Hanoi – one of the world’s most incredible cities, perched in north Vietnam, ready and waiting for you to explore! If you’re traveling and have 48 hours to burn here, we’ve put together the ultimate itinerary of the weird and the wonderful!
Here’s where to start…
Watch out for Hanoi’s Train Street
Twice a day a speeding train passes only inches from the homes of this residential neighborhood in Hanoi. If you’re there around 3p.m. and 7p.m the locals clear the tracks, bring their drying clothes in and hide in close-by doorways, just feet from the tracks as the train whizzes by. If you’re there outside of these times, the tracks are used like a regular street in Hanoi’s bustling, maze-like Old Quarter.
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Drink an egg coffee (yes, egg.)
Created in Hanoi in 1946, egg coffee is the invention of Nguyen Van Giang. During the French war, the milk shortage meant that on his shift bartending at the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hotel, Giang whisked egg into his client’s coffee as a substitute. Giang’s concoction became such a hit that he opened Café Giang – where his son still serves the legendary egg coffee!
Be tricked by the trompe l’œil murals…
One of the most Instagrammable features of Hanoi, these life-sized painted illusions let pedestrians blend in with street art! The murals begin at 27 Phùng Hưng, Hàng Mã, Hoàn Kiếm and continue all the way along the road until it reaches Hàng Cót.
Phung Hung street is like a border between Western and Hang street (the old Street for Ke Cho and Thang Long people). Overtime the western style houses were slowly transformed and disappeared. There are very few that still remain. The artwork illustrates the door frames of House No. 63 Phung Hung street in different layers of time. After nearly a century with a lot of changes, it shows what will be left of the house. . . . The doors in this artwork are slightly open to provide people an opportunity to discover the hidden side of history behind those doors. . . . This is a street in Hanoi, Vietnam where important scenes/landmarks have been painted on the wall. . . . I don’t remember the name of the street but I do know that it’s one worth seeing- any local could guide you to it . . . House No. 63 . . . #houseno63 #hanoi #vietnam #streetart #streetartasia #streetartvietnam #streetarthanoi #streetartphoto #streetart_daily #streetartglobe #insiderart #insidertravel #travelvietnam #lonelyplanetasia #natgeoasia #natgeovietnam #travelphotography . . . @hanoicapital @vietnam_travel6 @streetartglobe @streetart_daily @natgeoasia @lonelyplanet @vietnamcharm @everydayvietnam @discovervietnam @explorevietnam_ @ig_vietnam @streetartasia . . . #travel #traveler #vietnamdestinations #ig_vietnam #explorevietnam #discovervietnam #vietnamholiday #wanderlust #everydayvietnam #vietnamcharm #greatescape
Pay respects at the B-52 wreckage
Head to the Ba Dinh district of Hanoi to find this powerful reminder of the Vietnam War. In the centre of this residential district lies a shot down B-52 bomber, in the middle of Huu Tiep Lake. The plane came down during the “Christmas Bombings” of 1972 killing 1,318 civilians. It’s a sobering monument, but worth seeing as a reminder of the not-so distant history of this place.
Explore the Hanoi Zoological Museum
Definitely more interesting than it sounds… this museum is hidden away in the Hanoi University grounds. With three rooms filled with weird and wonderful taxidermy, a huge elephant skeleton lets visitors know that they’ve arrived!