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Hanoi is a resolute survivor of the many wars fought on its land and is now the capital of Vietnam. The city is packed with rustic beauty and romance and lies on the banks of the Red River. It is culturally and economically growing at a rapid rate and is a mix of old-age charm and a modern cosmopolitan outlook.

A vast metropolis - Hanoi still holds relics of its French-occupied past in its French Quarters, and displays a distinguished class in its Old Quarter, centred around the Hoan Kiem Lake. It is a postcard-perfect vision of stunning pagodas, peaceful boulevards, and upbeat streets with sumptuous food options.

This charming capital was also awarded the title of 'City of Peace' by the UNESCO in 1999. Bustling with crowd and voices, it is rich in culture with ever-growing infrastructure. Also known as - 'City of Lakes', about two dozens of such water bodies add to the beauty of this already gorgeous city.

Amid the thriving economy and a continuing sense of transition, there is a strong essence of nostalgia apparent all over Hanoi. No wonder then that it is also called 'Paris of the East'! Sample the art scene, munch on the cuisine and bathe in the relaxed vibe of the city of Hanoi.

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Transacting Currency in Hanoi

Almost all the major cards are accepted in Hanoi including American Express, Maestro, Cirrus, Diners Club, MasterCard and Visa. There is often an additional surcharge for credit card transactions of about 3%. Carry US dollars as they are widely accepted and exchange rates are quite good. Always carry plenty of change while shopping pr going out in the city, especially for VND 500,000 note (a common denomination issued at ATMs).

Exchanging Money in Hanoi

In Hanoi, one can get the currency exchanged at almost all the major banks and at the official bureau de change counters that are dotted all across the city. One can also get it done at certain hotels, but rates can be extremely high. Make sure to avoid any local providing with the same service on the street, as their exchange rates are not quite favourable.
U.S. Dollar is preferred over other currencies but other major currencies are easy to exchange as well. ATMs are easy to find in Hanoi, especially at all major tourist areas like around Hoan Kiem Lake and in the Old Quarter.

Daily Budget for Hanoi

The per-day budget in the country's local currency for each type of traveller excluding the accommodation cost (include food, water, local transport, entertainment, communication, tips, souvenirs and alcohol) is as follows:
  • Budget travel: VND 1,68,500 approximately
  • Comfortable travel: VND 4,47,600 approximately
  • Luxury travel: VND 12,55,000 approximately

Nightlife in Hanoi

Hanoi boasts of a vibrant nightlife. A number glittering nightclubs and buzzing bars are packed in the Old Quarter of the city, which comes alive as the suns sets. The place gets a different feel to it especially around Hoan Kiem Lake where one can shake leg to pulsating music or enjoy all kind of drinks. Try out the popular Beer Corner located in the heart of the city. 
However owing to the strict rules of the city, most of the places are closed by midnight except few. Finnegan's Irish Pub, Le Pub, Cama Atk, Dragonfly, Funky Buddha Binh Minh's Jazz Club, Cava Lounge are some of the main places to visit. Do not forget to sample the locally brewed draught beer, known as Bia Hoa at one of the clubs.

Shopping in Hanoi

Shopping in Hanoi is an amazing experience especially when you can buy products from the streets named after them. One will find Clothes Street, a Shoe Street and even a street named after its Noodle Shops. Markets in the city are a fusion of modern and traditional, usually spilling with products on pavement and bustling with both locals and tourists.
The best place to enjoy the authentic Vietnamese shopping experience is at the 15th century Old Quarter offering famous Vietnamese handicrafts such as hand-embroidered tablecloth, silver carving, lacquerware and bronze mouldings exclusive to the city.
Colourful woven bags and clothing are also sold by the hill tribes there. Dong Xuan Market in the Hoan Kiem District, Trang Tien Plaza (Hain Ba Trung) and VinCom City Towers (Ba Trien) are some of the major shopping places in the Hanoi. If you are looking for souvenirs, then go for ceramics from Bat Trang village, silk paintings and hand-painted greetings cards.

Cultural Tips for Hanoi

  • There are no handshakes or any physical contact between opposite genders in the city while greeting each other, only a slight bow indicates the greeting.
  • Pointing towards anyone with a foot is considered disrespectful, as foot is believed to be lowly and dirty. 
  • Also, do not leave your chopsticks upright in the bowl when you are done with your meal, it considered inauspicious.
  • Make sure to dress conservatively while visiting a temple. Cover your arms, legs and shoulders and remove footwear before entering a temple and any house.
  • Head is considered spiritually significant and thus it is considered inappropriate to touch that part of the body.
  • Tipping is usually a norm at big restaurants and hotels but is not mandatory.

History of Hanoi

Founded in the year 1010 AD, the city of Hanoi served as an erstwhile capital of King Ly Cong Uan. The city went through few name changes from Thang Long and Dong Do to Hanoi, which finally remains till date. Later for several years, Vietnam was a part of the French colony of Indochina, Cambodia and Laos combined. During the WWII when Japanese took over Vietnam in 1941, the communist revolutionary Ho Chi Minh created the Viet Minh to gain freedom from France. It was in 1954 after fighting continuously that French surrendered at Dien Bien Phu to Viet Minh and Hanoi was declared the capital of North Vietnam. However, the dream of Ho Chi Minh was to reunite the whole country, which was fulfilled in 1975 when Saigon was defeated by the North Vietnamese troops. Finally, Hanoi was once again the part of Vietnam and was from thereon ruled by the communist party.

Restaurants and Local Food in Hanoi

One of the best ways to truly taste the essence of Northern Vietnam and Hanoi is through its street food. While the Chicken Noodle Soup, i.e. Pho Ga remains the most popular meal, Pho Bo or Beef Noodle Soup is also just as fulfilling and hearty. You can sample the best of Hanoi Street Food on stalls that line the streets, with small chairs and tables lining the pavements. Munch on some cooked meat skewered on a stick, shrimp pancakes, fruit bowls or even doughnuts - which are fried fresh and are somewhat of a delicacy in Hanoi.
A few tips before you set out on the culinary journey, though:
  • Make sure you have enough change to carry and ask for the balance back.
  • Do not litter the streets and drop food waste on the road.
  • There have been some instances of overcharging tourists. Be mindful of the quoted price.
  • Steer clear of the street food if you have a sensitive stomach as hygiene, most often, is quite basic.




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