Thousands Cheer up at Hanoi's First Night Marathon Thousands Cheer up at Hanoi's First Night Marathon

By Ho Binh Minh HANOI, Oct 19 (DHA) - Nearly 6,000 people have joined a night marathon held for the first time in Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, as part of safety measures even though the Southeast Asian country has successfully controlled the COVID-19 outbreaks.

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Inside a modern and dynamic city lies the eternal soul of Hanoi, the Old Quarter. Located between the Lake of the Restored Sword, the Long Bien Bridge, a former city rampart, and a citadel wall, it is one of the country’s top tourist hot spots, which offers French-colonial architecture, a rich food culture and a long history.

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How to Discover Hanoi's Old Quarter In One Day? How to Discover Hanoi's Old Quarter In One Day?

Hanoi's Old Quarter is a place to store many memories of the ancient city, witnessing the rise and fall of Hanoians. Many years have passed by and the streets have still been keeping their own quietness. Perhaps that's why the old quarter always tops the list of most-see places while touring Hanoi.

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Late-autumn Anxious and Gentle Color Arrays at Hoan Kiem Lake Late-autumn Anxious and Gentle Color Arrays at Hoan Kiem Lake

Autumn in Hanoi is still the most beautiful season. Few places have such a beautiful and romantic autumn as in the capital of one thousand years of civilization. Let's enjoy the pictures of Hanoi's Lake of Returned Sword to see how gently beautiful the last days of autumn could be.

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Where to Get the Best Banh Mi in Hanoi? Where to Get the Best Banh Mi in Hanoi?

Hanoi is full of iconic foods, and of all the dishes which carry the French influence on the local cuisine, Banh Mi (bread) is still the undisputed King. Choosing the best Banh Mi while you’re in Hanoi can be overwhelming, scrolling through all those recommendations and mouthwatering photos would take eons. And seriously, you’re passing by as a visitor, the best experience is what you’re looking for.

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Where to Find the Best Pho in Hanoi??? Where to Find the Best Pho in Hanoi???

Pho is the quintessential must-try dish in Vietnam. It is a staple breakfast food, but no matter the time of day, you will find restaurants and street vendors serving the dish and many a contented soul crouching over a bowl and slurping the soup. Pho originated in Hanoi, so where better to try this dish than Vietnam? You can find it literally anywhere in Hanoi, and we’ve done our research and come up with this list of our favorite places to try this dish.

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Every country has its own set of beliefs and superstitions, and Vietnam is no exception. Just like its other Asian counterparts, these superstitions are very notable during the Lunar New Year festival. “You’re not suppose to cry or be sad during the New Year's days, it’ll bring you bad luck.” Cleaning is also out of the question and apparently you should eat certain food for luck.

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If you’re concern about not having access to western food, particularly fast food, you can rest assure that it won’t be a problem in Vietnam. Since the U.S.-Vietnam normalization of relations in 1995, we have seen a proliferation of western fast food chains propping up in Vietnam.

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If you ever come across a man smoking out of a long bamboo pipe, don’t be alarm. The bamboo pipe, or "điếu" as people call it here (in photo) is a common sight in Vietnam, particularly in the north.

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If you enjoyed our first edition of interesting facts about Vietnam, you’ll certainly enjoy the sequel. While much of the world doesn’t know much about Vietnam, it truly is an amazing country with a lot of interesting things to explore and discover. There’s simply much more than beautiful natural landscape that this S-shaped curved country has to offer.

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