After Cambodia, I went to Vietnam. I landed in the north, in the capital Hanoi.
Here’s a fast and handy guide, if you have twenty-four hours to spend in this city, so rich and so symbolic of the Vietnamese culture, a city that ranges from the bustle of the mopeds, to the tranquility of walkers morning wandering around the Sword Lake.
Where to eat a typically Vietnamese dish?
The Hanoian and all the Vietnamese people are crazy about Pho soup. A good broth flavored with spices, rice noodles, herbs and choice of beef or chicken. It’s a simple dish that is eaten at all hours of the day. We can go eat in the Ly Quoc Su Street in Old Town or at Pho Thin Bo Ho Lo Duc street.
Where to sleep at night?
Hanoi is a city that has much enlarged and developed in a very few years. If you want to discover the city by walking, take up residence in the neighborhood of 36 Guilds, in one of the alleys of the old city. We choose the hotel Gasoline, Ta Hien street. A true city hotel with comfort and impeccable service, it is the center of the traditional neighborhoods of Hanoi, close to shops and boutiques, a few steps from the lake.
Where to work-out?
Around Hoan Kiem Lake at dawn, from 5-6 am, with everyone in Hanoi who are early risers. Followers of tai chi or a gym toned music, they will help you make the beat!
Where to meditate?
The fabulous Temple of Literature, also called Van Mieu. This temple dedicated to Confucianism is also the first university of Vietnam, dating back to the 11th century. It is a haven of peace, built in traditional style with a succession of courses and ponds, a bonsai garden and a giant pagoda to pray to ancestors and leave offerings to appeal to fate.
Where to drink a good jasmine tea?
It was drunk from morning to night in Hanoi, hot, cold or warm. It is the everyday drink of the Vietnamese. I tasted mine at MocaCafé, in the Cathedral Quarter and the street Nha TB.
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