WHAT TO EAT

Bun Cha

For this famous Vietnamese dish, fatty grilled pork is served with white rice noodle together with some herbs, and a side of dipping sauce.

Where to get it: Look around the Old Quarter

Price: Approximately VND65,000 -VND 90,000


Banh Cuon

This is a dish where thin rice flour pancakes are steamed and filled with minced pork and mushroom.

Where to get it: Look around the Old Quarter

Price: Approximately VND30,000 - VND50,000

Xoi Xeo

To prepare this dish, sticky rice is mixed with turmeric powder and water, thus the yellow colour of this dish. Then, fried shallots are placed on top of the rice, and mashed mung beans are also served in this dish. Lastly, liquid fat are poured over the dish, giving the dish an irresistible aroma.

Where to get it: Look around the Old Quarter

Price: VND5,000 - VND10,000

Bun Thang

This is a mixed rice noodle dish. The broth used is usually prepared using chicken with prawns. Other ingredients such as eggs or chicken are place on top of the noodles according to their colour, thus the interesting appearance of the dish.

Where to get it: Look around the Old Quarter

Price: Approximately VND25,000 - VND50,000


Cha ca La Vong

The gist of this dish: Fish marinated with turmeric and served with dill and other herbs.

Where to get it: Look around the Old Quarter

Price: Approximately VND120,000 - VND180,000

Pho (Noodle Soup)

Consisting of rice noodle soup with herbs and meat (usually beef), Pho is a famous dish in Vietnam.

Where to get it: Look around the Old Quarter

Price: Approximately VND40,000 - VND70,000

Banh Mi

The French colonisation created a new culture in Vietnam, including the culture of baking pastries, such as baguette. Banh Mi is a Vietnamese sandwich adapted from the influence of the French culture, in which a baguette is filled with stuffings.

Where to get it: Look around the Old Quarter

Price: Approximately VND25,000 - VND50,000


Bia Hoi (Hanoi Beer)

Bia Hoi, or Hanoi Beer, is a freshly brewed draft beer that can be found in many places in the city for a very cheap price. In fact, it is brewed daily without adding preservatives into them, and should there be leftovers by the end of the day, it would be thrown away.

Where to get it: Look around the Old Quarter

Price: Approximately VND8,000


Vietnamese Coffee & Egg Coffee

If you have not had a taste of Vietnamese coffee, you should definitely give it a try here in Hanoi. Sweetened condensed milk is put into the coffee to give it a different flavour.

But other than that, egg coffee is something that sets itself apart from the others, mainly because of the chicken egg yolk used in the making of these. It may sound weird, but it has a reputation of tasting like dessert.

Where to get it: Look around the Old Quarter

Price: Approximately VND20,000 - VND40,000


Renting a car here would require you to show your passport and international driving license. However some native licenses in common languages might be accepted.

Tip1: There are certain attractions that are located near each other, making it accessible through walking as well. That is, if you are fond of walking instead of getting a car ride.

Tip2: As the traffic in Hanoi might seem chaotic for visitors from other country, it might be best to rent a car with a driver, or rent a cab instead of driving yourself.

Tip3: When crossing the road, you have to learn to be more fearless. When you are ready and there’s enough space for you to start walking, walk at a constant speed across the road and the drivers on the road will adjust their speed accordingly.