While the mention of Hanoi doesn’t necessarily evoke a sense of whimsy or wanderlust compared to its Vietnamese compatriot, Ho Chi Minh, it’s still very much a worthwhile visit for the simple reason that it is a wholly quiet and lovely affair.
The Ancient Charm Of The Old Quarter In Hanoi
First things first, the atmosphere in Hanoi is pretty much in tune with Vietnam’s local culture as hordes of motorcycles zoom past on its narrow streets while local pedestrians nonchalantly cross the busy intersections of the Old Quarters. Compare that nonchalance to the crowds of tourists scampering and trying to navigate the chaotic roads, and you’ve got the general imagery of a typical day in Hanoi.
Otherwise, Hanoi’s hodgepodge of architectural influences is also perfectly reflected in the traditional Chinese shophouses lining up the streets of Hanoi. Along with that, Hanoi’s Old Quarter — surrounding the famous Hoan Kiem Lake — is definitely a must-visit locale for tourists.
It is within this area that you’ll come face-to-face with many of Hanoi’s famous attractions including:
- Trấn Quốc Pagoda: This Buddhist temple is one of the oldest in Hanoi and can be found on a small peninsula on the southeastern shore of West Lake.
- Literature Temple: A major attraction in Hanoi that is one of several temples dedicated to Confucius in Vietnam.
Plus, the oh-so-delectable local Vietnamese cuisine found along the many, many streets of Hanoi does also help its case in becoming an underrated travel destination.