The Difference between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh

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Cu Chi
Cu Chi

Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City are two biggest and attractive cities in Vietnam. However, tourists always get wondering when deciding between Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi. Therefore, the post will tell you the difference between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh.

Shopping

Dong Xuan market
Dong Xuan market

Hanoi has many art items, silk, and handicrafts, stone carving, wood, embroidery and lacquer ware which are sold more in the south of the old town. Therefore, if you want to buy handicraft products or things which have bring deeply traditional Vietnam, Hanoi is the best choice for you.  Another way, you want to buy the little pretty thing for friends, Ben Thanh market is the ideal place for you where you can find many cheap souvenir items. Furthermore, if you want to buy luxury products, you can visit Dong Khoi market. In addition, Ho Chi Minh City has a lot of many large supermarkets, modern, with big brand stores.

Relaxing

You are finding the wonderful city for relaxing vacation; Hanoi and HCMC are the ideal choices for you. All two cities have more than 8 million citizens but when you visit HCMC, you will feel the city has more crowded and busier than Hanoi. However, if you visit Hanoi Old Quarter in rush time, it is difficult to move, and the noise continues for more people may cause fatigue. Traffic in both cities can make visitors overwhelmed, with flying cars like catapults. The new and wider streets in HCMC can make movement easier, but everything is relative. Furthermore, if you want to find a cool place, you should visit Hanoi in winter season which temperature can reduce 17oC in January. Temperatures in HCMC are not below 20 degrees Celsius, more humid air will cause travelers to sweat. In order to avoid the heat of the South, you can go to the park Culture, Tao Dan Park and relax under the trees. In Hanoi, you should go to the beautiful Hoan Kiem Lake to temporarily leave the noisy streets and see people playing chess.

Tao Dan Park
Tao Dan Park

Day Trip

There is the quite much best place to visit in Hanoi on weekend, so you can choose Hanoi for a day trip. Furthermore, when visiting Hanoi, you should not miss pretty homestays in Hanoi which will attract you in the first look. In addition, you can spend the time to visit Halong Bay where you can enjoy romantic and fresh atmosphere when booking a cruise to admire the beauty of The Bay.

In HCMC, you can visit a lot of beautiful places nearby the city in the day. For example, you can spend 2 hours to transfer to Cu Chi where you can admire and learn more about history and war in Vietnam. Moreover, you can visit Vung Tau beach to enjoy beautiful and amazing beaches and resorts in there.