Picking up mid afternoon, I’d reckon you would have probably completed some shopping around the Old Quarters and is ready for more sight-seeing!
Apart from some of the places to see in Hanoi, one must also not forget to try out the bevy of delicacies of Hanoi street foods! Yes, I must admit that you could easily explore food by yourself, but I opted for an easier (and lazier too!) way out – sign up for a Street Food Tour. Besides, I thought eating in a group would be more fun too! There were quite a few options available, but I took up my package worth USD20 from Hanoi Street Food Tours, which was located very near from my hotel. For an additional USD5, the package also bundled in a ticket to the Thang Long Water Puppet Show.
The Food Tour was quite an interesting concept where a tour guide would take the group around the Old Quarters on foot, stopping at street restaurants, road-side stalls, and even casual cafes for a sampling of Vietnamese food. Here’s a series of pictures of my food trail taken during this 3-hour street food tour, which started form about 5pm.
1.Some Pork Noodles in Sweet Soup Sauce
2. Pho Bo (Beef Noodles – don’t leave Hanoi without trying it!)
3. Banh Cuon Thit (Meat rolls – something like chee cheong fun)
4. Assortment of Spring Rolls – tastes something like popiah but brimming with porky goodness!
5. Sugar Cane Water
6. Grilled Pork on a Stick, or as I would rather call Pork Satay…
7. Fried Banana Cake – sorry….no hands to take a pic, but this was the Vietnamese version of Pisang Goreng. 😛
8. Vietnamese Egg Coffee @ Cafe Giang
9. Thang Long Water Puppet Show
After the Street Food Tour ended at about 8pm, we took a short stroll towards Hoan Kiem Lake, where not far off its north tip was the Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre!
Overall, I thought the show was quite interesting – something really different seeing puppets moving about on the water. Perhaps it could be made more interesting if the storyline of the show was somehow translated into English; or some translation text flashed on the wall somewhere during the show. Great place to take small kids though. 😀
10. Den Ngoc Son Bridge (at night!)
As you exit the Theatre, just cross the road towards Hoan Kiem Lake and you can get a magnificent view of Den Ngoc Son at night…
11. Dong Xuan Night Market (only on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 7-11pm)
From 9pm onwards, feel free to explore other parts of the Old Quarters. If you are travelling to Hanoi over on Fridays to Sundays, do check out their kilometre long night market – great place for buying more souvenirs before you go home! 😛
And whilst you are hungry, simply stop by any streetside stalls for more food! Here’s some other pics of foods I whacked in Hanoi…
…and THAT concludes Day ONE of sight-seeing and stomach feasting in Hanoi!
So what do you do now with ONE more day left in Hanoi? Easy, one does not come all the way to Hanoi and miss Ha Long Bay….
Stay tuned as we explore beautiful Ha Long Bay for the entire of Day 2!