Top 5 things to do in Hanoi at night
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Hanoi – the capital of Vietnam is not world famous for its nightlife, but it’s still an interesting one for those visiting the city. There are still thousands of things to do and places to visit in this Hanoi at night. But for now, we’re listing down 5 of the best nightlife experiences in this city.
1. Enjoying a drink at Bia Hoi Junction
The very first suggestion for tourists staying overnight in Hanoi is Bia Hoi Junction. Located at the corner of Ta Hien and Luong Ngoc Quyen streets in the center of the Old Quarter, the Junction is regarded as the quintessential nightlife spot in the city. This is perhaps not the best beer-selling place, but it is the best place to enjoy beer in the a good atmosphere. It is a familiar destination for both Western and Vietnamese customers to sit together on plastic chairs, chat with each other about various topics and enjoy the simple beauty of the daily life in Hanoi.
2. Taking a trip along the streets of the Old Quarter
The Old Quarter for years is a must-included destination in every trip in Hanoi. In daylight, its streets are crowed and bustling, but a night walk there will show you a completely contrasting picture. The noise from the streets with uncountable vehicles is replaced by quietness and sparkle of the street lights. This is really a great time for those who like the silence and privacy, or wanting to discover different aspects of Hanoi. You can go along the streets in Hanoi Old Quarter, around Hoan Kiem Lake and enjoy ice-scream at the end of the journey.
3. Visiting the Hanoi Night Market
Going to night markets is one of the worthwhile things to do in Hanoi as it is a funny way to discover the local life. This seems to become more of habit and hobby of the Hanoians although their purpose for going there is not always for shopping. They sometimes visit the night market just to immerse in the lively and bustling atmosphere of Hanoi, and to gather with their friends to talk, chat, and enjoy their favorite snacks.
Where to experience the best night market?
- Hanoi Night Market with thousands of items on sale in the Old Quarter, every night of Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
- Quang Ba flower night market with hundreds type of flowers in Quang An, Tay Ho.
4. Enjoying the Water Puppet Show
Going to a water puppet theater to enjoy its show is really a great suggestion for those who wish to experience the classic taste of Hanoi nightlife. This form of art dates back to the 11th century when the rice paddy fields were heavily flooded. Farmers as well as villagers tried to make their life more relaxed by standing in the water which was waist-deep and used the puppets to perform over the water.
Watching the show, you will see puppets glide and dance gracefully over the water, telling you various stories of ancient myths as well as folklore.
If you have time to meet the person behind the scene, you’ll get to know more interesting stories from the puppet players.
Where to enjoy?
- Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre – 57b Dinh Tiên Hoang, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
- Bong Sen Water Puppet Theatre – 16 Le Thai To, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
- The Vietnam Puppetry Theatre – 361 Truong Chinh, Khuong Trung, Thanh Xuan, Hanoi
5. Enjoying Village Show
This is a new but worth-seeing show. Lang Toi – My Village is the thing you should experience to understand Vietnam as it is a delicate merge of tradition and innovation, where poetic beauty of Northern Vietnam’s village life is presented under new cirque approach. Farming, building activities, traditional games, lifestyle of Northern villagers are recreated by ancestral bamboo props, breath-taking cirque and rhythmic dance, juggling, and acrobatics to distinct folk music played from more than 20 musical instruments.
Where to enjoy:
- Hanoi Opera House.
If you want to take a guided tour there combined with other activities to experience a wonderful night in Hanoi, check out this link here:
Planning Your Visit to Hanoi
How many days to spend in Hanoi?
Four or five days is a perfect duration to visit the city to see all the main attractions while still having time to relax and soak up the local culture and cuisine!
Where to stay?
Don’t worry, Hanoi has so much to offer when it comes to accommodations. Ranging from basic guesthouses to luxurious hotels, Hanoi has all types of places to treat you well for comfortable stays. Most tourists to the city choose to stay in the Old Quarter and and Cathedral District as they offer easy access to tourist sites, good local bars and restaurants.
What with Vietnam visa?
Getting Vietnam visa is now perhaps not a time-consuming task as together with the traditional way of obtaining a visa via the local embassy, the Vietnam government now allows travelers to get Vietnam visa on arrival which allows travelers to apply online for visa approval letter and then get visa stamped upon arrival at Vietnam airport.