We arrived in Hanoi at the beginning of July, and let me tell you, the weather was more hot and humid than anything I have experienced before (and coming from the Southwest US, that says a lot). The first day definitely wore us out. We could barely keep up with how much water we needed, and don’t even get me started on the sweat factor. We did not let it hinder our trip in any way, but I will say, traveling through ‘Nam at this time of year is not for the faint of heart.
WHAT WE ATE
- Pho 10 is a famous pho joint that serves only beef pho, and is packed at all times. Delicious, but beware of the chili sauces!
- "Sticky rice" is definitely a must, and you can find it at the famous Xoi Yen. Each dish is incredibly cheap, so I recommend trying as many as possible.
- Then there the fruit bowls from Sinh Tố Hoa Béo – I'm not even really sure how to explain what these were, but what we ordered were mostly some combination of delicious fruit, lychee or juicy boba-type bubbles, and a sweet milk or yogurt. We ordered one of all the dishes that started with "Sua" and each bite was a little taste of heaven.
- For coffee, I implore you to stop by an iconic Cong Caphe. This Viet Cong themed cafe has coffee as bold as the vintage military decor. Order a Coconut Coffee from one of the waiters in the army green uniforms and sip slowly in a war bunker environment full of radio transmitters and metal pail lampshades.
- For 75 cent beer and some of the best people watching in town, hit up the Beer Corner at any time of day. Befriend a local as you simultaneously avoid getting hit by traffic.