Hanoi – New perspective

Hanoi has been known for long as the antique and dynamic city of Vietnam. She is famous not only because of being the Vietnamese capital but also because of her charming beauty. No matter what season Hanoi is being in, the event that you spend some days there, you would have opportunities to see how lovely and tranquil Hanoi is at some times and would never mistake Hanoi for somewhere else in the world.

Nobody knows when the scenes that ladies wear conical hats and being on an old rusty bike driving baskets of roses, daisies, sunflowers, feverfews or pomelo flowers to any streets and alleys appears in Hanoi. But that familiar scenes is an indispensable spiritual part in Hanoians’ daily life, and make Hanoi looks really charming and unique. It is not something random that these flower street vendors have brought somewhat a refreshing reminiscent breeze to people in the city.

Flower vendors in Hanoi

Watching Hanoians’ life along both sides of the railway before and after the train passes is a kind of interesting experience in this capital city. Adults sit in the middle of the tracks with their neighbors, playing checkers and drinking tea. Kids run up and down, play games while an older lady waters her plants in a flower box outside her home. Life goes on, despite their unusual predicament.

Hanoian’s life along both sides of the railway

It can be said that there is nowhere else in this S-shaped country but Hanoi that cuisine has become the topic of all time for well-known writers and journalists. Hanoi Cuisine is overwhelmingly composed of both traditional and modern dishes. Vietnamese Royal Cuisine is easily found in some restaurants, especially in Lunar New Year meals in Hanoi.

Hanoian’s traditional food tray in Lunnar New Years meals

Next to the sophisticated and elegant traditional style, Hani Cuisine still contains a colours combination of Vietnam dishes and also have dishes from abroad. Hanoi is an extremely ideal place to wander and taste street food. Recently, the fact that Hanoi honored to receive Asian Cuisines Award for three dishes of Pho, Bun Thang, and Bun Cha.

Bun Thang, one of the three dishes receive Asian Cuisines Award

The best time to visit Hanoi is in the winters – from mid-November to early March. However, this is also the peak tourist time, and it would be wiser to visit Hanoi just at the start of the season, during late autumn or the spring. Autumn and spring last from October to November and March to April respectively.

Hanoi’s autumn is charming with warm sunlight, and dry atmosphere, cool breeze. If you love seeing the leaves change color, enjoying some specialties in Hanoi’s autumn such as Milk Flower, young green rice, living slowly for the beauty of your life, you definitely should come to Hanoi in the autumn.

Hanoi’s winter is also famous for many delicious street foods which can warm you up on a chilly day.

Hanoi’s spring is the best time for tourists to appreciate so many kinds of flowers blossoming and watch the locals ‘ business for Tet holiday.

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