Exploring Day 3
On our last day in Hanoi we headed towards the area of Ho Hoan Liem as I’d seen lots of good reviews online.
Ho Hoan Liem
Meaning ‘lake of the returned sword.’ The centrepiece of the city.
Legend has it that Emporer Le Loi threw his sword into the lake at a turtle dwelling there; after conquering the Chinese army in the 15th century.
The lake has two islands, one built in the middle in honour of the tortoise named ‘Turtle Tower’..
Surrounding the lake are many beautiful patches of garden and flowers, it’s very picturesque.
It’s also beautiful at night.. On one side of the lake (over the road) is a statue of Ly Thai To (founder of Hanoi).
The other side; King Le Temple, built in 1896 in honour of King Le Loi, and is home to a crowned statue and a rock carved with a poem written by the King himself about his determination to defeat the Chinese.
What we missed
A Water Puppet show: Unfortunately we missed this as we planned to go on our last day near Ho Hoan Liem, but the show didn’t start until 5pm that day and our bus was at 6. Its a shame as this is a big part of vietnamese culture and I would’ve liked to have seen a show.
Hanoi ceramic mosaic mural: This one was a bit far out and doesn’t look like it was surrounded by much so we didn’t bother going but may be of interest to you.
Ho Chi Minh Museum: we only walked passed but you can actually go into the Ho Chi Minh museum. We was a bit museum’d out after spending that morning at Hoa Lo. It depends how much information your brain can take in a day I guess!
There are lots of bars and restaurants around the old quarter.
Of a night there is also a big long street market down the main road; selling everything from fake Adidas to pop-up birthday cards.
Super relaxed, very chilled vibe with artistic paintings, low coffee tables and sofas. It reminded me of being Back in Amsterdam, which I imagine Prague is quite similar to?
Rock Store/stone Bar
Sorry I can’t remember the actual name.. Rock something ha.
This place has great wallpaper; all the names and logos of familiar rock’n’roll legends.
The bar plays sports and has a great live band there every night singing some classic anthems.
The licence to party closes at midnight in Hanoi, however there are a few bars around the area that continue the party with locks ins. Ask around to see where to go, we heard that Toms bar do late night secret parties but we never went there.
Anywhere I’ve missed that you’d recommend?