The only thing hotter than the weather is the food in Hanoi. But supposedly, spices help cool you off. So, if you want to stay as cool as a cucumber, eat food that’s hotter than fire in Hanoi. And, it’s pretty easy to do.

So where do you eat? Start at the train-track cafe near Hanoi’s Odl Quarter, but make sure that no trains are coming.

You can drop a few dong at a fancy restaurant, or, eat just as well at a hole in the wall where you’ll sit on plastic stools.

In some places, the rule is, if you want service, remember no shoes.

Noodles are the dish of the day, along with a few things I’d rather pet than devour.

So what’s the best way to order? Just point to a bowl of something someone is slurping that looks more luscious than lethal.

Hanoi restrooms are not as sparkling as what you’ll find in Seoul, but they also don’t require a manual to figure out how to operate. Lots of “to go” rice dishes are wrapped in the large banana leaves.

This woman made a mean bowl of pho.

Travel websites will lure you to the Old Quarter, the Burbon Street of Hanoi. But my recommendation is to forgo the smell of urine and stale beer and stay on West Lake. You can enjoy a beautiful view, a slight breeze and interesting coffee shops and eateries.

There are countless coffee shops in Hanoi, as if the city needed any more enery.

Twisted old trees line the streets along with cyclists.

But the best sights in Hanoi? It’s what you see on your plate.

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