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Ahh, Hanoi...Such a long time I had dreamt of this place... As soon as you arrived downtown, you easily can feel, imagine the atmosphere of the french colony, as if the time stopped. In Hanoi, you will
- enjoy vietnamese soup or other delicacy in a small street stall (Thanh Long Restaurant - 34B Nguyen Chi Thanh St, Ba Dinh District) or high-ranked - but still affordable - fine restaurants;
- choose one of the hundreds coffee shops to drink a refreshing ice coffee;
- walk along narrow streets since sidewalk are reserved for motorbike to park;
- hear precisely "motorbike" at every corner;
- be astonished by Hanoi painters' skills, and consequently will buy some paintings (H&Q Art Gallery - 4 Hang Be St, Hoan Klem District);
- attend classical play at Thang Long Ca Tru Theatre on Tong Dan Street and, at the time, commiserate with the motorbike guard who may let you try his tuned motorbike;
- laugh like a child while watching a water pupper show;
- visit and watch an opera at the Hanoi Opera House;
- be charmed by the people engaging in conversation in your native language, should you sit down for a minute on a bench in one of the numerous public parks;
- sleep in a backpackers hotel, cheap and well located solution, where you will get the latest info to join a tour to Halong Bay (North Hotel, No 2, 5B Tam Thuong Street).
An other solution is to go to a tourism services office (like Hanoi Tours, 60 Hang Be)
- engage yourself in private prayers in many temples and pagodas

The city of Hanoi is not very large, you can walk all around without huge effort. Anyway, raise your hand and a motorbike (or car) taxi is still around...
Must-see:
- Tran Quoc Pagoda
- Quan Tham
- Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, HCM's Stilts House
- Hanoi Botanical Garden
- Temple of Literature
- QuanSu Pagoda
- Cua Lo Prison
- Ngoc Son Pagoda, Hoan Klem Lake
- Revolutionary Museum
- Vietnam Revolution Museum
- Opera Theatre
- History Museum
- backpapers area (for paintings, info on tours, bars, etc)
- Lenin Park
- Van Hô Exhibition
- Flag Tower and Army Museum

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