In Hanoi, Vietnam, the winter is not too cold as Europe or Americas. With chilly weather and warm hearted people, Hanoi winter seems to attract many friends all over the world than ever before. Far East Tour shares with you some experiences as the Hanoian in this particular period.
Hanoi Cathedral is one of the works from French colonial period with more than 120 years old. At Christmas’ night, the ancient church will be ornately decorated with colored lights and recreated scene of Jesus’s birthday. And sitting and sipping a cup of tea or a cup of hot coffee with friends, watching the time-stamp printing work at the same time countdown to the moment of Christmas is one of the exciting experiences in the winter of Hanoi that you should not ignore.
If you prefer movement, let’s spend a late afternoon biking around the West Lake. You will be surprised by the West Lake’s cold misty air in winter with sunset light flashed on the peaceful lake’s surface. In addition, visitors can walk along the ”Korea path” (along the West Lake) or choose a lakeside restaurant to taste hot snails, baked food, interesting snacks in Vietnam cuisine list. The tranquility of the West Lake will make visitors temporarily forget all the noises of this bustling capital.
With France-marked houses as well as many art galleries, restaurants with European style, Trang Tien is the ideal walk street for visitors to feel the romantic and vibrant atmosphere of Hanoi winter. At the end of the street, you will catch the sight of Hanoi Opera House which brings the shadow of theaters in Paris. Besides, enjoying a cup of coffee, visiting the gallery or browsing a nearby book street will give you relaxing time also.
Over 100 years, at every night, the old bridge – Long Bien is always busy with people and couples who want to be temporarily away from urban light. Not only that, the sounds of peaceful life is resounded when a train whistling, and traders riding bicycles to come home after a hard working day. You can also have some baked corns, grilled potatoes or a cup of hot tea right on the bridge to enjoy a little warmth in the cold of the winter.
Ancient Town has been gone over few hundred years old with the features of Kinh Ky land, where concentrates many shops, entertainment attractions, catering for young people, domestic as well as foreign tourists. If you don’t know where to go and what to eat in Hanoi’s winter, the ancient town would be suitable for your choice. Moreover, walking at weekend night, enjoying traditional or modern music performances, and eating the food which is suitable with the winter as youtiao porridge, hot snails, fried cakes,… surely leave on you some interesting impressions.
December is the time when capital’s streets are full with hawkers vehicles of nightingale daisy, butterfly flower, yellow daisy … Going round the streets of the city, you can’t pay no attention to the woman who have meek, hardy face stand next to little but colorful flower vehicles. It looks like the radiance of flowers having dispelled the cold of Hanoi winter, and been brighten into a corner of city.
You can sit to drink coffee year around, but a few dozen years old coffee shops in Hanoi become cozier in the winter. Sipping a warm cup of coffee, sitting on the 2nd floor of a lakeside bar and listening to classical music as Canon in D, Sad Angel, etc will give you a vague sense of both familiarity and strangeness.