If you don’t like cultural visits and other types of tours, Hanoi has something for everyone. There are also a number of must-see offbeat places in Hanoi like Snake Village, Doi Can Street, Long Bien Bridge, and West Lake.
One of the most beautiful and authentic ways to take a tour of this kind is by riding a motorbike. All travelers who have taken this tour have been delighted and it is one of the best memories they have of their trip.
Vietnam is a wonderful country that has many sights to enjoy. It has become a very popular tourist destination in recent years. The easing of travel regulations has made the visa process easy and reliable so you can take advantage of a visa on arrival.
The perfect tour would start first thing in the morning on Doi Can Street. It is a very busy street and in one of its alleys/, we go inside to see a small local market.
There is a network of small markets and narrow streets; the number of people and motorcycles is overwhelming, but this chaos is the part of Hanoi that we like the most.
The next stop is the Old Quarter. Here we recommend that you park your bike and start walking around the 36 neighborhoods. This stop is also a great time to taste some Vietnamese Streetfood.
We recommend you not to eat breakfast and let yourself be carried away with some typical morning Pho and good Vietnamese coffee in true Hanoi style.
Next stop, West Lake. West Lake will delight you with images of locals working with lotus flowers, fishing or simply contemplating the lake and this atmosphere, transporting you to the oriental and mysterious Hanoi.
For lunch, I suggest a place on the other side of the city. Passing the Long Bien Bridge, you will reach the popular Vietnamese Snake Village or Le Mat, where you’ll get a unique opportunity to try rare dishes such as a grilled snake. Nguyen Van Duc is the busiest restaurant in this area.
After lunch, you can choose to take a nap at the hotel, but if you are one of those who do not want to miss anything on your visit, we recommend a leisurely stroll through the Hanoi Botanical Park, the Vuon Bach Thao. Absolute tranquility in a green environment!
At about seven o’clock, I recommend a tour of Lenin Park and Ba Dinh Square. Here you’ll see local Vietnamese families getting together and spending the afternoon.
To finish, at around 9 pm in Ba Dinh Square, the Vietnamese flag is lowered. This ceremony is the perfect way to end a day full of new sensations and discoveries. A day where you can get a little closer to the day-to-day life of this incredible city, HA NOI which means between the waters.