About in Hanoi
Hanoi, the capital city of Vietnam, is a fascinating blend of East and West, combining traditional Sino-Vietnamese motifs with French flair. This capital city contains rich culture and history, tourism attractions and various activities for visitation and leisure entertainment. Hanoi lay in a deep slumber after Vietnam’s partition in 1954 until the effects of economic reforms since 1986. The city survived American bombs and Russian planners to emerge relatively unscathed in the early 1990s as an example of a French-conceived colonial city. Huge mansions line grand boulevards, and lakes, parks and temples dot the city, providing a romantic backdrop to the nonstop soundtrack. Hanoi has been known by many names for the last thousand years. In 1010, Lý Công Uẩn, the first ruler of the Lý Dynasty, moved the capital of Đại Việt to the site of the Đại La Citadel. Claiming to have seen a dragon ascending the Red River, he renamed the site Thăng Long (Rising Dragon). In 1831, the Nguyễn emperor Minh Mạng renamed it Hà Nội. This city was occupied by the French in 1873 and became the capital of French Indochina after 1887. In 1954, Hanoi became the capital of an independent North Vietnam and remained the capital city of Vietnam since the end of the Vietnam War in 1975. Hanoi, today has a population of 7 million, of which about 2 million lives in urban districts. Hanoi has become a popular stopover for Western visitors seeking a break from Southeast Asia's metropolises - and for Americans curious to explore the history of the Vietnam War. Tourism booms in Hanoi's central old quarter, a warren of shops and lanes around the perimeter of Hoan Kiem Lake, a pleasant and peaceful green pool that has a temple floating in its northern end. A mass of motorbikes swarms through the tangled web of streets that is the Old Quarter, a cauldron of commerce for almost 1000 years and still the best place to check the pulse of this resurgent city. The Old Quarter has the original street layout and architecture of old Hanoi. At the early of the 20th century the city consisted of 36 named streets, most of which are now part of the old quarter. Each street is named for the product that originally was made and sold there, so there are Roasted Fish, Jars, Jewelry and Sandals Streets. Few street names nowadays still reflect these specializations. These areas are famous for its small artisans and merchants, including many silk shops. Local cuisine specialties as well as several clubs and bars can be found here also. A night market in the heart of the district opens for visitors every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday night with a variety of clothing, souvenirs and food. As you walk along the street, you may find that people start talking to you. It is a cultural norm there to make conversation with strangers. They might ask you where you are from and other general questions. It takes awhile to get used to that. However, there are times when you find this friendliness extremely helpful, such as when you are lost or need help. What to do Some well-known places are: - Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum (08:00-11:00. Closed Mon & Fri. Last entrance 10:15), Ho Chi Minh Museum and One Pillar Pagoda (Chùa Một Cột) - Flag Tower of Hanoi(Cột cờ Hà Nội) and Hanoi Citadel (Thành cổ Hà Nội) - Museum of Ethnology (Bảo tàng Dân tộc học), Nguyen Van Huyen St, Cau Giay district (Can access by buses), Tue-Sun 8:30-17:30. Covers mainly the culture and ritual practices of the various ethnic groups in the whole of Vietnam - one of the key attractions of the museum is the outdoor exhibition. The museum features actual explanations of the exhibits in Vietnamese, French and English. There is also an excellent chocolate and baguette café in the Museum of Ethnology garden. Visit Museum of Ethnology should be a must J) - The Temple of Literature (Văn Miếu), Quoc Tu Giam St. The Temple of Literature was founded in 1070 and established as the country's first university six years later. The courtyard features numerous stone tablets, each mounted on the back of a tortoise, with the names of graduates over the centuries. - National Museum of Vietnamese History -Bảo tàng Lịch sử Việt Nam, 1 Trang Tien St. 8AM-11:30AM, 1:30PM-4:30PM. - Hanoi Old Quarter, Hoan Kiem Lake and Ngoc Son Temple - Fine Arts Museum (Bảo Tàng Mỹ Thuật), 66 Nguyen Thai Hoc St. Tuesday to Sun from 9:15am to 5pm. - Vietnamese Women's Museum (Bảo Tàng Phụ nữ Việt Nam), 36 Ly Thuong Kiet Street, Hoan Kiem District - Army Museum (Bảo Tàng Quân Đội), Dien Bien Phu St. 8AM-11:30AM, 1:00PM-4:30PM, closed on Monday and Friday. - Air Force Museum (Bảo Tàng Không Quân), Truong Chinh St - Ho Tay - West Lake - Hoa Lo Prison (The Hanoi Hilton), 1 Hoa Lo, Hoan Kiem. 8:30AM-11:30AM, 1:30PM-4:30PM. NOTE: MOST MUSEUM S CLOSED ON MONDAYS..... You can't leave Hanoi without seeing a traditional water-puppet show. The shows, which appeal to all ages, are charming, picaresque entertainments accompanied by a traditional Vietnamese pit orchestra. Order your tickets early in the day for the best seats. Your hotel can probably help. If you like adventuring foods and drinks in Hanoi, just following the recommendations of Australian guy who love and live in Hanoi for most 10 years. Just click and go at http://stickyrice.typepad.com Getting here From the Noi Bai airport § Taxi to the central Hanoi. There are fixed price taxi stands right outside the exit, offering fares for about US$20 into the city. It is better to give them the address and agree with the driver on the price before getting into the car to avoid the scams. Some drivers (even pre-paid taxis) may try to take you to a hotel of their choice or even a hotel pretending to be the one you named to collect a commission. Various scams occur with tourists. § Shuttle-buses from the airport to Hanoi stop at number 1, Quang Trung, the Vietnam Airlines Office (a bit south of and not more than 2km far away the old quarter but conveniently stocked with taxis or motorbike drivers) Tickets are sold in the building in front of which the minibuses park, or you can give the fare directly to the driver. The cost is about US$3. The driver will potentially give you trouble if you have additional bags, but if you push, you will get the same US$3 rate (The shuttle buses are also available to get to airport hourly). § Public buses to the centre Hanoi take about 1.5 hour. Bus #07 crosses the Thang Long bridge and goes to the Daewoo Hotel on the western part of Hanoi, then you have to do transfer to other bus to reach Hanoi Old Quarter. Bus #17 crosses the Chuong Duong bridge and goes close to the old quarter, to Long Bien (just a few blocks from Hoan Kiem Lake - the destination of most tourists). Prices are $0.5. To catch buses #7 or #17, go to the 2nd floor of the terminal, proceed outside, and walk along the ramp to your left. The ramp, like a highway overpass, will take you to the other side of the road than if you had just exited on the 1st floor arrivals section. Buses 7 and 17 depart from right at the end of the ramp. However, baggage is not permitted aboard the buses, so you may need to wait a few minutes to try your luck several times or give the conductor a small bribe, i.e. paying for the baggage as well. Don't listen to taxi drivers or shuttle bus operators that claim the stop for the public buses is a few kilometers away or that service has been terminated. Public buses operate 05:00-22:00. § If you are still worries on how to get there, then we can arrange a pick up car for you… just let us know and a friendly face will be waiting for you at the entrance of the Noi Bai airport, holding a our sign with your name on it J) From Hanoi train station: you are almost close to the central of Hanoi. Just take a taxi, show them the address and ask them the price even pre-paid taxis.