Hanoi is one of the biggest cities in Vietnam with the modern life style and high population density. It’s really hard to find a place to walk around and relax here. There is traffic everywhere, leading to the pollution issue. An open natural space is something to be expected.
The walking streets are born and they are becoming hotspots for leisure and entertainment. Read this articles from hanoireviews to find out those streets!
In Hanoi, there are 3 spaces available for walking lovers: a part of Ta Hien Street, the Book Street 19-12, and the Walking Street at Hoan Kiem Lake.
The walking street in Ta Hien is a part of Ta Hien and Luong Ngoc Quyen Street, is also known as the Western street. It’s famous for the draught beer. People often come here at night, gather around for a glass of beer, especially in the hot summer. The night life here is totally lively with a lot of youngsters sitting around on the street, drinking beer or iced tea, eating junk food and listening to live performances. This might be one of the most favorite spots for foreigners in Hanoi.
Ta Hien Street (Source: Internet)
The Book Street 19-12 used to be a market. The street consists of many stalls and there is also a book café. Space is not really big but the view is charming. Every stall is designed beautifully like small temples, separated from the outside world. Opposed to the energetic and busy nightlife in Ta Hien, the ambiance here is quite calm and elegant, suitable for book lovers.
Book Street 19-12 (Source: Internet)
The most famous and the largest one is probably the walking street around Hoan Kiem Lake. It opens recently and immediately attracts people’s attention. Vehicles are not allowed from 7 pm all the way until Sunday midnight. It’s a colorful space of art with traditional and contemporary style at the same time. There are performances in traditional folk music, classical music, and hip-hop, etc. If you’re lucky, you can even catch some special traditional activities that you don’t usually see like people playing Vietnamese conventional instruments, lion dancers putting on a show or Vietnamese traditional folk games, such as tug of war, Mandarin Square capturing, stilt walking and rope skipping.
Hoan Kiem Lake (Source: Internet)
After 8 PM, the place is usually crowded. This time of night there are a lot of people around but this adds to the atmosphere.
Free public wifi is also available. By logging in “Freewifi_UBNDHANOI” through smartphones or portable devices and entering your mobile phone numbers, you will have 30 minutes before the system automatically logs out. You can repeat the same process to continue using the service.
Walking street is a wonderful place for both locals and foreigners to explore and enjoy Vietnamese culture. In the city of modern life, this really brings a new face to Hanoi. However some walking streets are still a pilot project and it will only last until next year, so hurry up and enjoy your time here.