Day 12 – Vientiane/Hanoi

On Day 12 of our trip, we will be flying from Vientiane to Hanoi, the bustling capital of Vietnam. Hanoi is a fascinating city that boasts a mix of history, culture, and modernity. Here are some of the things we can do and see in this vibrant city:

The Old Quarter of Hanoi is a maze of narrow streets and alleys that date back over 1,000 years. It’s the perfect place to get lost in and discover the bustling local life. Each street is named after the type of product that was traditionally sold there. We can find everything from traditional Vietnamese rice cakes to handmade silk clothes.

Hanoi is home to many historical sites that are worth a visit. The Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum Complex is one of the most iconic attractions of the city. The complex consists of the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Ho Chi Minh’s Stilt House, the Presidential Palace, and the One Pillar Pagoda. The complex is a tribute to Vietnam’s founding father and a great place to learn about the country’s history.

Another historical site to visit is the Temple of Literature. The Temple of Literature is a beautiful example of traditional Vietnamese architecture and is dedicated to the worship of Confucius. The temple was also Vietnam’s first university and is home to many well-preserved statues and artifacts that showcase the country’s deep respect for education and learning.

Vietnamese cuisine is among the best in the world, and Hanoi is no exception. The city has a vibrant street food scene that’s worth exploring. Some of the must-try dishes in Hanoi are Pho, a traditional Vietnamese noodle soup, and Bun Cha, a charcoal-grilled pork noodle dish.

Another popular spot to try street food is in the Old Quarter, where we can find some of the most delicious, authentic Vietnamese food at affordable prices.

Hanoi is a thriving city that’s full of life and energy. With its historical sites, bustling streets, and delicious food, it’s a city that will capture our hearts.

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