Top 6 best things that make Hanoi the most popular destination in Vietnam

  • 17/12/2019

Hanoi has a peaceful and quiet beauty but at the same time, it is a tourist destination that frequently appears in the favourite list of foreign visitors as an amazing and charming destination. As a special attractive capital, it has always been ranked high in the world tourism rankings. So what makes Hanoi travel so great? Whatsup Vietnam has listed the top 6 things as follows. 

1. Hoan Kiem Lake Street - the shortest street in Hanoi

Hoan Kiem Lake street is the shortest street in Hanoi with a modest length of 45m. But, the street still retains the old features of the land of Hanoi with ancient architectural houses, carrying street vendors - a typical culinary feature of Hanoi and also the soul of Hanoi people. Unique features in the shortest street in Hanoi must be mentioned first is the numbering of houses. Although the street is 45m long and has two blocks adjacent to each other on the two sides of the road (each block has 4 to 5 houses), only one side of the street has the house number!
The houses on the opposite side use additional numbers of houses on Cau Go Street or Dinh Tien Hoang Street. Thus, the main street of Hoan Kiem Lake has only 5 houses located on the 45m street section.
However, Hoan Kiem Lake is an ideal gathering place for many people who enjoy Hanoi delicacies. Along the two sides of the street are the sidewalk eateries with many delicious dishes such as dried beef salad, pho, fried spring rolls, banh bot loc, etc. Perhaps, this will be an interesting address for many people once walking to the Old Quarter and stop to rest on this amazingly shortest street.
Hoan Kiem Street food

2. Thuy Khue Street - the street with the most village gates

Thuy Khe Street
Thuy Khue is the road with the most village gates in Hanoi. It is located in Tay Ho district, a long street running parallel to the southern bank of West Lake. Experiencing many ups and downs as well as historical events, Thuy Khue nestles in the middle of modern life, still tasting the taste of the old days. The village gate in Thuy Khue is very "strange", because no gate is like any other from size to architecture. Each one has its own unique appearance. Over the centuries, there are gates reclaimed to coincide, but they are witnesses of history that remain the same for many years: ancient, mossy and faded over time.

Right inside the village gate, there is a row of iced tea on the sidewalk, a morning market which is on operation every morning, a small courtyard, and the elders' guild compete with each chess piece. It is said, although hundreds or thousands of things can be changed, but the routine behind the village gate remains intact from thousands of years ago. They - the villagers, are very kind, gentle and leisurely. The pace of life here is peaceful and smooth.

3. Hoa Lo Street - the street with the least number of houses

Hoa Lo Street
Hoa Lo Street is considered to be the street with the least number of houses, because there are only a few houses - the famous Hoa Lo Prison. On one side of the street is the historical and cultural site of Hoa Lo prison, on the other side is the surrounding wall of the headquarters of the Hanoi People's Court. 

Hoa Lo Street was named after the prison in the city center, dating back to the French colonial period. This street on both sides has no literal inn, the street is so calm and so short that if you do not notice you will quickly step through another neighborhood without knowing its existence.

4. Nhat Tan Bridge - the largest cable stayed bridge

Nhat Tan Bridge which crosses the Red River of the Hanoi city, the capital of Vietnam, is the world's largest cable-stayed bridge and serves to connect the city of Hanoi with the Noi Bai International Airport, considered as a new symbol of Hanoi. With a total length of 9.17 km of which the main bridge is 3.9 km (the bridge over the Red River accounts for 1.5 km) and the leading bridge is 5.27 km. The road on the bridge is really clean and it only takes 10-15 minutes to go to the other side.

Nhat Tan Bridge
The structure of the bridge is a modern type of the world, constructed by reputable contractors from Japan. The bridge has 5 main pillars connecting the cable-stayed spans that support the entire main part of the bridge, these five pillars representing the 5 ancient gates of Hanoi.

Nhat Tan Bridge seems to increase the attractiveness of Hanoi, which is a highlight of the aesthetic network that makes people even more impressed when coming to contemplate it with the naked eye. On Nhat Tan bridge is installed extremely glamourous lighting system. At night, the bridge wears a new colorful outfit, the light changing rhythmically brightens the whole river.
Nhat Tan Bridge
Nhat Tan Bridge is also a place where young people in Hanoi often go to wind in the night. The scenery on the bridge at night is extremely shimmering, the lights from the buildings in the inner city brighten the entire sky. Standing on the cool and windy bridge, listening to the waves on the foot of the bridge, and sometimes hearing the ferry from afar will be unforgetable moments. The surface of the Red River at night is extraordinarily mysterious, because you will only see only the light of traffic lights indicating the way for ships to go at night.

5. Tran Quoc Pagoda - the oldest pagoda

Tran Quoc Pagoda
Tran Quoc is considered the oldest temple in Thang Long - Hanoi when it has a history of up to 1500 years. The temple is located on a small island to the east of West Lake in Tay Ho District, combining harmony between the ancient solemnity and the poetry and courteousness of the lush green garden and a vast lake full of romantic love. 
Tran Quoc pagoda used to be a place where royal kings visited and worshipped on the full moon and Tet holidays. Especially in the Ly and Tran dynasties, many palaces were built here such as Thuy Hoa palace and Ham Nguyen palace to serve the king's rest and relaxation. Tran Quoc Pagoda
The highlight that creates a unique feature for Tran Quoc Pagoda is the tower garden with many ancient towers from the 18th century. The highlight is the lotus tower of the pagoda which was built in 1998. The large stupa consists of 11 floors, and 15m high. Each floor of the tower consists of 6 arched doorways, and each doorway is placed a statue of Amitabha Buddha with gemstones on.
Currently, the temple still holds many valuable Buddha and Bodhisattva statues. Among them is the most prominent statue of Shakyamuni Buddha, made from wood, painted with vermilion, and is a remarkable statue of Nirvana in Vietnam.
Tran Quoc Pagoda

6. Keangnam - the tallest building

Keangnam Tower
Keangnam Hanoi Landmark Tower is not only considered as the tallest building in Hanoi but also the tallest building in Vietnam until Lanmark 81 has a height of about 500m higher took away its first place. With a scale of 72 floors and a height of 346 m, Keangnam 72 still maintains the highest building in Hanoi.
Located on Pham Hung street, the western gate of Hanoi, Keangnam has a total investment of $ 1.05 billion for the whole project, including two 48-storey apartment buildings and a complex of office, hotel and entertainment center 72 floors.
Keangnam Landmark 72
The most well-known point of the building that was once the tallest in Vietnam is the observation deck on the roof. At an altitude of 350 meters, visitors can enjoy panoramic views of Hanoi City from above. Currently, this is the office leasing address of many famous brands: KPMG, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Ericsson, Standard Chartered Bank, LG, JGC, FPT Software, WOORI BANK, HYUNDAI ALUMINUM, Bao Viet, and so on. 

It will never be enough when talking about Hanoi, but with above 6 things, Hanoi travel will make can't help but to fall in love forever with this beautiful city.

by Quynh Nhi

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