Super FUN Things to do in Hanoi – Really cool and weird

Lê Ngọc Minh Châu - October 29, 2018

Apart from the well-known attractions and the famous landscapes in Hanoi, there are some hidden destinations and experiences that only connoisseurs know exactly what and where it is. They are all fun things to do in Hanoi. Are you curious yet?

Trompe-l’œil Murals of Hanoi

Trompe-l'œil Murals of Hanoi - a new and unique fresco street in Hanoi you should check in once

I’m here to tell the funniest and coolest things you can do in the time staying in Hanoi. These are amazing experiences you should try once in your life.

If you love adventure, taking risks and not being hesitant to try something new, you may find it very interesting.

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Unusual attractions

Trompe-l'œil Murals of Hanoi (Hanoi fresco street):

To renovate a monotonous Phung Hung street, Vietnamese and Korean artists painted fantastic murals on 17 stone railway arches, creating a space connecting heritage, art and community values. 17 artworks, which blur the lines between the painting and reality, history and present.

The image of a pedlar looks like real daily life

The image of a pedlar looks like real daily life

Stepping into the street, we will come back to peaceful Hanoi in the last century, with the rustic beauty of pedlars, familiar tinkle sound “leng keng” of electric trains,… evoking beautiful memories of this ancient city.

A scholar writing calligraphy

A scholar writing calligraphy - a traditional feature of Vietnam

This art street is especially intended for people in love with photography. But how can we blend into these Trompe-l’œil mural illusions and look like we live in this world?

We can do some small tricks that locals usually use: pretending to enter a painted door, fake plucking fruit from a flat fruit seller’s hanging basket or stage being hit by a realistically painted street car.

There is one mural which even has patterned aprons hanging nearby. We can wear to disappear into the artwork and be hollow to the real world.

A girl sitting on a step of the house in the picture

A girl sitting on a step of the house in the picture

The murals begin at 27 Phùng Hưng Street and extend northward along the road until its intersection with Hàng Cót Street.

Hanoi Fresco Street overview

Hanoi Fresco Street overview - a favorite place of taking nice photos

If you are hesitant to leave after taking all photos, just check out a tea shop across the street that has the second floor. Sitting beside the window and you will have more time to contemplate the view of art illusions while enjoying a nice drink.

Even some electrical cases are decorated

Even some electrical cases are decorated

This street is also a destination in a walking tour of AZ Local Trip; so if you want more detail in every single picture, just contact us.

Hanoi’s Train Street

Do you want to take a gorgeous photo to boast with your friends at home? Come by Hanoi’s Train Street and your photos will have a splendid background, showy natural light without any filter!

Hanoi train street

The beauty of train town

Do you know, there is a residential neighborhood in Hanoi living with hooter sound of railway trains? Around 15:00 and 19:00 every day, a train passes, only inches from the small houses.

Train passing through train street

Hanoi Train Street @maxleitner

Not that luxury, gaudiness of big city, Hanoi’s Train Street depicts truthfully the normal life of labors, simple and upright. As usual, when a train hurtles through the narrow street, people move rapidly to two sides.

Adults carry dry clothes inside, children hurried getting indoors just before the train speeds past. In some places, the train is mere inches from the buildings.

Hanoi train street is a well known photography spot

A Well-known destination for taking photos

The train has passed, they go right back to their incomplete work or sit on the tracks when they’re free.

The train street is located between Le Duan and Kham Thien street. The residential neighborhood that trains pass along is Alley 224, Le Duan Street.

Remember asking locals when a train arrive and observe carefully before going along the tracks.

Tam Coc – Bich Dong

Quite far from Hanoi but Tam Coc – Bich Dong will never let you down with spectacular and picturesque landscape, making us from ecstasy, a surprise to speechless in front of the view.

Known as “Halong Bay on land”, Tam Coc – Bich Dong is the system of limestone mountains – caves and historical monuments of Tran Dynasty with over 350ha natural area.

What special about the trip is that rowboat is our main transport to contemplate the landscape.

River floating in Ninh Binh

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Floating on the river, we will meet some historical destinations from Tran Dynasty era, which we can come over and see architecture in the history.

Normally, to contemplate all the beautiful scenery, it can take about 2-3 hours.

You can take a bus from Giap Bat or Nuoc Ngam station to get there within 2 hours. Or, if you want to have more experience, go by scooter across Le Duan street, Giai Phong street, Phap Van - Cau Gie highway, follow the direction to Phu Ly and ask locals to find the way. Or, go with a local and you don’t need to worry at all. Going fast and you will see Tam Coc - Bich Dong after 90 minutes.

  • Address: Trang An, Ninh Binh City
  • Hotline:  0229.3886.068

Unusual things to do

Eating insects in Quan Kien (Ant Restaurant)

Have you ever tried eating insects yet? It had been definitely unforgettable memories if you had a chance to try. If not, take your opportunity now to taste these extraordinary dishes in Quan Kien.

Xoi Trung Kien

Xoi Trung kien - one of the most unique dishes in Vietnam

The most renowned dish in this restaurant is “Xoi trung kien” (sticky rice with ant egg). Not because of sophisticated process or particular taste, Xoi trung kien is rare and special by materials making it.

Trung kien (ant egg), the main ingredient of this dish, is scarce because there are only in mountainous areas, brushy forests. And it takes a lot of hard work to find greasy and high-protein ant eggs, to avoid attack of ants.

Fried grasshoppers with lime leaves, is strangely tastily rich.

Duong Dua (an insect living inside coconut tree-trunk), dipping into fish sauce, may make you feel a little bit goosy and creepy. Can you believe that, before you chew this insect, it is still alive?

Coconut worms

Dare to sink your teeth into these intensely spicy coconut worms?

Not an insect dish but Thang Co, a Sapa specialty, receives many compliments from locals. A pot of Thang Co is quite full, tasteful bouillon with 12 traditional spices and many unusual flavors from North-West highland.  The main ingredient is viscera of cattle such as cows, buffaloes… giving us a delicate and greasy taste. Vegetables for pot are fresh and big pasta of noodle are soft, limber, eating is quite interesting!

Thang Co

Thang Co - traditional food in Northern Vietnam highland

This restaurant is specialized in unique traditional Vietnamese food with many spaces, so it’s more suitable for big groups, families.

You should go to the restaurant at noon to avoid lacking of seats. If you want to go there in other time, make sure you pre-order.

  • Opening hours: 9.00 to 1.30 the day after
  • Address: 100 Tue Tinh, Hai Ba Trung, Hanoi
  • Price: about 120.000 – 150.000 VND per person.

Playing escape games in Trap Viet Nam

If you are looking for something super fun, don’t miss the chance to blow up your mind with escape games. Multiple levels and puzzles in 3 different rooms are waiting for you to solve.

  • Egyptian Room: In the context of Egyptian era, about a brutal king named Hor and a curse from deities, the room creates ancient and mysterious background, challenging players for their wisdom and courage.

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Egyptian room in Trap Vietnam

  • Taken Room: we will play as an underground detective, intruding into the place of notorious gang Huyet Long (Red Dragon) to find important clues. We must hurry before they come back. If they catch us, there is no good consequence.
  • Outlast Room: Inspired by one of the most famous horror games, we will play as a freelance investigative journalist to find out the truth about St. Patrick’s psychiatric hospital. We must collect clues quickly to get out of this inhumane and brutal hospital as soon as possible.

Some tips you want to know before playing escape games:

  • We need to pre-order the room before getting to the place.
  • Staffs are very friendly and helpful, but you can ask for help only one. So, use this only one chance smartly.
  • 3 to 8 people can get into a room, but I would highly recommend for at least 4 people to have more ideas to solve the riddles.
  • Address: 40 Hang Buom Street, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
  • Phone for pre-order: 0932 232 408
  • Email: trapvietnam01@gmail.com
  • Time for playing: 9:00; 10:30; 12:00; 13:30; 15:00; 16:30; 18:00; 19:30: 21:00 every day
  • Drinking Pho cocktail

One of the strangest drink in the world: Pho Cocktail. Have you tried it yet? If not, go for it right now or you will regret.

Pho Cocktail

Pho cocktail - totally new drink only in Vietnam

Being a harmonious combination of tradition and modern, Pho cocktail proves any “crazy idea” can become reality. Inspiring from the charm and delicacy of Pho Hanoi,  Pham Tien Tiep, the “father” of this drink, found out the perfect recipe for the characteristic of Pho: anise, cardamom, cinnamon, coriander, spicy flavor of chili with Tangueray Gin wine (lemon and grapefruit flavor).

Where you can taste this drink: The Unicorn Bar, 2 Hang Than Street, Ba Dinh, Hanoi.

Hope you can have a great experience with interesting things!