Every tourists who comes to Vietnam always want to experience the best Hanoi tours, because this city is not only a symbol of Vietnam tours, but also an important capital which witnessed most of important historical events of Vietnamese history.
To anyone, who has ever made Hanoi tours will probably tell you that it may be the most beautiful city in all of Asia – people have settled here along the Red River for a thousand years.
Nestled along wooded boulevards among the city’s two dozen lakes you will find architectural souvenirs left by all who conquered this great valley, from the Chinese who first came in the last millennium to the French, booted out in our own century.
A corner of Hanoi
On the edge of the city the road dissolves into a maze of winding, narrow, wooded lanes. You are surrounded by roadside artisans, shops and taverns, then by graceful villas and commuters on bicycles, cyclos and motorbikes. Modern buildings appear from nowhere, looking so out of place that you have to wonder if they were dropped from the sky and just left where they came to rest. While you tell yourself that nothing as preposterous as Hanoi can be so beautiful, you cannot help but be dazzled. And something you can’t miss if you want to experience the best Hanoi tours is a tour around the “36 streets”, which can give you a chance to discover the lifestyle, the cuisine, the culture,… of this fancy city.
The 36 little streets in the quarter are each named for a commodity once sold by all the businesses on that street. Streets here are named for the medicine, jewelry, fans, copper, horse hair, chicken, and even coffins once sold on them. This explains why the names of some of the longer streets inexplicably change after one or two blocks. As you explore, you will still happen upon entire blocks of tinsmiths, tailors, paper goods merchants, and lacquerware makers.
A trip around Hanoi by cyclo
In the Ancient Quarter the most appealing mode of transportation for those who do not care to enjoy the “36 Streets” on foot is the cyclo. Often they are driven by men wearing pea-green pith helmets that make them look like soldiers. Settle on the fare in advance (a dollar or less one way). Most drivers will also quote you an hourly rate and will take you to all the obligatory cultural and historical spots.
Hanoians are proud people; they take pride in their cuisines, their etiquettes, their rich tradition and about their own love for the city not only to international tourists but also to people from other provinces in Vietnam. Hanoi food is listed among things you should try before leaving to another world.
Hanoi in Autumn
Adding to that, Hanoi is packed with museums, monuments, cafes, restaurants, discos, handicraft stores and almost anything that make your stay both convenient and entertaining, so that it would be great if you can travel around Hanoi with a good travel agency like AsiaTourAdvisor, so that you can’t miss any interesting things of this city. Most travelers spend about 2-5 days to Hanoi tours but if you fall in love with Hanoi, you can always stay longer!