Woman from Vietnam carrying veggies in baskets in Hanoi


Hanoi will jolt your senses! There’s so much happening, you’ll feel alive every minute! There’s children playing games by the side while the road a choc-a-bloc with traffic and locals gettng chores done while selling items!
These photos of Hanoi will take you on a visual journey through this extraordinary city. I hope you enjoy these pictures of Hanoi, Vietnam which are some of my favourites!

I grew up in India so dodging vehicles on the streets of Hanoi felt like coming back home.

The city was alive with images of traffic, people hurriedly trying to get to work, children running to their schools and the delicious smells of food wafting through the air.

The beauty of Asia isn’t just the warm, hospitable people. It’s also the presence of budget-friendly numerous options of food at almost every corner. Food that is so flavourful that makes you forget all your worries away!

As I made my way to get my daily fix of Pho and Egg coffee, I couldn’t stop myself from photographing the way of life here.

People sat patiently on the streets selling fresh produce on their bicycle.
Some sat chopping vegetables while they sat selling their wares at their shops while others haggled for wares just like in the Marrakech souks.

Almost everyone was done with most of their chores of the day by the time I was out and about, which was just 8.30 AM!

If you find cities like these exciting just like I do, but aren’t sure what to do while you’re here, take a look at some of my favourite pictures of Hanoi, Vietnam.

They’ll give you a virtual and visual glimpse into the city and help you plan your Hanoi itinerary better.

You could spend 1 day in Hanoi or 2 days in Hanoi, however make sure you spend a few days here. It’ll help you get a taste of not just Hanoi but also Vietnam and help you get accustomed to the culture (which honestly isn’t too hard)!


Pictures of Hanoi, Vietnam


The streets of Hanoi

When Hanoi was crowned the capital of Vietnam, it was called Thang Long – The ‘Rising/Soaring Dragon’. It was then changed to Dong Do – ‘The Eastern capital’. It underwent a few more name changes before finally being called Ha Noi – ‘Between rivers’.

Hanoi has seen its share of wars, calamities yet you will find decades of history and ancient styles of architecture here.

The eclectic mix of of architecture, the energy of the people here and the ability of the people to hustle is clearly evident on the street in Hanoi.

People go about their daily lives balancing chores, having meals, bargaining….quite a few things at a given time, making taking a simple walk here very lively.

It felt similar yet different to what I was used to in India.

Even if you didn’t want to go about attempting to check off the things to do in Hanoi, you could spend a day or two just walking around the city, especially the Old Quarters, observing people and ensuring your energy stays intact by enjoying the street food at every corner!

Image of Woman in Hanoi Vietnam pushing a cart full of clothes

Image of 2 women in Hanoi Vietnam doing chores outside a shop

Image of woman in Hanoi Vietnam pushing a bicycle with fruits on it

Image of a rickshaw in Hanoi Vietnam

Image of Woman in Hanoi Vietnam chopping veggies outside a shop

Photo of man in Hanoi Vietnam eating a bowl of Pho outside his shop

Photo of people in Hanoi Vietnam sitting outside a shop people watching

Image of woman in Hanoi Vietnam pushing a bicycle with fruits on it


Start the day with Pho

People say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, however, I’d like to add that the breakfast is one of the most tastiest in Hanoi!

Pho Bo (Beef Pho) or Pho Ga (Chicken Pho) are the 2 main types of Pho found everywhere as breakfast and make for a really good, filling start to the day. The broth is divine and keep you going for hours while you explore the city!

Image of a bowl of Pho in Hanoi Vietnam

Image of bowl of Pho in Hanoi Vietnam

Image of bowl of Bun Cha in Hanoi Vietnam


Then wash it down with some egg coffee!

As offbeat as this sounds, one cup of this will leave you asking for more.

Robusta coffee is topped with frothy egg whipped with sugar (think Dalgona coffee style). It doesn’t smell ‘eggy’ and makes for a fantastic drink. The owner of Cafe Giang apparently came up with this as the city was facing shortage of milk during the first IndoChina war.

The tradition, however continued and the coffee can now be found at a few spots around in Hanoi.

Photo of a person holding a cup of egg coffee in Hanoi Vietnam


Watch the train speed inches away from houses

This location gives an unusual insight into the lives of the locals. While the destination has been getting popular with tourists, it is still quite unknown and a little difficult to find.

Rather than be mad at visitors, people use the opportunity to converse with them, have set up stalls to sell snacks and beer and continue at their daily chores; to wrap everything and head indoors when the train is about to pass.

Image of men in Hanoi Vietnam playing a game outdoors

Image of people in Hanoi Vietnam sitting on a train track chatting

Image of woman in Hanoi Vietnam sitting inside her shop texting


Take a walk through the Old Quarters of Hanoi

Hawkers, craftsmen and traders gathered in Hanoi when the city was made capital of the country.

Hence, in the Old Quarters you’ll find not just buildings with beautiful architecture but also markets with streets named after the merchandise sold here.

The 36 streets in the Old Quarters all start with ‘Hang’ followed by whatever item is sold on that street. One of the best spots not only for shopping and souvenir hunting but also to get a better glimpse into the way of life of the locals.

You’ll also find attractions like Saint Joseph’s Cathedral, Hoa Lo Prison Memorial, One Pillar Pagoda, Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and the Dong Xuan Market here.

Image of the yellow palace in Hanoi Vietnam

Image of the temple of literature in Hanoi Vietnam

Image of a white arch which is the entrance to the temple of literature in Hanoi Vietnam

Image of the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum in Hanoi Vietnam

Image of people praying outside the one pillar pagoda in Hanoi Vietnam


Enjoy the plethora of dishes

….. if you thought Pho was the best thing in Vietnam, think twice!

There’s Bun Cha, Cha Ca, Banh Mi, Banh Xeo, Goi Cuon, Cao Lau….the options are endless!

The best bit is that they’re all budget friendly. The dishes are served tapas style so you can try all of them and maybe even finish it all off, without worrying you’ll like them or not.

Image of woman pouring bun cha soup in a bowl in Hanoi Vietnam

Image of woman frying spring rolls in hot oil in Hanoi Vietnam

Image of women making a Vietnamese pancake dish in Hanoi Vietnam

Image of a bowl with rice and noodles with the chopsticks over it in Hanoi Vietnam

Image of ingredients to prepare vietnamese dish cha ca in Hanoi Vietnam


There’s more to explore at West Lake and Hoan Kiem Lake

Hoan Kiem Lake is where you’ll find people ending the day with some drinks while enjoying the sunset. The turtle temple sits in the middle of the lake and occasionally if you concentrate, you’ll find endangered turtles here.

Ngoc Son temple however, is accessible and is lit up beautifully at night.

A little further away from the city is West Lake where you’ll the city’s oldest pagoda with many small temples of different colors located inside the complex.

Image of a yellow archway to a pagoda in Hanoi Vietnam

Image of a red towering pagoda by a lake in Hanoi Vietnam

Image of the turtle temple in the middle of a lake in Hanoi Vietnam

Image of a statue of Buddha in an orange pagoda in Hanoi Vietnam

Image of a white arch by West Lake in Hanoi Vietnam

Image of Ngoc Son temple lit up at night in Hanoi Vietnam

Image of the entrance to the pagoda near West Lake in Hanoi Vietnam


Don’t forget to shop and try the tropical fruits!

Asia has such an amazing range of tropical fruits and Hanoi is no different. You’ll find hawkers selling fresh produce everywhere on the streets.

Grab a few of them to go and head to any of the markets to shop not just only clothing but a huge variety of shoes, household stuff and most importantly, spices!

Image of huge cinnamon sticks in a yellow basket in Hanoi Vietnam

Image of woman breaking cinnamon into small pieces in Hanoi Vietnam

Image of woman selling water chestnuts by the street in Hanoi Vietnam

Image of woman selling green Buddha’s hand fruit on a bicycle in Hanoi Vietnam


End your time here/day with fresh beer at Bia Hoi junction

Little Hanoi is a great location in Hanoi to have a chat with the locals, grab a beer and call it a day or stay out for most of the night.

You’ll also find fresh Bia Hoi – Vietnamese draught beer being sold here at Bia Hoi Junction. There are also many nightclubs that’ll you find in the Old Quarters.

Image of man grilling snails on coals in Hanoi Vietnam

Image of woman pouring fresh beer in a plastic cup in Hanoi Vietnam

Image of people enjoying themselves in Little hanoi at night in Hanoi Vietnam




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