This trip was a rare one for our family since only me and my husband were the only ones who traveled to Hanoi. We arrived at 3 a.m. in the legendary Sofitel Legend Metropole Hotel. Located in the heart of the french quarter, this hotel is very luxurious with its french colonial and neo-classical design. We had an easy check-in and a breakfast trolly welcomed us in the lobby.
Our first stop was lunch consisting of Bún Chá with fried seafood roll (Obama combo) at Bún Chá Huong Lien. This is a noodle soup topped with vegetables and grilled barbequed pork. A party in a bowl!
Dessert was Cá phé naú and cót dúa càphê at Cong Càphê,
and macaroons, tiramisu and eclair at L’ Epicerie du Metropole.
After a quick nap, we had a rainy stroll at the Hoan Kiem Lake,
and Ngoc son temple, which was built in commemoration of the 13th century military leader Tran Hung Dao who was renowned for his bravery in the battle against the Yuan Dynasty.
Afterwards, we “snacked” on Banh my/pho sot vang and pho bo at Huyen Dung restaurant.
Dinner was Cá thang long, pork skewers and fried spring rolls at Chaca Cá Cuong restaurant.
We capped off our night with an egg coffee at Giang cafe.
A clear day welcomed us on our 2nd day in Hanoi. We were early birds at the Ho Chi Minh mausoleum… And it was a surreal experience.
We then visited the yellow Ho Chi Minh presidential palace,
his residence and his stilt house,
Ho Chi Minh museum
and the one-pillar pagoda.
Next, we explored The Temple of Literature and National University, which is dedicated to Confucius, sages and scholars.
Next stop was Hoa Lo prison,which was used by the French colonists in Vietnam for political prisoners, and later by North Vietnam for U.S. Prisoners of War during the Vietnam War.
Lunch was at Wrap n’ roll where we had pho and various types of spring rolls.
In the afternoon, snacks were mixed meat and bbqed chicken Banh mi at Banh mi 25 and iced coffee at Highlands coffee.
Late in the afternoon, we watched the very entertaining Thang Long water puppet show,
and we joined the Legend Metropole’s Path of History tour where we went to the bunkers built during the civil war.
Though our trip was short, we were able to maximize the rich culture and food haven that is Hanoi!