HANOI TRAVEL GUIDE – 4D3N: WHERE TO GO, WHAT TO EAT?

Mentioning Hanoi often evokes images of its ancient town and millennia-old historical monuments. Yet, beyond its historic charm, Hanoi pulsates with the dynamic energy of a city evolving daily. The blend of cultural richness with vibrant, youthful features forms a tapestry of a lively capital, captivating visitors from afar.

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YOUR ULTIMATE TRAVEL GUIDE TO SAPA, VIETNAM

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Even at first glimpse, the Northwestern land of Vietnam – Sapa – leaves a magnificent impression with marvelous nature, the topography of rice terraces, green forests, lush valleys, and emerald mountains lying side by side.

Ever wonder what’s there to do in a day in the dreamy Sapa? Deep blue sky for forever, a paddy field of sunlight, and all kinds of wildflowers blooming, urging you to come and be overwhelmed by nature’s beauty. Let’s discover the best attractions & things to do in Silk Path’s Sapa travel guide.

 

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TRAVEL HUE, VIETNAM: 4 DAYS 3 NIGHTS ITINERARY

The ancient capital of Hue has a charming landscape, bearing in it a rich history of majestic culture and stories of the era. It is a place where many generations of Vietnamese people live, creating a very unique life rhythm. A trip of 4 days and 3 nights is not too long, but it is enough for discovery lovers to be enthralled in the beautiful scenery here, immerse themselves in the rich and poetic Ancient Capital as well as meet gentle, kind people of Hue.

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WHERE LOVE STARTS, WHERE HAPPINESS IS FULFILLED

Located in the heart of the dreamy Ancient Capital, by the gentle An Cuu River, with an elegant Kim Long Grand Ballroom, surrounded by a vibrant four-season garden and a 5-star swimming pool, Silk Path Grand Hue Hotel & Spa is a perfect choice for couples’ big day!

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3 BRAND NEW EXPERIENCES WHEN TRAVELLING TO HUE

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Don’t want the usual tourist trip to Hue? You’re in the right place. Make your trip to the ancient capital of Vietnam more special with Silk Path’s 3 recommendations of things to do in Hue!

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BUN DAU MAM TOM – RICE VERMICELLI WITH FRIED TOFU & SHRIMP PASTE

Stinky yet delicious, “Bun dau mam tom” is a controversial dish for many travelers and food lovers visiting Vietnam as the pungent shrimp paste is the key to its ultimate flavor. Hanoi locals savor “Bun dau mam tom” a lot since it is one of the best choices for lunch. Is “Bun dau mam tom” that scary? May Silk Path convince you NOT-AT-ALL!

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BUN RIEU – SMALL CRAB NOODLE SOUP

Not a worldwide known dish as Pho, Bun Rieu, small crab noodle soup, is one of the favorites for breakfast of Vietnamese people. It’s another must-try dish for international travelers when visiting Hanoi.

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Banh Cuon – Steamed rice rolls

Banh Cuon – Steamed rice rolls

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Description Banh Cuon, steamed rice rolls, is a dish found in many Vietnamese Northern provinces such as Lang Son or Cao Bang. In Hanoi, Banh Cuon is also a popular dish for breakfast. 

What is Banh Cuon?

In Vietnamese, Bánh means Cake and Cuốn means Rolled, Banh Cuon is a type of rolled cakes that is made from a thin, wide sheet of steamed rice batter rolled and filled with seasoned ground pork, minced wood ear mushroom, and minced shallots. Besides the pork filling, you can also find 2 other pastes as chicken or shrimp; however, Pork Banh Cuon is the most popular one which can be easily found in many corners of Hanoi.

The dish is served with a separate bowl of clear amber dipping fish sauce. Traditionally, this sauce added “cà cuống” (Lethocerus indicus) essence for a better flavor. “Chả Lụa” (Vietnamese pork sausage) and fresh herbs are served on the side.

By itself, the pale white rice batter is silky smooth and soft but otherwise rather bland. This is where the filling & the sauce comes in to lend a solid texture and adds flavor to the roll.

Silk Path’s recommendation

Banh Cuon can be found in many streets of Hanoi’s Old Quarter, yet here are some of the famous Banh Cuon restaurants that you can add to your Hanoi food tour list:

  • Banh cuon gia truyen Thanh Van: 14 Hang Ga Str. 
  • Banh cuon Gia An: 16 Dao Duy Tu Str.
  • Banh cuon ba Xuan: 16 Hoe Nhai Str.
  • Banh cuon ba Hanh: 26B Tho Xuong Str.
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