For foreigner people, the traffic between Hanoi Capital and Ho Chi Minh city is seem to be crazy at the first glance.
Keith Hancock, blogger of Inseasia, shared that he is often asked by the Vietnamese about the differences between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City during his stay in the S-shaped strip of land. This post is this blogger’s personal opinion.
Many people believe that Hanoi people are more “cold” than southerners. I think an ordinary traveler will appreciate this. Saigon people are particularly affable and hospitable.
However, people who have been living in the capital have shared that once you get along better with the Hanoi people, the way they show will be different. Often people who say less will become really good friends when they open their hearts. Although I cannot spend longer stay when I come to Hanoi, I always have trustworthy friends. And I’ve never had any trouble with Vietnamese people anywhere.
Most people in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City use motorbikes. The street looks crazy but in fact, you can walk very easily. Most foreigners who just arrived in Vietnam never imagined that they would sit on a motorbike one day, but only a few weeks later they could drive around the city.
Public buses have low fares, but you have to try to know if this means is effective for you.
The road from the airport to the center of Hanoi is longer than HCMC, but it is convenient, just a taxi ride. But you should only use the taxi of the prestige car company to ensure no money unfairly.
For me, Ho Chi Minh City has more fun places than Hanoi, with countless bars, restaurants, coffee, nightclubs and many addresses that can be operated all night. In addition, sports or relaxation activities are also diverse.
Meanwhile, Hanoi at night seemed quieter. Famous for its lakes, Hanoi has many ideal walking spaces in the city or dreamy bars and coffees overlooking the West Lake.
Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City bring impressive shopping experiences for tourists, from high-end brands from all over the world to popular, or handicraft …
In Hanoi‘s old town are shops selling souvenirs in houses of hundreds of years old. Meanwhile, shopping addresses in Ho Chi Minh City are more modern. In addition, new commercial centers grow up continuously in these two big cities.
Eating in two major cities of Vietnam is an attractive experience, with dishes combining both local and foreign cuisine. Vietnamese cuisine is different by region, for example, Pho – which is considered a North soil dish – is everywhere. Diverse street food with thousands of BBQ pavilions, where diners can cook raw meat or vegetables on a charcoal or hot plate on the dining table.