About Hanoi – the Vietnam’s capital, New Zealand journalist advices readers to visit the Old Quarter - 36 clogged streets that form the arteries to Hanoi's heart. “Shops' wares burst on to the footpath and compete for real estate with motorbikes. People sell everything from doughnuts to shoe-shining services to counterfeit books.The weekend night markets are a must-visit. Much of the Old Quarter is closed to vehicles as street performers, food stalls and markets take over the roads.”
Hanoi Old Quarter
Other famous historic sites are involved in the article also:“Vietnam's war wounds still seem fresh and there are plenty of museums that focus on the country's tumultuous past. The Military History Museum walks you through Vietnam's past and is home to the famous tank that ploughed through Saigon's Independence Palace gates. Nearby you will find Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum. The line to see Vietnam's embalmed former leader is long but moves quickly”.
Bun cha - special dish of Hanoi
Mentioning the local cuisines, Kate Ford recommends bun cha, a barbecue pork and rice vermicelli dish – special dish of Hanoi. “We wore our tourist hats and ate at Bun Cha Huong Lien, where in May last year President Obama slurped noodles with Chef Anthony Bourdain. Clearly capitalizing on their famous guests (why wouldn't you?), pictures of Obama line the walls and Combo Obama is on the menu: bun cha with spring rolls and a Hanoi beer. Despite the fame, you still park up your plastic stools at no-frills stainless-steel tables for a delicious bowl at a great price”, as in the article by Kate.
“You really don't need to spend much to get a delicious meal in Hanoi. Try another bun cha bowl at Bun Cha Dac Kim, or wedge into a spare seat at Pho 10 for a simple beef pho you can lavish with all the condiments”, she wrote.