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General Information about Hanoi

GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT HANOI

Climate

Hanoi experiences the typical climate of northern Vietnam where summers are hot and humid and winters are relatively cool and dry.

October – December is changing season from cool (autum) to cold (winter) so the weather is quite cold. The temperature is about 15 – 25 Celsius degree. It is sunny most of the time.

 

Food

It is easy to find all kinds of food in Hanoi such as Western food, Asian food including vegetarian food in most hotels and restaurants in Hanoi. When you are in Hanoi, you should try some special Vietnamese dishes as following:

 

Xoi xeo:

Xoi Xeo 

Chances are you will encounter this dish in almost every outdoors market. There are even two restaurants dedicated fully to this dish in the Old Quarters (36 old streets & guilds in Hanoi).  Xoixeo is sticky rice topped with ground de-hulled mung bean and fried onion. Sometimes it can be served with eggs or steamed chicken breast on request. The serving is really filling and it is good for any time of the day but most Vietnamese have it for breakfast or lunch.

 

Goicuon (spring roll):

Goi cuon 

A savoury meal, the inside stuffing contains rice noodle, herbs, brawn,… Goicuon is served with nuoc mam, a mixture of fish sauce, sugar and lime.

 

Pho (Noodle soup):

Pho 

This universally famous food is best enjoyed in Hanoi, where it was “invented” in the early 20th century. Pho- or rice noodle soup- is omnipresent in Hanoi, appearing anywhere from street vendors to high end restaurant chain Pho 24. Some is served with chicken and some with beef. Each type of meat entails a variety of sub-dish, using from beef tenderloin to beef brisket, chicken wing to chicken thigh. The tip is, look for the place where locals gather the most and you know where you should order and sit down.

 

Bun thang:

Bun thang 

Bun thang is one of the most popular yet hidden fares in Hanoi and one can hardly find it outside of the Old quarters or a few special restaurants scattering across the city.

The chicken broth is artistically done and the dish is beautifully served. Bun thang is a harmonious blend of color- the yellow of sliced egg; the white of bun; the off-white of chicken and the green of onions and herbs

 

Cha ca La Vong:

Cha ca la vong 

Cha ca La Vong is listed as one of the top 100 things you gotta try before you die by many cuisine experts. It is exquisitely grilled fish served with bun, peanut, green onions, dills and shrimp paste. The fish is carefully chosen so that there are not too many bones and fishy smells. A glass of bia hoi or tra da will definitely give your meal more flavour.

 

Some popular restaurants in Hanoi:

Xoi Yen: Address: 35B Nguyen Huu Huan Str, Hoan Kiem, Ha Noi; Food type: Vietnamese.

Sen Tay Ho: Address: 614 Lac Long Quan, Tay Ho, Hanoi; Food type: Vietnamese.

Quan An Ngon: Address: 18 Phan oi Chau, HoanKiem, Hanoi; Food type: Vietnamese.

(Website: http://ngonhanoi.com.vn/index.php/en/about-us)

Sumo BBQ: Address: 132-134 Hoang Quoc Viet, Cau Giay, Hanoi; Food type: Japanese, Asian.

Paris Deli: Address: 6 Phan Chu Trinh, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi; Food type: Vietnamese, Western.

Hanoi Steak: Address: 1 Doc La Pho, Tay Ho, Hanoi; Food type: International.

Potomac Yacht Restaurant: 2-4 Thuy Khue, Tay Ho, Hanoi; Food type: Vietnamese.

 

Hanoi Attractions:

As the capital of Vietnam, Hanoi is home to a large number of must-see attractions. Museums and pagodas scatter the city and Hoan Kiem lake serves as the centre point to reach just anywhere. Hanoi Old Quarter, the cultural, dining, entertainment and shopping heart of the city is worth the majority of your time to discover. If you plan a trip to Hanoi, spare at least a couple of days to explore the city.

Tran Quoc Pagoda: Address: Thanh Nien Street: Located on a small penisula on the East side of West Lake, Tran Quoc Pagoda is regarded as the most ancient pagoda in Hanoi with its history line of more than 1,500 years.

Ly Quoc Su Pagoda: Address: 50 Ly Quoc Su Street. Entrance fee: Free; Hours: 8.00 a.m. – 5.00 p.m. Ly Quoc Su Pagoda is one of the oldest ones of its kind in Hanoi.

Saint Joseph Cathedral: Address: 40 Nha Chung Street, Hanoi. Entrance fee: Free; Hours: 8.00 a.m. – 5.00 p.m. Saint Joseph Cathedral is a Roman Catholic cathedral with neo- gothic style, which was built about 120 years ago

36 Old Streets: Address: Old Quarter, Hanoi. One of the reasons that Hanoi – the capital city of Vietnam, has attracted so many tourists over the years is its Old Quarter (36 old streets and guilds).

Vietnam Women’s Museum: Address: 36 Ly Thuong Kiet, Hanoi. Entrance fee: 30,000 VND; Hours: 8.30a.m. – 4.00 p.m. Despite being a patriarchal society, Viet Nam still reserves a special, if not sacred, place to honour Vietnamese women.

Vietnam Museum of Ethnology: Address: Nguyen Van Huyen, Hanoi. Entrance fee: 40,000 VND; Hours: 8.30 a.m. – 5.00 p.m. This is the most recent yet probably the largest and undoubtedly the most interesting Museums in Hanoi and Vietnam

Vietnam Military History Museum: Address: 28A Dien Bien Phu Str, Hanoi. Entrance fee: 40,000 VND; Hours: 8:00 a.m - 11:30 a.m (morning), 1 p.m - 4:30 p.m (afternoon) except Mondays and Fridays. This is  is one of seven national museums in Vietnam which collected, stored and displayed 150.000 artifacts, including many artifacts, collections and valuable history that reflect the war against enemy. All things represent military methods from Hung Vuong to Ho Chi Minh term.

Van Phuc Silk Village: Address: Van Phuc, Ha Dong, Hanoi. Entrance fee: Free; Hours: All hours. Situated on the bank of Nhue River, about 10km southwest of Hanoi Old Quarter, Van Phuc silk village is renowned for its traditional weaving and premium quality silk products.

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum: Address: Ba Dinh, Hanoi. Entrance fee: Free; Hours: 8.30a.m. – 11.30 a.m., exc. Mon & Fri. Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is an important historical attraction of Hanoi, known for honoring the national hero: President Ho Chi Minh

Temple of Literature: Address: Dong Da, Hanoi; Entrance fee: 30,000 VND; Hours: 8.00a.m. – 5.00p.m.

The Temple of Literature is about 10 minutes away from Hoan Kiem lake. It was constructed in 1070 under Ly Thanh Tong’s dynasty, first to honor Confucius and nowadays to celebrate the doctorates and high rank scholars of Vietnam. In 1076, King Ly Nhan Tong continued the work and built Quoc Tu Giam as the first university of Vietnam.

Electricity:

Vietnam uses 220V electricity nationwide. In the south, outlets are often US-style flat pins. In the north, many outlets fit round pins. As the electrical current fluctuates, use a surge protector when running sensitive electronic equipment like laptops. Three-pin plugs (like those used in the UK) are the standard in our residences.

 

Money and currency exchange:

The Vietnam currency is the dong or VND. Travellers’ cheques and credit cards can also be used in travel agencies, hotels and major restaurants. Delegates can exchange currency in banks, at the airport, in exchange bureaux and in major hotels in Hanoi.

1USD = 21,375 VND; 1 EUR = 23,946 VND; 1 GBP = 32,961 VND;

1 THB = 659.62 VND; 1 SGD = 15,740.1 VND.

 

Emergency call numbers: Police 113; Fire Brigade 114; Ambulance 115

Public transport: Bus, Taxi

Mobile phones: Network providers available in Hanoi are Vinaphone, Mobifone, Viettel, Vietnammobile, S-Fone and City Phone.

Shopping & Business Hours: Shopping hours are from 8:00 a.m. or 8:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. or 10:00 p.m.; Banks: Open from 7:30 a.m. or 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and are closed on Saturdays and Sundays; Government offices: Open from 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Mondays to Fridays.

 

Other advices

Delegates should be careful when buying pharmaceutical/medicinal goods; check them properly before use and drink only boiled and bottled water. Delegates should be aware of unpredictable weather in Hanoi during transition months of November – December, so you should be prepared for anything.

 

 

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