However, if you are seeking simplicity, diversity, history and quietness, this is the region where you should go! Last October, we seize Indochina starting off in Hanoi, Vietnam – Vientiane, Laos – Bangkok, Thailand in a five day country crawl.
Here’s a travel video to sum up all what we had:
After a long tiring day and a 4 hour travel from Halong Bay, it would be really tiring to go out and still explore. Yet, the night life in Hanoi is so inviting that you want to check out what’s the buzz in the area.
We checked in properly in our hostel and had a ourselves freshen up for the night. The first thing in mind is to have a dinner in a Hanoian way.
|We tried street foods, this is like a fish with butter, more of “dilis” of the Philippines.|
1. Engage. The city is full of westerns and Hanoians. So always smile and talk with people. Blend in!
2.Eat. The reason why Hanoians have that small benches and tables is because they say that all people sit together and join in to eat Pho. Pho is special for Vietnamese poeple, and eating together is sacred for them.
3.Party. In a particular street on weekends, the whole street is closed to give way to everyone to party and just enjoy the night away! For me this is fun! Meeting new friends while getting mixed with diverse culture and experience!
|A typical street benches in Hanoi, everyone is encouraged to eat together.|
2100 – 2200: Banh Mi for Dinner
Got ourselves a dinner in Hanoi, an authentic Banh Mi bread. A French style bread like crisp stuffed with your choice — egg, beef, chicken and veggies. Vietnam is colonized by the French government. The things that I noticed in their western influences are their buildings, architecture and food like Banh Mi.
|I normally make face on every dishes, but i really love them–a lot!|
2300: Hoan Kiem Lake, random streets and old quarter Hanoi
Stroll more around the streets of Hanoi. Most of the streets are closed early and sure that this city sleeps, though there are some that are open for a night party. Along my research, I knew that for their laws, there are curfew for establishments and partying all night.
|The iconic and famous Hoan Kiem bridge connecting the Ngoc Son temple.|
|Closing time in Hanoi for all establishments. The city has curfews for parties and noise, it’s just around 9pm.
The night is young but they should all pack-up!
Hano Vietnam, a city that sleeps. A city that is blended by people from all nations and is welcoming to everyone. Great food, great place and great people. This is a laidback city that gives you a night full of life though there’s a closing time.