. The Puppet theater is on the bank of the Sword Lake. Can't miss it.



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2. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 2012 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Thanks for the info on Hanoi. I'm going back for more next winter, and I'll put some of these places on my list to see with Hanoikids.

3. Posted by Alqueda (Inactive 17 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Dear Daawgon,

Lovely to hear that you're coming back. Never heard of the kids before but I wish you a nice stay in Vietnam. Anytime you need any info, I'll be here trying to be some sort of help.



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4. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!


Your list is really informative and l wish l had it when l was in Hanoi in November!! BUT can l suggest that this sort of detail would be great in the Wiki Travel Guide - you can access it HERE


5. Posted by Alqueda (Inactive 17 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Thank you, Purdy. Good to hear that you were here. I wish I had leant of your visit. Cheers.

6. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3578 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Take the walking tour in the old quarter. I found it interesting and worth a few hours. Also walk over the 'The Huc Bridge' and visit the 'Ngoc Son Temple' in Hoan Kiem Lake. Quiet place to relax from the bustle of HaNoi. I have photos of all of these and more in my gallery.