Hong is a lovely Hanoian, full of warmth, kindness, and an incredible talent for cooking. Travelers should not leave Hanoi without trying her delicious, crispy spring rolls or delightful salads, whether papaya, banana blossom, or green mango, that spring to life with an array of fresh, aromatic, verdant Vietnamese herbs. Hong does not speak English so she hosts with her daughter Hang, who works at an NGO. The mother-daughter duo goes out of their way to make your guests feel comfortable and welcomed in Vietnam. Travelers can enjoy a traditional Hanoian meal at Hong's table that includes dishes like banana blossom salad and cha ca, a Hanoian specialty of grilled, marinated fish stir-fried with dill and spring onions and eaten with vermicelli, or Hong's excellent crispy Vietnamese spring rolls with fresh herbs and homemade nuoc nam dipping sauce. If you book a cooking class, travelers can learn to prepare either cha ca or crispy spring rolls from scratch. On weekends, Hong also offers an optional market tour add-on.
Hanoi is a city with a history that dates back to the 7th century. In 1954 Hanoi was declared the capital of the Democratic Republic of North Vietnam, and in 1976, following the Vietnam War, it became the capital of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. This political history has made Hanoi one of the country's most fascinating cities to explore. The most renowned of all the monuments is the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. It is dedicated to Vietnam's most well-respected President, who in 1945, led his country to independence. Other highlights include the Museum of History, containing ancient artifacts from Cambodia, Thailand, Japan and China, the 11th century One Pillar Pagoda and legendary Sword Lake.
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