Hanoi is one of the few cities that boasts of everything, a delicious cuisine, great nightlife, and a well-preserved colonial era that is sure to transport you back in time. So, place Hanoi on your Vietnam itinerary as a trip here indeed makes for such an enjoyable experience. And, if you are a solo female traveler who is thinking of going to Hanoi, well, there is no need to get anxious as the city is perfectly safe. You will never feel out of place when roaming around the city and at any time of the day or night. So, get rid of all those concerns and start planning a great vacation, the fascinating city.
Reaching Hanoi and Moving Around
It is easy to reach Hanoi, and all one of the most popular routes is taking Da Nang to Hanoi bus service from a reliable tour operator. Hanoi is simply great for a solo female traveler as the city is relatively easy to move around. One can order a motorcycle ride at any time, and the costs are very cheap.
Where To Stay
As a solo female traveler in Hanoi, the Old Town is recommended as there are many good food places and some good bars. There are plenty of good hostels in that area, such as the Hanoi Guesthouse.
How To Dress and Behave
As a solo female traveler, it is a good idea to dress modestly as Vietnam is a relatively conservative country. However, that doesn’t mean you cannot dress fashionably and can wear comfortable sundresses or slacks.
What To Do and See
Spend some time in Hanoi and experience different parts of the city over several days. Here are some of the more popular places and sites of attractions:
*Explore the historic Old Quarter in Hanoi that is loaded with restaurants, shops, and some fantastic sights. You can get the real feel of the city in the Old Quarter, where there is a lot to see.
*Visit the night market on Hang Dao Street on the weekend nights, and here you will find plenty of coffee shops and shopping stores packed with goodies and all kinds of souvenirs.
*Make a trip to the French Quarter, and the area boasts of historical landmarks, French architectural buildings, and impressive boutiques. The Opera House is the highlight of the area.
*Connect with local minority communities such as Lac and Pom Coong and experience the true meaning of life in Vietnam. You can even work alongside the villagers and learn how they fish and farm.
*Apart from the above-listed attractions, one can explore and visit other attractions like Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Tran Quoc Pagoda, Literature Temple, One Pillar Pagoda, Hoan Kiem Lake, Ngoc Son Temple, and Hoa Lo Prison.
*The vibrant nightlife in Hanoi indeed looks attractive, and the solitary female travelers can find great opportunities to mix with the local crowds. One can look for a nice café with a wide selection of local beers. However, be smart and safe and be careful about what you are drinking and whom are you socializing with, as a standard safety tip.
Where To Eat
It would be a mistake to come back without trying out the exceptional Northern Vietnamese cuisine. Enjoy the savory meat dishes and sweet sauces made of vegetables, herbs, and rice. Some of the most delicious food you will get is out on the streets, and it is fresh and cheap. Some of the top places to enjoy Vietnamese food is Bun Cha Dac Kim, Banh Mi 25 and Bún Chả Nem Cua Bể where you can enjoy some famous dishes like Bún dậu mẹt, Bánh goi, Phở xào thịt bò, Xôi xéo, Bánh cuốn and more.