A Day in Hanoi, Vietnam
Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam and the country’s second largest city by population. You can noticed that people are everywhere – vendors pushing bicycles laden with flowers, helium balloons and rice cookers. Thare are lots of travellers as well. Hanoi is one of my favourite cities I have ever visited. Compering to Ho Chi Minh City, it is far less cosmopolitan and traditional Vietnamese culture is much more apparent there. It is a combination of relaxed and hectic at the same time. The old buildings and streets gives Hanoi its rustic and quaint character.
The honk of motorbikes is endless; the beep of one horn blends in to another. Many complain that the noise is too much. However it gives me a feeling that you’re somewhere totally new, and breathtakingly exciting.
Explore the Old Quarter
The Old Quarter is pretty and charming. It is known for being a backpacker’s paradise due to its central location in the city, multiple of bars and hostels and vibrant atmosphere. Streets with thousands of motorbikes, power lines above the head that resemble giant birds’ nests. Lots of merchant streets with shops selling the most random things. We spent ages walking around the many independent shops and cafes. And one of the best ways to relax there is to drink Vietnamese coffee with friends. A particular type of coffee you must try while in Hanoi is Egg Coffee. It made of unique blend of chicken egg yolk, coffee, sweetened condensed milk, butter and cheese. In my opinion Hanoians take coffee to another level altogethe. You have to try it!