Old Quarter Hanoi is known as the place to save the ancient culture, the memory of times and this has become the reason why many visitors visit here once in their life.
Located in the prime destination – the center of Hanoi, Old Quarter Hanoi has preserves the characteristics of this lands, memories of history, people and country. Through the ups and downs, the streets are still alive to this day.
There are some recommends for you, especially you are a newcomers, to know more about Hanoi and this may help you to arrange the most suitable tour route Read more
Hanoi is famous for not only an old but crowded city but also many around villages. While visitors may be introduced about Bat Trang, or Duong Lam old village, we will recommend you a village seems to be strange to hear: Thach Xa village.
Coming here, you will get overwhelm with the old background full of bamboo dragonflies, which you cannot find in any other places.
Coming to Thach Xa village, the first impression tourists can get is the image of local kids playing the bamboo dragonflies,. Different from big cities with a lot of modern toys, the children here still love this bamboo toys like in the early days.
Throughout 20 years, Thach Xa village has become famous for making bamboo dragonflies and attracted a huge number of visitors coming here and exploring the process of making a bamboo toy. With the increasing demand, there are more and more families are getting involved in making the dragonflies.Read more
Long Bien is one of the most important markets in Red River Delta region and the 2nd biggest markets in Hanoi (after Dong Xuan Market). It has been operating for over 20 years. It gathers almost all products from many northern provinces, especially raw food such as vegetable, meat, egg, etc.Read more
Is there Hanoi French Quarter in the heart of Hanoi? Why do we call French Quarter but not Vietnamese Quarter?
Perhaps you heard about Hanoi French Quarter before, but you don’t have much information about it, right? If you are unsure where it is, let me introduce some interesting facts that maybe blow up your mind.
This area is possibly considered as “Little Paris”, where we can find some similar architecture, typical street style of the capital of France.
Hanoi French Quarter, a charming and elegant beauty, is an indispensable part of Hanoi soul, which reminisces of French colonial era.
Vietnam Museum of Ethnology is definitely your cup of tea, if you are those who those who are keen to learn about the multicultural features of Vietnam and those who appreciate an environmentally-friendly space.
Being regarded as a center for ethnographic research, Vietnam Museum of Ethnology in Hanoi offers an insight into the 54 different ethnic groups throughout Vietnam, the S-shaped country.
I know what you are thinking but no, this is not a parade or a rave. It is actually a corner of a 266 – meter street in Hanoi called Ta Hien. You might overhear or even get invited to Ta Hien and grab some beer in these burning hot days in Hanoi. Ta Hien Street is a must-visit place in Hanoi Old Quarter not only for beer lovers and night owls but also Vietnamese cuisine and culture enthusiast.
II. Introduction of Ta Hien Street
266 meters in length, Ta Hien is usually called Beer Street or Foreigner Street (Pho Tay) as it is an “international crossroad” drawing many foreign visitors as well as Hanoians. From Hang Buom to Hang Bac street, crossing Luong Ngoc Quyen street, Ta Hien takes its name after Ta Quang Hien, Admiral of Tonkin Military Forces (under Nguyen Dynasty, Emperor Ham Nghi), leader of the Can Vuong movement in Thai Binh province.
During the French colonization time, the street was named Géraud. Ta Quang Hien, as a leader of an anti-France colonization campaign, resigned from his position as Lord Lieutenant and led liberal fighters against the French army. At the end of that year, after recruiting about 4000-5000 liberal fighters, his army regained Thai Binh Province and prevailed in other battles afterwards. But in a battle in February 1887, he was captured and killed.
Another interesting fact about the name Ta Hien is that it was sometimes misread into Tạ Hiền (originally ‘Tạ Hiện’,) so it creates a huge confusion for tourists because the words of ‘Tạ Hiền’ and ‘Tạ Hiện’ are both displayed on signboards in the same street.Ta Hien still kept most of its old texture and time-worn structure.
All the pubs at the crossroads of Ta Hien – Luong Ngoc Quyen have been operated for over a decade. The beer here is known to be cheap and tourist-magnetic. Pub operators from time to time speak Vietnamese and some English to communicate with their customers who come from different countries. Eventually it appeared the informal name of the crossroads – ‘The International Crossroads’ (Ngã tư Quốc tế).
If you imagine yourself sitting in a pub and enjoy beer in Ta Hien Street Hanoi, you will be completely wrong! There is no proper pub here, not even proper table. Customers will sit on small stools around a little taller plastic or wooden stools on which food and beer bottles are placed. It may be uncomfortable for some foreigners, but it creates a unique atmosphere for customers to experience ancient local lifestyles in Hanoi. Besides, one of the best parts of drinking beer here is that the beer is usually served along with delicious food such as roasted squid, fried fermented pork rolls, roasted bird meat, or simply a plate of sunflower’s seeds.
Like any other pub street, the atmosphere here becomes more lively when the night falls down with the influx of both locals and foreigners. The quietness of the street in the day time is suddenly replaced with the noisiness. The whole street is crowded with groups of people drinking beer and chatting with each other. Echoed throughout the street is the sound of “một hai ba…dzô!” (one two three… cheers!) from both local and foreign customers.
The common thing among beer restaurant in Ta Hien is its simple and street style. Everything is on street sides with plastic chairs used for both seat and table. The customers can order a mug of beer and sit for hours without being interrupted. The comfortable and friendly atmosphere as well as great beers and foods are the main reasons for the attraction of Ta Hien Street.
Aside from beers and pubs, personally, I think Tạ Hiện street is like a narrow or a mini version of a food heaven with lots of super small alleyways and twisted intersections, which I presume very fit for a curious explorer who wants to enjoy a little bit taste of rusticity. On the small and crowded street of Ta Hien, you can find variety of best Hanoi street foods such as Nem chua, Vietnamese bread, noodles, sweet porridges, …
The snack foods to serve with the beer are also diverse, from traditional ones such as nem Phung, fried nem, nem, boiled peanut to Western ones such as fried chip, cheese stick, … The prices are generally cheap.
If you are looking for a short respite from Hanoi, a busy city, West Lake Hanoi is actually one don’t -miss heaven.West Lake, Hanoi’s largest freshwater lake, attracts thousands of residents and tourists seeking a sanctuary of great natural beauty formed by one of Vietnamese four sacred temples and Vietnam’s oldest pagoda.
Ba Vi National Park is considered as a green lung of Hanoi, the place hiding many mysterious and miraculous beauty. The diversity and unique of pristine nature attracts us magically, ranging from great lush tropical forest of South East Asia to green humid forest with many creepers.
Don’t forget contemplating the wild beauty of pine hill, too.
Vietnam National Museum of History is home to rich and diverse collections of historical relics and thematic exhibitions on Vietnamese culture and history. The museum gives visitors a broad overview of the development of Vietnam from the prehistoric period through the national formation period, a very thorough and comprehensive historical outlook that other museums cannot offer. Let explore this museum with AZ Local Trip.