8 interesting things about Hanoi

The first steel bridge across the Red River, bustling flower market at midnight … is interesting discoveries about the capital of Vietnam.

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12 seasons of a flower

January covers Hanoi with pink of peach blossoms.
In February, Hanoi gets purple with mountain-ebony flower.
March reaches Hanoi with millions of tiny flowers of dalbergia tonkinensis.
April arrives in Hanoi together with time for harvesting beautiful lilies.
May stays in Hanoi with purple Lagerstroemia and red flamboyant flowers.

Flower Street Vendors in Hanoi
Every single corner of the street saw a basket of flowers sold by women a lady, or even a man. Sometimes, a few ladies altogether turned the corner into a little flower market.

When you see June spreads its wings in Hanoi, it’s time you see its symbol – Lotus flowers. For Vietnamese, this kind of flower has long become the symbol of culture, spirit, and elegant personality of Vietnamese.

In this time of the year, the beauty and fragrance of lotus flowers will follow the vendors to reach every corner of Hanoi.


When you see blazing yellow sunflowers following bikes to doors of Hanoians or aragonite flowers whitening the sky and covering the streets, it’s the time of July.

Clausena excavata burm flowers bring August to Hanoi.
September and Hanoi with milk flowers.

When October comes together with the cool climate of real autumn, it’s time to see beautiful daisies mesmerizing both locals and tourists. All the streets of Hanoi then are decorated by their diverse colors, from purple, yellow, white to orange.


November is present in Hanoi with the presence of soft violet of forget-me-not flowers along its streets.
December ends the year in Hanoi with yellow mustard flowers.

36 streets

The Old Quarter is the name commonly given to that part of Hanoi that has been in existence since imperial times and which used to be located outside the Imperial Citadel of Thăng Long. (Hanoi Travel Guide - Go Explore Vietnam)

36 streets were originally named after goods that were traded there such as Hang Gai, Hang Bo, Cha Ca, Thuoc Bac … Today, people on many streets have switched to trading in other products, however In some places that still retain this tradition, such as Thuoc Bac street, Hang Bac street … Hanoi Old Quarter is always listed in the list of certain destinations to explore on international newspapers. such as Telegraph, CNN, Independent …

Egg coffee

Having been voted by The Guardian newspaper as 20 places with the best food in the world, Hanoi has many impressions in the hearts of diners. One of the unique dishes on the top of the list to try is egg coffee.

Egg coffee
Cafe Giang: “Ca phe trung,” or egg coffee, is a Hanoi specialty. A creamy soft, meringue-like egg white foam is perched on dense Vietnamese

Mark Lowerson, who runs Street Eats Hanoi, said: “Most guests love this drink. When I describe it, they can’t imagine how the egg goes with the coffee. I haven’t seen anyone. Not like it. Almost all visitors want to come back to enjoy it, even those who don’t drink coffee will be surprised by the taste of egg coffee.

This signature drink of the capital was also served to international reporters during the US-North Korea Summit in 2019. Some delicious egg coffee addresses in Hanoi suggested by CNN are Giang coffee. , Dinh Coffee …

The largest ceramic painting in the world

Ceramic Mosaic Mural

Stretching for nearly 4 km along the Red River dyke, the ceramic road now holds the Guinness World Record “The longest ceramic painting in the world”. Outstanding colorful paintings on a busy street use ceramics produced in Bat Trang. Painting depicting different periods in Vietnamese history. Artists started this project in 2007 and finished it in 2010 to celebrate the 1,000th anniversary of Thang Long.


Train Street

The train line has been introduced on the tourism website Culture Trip, SCMP newspaper, CNN … The train still runs through the residential area many times a day with very close distances, just within reach.

For some visitors, there is a thrill in standing so close to a train as it rumbles through the old-style houses.

People live normally on the rails and if there are signals that the train is coming, people quickly pack up and stand aside. After the train passed, the pace of life returned as if nothing had happened.

This is a unique feature of Hanoi and is a favorite photo-taking place of many visitors. “Extraordinary”, “unique” or “only in Vietnam” is what tourists describe about the Chinatown on the TripAdvisor travel page.

Although this is an attractive destination, the authorities have decided to close the rail coffee village in October 2019 to ensure safety for both residents and visitors.

Night flower market

Exploring the Quang Ba night flower market is one of the things that tourists often have to try when coming to Hanoi. CNN once voted this place as one of the most beautiful places in the world to celebrate the Lunar New Year.

A flower shop in Quang Ba flower market
A flower shop in Quang Ba flower market

The market located on Au Co Street, Tay Ho District, is one of the oldest and large wholesale flower markets in the city. The market is open all night, but it will usually be the busiest between 1 – 3 am, bustling buyers and sellers, the sound of trucks … attracting many tourists to visit and take pictures.

Flag-raising and lowering ceremony every day on Ba Dinh Square

Flag-raising and lowering ceremony on Ba Dinh Square

Visitors to Hanoi can witness the flag-raising and lowering ceremony at 6 am and 9 pm daily, in front of President Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum.

The solemn atmosphere enveloped Ba Dinh Square when the loudspeaker rang out the upcoming ceremony. Many people who are walking to exercise also gather in line to watch this solemn ceremony.

The first steel bridge across the Red River

Long Bien Bridge
Long Bien bridge

Considered a historical witness, Long Bien Bridge was built from 1899 to 1902. The bridge was designed by architect Gustave Eiffel, who designed the Eiffel Tower, 2,290 meters long, and is the first steel bridge to cross the Red River. Today, there are trains, motorbikes, and pedestrians on the bridge often.

The bridge is brightly illuminated at night and is a favorite destination for many visitors to Hanoi.


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