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ronnie johnson

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Best tips on visiting Hanoi?

I am planning to spend 2 weeks in Hanoi in March with the primary goal of learning to cook some of my favorite Vietnamese dishes. I've found a lot of info online regarding cooking classes. Also, I think I'll be staying in the Old Quarter. Does anyone have any tips for cooking schools and hotels? I'm trying to keep costs low. Thanks!

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  • Teddy Alice

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    I think you could book a hotel and learn cooking in there. The chef of hotel would help you. Thanks

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  • Karl Wasson

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    Blue Butterfly Cooking Class offers three dishes for 35 USD and customized courses. It's smaller than KOTO and less expensive than some of the others. However, Koto is a very cool concept helps disadvantaged youths so that extra money goes to a good cause.

    For hotels the Rising Dragon Palace Hotel was recommended to me by a friend. We live in Ho Chi Minh City and travel frequently to Hanoi. It has a simple but good breakfast and comfy beds for about 30-35 USD on Agoda.com.


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  • Mandy Bui Vietnam

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    Hi Ronnie,

    One tip for you. Would you like to cook with a local family? it will be an interesting experience. you will have chance to meet, talk with local and know more thier culture. see more here if you like https://songphuongvegetablevillage.wordpress.com/


    Cheer


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      this looks amazing! Thank you so much! Cheers, Ronnie · (0 likelikes)

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    I went there last january and I think two weeks in the Old Quartier would make me crazy! It's insane but is the heart of the city. I would stay in the french quartier, it's nearby the old quartier but is quieter.

    Aren't you going to Halong Bay Vietnam? It's wonderful

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  • Diep Nguyễn

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    Vietnam is a wonderful place in SEA. You can homestay at local people when visiting Hoi An and mekong delta Hoian and Mekong Delta. Renting a motorbike to travel outsides of Hanoi is a good idea for you. You can read more tips at: https://www.vietnamtravel.co/

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    Hi,

    Staying Hanoi Old Quarter sounds good, you can book some tour at http://www.vietnamtourbooking.com and enjoy cooking class.

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    Take extra luggage. The best shopping is in Vietnam. Pearls, Jade, bracelets, earrings, purses, and massages. They use everything when they cook. Beware the Beka squid.

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    I can say that probably the only real danger for one visiting Hanoi is the traffic. Big city, lots of cars and scooters, poor infrastructure, terrible driving rules and habits making it nightmare for the pedestrian who just want to get around the city. No way in Hanoi, the city streets are made for scooters, as well as the pavements. The rule is simple, the big one first, so don’t try to be wise, as a pedestrian you are last in line.
    PS: Red lights and stop signs are just recommendations, cars might stop to those, scooters rarely. Also I believe in Vietnam you should drive on the right side, but scooters riders do not know this rule or do not care, they ride all directions at once.

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    try airbnb.

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