FAQs

Q: How many streets in Hanoi’s Old Quarter?

A: 36 old streets

Q: Which two Old Quarter houses are open to public view?

A: 38 Hang Dao Street and 87 Ma May Street.

Q: How to travel around Hanoi?

A: You can use car, bus or motorbike

Q: Do I need visa to visit Vietnam?

A: Yes/No, it depends on your nationality, but most likely you will need a valid visa before heading to Vietnam if you are NOT from ASEAN, Nordic country, we recommend that you check my Vietnam visa and Vietnam visa website for more details on visa requirements. also make sure that your passport has at least 6 months of validity remaining before you apply for a visa.

Q: Can I rent a bike and ride myself?

A: Yes, you can buy/rent bike easily and ride it yourself in Vietnam. However, please remember the traffic and roads conditions may be very different to what you are used to. Only young team is recommended for bike riding in Vietnam.

Q: When is the best time to travel to Hanoi

A:  The best  time to visit Hanoi is from February to April and September to November avoiding the heat and the rain.

Q: What are the most attractive sightseeings in Hanoi

A: The serene Hoan Kiem Lake is a major attraction of Hanoi. Ngoc Son on the banks of the lake is another major attraction of Hanoi. The Old Quarter with its 36 winding streets is a lively center located at the north of the lake. The remains of Hanoi Hilton’ or Hoa Lo Prison is a must see on sightseeing tours in Hanoi. Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, Ho Chi Minh’s House and Museum and the tiny One Pillar Pagoda are huge draws for tourists. Several museums are found scattered across the city. Vietnamese National History Museum, the National Museum of Ethnology, the National Museum of Fine Arts and the Revolution Museum are the most notable museums of Hanoi

Q: What are the most famous dishes in Hanoi

A: Cha ca La Vong on 14 Cha Ca Street

Bun Thang on Cau Go street

Noodle Soup on 49 Bat Dan street

Banh Cuon at Gia An on Ba Trieu Street opposite Vincom Tower

Xoi Xeo on Nguyen Huu Huan Street

Q: Where I can find “Cốm”?

A: Vong village

Q: Where is the “French Quarter”?

A: The French Quarter of Hanoi  was built to the south of the Old Quarter and the Hoan Kiem Lake. The French Quarter of Hanoi is characterized with wide tree-lined boulevards, sidewalk cafes, fine-dining restaurants, luxurious hotels and French-styled villas.

Q: How about the weather of Hanoi in October?

A: October marks the beginning of autumn, the most beautiful season in Vietnam. October’s weather is milder because its temperature is getting more favored.

Q: Can you tell me some about your languague? Is there any native languages in Hanoi? In Indonesia, we have Bahasa Indonesia but in my home, we usually use Java Language mixed with Bahasa Indonesia.

A: In Hanoi we only use Vietnamese

Q:  Do you think Hanoi is interesting to visit for holiday?

A: Yes, especially in Autumn

Q: Recently my friend told me that he traveled to Vietnam and fell in love with the local cuisine – especially pho. I like noodles too. I wonder what kind of noodle dishes of your country that you will recommend to foreigners?

A: Being a Vietnamese, I can eat Pho everyday, especially for my breakfast.
In good Pho store, the broth is made with secrets which include variety of natural flavors.
That is not simply a type of noodle which you eat what you’re served, there are many way to enjoy it. Try it sometime 🙂

Q: I am thinking about going to Hanoi in late April or early May. Is it hot yet?

A: In the north, it’s getting warmer from April. this year the cold weather gets longer than usual, so in April I think it might still cool. You can travel to Hanoi this time but I think the best time is is from February to April and September to November

Q: In Vietnam, people usually eat pho (noodle made of rice). When Vietnamese go abroad, we still love eating pho. Do you know where in Hanoi we can find pho? Do people in your country know what kind of food pho is?

A: I think Pho Bat Dan and Pho 24 is the best in my country

Q: I have heard from a friend that people from Vietnam say cheers every time they drink. Is this true?

A: In Vietnam, when people drink, they usually say “ Zô” 🙂

Q: How about the transportation in Hanoi?

A: I’m very sorry to tell that transportation in Hanoi still is a big problem

Q: I would like to cross a street in Hanoi City one day, but how dangerous is it really? People who’ve crossed the street, tell me how it was!

A: I crossed the street in Ho-Chi-Minh! There were soo many bikes, but I crossed the street, not getting my eyes of the bikes and by saying to myself ‘I’m gonna cross this street! I’m gonna cross this street!’, and in the end it was fine!! But I must tell you that it did take quite some courage to get used to it.. Everybody just runs into each other.

Q: Why Ha Noi’s central Lake is called Ho Hoan Kiem (Restored Sword Lake)?

A: During the domination by the Ming Chinese (1406 – 1428), a fisherman named Le Than lived on the Chu River in Thanh Hoa Province. One night, Than’s net felt heavy when he hauled it up; he grew excited, thinking he’d caught a big fish. However, Than soon saw that his “catch” was only an iron bar like a blunt knife without a handle. “Ah me.” Than sighed. “My only catch tonight is a worthless piece of iron!” Than threw the bar away. Another night, Than cast his net in another section of the Chu River. After a while, seeing the water bubble, Than pulled up his net but found only the same iron bar. Angry, he threw it away once again. Then came another night; Than went fishing late. At cock’s crow, he pulled up his net and, feeling it with his hands, found the same iron bar. However, this time he decided not to throw it away. Than pulled the iron bar on to the deck of his boat and lit a fire to take a closer look. Now, he could see more clearly.

“It’s a sword blade!” he exclaimed.

At this time, people from all over the country were joining Le Loi’s army to fight the Chinese. Every night, Le Than heard blaring horns and the commanders’ voices shouting to their soldiers on the banks of the Chu River. He looked at his sword blade and said to himself, “God wants me to help save my country.”

Than abandoned his boat and joined Le Loi’s army. One evening, the army stopped to spend the night in the forest. Than was on guard duty when Le Loi, who was passing by, saw something shining. Out of curiosity, Le Loi stopped at Le Than’s camp. Le 111an took down the sword blade and showed it to Le Loi, who stared at it.

“This is a magic sword blade!” Le Loi said.” Except it lacks a matching magic hilt.”

Soon after that night, Le Loi and his followers lost a battle; they retreated into the forest, each man finding a place to hide. Le Lai took shelter on the branch of an old banyan tree. He noticed streaks of light on a nearby branch: these looked like fireflies or the flashing scales of a python. Le Lai slid over for a closer look. At first sight, he mistook the strange light for a phosphorescent centipede on a piece of rotten wood. He picked up the object; it turned out to be a sword hilt made of horn. Its inlaid gems glistened.

Le Loi remembered the sword blade he’d seen in Le Than’s camp and tucked the hilt into his belt.

When the army reassembled, Le Loi told everyone about the hilt he’d found in the forest. He took out the hilt and matched it with Le Than’s blade. The two fit perfectly. Le Than and everyone else knelt.

“God has bestowed on you this magic sword!” the men shouted.

Le Loi’s army regained its strength and pressured the Ming troops into retreat. Using his magic sword, Le Loi won battles against the invaders until the Ming finally surrendered. After ten years of fighting, Le Loi’s army achieved its glorious victory in 1427. Le Loi became king and unified the nation; the people lived in peace.

One beautiful day Le Loi took a boat trip around the Luc Thuy (Green Water) Lake in the centre of the capital. It was early autumn; the lotus leaves were as green as the water’s surface. Suddenly, a huge tortoise emerged from under the lotus leaves. It had a raised back and looked as black as a bamboo dingy. The tortoise swam slowly towards the king’s boat. Then it raised its body, clasped its two front legs together and bowed.
“Now that you have restored peace to the nation.” the tortoise said, “please return the sword to our God of the Waters.”

Le Loi immediately took the sword from his belt and respectfully raised the weapon above his head. Then he bowed. The tortoise accepted the sword and disappeared into the water, but the luster of the sword remained and spread over the surface of the lake. Ever since that time, the lake has been named Ho Guom (Sword Lake) or Ho Hoan Kiem (Restored Sword Lake).

Q: What are the main religion practiced in Hanoi

A: Mahayana Buddhism

Q: Does it snow  in Hanoi?

A: It have never seen snow in Hanoi before.

Q: How do you say ‘hello’ in Vietnamese?

“Xin chào” or just “chào”.

Q: Can you use us dollars in Hanoi?

A: Yes, most places will accept them and give you change in Vietnamese Dong

Q: Can you rent a flat in Hanoi Vietnam?

A: YES. There are thousands of flat in Hanoi. They’re ready to be hired everywhere.

Q: How long does it take to fly from Brisbane to Hanoi?

A: It depends really on the airplane, or how close or far apart the to locations are. Time is an element that not everyone can tell. Brisbane to Hanoi, that may or may not be far. I suggest that you go to an airport yourself and find the flight times, how long you will be on the plane to Hanoi, and when you’ll arrive there. And if you find out a flight time for how long you’ll be on the airplane, thats how long it’ll take. But, airplanes are unpredictable. You could have a late flight, or difficulties just because one thing, person, or flight attendent ( also could be piolet). But technically, if you go to an airport instead of being lazy and asking people on the internet.