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Explore the capital city of Vietnam, Hanoi exactly as a local does when getting free night homestay at an Hanoian family

(TRAVPR.COM) VIETNAM - December 17th, 2015 - While in Rome, do as a Roman does. Today, we will get you to be a real Hanoian with:

1.            Trying "Pho" and "Banh my"

Start the day with a bowl of aromatic, tasty “Pho” (beef rice noodles) or a “Banh my” (Vietnamese Sandwich). These two are the most popular street food in Vietnam and it is also the most well-known to the worldwide friends. Pho is originated from Hanoi, and Hanoians love Pho! Does not matter whether it is morning, noon or night, from the street vendors to high-class restaurants, you can find Pho anytime, anywhere. It is a common sight on the street of a long queue patiently waiting for their turn to have a bowl of Pho. Enjoying Pho for breakfast is quite time-consuming and therefore, for busier people, Banh my is another preferable choice.

2.            Chit-chat coffee

The most noticeable habit of Hanoians that will impress you right at the first sight is: Coffee culture. This culture is rooted from the period of French Colonial and has been familiarized by Hanoians since then.  The busiest street of coffee shops in Hanoi is Nguyen Huu Huan (Hoan Kiem dist.) that you can find an abundant type of coffee and theme. While adolescence and youngsters opt for dinner-out and then have a chit chat at some nicely decorated coffee shops, most of Hanoians are acquainted with siting on low-slung plastic stools on the pavement, sipping their morning coffee, talking to friends, updating news from magazines and newspaper, or simply gazing at people moving on the street. So after treating yourself breakfast, take a sit with the locals, have your coffee and enjoy the hasty vibe of morning in Hanoi.

4.            Street food tasting

Immerse yourself in one of the biggest foodie wonderland in Asia. An experience to Hanoi will not be fulfilled without trying the street food. With the rise of globalization, Vietnamese cuisine have come out of the border and become popular favorites around the world. Hanoians, or Vietnamese in general, have been long familiarized themselves with the habit of tasting street food every day, anytime, and you can see street vendors packed with people especially in the late afternoon. You will see people enjoying food along the pavement. The iconic Pho is perhaps one of the best known dishes, along with Banh My, Vietnamese spring rolls, Banh Cuon (rice pancake), a variety of different kind of noodles and lots of other street food that can blow your mind.  The fortunate thing is the best of Vietnamese cuisine is street food, which means you can freely taste them all within your limited budget.

4.            Shopping at local markets

Hanoians is used to buying things from early local market instead of supermarket for the freshest and cheapest groceries. One of the biggest fresh markets is Long Bien fruit market which is only few steps from the Old Quarter but opens very early from 2a.m to 5a.m. set your alarm and prepare for beating all the crowds! Don’t forget to negotiate to have the best deal. If you still do not have time or too tired for waking up early, other bigger local markets like Dong Xuan market or Hom market is opened till late afternoon; however, these markets just sell dried food, clothes and household appliances. You will discover the interesting insights about life of residents in every little shop.

5.            Driving a city scooter

Vietnam is the country of motorbike, and even if you have never ride a motor in your life, try this time when you are in Vietnam. It can be observed that the street is rather chaotic, but if other millions of Vietnamese can do it, why can’t you? Have a first try with crossing roads, if you can do it then take a next step with the scooter. Traffic inclines to invade into every available gap on the road, but you’ll be just fine if you take it easy. Equipped with the most updated map, list of address of attractions and explore the most authentic experience.

Best way to maximize those experiences is homestay in a Hanoian family. The stay will be more enjoyable when offers 2 night stay get 1 night free on selected hosts.

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