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Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Temple of Literature & Hoa Lo Prison in Hanoi, Vietnam

Best things to do in Hanoi Vietnam - Paul Kennedy - Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum by Hans-Jürgen Weinhardt on Unsplash

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. Photo by Hans-Jürgen Weinhardt on Unsplash.

I’m really excited to interview Paul Kennedy of Vietnam Travel With Us about Hanoi, Vietnam. Paul’s tips for the best things to do in Hanoi are awesome because he went on a birthday trip four years ago and never stopped traveling. He stumbled upon Vietnam and fell in love with Hanoi and decided to start his business here.

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Best things to do in Hanoi Vietnam - Paul Kennedy - Hanoi Train Street by David Emrich on Unsplash

Hanoi Train Street. Photo by David Emrich on Unsplash.

Hanoi, Vietnam

We share a lot of resources and local suggestions in today’s podcast, but you should also check out Visit Vietnam: The Official Tourism Website of Vietnam, the local visitor’s bureau. They are a wealth of information and can help you plan an itinerary based on your time, budget, and interests.

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Best things to do in Hanoi Vietnam - Paul Kennedy - pho soup

Pho is a local soup that’s very popular, including in many parts of the U.S.

Getting around Hanoi

The local airport is Noi Bai International Airport (HAN), which is about a 35-minute drive to the city.Use our Expedia tool below to find flight, hotel, and rental car options.

Paul says that, if you’re staying downtown, there’s no need to rent a car. For the best offers, visit Avis, Budget, or Hertz.

Uber and Lyft are excellent ways to get around.

Best things to do in Hanoi Vietnam - Paul Kennedy - Street life in old quarter by Florian Wehde on Unsplash

Street life in old quarter of Hanoi. Photo by Florian Wehde on Unsplash.

Places we talked about on the podcast

Here is a map of all of the places we talked about on the podcast episode with Paul Kennedy about Hanoi, Vietnam. You can zoom into the map and click on each dot to explore the city.

  • Red dots = best places to eat in Hanoi, Vietnam
  • Green dots = best things to do in Hanoi, Vietnam
  • Yellow dots = best places to stay in Hanoi, Vietnam

Who is Paul Kennedy?

For the past thirty years, Paul has been working in the restaurant business, bringing together delicious foods and atmospheres where customers could create their own memories. Growing up in Northern Virginia, Paul went off to study hospitality management at East Carolina University, followed by culinary arts at Johnson & Wales University. After his education, he departed to New York City where he continued to establish himself in the restaurant world, while also homing in on his love of writing and photography.

In 2018, with a backpack and some inspiration, Paul cashed in his proverbial chips and took off to see the world. The inspiration clearly worked because he never returned. His journey of uncertainty found its purpose in exploring what the world has to offer.

Paul is currently working on a cookbook about Vietnam’s food and culture that will be available in 2022. Besides authentic Vietnamese recipes, Paul hopes to do his part in piquing the readers’ interest in understanding the world, in any aspect. Once you do that, he feels like everyone will understand each other a little better.

Best things to do in Hanoi Vietnam - Paul Kennedy

Here are a few articles that he’s written:

You can connect with Paul on his website and on Twitter and Instagram.

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Click here to download our one-page guide of Paul’s tips for Hanoi.

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The Presidential Palace, where Ho Chi Minh once lived. Photo by Sandip Roy on Unsplash.

Stay tuned for our next episode

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