Places to Visit in Hanoi During Autumn
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(Hanoi, Vietnam) The whole Asia is welcoming Ms. Autumn when her romance is covering every corner of alleys, streets and in the souls of citizens, saying “Hello” to the most excited season of a year. And Vietnam, Hanoi in particular also has no exception!
Mentioning Hanoi during Autumn, people recall deep memories of dreamy scenes, gentle breeze cooling girls’ faces walking in the soft sunlight or just the feelings of taking a refresh breath in the open air, etc. Hanoi for a long time has been attractive wanderlusts for its “specialty” autumn, and many Hanoi lovers have been dropping their hearts just because they live in autumn here. What makes the capital a magnet for? Let’s find out places that you can visit in this awesome season with me.
1. Hanoi Old Quarter
The Old Quarter includes 36 streets which from the old days were the places for hustle and bustle trading. Locals at each street sell a particular type of goods that is also the way name of streets are created such as Hang Duong (famous for all kinds of sugar and sweets), Hang Bac (silver good), Hang Hom, Hang Gai, so on. The noisy and rush Hanoi seems to be ceased when you get a minute discovering old values maintained until today from the ancient tiled roofs, French architecture to the specialties on the stands of street vendors.
The best way to really experience these streets is to make a walking tour, as you can stop whenever you wish to catch the sudden moment you like or communicate with the locals.
2. 87 Ma May Ancient House
Just 10-minute walk from Hoan Kiem Lake then you can reach this well-known house which was built at the late of the 19th century, charming visitors by its antiquity, simplicity and elegance. The house consists of two main blocks connected together by a square yard in the middle on the ground floor, and a small balcony on the 1st floor. The trading room at the front is quite large while the inside has small skylight makes the house well-ventilated.
More details for visitors if you are interested:
Opening Hours: 08:30-17:00
Entrance fee: 10,000 – 20,000 VND
Do you know what Hanoi means? – “Inside the River” Being surrounded by Red River, it is easily understood that Hanoi naturally comprises a numerous lake system, including Hoan Kiem Lake, West Lake, and Truc Bach Lake, etc. combined with lots of green parks and trees around the city.
Normally, these lakes are places for citizens to get hanging out but when autumn comes, the number is clearly increasing thanks to the clean atmosphere and romantic landscapes nearby.
4. Coffee shops
Welcome to paradise for coffee fans. Still remember one Sunday morning when I was having a cup of coffee with my friends near Old Quarter then finally found out why people love Hanoi – feeling of love. Hanoi owns a wide range of coffee shops but here are the ones I would like to go one more chance.
Café 13 Dinh Tien Hoang – Café ba Bich
Situated on the 2nd floor of an ancient house. You’ll pass the bag shop at the 1st floor, go upstairs and here you are! Lots of young boys and girls are immersing themselves into music and tons of coffee types. Just try black café, it is highly recommended! The great thing one of Dinh is that you can admire the whole Hoan Kiem Lake from above so don’t miss it!!
Located in a small lane on Nguyen Huu Huan Str. around the center lake, it might be difficult for visitors to find out, but worth it. Café was founded by Mr. Nguyen Giang in 1946 when he was working as a bartender for the famous five-star Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi hotel. Egg café here is so unique that people usually call for it when they come here. So I did, and you know what, fantastic!!! The smell and the drink are both brilliant.
Tips: If you are going to Vietnam, make sure that you have all required documents to enter the country, of which Vietnam visa is the most important one. If you are Filipino or a citizen of a Southeast Asian country, you are not required to apply for a visa.
At the moment, Vietnam is issuing Vietnam visa on arrival that allows visitors to apply online, receive approval letter online and then get visa stamped on their passport at arrival airports. So let’s free all the hassle procedures and enjoy your trip to Vietnam at once!
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