Welcome to today’s article for those of you enjoying nomadic life in Vietnam. Here’s how to spend two days in Hanoi, one of my favourite Vietnamese cities.
Two Days in Hanoi Itinerary
Day 1 – Imperial Citadel of Thang Long
Thang Long is known as the Citadel of Hanoi. The UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of the best things to explore while in Hanoi. The site gives you a great introduction to the history of Hanoi and Vietnam. The ancient site was the political centre of Vietnam for thirteen consecutive centuries. Surprisingly, it was also the capital of Vietnam for eight centuries. So, as you can see, the site has a lot of history, culture and interest around it.
A notable attraction in the Citadel is the Hanoi Flag Tower; a renovated 40-metre-tall stone fortress offering unmissable views of Ba Dinh Square and Hanoi City Centre. Genuinely, this was one of the most exciting things I did in Hanoi! Located in Ba Dinh District, entrance to the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long is priced at VND 30,000, and it is open from 08:00 to 17:00 every day except Monday.
Sometimes it’s always nice when you visit one of the main attractions, and it’s close to other activities you can do or see. The Citadel gives you precisely that! This prominent site is also within a 15-minute walk from attractions such as Quan Thanh Temple, Vietnam Military History Museum and Cua Bac Church.
Day 2 – Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum
Upon visiting, if you’ve never heard of Ho Chi Minh before, here’s a quick piece of info for you. Ho Chi Minh is the most iconic and popular leader in Vietnam. The main reason why they built a Mausoleum for him is that he was so popular. So it goes without saying be very respectful when you visit.
The mausoleum is based on Lenin’s and is quite surreal to see. It’s not every day that you get to see an important dead person’s remains. To get into the place isn’t the easiest. As mentioned earlier, be respectful, and that carries over into your dress sense. No shorts, sleeveless shirts and miniskirts are allowed in. You’ll also be told to hand over any bags and cameras before entering. Additionally, you will be told not to stay long while inside; visitors are not allowed to stop and hold up the constant queues.
Do be mindful that ‘Uncle Ho’s’ remains are sent to Russia yearly for maintenance; therefore, the site is usually closed from around October time until the repairs are finished. It is best to check with your accommodation when the mausoleum is reopened. The cool thing about the site is that it is entirely free! Although donations are accepted.
Evening – Hoan Kiem Lake
As mentioned before in previous articles, the lake area at night really comes to life! The atmosphere and activities on offer are brilliant and offer such a great experience. You’ll be able to play massive games of Jenga, tug-of-war and take part in street performers acts! The whole area is buzzing with excitement and entertainment and is somewhere that every traveller needs to see.
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