My Experience of Hanoi Streets and Sidewalks

Some of our customers, mostly foreigners, said they are afraid of the traffic in Hanoi, but they can’t help exploring them. Some says that is the experience they will never forget.

The traffic is one of the unique things in Hanoi. All kind of vehicles could be found here. Though the lorry and big van are forbidden to come into the main streets in the day time, that is still a big problem for the traffic jam in Hanoi. The streets are narrow and short, then it could not afford the overpopulation in the past few years.

Wandering along the streets of Hanoi is said to be the best way to get to know about Hanoi. Imagine you are a backpacker with the tiny map in hand following an unscheduled route to discover the autumn of Hanoi. You will cross the tiny streets of the Old Quarter to see the green lake of Hoan Kiem, then you will come to the office areas with wider roads of Ly Thuong Kiet, Tran Hung Dao streets. The roads will lead you to one of the busiest intersections Cua Nam before heading to the Ho Chi Minh mausoleum.

Each street of Hanoi seems to have its own kind of flower or tree. When you get around the Hoan Kiem Lake, the feeling of slender with the threads of willow trees. Or you could get to the Nguyen Du to experience the smell of Hanoi autumn with the milk flower. In summer, be careful to cross the Le Thanh Tong or Phan Dinh Phung streets, because you may be hit by a fruit of dracontomelum (just kidding!). The strange but familiar sour fruit which is hardly seen in any other places all over Vietnam. Or you may take a taxi, or motorbike taxi (xe ôm) instead in the early morning to come to the West Lake in the beginning of summer to taste the fragrance of lotus – such fantastic feeling.

Along with those street specialites, Hanoi offers more to the visitors. Whatever reason you come to Hanoi, just spend a few hours crossing the streets yourself, and you will have the own perception about our dear Hanoi.

Writen by Annie Bui – iGrandtour