Hanoi Best Budget Travel Guide 2021 (Part 2)


Hanoi Best Budget Travel Guide 2021 (Part 2). In the previous post, we introduced you the famous tourist attractions in Hanoi and how to travel in Hanoi. 
In this article, we will provide you with the detailed information where to visit near Ha Noi and what specialties that you can enjoy when you visit Hanoi!

I. Interesting tourist attractions near Hanoi

Besides the famous sights in the city, traveling to Hanoi, we should not miss the following interesting suburban places:

1. Bat Trang Pottery Village

Hanoi Best Budget Travel Guide 2021

Travel to Hanoi for 1 day in Bat Trang pottery village

Bat Trang pottery village is located along the Red River in Gia Lam district, outside Hanoi. Bat Trang pottery village produces a variety of items in both types and designs, including fine arts items such as statues and reliefs, high technology, breeds, flower pots, etc. The most interesting thing when  visiting Bat Trang pottery village is to directly visit the artisans who make extremely delicate products, especially you can mold the products you love by yourself. 

Make your own pretty small pottery.  Photo: @ Canary3010

Make your own pretty small pottery. Photo: @ Canary3010

2. Duong Lam ancient village

Located more than 50km from the capital,  Duong Lam ancient village  in Son Tay town is a popular tourist destination near Hanoi. This is the first ancient village in Vietnam awarded by the State with a National Historical Cultural Relic in 2006. 

Up to now, Duong Lam ancient village is the only village in the country that still retains the intact ancient architecture and lifestyle of an old Vietnamese village 300 years ago. In addition, Duong Lam also has many valuable historical relics such as Phung Hung communal house, Ngo Quyen temple, Giang Van Minh flower detective temple. Visitors can take a bus from Hanoi city center to Son Tay, Then continue to take a taxi to the village gate. Admission fee: 20,000 – 25,000 VND / person.

Duong Lam ancient village where you should visit when traveling to Hanoi

Gate of Duong Lam ancient village

3. Ba Vi National Park

National park three because of the ideal tourist destination in Hanoi

The road in Ba Vi National Park

About 60km from Hanoi, Ba Vi National Park is located in Ba Vi district, Hanoi. This place is a complex of recreational, discovery and resort resorts. This is a suitable place for you or families to come to have fun and relax after hard working days. Coming to Ba Vi National Park, you can visit the cactus greenhouse, visit the ancient works built by the French. There is also the temple of President Ho Chi Minh and the temple of Tan Vien. You can also climb to the top of Vong Canh for a panoramic view of the surrounding mountains. 

Some typical hotels in Ba Vi you can book:

Family Homestay

Village 9, Ba Trai, Ba Vi, Ba Vi, Vietnam (Location is updating)
Price from 120,000 VND / night

Ba Vi Homestead

Nghe Hamlet, Van Hoa, Ba Vi District, Hanoi
Price from 150,000 VND / night


4. Vietnamese Dong Mo ethnic cultural village

A place to reproduce unique cultural values ​​(source of collection)

A place to reproduce unique cultural values ​

Vietnam National Village for Ethnic Culture and Tourism in Dong Mo – Ngai Son (Son Tay town), is the place to represent the unique cultural values ​​of 54 Vietnamese ethnic groups. This is an ideal destination for domestic people as well as international tourists and is a vivid symbol for countries around the world to understand Vietnam’s national policy.

5. Tram Mountain

Tram Mountain is not too high but extremely impressive.  Photo: @thuyvivuu

Tram Mountain is not too high but extremely impressive. Photo: @thuyvivuu

Tram mountain is located in Phung Chau commune, Chuong My district; about 30 km from the center of Hanoi. To get here, you drive along Highway 6 in the direction to Hoa Binh, to Chuc Son town, Chuong My district, there will be a sign to turn right to Tram Pagoda. This is a beautiful place and very suitable for day picnics or overnight camping. If you stay overnight in Tram mountain, you will be immersed in the magical beauty at sunset or watch the white mist at dawn.Tram Mountain is a good place for weekend camping.  Photo: @ chou.chouuuuu_

Tram Mountain is a good place for weekend camping. Photo: @ chou.chouuuuu_

II. Hanoi specialties

1. Pho Hanoi

Pho is the first dish that you should enjoy when coming to Hanoi. Famous noodle shops such as: Pho pho in Hang Trong, the shop is a small street load, placed on the sidewalk, only a small chair, the shop is only open in the afternoon. This is a restaurant that has been around for a long time, although there are no comfortable seats to eat, but the people coming to the restaurant are crowded, having to queue and wait a long time.

Going to Hanoi without eating pho is too unfortunate.  Photo: @halonngcruisecabin

Going to Hanoi without eating pho is too unfortunate. Photo: @halonngcruisecabin

There are also the best beef pho shops, Ly Quoc Su, the best chicken pho on Quan Thanh street, sweet and sour mixed Hanh pho on Lan Ong street, or Luong Van Can street, pan-fried pho on Bat Dan street.

Some delicious pho addresses in Hanoi:

  • Pho Ly Quoc Su: No. 10 Ly Quoc Su, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi.
  • Pho Bat Dan: 49 Bat Dan, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi.
  • Pho Thin Lo Duc: No. 13 Lo Duc, Hai Ba Trung, Hanoi.

2. Bun cha

Cha is made from minced lean meat and marinated with spices, then it is made into round pieces and put on a grill over embers until the pork roll is golden and fragrant. Hanoi vermicelli sauce is a sweet and sour fish sauce with vinegar, garlic, chili, and pepper mixed with green papaya sliced ​​thinly and sourly. This dish is served with vermicelli and raw vegetables with perilla leaves. 

Bun cha Hanoi.  Photo: @bachuaviahe

Bun cha Hanoi. Photo: @bachuaviahe

List of delicious food places that you can visit to enjoy:

  • Huong Lien noodle soup: 24 Le Van Huu, Hai Ba Trung, Hanoi.
  • Dac Kim noodle soup: No. 1 Hang Manh, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi.
  • Bun cha sandwiched with bamboo sticks: the intersection of Nguyen Du – Ba Trieu intersection.

3. La Vong Fish Ball

La Vong Fish Ball is a famous specialty of Hanoi, available in almost everywhere from small restaurants to high-end hotel restaurants. This dish is prepared as follows: Fish is fried in a small oil pan. Serve with grilled rice paper, rice noodles, roasted peanuts, coriander, basil, dill, chopped fresh onions dotted with shrimp paste. 

La Vong fish ball - Hanoi famous specialty.  Photo: @ hedinguyen1710

La Vong fish ball – Hanoi famous specialty. Photo: @ hedinguyen1710

Fish sauce is prepared with lemon juice, chili, tomato, a few drops of white wine, a teaspoon of fat and sugar and then beaten to avoid foam. This dish has a sweet, nutty and cheesy flavor.

To enjoy La Vong fish ball with the best “standard”, you should go to No. 14 Cha Ca, Hoan Kiem.

4. Bun Thang

Bun thang is a dish that contains many quintessence of Ha Thanh cuisine. Ingredients to make bun thang include shredded chicken, fried eggs, sliced ​​silk rolls. Broth is cooked from bones, shrimp. The pot of delicious broth must be clear, with a slight aroma, and the smell of shrimp paste.

Bun Thang can only be found in Hanoi.  Photo: @ andreannguyen88

Bun Thang can only be found in Hanoi. Photo: @ andreannguyen88

We suggest you a number of places to eat delicious vermicelli that are loved by many people and visitors:

  • Cau Go noodle soup: address 48 Cau Go, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi.
  • Bun thang Hang Hom: No. 11 Hang Hom, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi.

5. Nuggets

The rice cake dish is loved by many Hanoi people

Hang Than Nuggets

Up to now, only Nguyen Ninh goods at house No. 11 Hang Than still retain the traditional handmade rice cake making. The green rice cakes inside are the innermost layer of yellow green bean filling, the cake has a strong smell of coconut and green beans. And when you come to Hanoi, remember to buy nuggets as gifts.

6. Roll cake

Roll cake is a popular dish of Ha Thanh people. The ingredients for making rice rolls are delicious rice that is ground into flour, then mixed with water and then rinsed on the stove into thin, sticky cakes. The cake is made from pork, shiitake mushrooms, when the cake is rolled up, sprinkle with a shrimp paste. This dish is served with fish sauce and cinnamon rolls.

Roll cake is an indispensable breakfast dish in Hanoi.  Photo: @foodlifewitt

Roll cake is an indispensable breakfast dish in Hanoi. Photo: @foodlifewitt

The best places to eat Hanoi rolls are spread by tourists:

  • Ba Hoanh rolled cake: 66 To Hien Thanh.
  • Thanh Van rolls: 81 Le Van Huu.

7. Noodles with shrimp paste and fish sauce
To Hanoi, you must definitely try the noodles with shrimp sauce.

Noodles with shrimp sauce

It is a dish that anyone who comes to Hanoi wants to enjoy once. This noodle soup with shrimp paste is best in the way to prepare shrimp paste, the chef must choose a delicious sauce, sprinkle a little hot fat, add chili, squeeze in and beat until the sauce is fluffy. A richly flavored shrimp sauce dish with a fried bean paste, a fatty rice ball or a hot bacon will melt your taste buds.

The most famous places to eat vermicelli with shrimp paste:

  • Hang Khay vermicelli: No. 31 Hang Khay.
  • Phan Huy Ich bean noodle soup: 54 Phan Huy Ich.

9. Pho roll

Cool noodle rolls with white noodles wrapped with beef, herbs inside, dipped with fish sauce mixed with the right taste are Hanoi snacks that are hard to resist. To enjoy this delicious dish, you can go to the pho restaurants in Ngu Xa or on Quan Thanh Street. In addition to pho roll, these shops also sell fried pho, egg fried pho, and delicious fried chicken.

Rolled Pho Hanoi.  Photo: @simplycalledann

Rolled Pho Hanoi. Photo: @simplycalledann

Above are essential information that you cannot ignore in your Hanoi travel guide. Hope this information will help you have a lot of fun exploring the beautiful capital.