On that first day in Hanoi, we walked and walked and walked. Heading south of Hoan Kiem Lake, we walked around to the Hanoi Opera House, The Museum of Vietnamese History, then eastwards past the Hanoi Railway towards the Temple of Literature.
Although the Museum was closed by the time we reached, the grounds were still open so we stepped in for a little look. Sitting right at the entrance was the Vietnamese revolutionary Ho Chi Minh's armoured car. Pretty cool!
By the time we reached the Temple of Literature, it was closed as well. (Notice a pattern? Tourist attractions in Hanoi close by 6pm.) Instead of exploring the Temple, we hung around the park adjacent to the Temple. Once again, the neighbourhood vibe was in abundance.
When our stomachs started to rumble, we hailed a cab to take us to the eatery Bun Cha Hang Manh at 1 Hang Manh to try Bun Cha for dinner. Bun Cha is a dish of grilled pork, rice noodles and spring rolls. The rice noodles is eaten together with the grilled pork, with the dipping sauce to flavour and dampen the noodles. I enjoyed this dish very much, the portions are humongous and you are bound to leave this place with a full stomach.