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Metropole Hotel: One way trip to Indochine
Bonjour! That’s the first thing you’ll hear when you walk in this chic French colonial hotel. Great attention and pain au chocolats, all under one roof, it’s the classic and appropriate stay in Hanoi.
Nhà Hàng Ngon: Fresh Vietnamese rolls addiction
First thing we always do when we arrive to a new destination is to ask where the locals eat. We found out Nhà Hàng Ngon was that restaurant. Many great options to choose plus indoor or outdoor tables. Try the papaya salad and the fresh spring rolls.
Bun Cha Huong Lien: Hello Mr President
If you want to tell your mom you also ate for 6 dollars like Barack Obama and Antony Bourdain, go there. They only have one very Vietnamese dish: a noodle soup with meat. So it will be very easy and tasty at the same time.
Press Club: Back to black
Ok, you are very happy about all the traditional dishes you already tried but now you want to have a chic dinner. Just cross the street from the Metropole and get in this Michelin star restaurant where you can find great flavors and a cool atmosphere.
Hanoi is not a destination for fashion shopping, just enjoy walking around the lake, a ride on a Rickshaw around the old town or a visit to Ho Chi Ming mausoleo. It's a very safe city so don’t worry getting lost on it's streets at 2 AM.
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One or two nights at the Jasmine Cruise is the perfect experience to just unplugged yourself from the city mood. The bay is known for its emerald water and thousands of towering limestone islands topped by rainforest. During the sailing the light changes continuously. From dreamlike cloudy to colorful sunsets. It's a must!
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Called the dry Halong, Ninh Binh neon green rice fields are pretty unique. The perfect hotel to stay in this calm valley is the Emeralda Resort. Take a boat ride between caves, towering limestones and rice fields in Tam Coc. Have lunch in Anh Dszung where you can ask for a daily menu to try real vietnamese local food. Be adventurous, rent a bike and ride by the rice fields to the extremely charming Bich Dong Pagoda where Catherine Deneuve filmed Indochine in 1991.
Photos by Diego Zuko | Text by Ceci Mendez