What type(s) of travellers would your recommendations for Hanoi suit?
Hanoi is great for people who love photography and culture.
How long would you recommend for one to spend there?
3 days 2 nights.
What are the top activities in Hanoi that you would recommend?
1. Ninh Binh
– Take a peaceful boat ride at Tam Coc, passing through caves and limestone mountains
– Ride a bicycle through the rice paddies
– Slow down your pace and catch wild pigs, buffaloes and ducks along the river banks
2. Wandering in the old quarters of Hanoi
– Walk around without a map and get lost in the richness of culture
– Every street sells a different produce/product
– If you’re there on the weekends, check out the streets (from Hang Dao street running north to Dong Xuan market) that turn into a night market
3. Experience railroad street
– See locals living next to a working railroad
– Trains pass by 2 times a day
– Take the most stunning photos of local life
What are the top food places in Hanoi that you would recommend?
1. Egg Coffee (Ca Phe Trung)
– An interesting delicate mix of savoury and sweet
– Like a crème brulee with a caffeine spike
2. Cau Go Restaurant
– Best view of the lake at night
– Chả Cá Thăng Long (fish with turmeric and dill) (pictured above) is prepared at the table
3. Banh Cuon
– Enjoy a banh cuon for breakfast like a local
Any recommendations on where to stay in Hanoi?
When is a good time of the year to visit?
How should one get around in Hanoi?
Walk or taxi.
Are there any local norms / cultures that a tourist should be aware of?
What are the acceptable payment currencies and modes?
Any other tips/things to be aware of?
How should one stay connected to the internet?
Buy a prepaid sim card at the airport (Vinaphone has good connectivity everywhere)
Cost of Trip to Hanoi
Airfare – Singapore to Hanoi return via Scoot SGD320
Accommodation – Somerset Grand Hanoi, 2-bedroom apartment, SGD200 per night
Food – SGD1 to SGD15