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Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, surely is the destination you must go when traveling to Vietnam. Because it is the center of culture, politic, economy, it attracts lots of visitors every year. Offering a mixture of Eastern, Colonial, and French styles, Hanoi is a fascinating place to explore and there are plenty of good places for sightseeing, eat and shop here. To help you have a good view and things to do in Hanoi when travel to the ancient capital of Vietnam, keep reading this article.

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Hanoi is located in Red River Delta, adjacent: Thai Nguyen, Vinh Phuc to the north; Ha Nam, Hoa Binh to the south; Bac Giang, Bac Ninh, Hung Yen to the east; and Hoa Binh, Phu Thio to the west. The capital retains a convenient location of an important economic, political, cultural, social, and scientific center and strategic traffic hub in Vietnam.

Hanoi locates at a scared land formed for a long time. King Ly Thai To chosen Hanoi as the capital from 1010, named as Thang Long (the flying dragon). Its name became Hanoi in 1831, under King Minh Mang. Then in 1902, Hanoi became the capital of the Indochinese Federation and was re-constructed and re-planned by the French. Over 2 wars defending the country, Hanoi has become the capital of the North, then unified Vietnam country, and kept its role until now.

Hanoi is one of 2 largest cultural centers in Vietnam (along with Ho Chi Minh City). There is a great number of libraries, theaters, together with historical relics, beautiful landscapes concentrating in the city. Beautiful and charming natural landscapes, unique handicraft villages, the attractive traditional festival in Hanoi…will be promisingly interesting tourism products.

I. WHEN TO TRAVEL TO HANOI, VIETNAM 

1. Weather in Hanoi

The climate of Hanoi is characterized by a tropical monsoon climate, include 4 seasons: spring, summer, autumn, and winter. Although there are 4 seasons, Hanoi weather is divided into two main seasons: hot season and cold season.

The hot season starts from mid-April to mid-September. The climate is hot and humid, the rain is cool and dry in October. The cold season starts from the beginning of November to the end of March. From the end of November to January, cold and dry, from February to the end of March, cold and drizzly in each period. In late September to November, Hanoi has some cooler weather days due to some cold air.

Today, due to the effects of climate change, Hanoi winter is getting colder and summer is getting hotter. However, due to the strong influence of the monsoon, the start and end times of each season are unevenly distributed between the years, so the division of months is only relative.

To see the Hanoi weather forecast for 7 days, 14 days, 1 month and even longer, you may visit AccuWeather to make the decision when to go and choose the best time to visit.

Hanoi
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2.  Best time to travel to Hanoi

Hanoi attracts lots of visitor everytime of year. Therefore, you can visit Hanoi everytime you want. At each time, there have something special for you to enjoy.

a. Hanoi in spring (February, March, April)

Lasting from February to April, Hanoi’s spring is humid and wet season with drizzles. The average temperature normally ranges from 15°C to 20°C. With this kind of weather, it is suitable for the plants to grow and flowers to blossom. Therefore, spring will be the best time for tourists to witness the vitality of tropical nature. Also, spring is the time for Tet holiday – the most essential and longest Vietnamese festival of the year. If you travel to Hanoi at this time, you will have the opportunity to enjoy everything related to traditional Tet in Vietnam, it will be awesome.

b. Hanoi in summer (May, June, July)

Summer starts from May to July. June, July are the hottest months, with temperatures known to reach 40 °C. Heavy rain is one feature of Hanoi’s summer, so don’t forget to bring a raincoat or an umbrella with you whenever leaving home. Moreover, be ready to be sweat under the sun during the day and a thunderstorm in the afternoon or evening. Walking is not a good idea in summer but eating and drinking are more exciting. Even Hanoians have not discovered all the food and drink in Hanoi so do not worry. Street food in Hanoi is one of the best things you can discover.

c. Hanoi in autumn (August, September, October)

With many people, autumn is the best time to visit Hanoi because of this comfortable weather. This season is quite short, typically from the middle of September to the end of November,  is considered the most beautiful and romantic time. With the average temperature is 25°C, Hanoi’s autumn is charming with warm sunlight, cool breeze, and dry atmosphere. If you love seeing the leaves change color, enjoying some local autumn specialties such as young green rice, living slowly for a to appreciate the beauty of your life, you definitely should come here in autumn.

d. Hanoi in winter (November, December, January)

The cold weather of Hanoi will start from December and may last until late February, with the average temperature of 16°C. However, sometimes it may drop to below 10°C, and the high humidity will lend a hand in making the weather bitter cold. Bring some serious warm clothes is necessary if you do not want to get a cold when visiting a tropical country! Hanoi’s winter is also famous for many delicious street foods which can warm you up on a chilly day.

II. HOW TO TRAVEL TO HANOI, VIETNAM 

1.How to get to Hanoi, Vietnam

a. By plane – The most common way to get to Hanoi

As the capital of the country, there are so many daily flights from other cities to Hanoi. You can refer to the fares of airlines such as Jetstar Pacific, Vietjet Air or Vietnam Airlines.

Getting from the airport into Hanoi: 

Hanoi’s Noi Bai International Airport is located 45 kilometers from central Hanoi. Therefore, if you want to get to the center of Hanoi, you have to choose one of the options below:

  Taxi Grab bike Bus
How to book There are a lot of taxi parks around Noi Bai airport such as Noi Bai Taxi, Dai Nam, Airport Taxi, Mai Linh, Taxi group, etc for you to choose. You can install app “grab” and write the destination you want to go and book. Everything will be easy and convenient. There are 4 bus routes Noi Bai – Hanoi is routes 07, 17, 90 and 86. You can take a taxi and get there to save your money
Price About 15 ~ 17 US$ About 7 US$ 1-2 US$
Advantages Convenient, fast and safe Convenient and cheaper than the taxi Save money
Disadvantage The most expensive Sometimes it takes too long to wait for a car/bike, the driver sometimes drives too fast Crowded and slow

 

b. By train – From another big city in Vietnam

If you do not want to get to Hanoi by airplane because of this cost, you can choose train for its cheaper cost. However, the travel time will be much longer and you can comfort like travel by airplane. But it is still a good option.

Hanoi’s main train station is located not far from the center of Hoan Kiem, on the border of Ba Dinh district on Le Duan Street. If you are traveling in some big city in Vietnam, you can take a train ticket and get to Hanoi.

  • Hue to Hanoi: Hard sleeper with air-con 27-36 US$, soft sleeper with air-con: 36-37 US$ VND, 13 hours.
  • Da Nang to Hanoi: Hard sleeper with air-con: 28-37 US$, soft sleeper with air-con:41-42 US$, 15.5 hours. It is a part of the way from Hoi An to Hanoi
  • Nha Trang to Hanoi: Hard sleeper with air-con: 50-65 US$, soft sleeper with air-con: 67-68 US$, 25.5 hours
  • Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi: Hard sleeper with air-con: 64-67 US$, soft sleeper with air-con: 68-69 US$, 33 hours.

Hue railway stationDa Nang railway stationNha Trang railway stationSaigon railway station
- Address: Sunny B. Hotel, Nguyen Tri Phuong Street
- Phone: (+84) 234 3822 175
- Address: Hai Phong Street, Da Nang
- Phone: (+84) 511 3823 810
- Address: 17 Thai Nguyen, Phuoc Tan, Nha Trang, Khanh Hoa
- Phone: (+84)583822113
- Address: 136 Ham Nghi, Ward 1, Ho Chi Minh
- Phone: (+84) 3846 8701
Source: Vietnam Railway

Here are the detailed guides to travel from some big cities to Hanoi for you  including Singapore to HanoiSiem Reap to HanoiHong Kong to HanoiLuang Prabang to Hanoi,  Halong Bay to Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi, Danang to Hanoi

2. How to get around Hanoi, Vietnam

a. By “xe om”/Grab bike

Hanoi is the bustling city and it is quite crowded. Therefore, traffic jam always happens. The site to visit is quite far apart, so if you want to get around Hanoi, the best option for you is choose Grab bike or “xe om”. The way to use Grab bike is shown above, you can take a look again. With “xe om”, they appear all around with the sign “XE OM’’ in front of the motorbike. Several places too close so you can walk to visit.

Xe om’s price is much more expensive than Grab bike but it is very convenient to take. To take a Grab biker, you must have the app on your phone and the internet, even sometime you must wait too long for the driver. Therefore, If you are urgent, the best way to get around is “xe om”.

b. By taxi

If you do not like the motorbike, you can easily hail a taxi on the street or request for one from the comforts of your hotel. This taxi service is suitable for some destinations far from the center of Hanoi (Hanoi airport, Halong bay, Ninh Binh, Hai Duong …). Because in the central of Hanoi, the street is so small, people are so crowded and choose the taxi service to the downtown, old quarter, Hoan Kiem,  will quite difficult to move.

NOTE: The trouble with private taxi drivers is not all of them are well-versed in English, and some drivers will try to impose a flat rate for your trip instead of relying on the meter. Even when they use the meter, some of them will have defective meters that run too fast!

Taxi drivers in Hanoi are also loath to give back change. If this is a big deal for you, bring smaller bills to pay the exact change.

Some of the most popular taxi companies & phone numbers in Hanoi:

  • Taxi CP (+84 43 826 2626).
  • 52 Taxi (+84 43 852 5252).
  • Hanoi Taxi (+84 43 853 5353).
  • Mai Linh Taxi (+84 43 861 6161).

c. By electric car/cyclo

In Hanoi Old Quater, there are 2 types of transport to sightseeing is electric car and cyclo. Each type has its own interesting.

For the electric car, which runs by battery and owned by Dong Xuan Joint Stock Company. At this time, the station in front of Dong Xuan market has 12 cars with 8 seats per car. The price of a city tour ticket is quite cheap. Tourists can enjoy a 30-minutes route in the old quarter by electric bus with only 1 US$. The electric bus takes passengers slowly with speed of 12km/h so that tourists can enjoy the whole beautiful sight of Hanoi.

The ticket stall is located on Dinh Tien Hoang Street – the tree-lined boulevard right next to Hoan Kiem Lake and the (weekend) walking street.

Cyclo is Hanoi’s bicycle rickshaws. Passengers ride in the front cab, while the driver sits behind the passenger. Cyclo cabs are made for two passengers and are ideal for exploring short distances within Hanoi Old Quater.

A ride in a cyclo should cost you about 5 US$ for an hour’s ride. If can find a cyclo in any place of Hanoi Old Quater, just take it like take a taxi.

d. By motorbike rental

If you want to have some driving experient in Hanoi, you can rent a motorbike on your own to explore Hanoi. The foreigner said that “Traffic in Vietnam is crazy, especially in Hanoi’’, so that you must consider lots before hiring a motorbike.

All are priced at US$ 3 to US$ 4 per day. Be aware that when traveling by motorbike, you must carry all vehicle documentation like a driver license, vehicle registration, and also passport with the foreigner. Besides, you must comply with road safety regulations & prepare some types of equipment such as helmets, gloves, glasses, vehicle speed, etc for your safety. If you are not an experiment driver, this option is not be recommended.

In my point of view, the motorbike is the most convenient vehicle for travelers: cheap, easy to use, easy to repair and you may travel to many destinations as Ha Giang, Sapa, Ninh Binh, Halong bay, Hai Phong, Hue …

Some hotel can easily rent a motorcycle or book a tour for you or someplace for you to rent a motorbike:

  • Van Chinh Motorbike
    Address 2: 24D Ta Hien Street, Hang Buom Ward, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
    Phone: 0989 595 533
    Website: www.chothuexemayohanoi.vn
  • Phung Motorbike
    Address: 13 Ngo Huyen, Hang Trong, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
    Phone: 090 425 34 91
  • Flamingo Hanoi Motorbike
    Address: 66 Dao Duy Tu, Hang Buom, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
    Phone: 024 3926 4012
  • Gia Hung motorbike rental
    Address: Hang Trong, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
    Phone: 093 634 51 23

III. WHERE TO STAY IN HANOI, VIETNAM

If you want to stay in Hanoi for several days to explore, hotels near to the center are recommended. Around Hanoi Old Quater, there are a lot of hotels for you to choose.

1. Oriental Suites Hotel & Spa –  The luxury boutique hotels in the heart of Hanoi Old Quarter

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Located in the heart of Hanoi Old Quarter, Oriental Suites Hotel & Spa has one of the most convenient positions in Hanoi. Only steps away from Hoan Kiem Lake, Oriental Suites Hotel & Spa is 1 kilometer from many attractions such as Ngoc Son Temple, Hanoi Cathedral, and Thang Long Royal Citadel. Additionally, Noi Bai International Airport is 21 km from the hotel.

Source Tripadvisor.com Booking.com Agoda.com
Rating 5/5 stars 9,4/10 8.4/10


Address: 58 Hang Dao Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi, Vietnam
Website: orientalsuiteshotel.com
Email: sales@orientalsuiteshotel.com
Hotline: +84 24 3928 6666

Reference price: 75 US$

2. Hanoi Boutique Hotel & Spa – 

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Located in the heart of Hanoi’s Old Quarter, Hanoi Boutique Hotel & Spa offers accommodation 200 m from the renowned Hoan Kiem Lake and 5 minutes from Thang Long water puppet theatre. It is a great choice for travelers interested in shoppingstreet food, and atmosphere.

Source Tripadvisor.com Booking.com Agoda.com
Rating 4/5 stars 7,8/10 7.9/10


Address: 7 Ngo Gach Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi, Vietnam
Website: http://www.hanoiboutiquehotel.vn/en-us
Email: sales@hanoiboutiquehotel.vn
Hotline:+84 243 9332 288
Reference price: 40 US$

3. Hanoi La Selva Hotel

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Located a minute’s walk from Hoan Kiem LakeHanoi La Selva Hotel is just a short walk from shops, restaurants, and bars. The friendly tour desk staff can assist guests with sightseeing and tour arrangements. This property also has one of the best-rated locations in Hanoi

Source Tripadvisor.com Booking.com Agoda.com
Rating 5/5stars 9,5/10 9.4/10


Address:
57 Lo Su street, Hoan Kiem district, Hanoi, Vietnam
Website: hanoilaselvahotel.com
Email: booking@hanoilaselvahotel.com
Hotline:+84 2432.668.965
Reference price: 75 US$

4. Hanoi Crystal Hotel 

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Located in the heart of Hanoi‘s Old QuarterHanoi Crystal Hotel is steps from Hoan Kiem Lake and various tourist information spots. It has a restaurant, well-appointed rooms with private balconies. The hotel’s restaurant serves international dishes daily. Meals can be enjoyed in the privacy of guests’ rooms. 

Source Tripadvisor.com Booking.com Agoda.com
Rating 4/5stars 8.0/10 7.3/10


Address: 9A Hang Thung Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi, Vietnam
Website: hanoicrystalhotel.com
Email: sales@hanoicrystalhotel.com
Hotline: +84 943 932 102

Reference price:  75 US$

5. Prince II Hotel

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Prince II Hotel is located in Hanoi’s Old Street Quarter, which offers a variety of dining and entertainment options. A 2-minute walk from Hoan Kiem Lake, the hotel is a great choice for travelers. Guests can rent bicycles to explore the city leisurely. The hotel also provides a tour desk offering a variety of services, including attraction information, tickets purchase, and day trip arrangements

Source Tripadvisor.com Booking.com Agoda.com
Rating 4/5 stars 9,4/10 7.8/10


Address: 42B Hang Giay Street, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi, Vietnam
Website: http://princehanoihotel.com/hanoi-hotels.html
Email: newprincehotel@fpt.vn
Hotline:(+84 – 04) 3 9261 203 – 3 9261 204
Reference price: 31 US$

6. Hanoi Focus Boutique Hotel

Located in Hanoi’s Old Quarter, Hanoi Focus Boutique Hotel is a minute’s walk from Hoan Kiem Lake, Ngoc Son Temple, and Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre. The Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum has situated 2 km from the hotel.

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Source Tripadvisor.com Booking.com Agoda.com
Rating 4.5/5stars 8,8/10 8.6/10


Address: 42 Lo Su Street, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi, Vietnam
Website: www.hanoifocushotel.com
Email: info@hanoifocushotel.com
Hotline: +84 915 813169 – 0943932102
Reference price: 37 US$

7. Hanoi Impressive Hotel

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Located in Hanoi’s bustling Old QuarterHanoi Impressive Hotel is within 200 m from St. Joseph’s Cathedral and a 5-minute walk to Hoan Kiem Lake. The hotel also provides travel services including daily tour arrangements and flight bookings.

Source Tripadvisor.com Booking.com Agoda.com
Rating 4.5/5 stars 9,1/10 8.5/10


Address: 54-56 An Trieu Street, Hoan Kiem Dist, Hanoi, Vietnam
Website: impressivehotel.com
Email: impressivehotel@gmail.com
Hotline:+84 986 560 345
Reference price: 65 US$

8. Aquarius Hotel

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Located in Hanoi’s Old Quarter, Aquarius Hotel is ideally located for exploring the lively city. It is only a 5-minute walk from Hoan Kiem Lake and walking distances to St. Joseph’s Cathedral. Rooms are luxuriously decorated with wooden flooring and Asian Art Deco interiors also make guests like this accommodation.

Source Tripadvisor.com Booking.com Agoda.com
Rating 4/5 stars 8/10 8.4/10


Address:  13-14 An Trieu Street, Hoan Kiem Dist, Hanoi, Vietnam
Website: www.aquariushanoihotel.com
Email: sales@aquariushanoihotel.com
Hotline:(+ 84) 93 469 7178
Reference price: 45 US$

9. Hanoi Symphony Hotel

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The Hanoi Symphony Hotel is situated in Hanoi’s historic Old Quarter, a 5-minute walk from scenic Hoan Kiem Lake and the Opera House. The hotel’s restaurant offers a spread of European and Vietnamese dishes that make it special. It is a great choice for travelers interested in shopping, and street food.

Source Tripadvisor.com Booking.com Agoda.com
Rating 4,5/5 stars 8,7/10 8,510


Address: 01 Hang Hom Street, Hoan Kiem Dist, Hanoi, Vietnam
Website: hanoisymphonyhotel.com
Email: booking@hanoisymphonyhotel.com
Hotline: +84 43 938 1788
Reference price: 44 US$

10. Serenity Diamond Hotel

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Serenity Diamond Hotel is located in Hanoi‘s Old Quarter, a 5-minute walk to Hoan Kiem Lake and Dong Xuan Market. The hotel’s restaurant also serves Western and Vietnamese specialties. This is one of the most favorited accommodations of Hanoi.

Source Tripadvisor.com Booking.com Agoda.com
Rating 4,5/5 stars 8,7/10 7,8/10


Address: 1E Cua Dong Street, Hoan Kiem Dist, Hanoi, Vietnam
Website: www.hanoiserenityhotel.com
Hotline:+84 4 3923 3889
Reference price: 33$

IV. WHERE TO TRAVEL IN HANOI, VIETNAM

1. Hanoi Old Quater

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Hanoi Old Quater surely on the top of the list. You definitely must hear about Hanoi Old Quater lots if you know about Vietnam. It becomes one of the reasons that Hanoi attract so many tourists over the year.

The ancient streets of Hanoi are not too wide, but the streets here are interwoven together like the chessboard. No matter how tired we are, we may have a walking tour of all the streets, especially from Friday night to Sunday night. Each street is a place to preserve the historical memory of the capital, as well as preserve memories of the lives of people who have lived, worked and built the country.

Over thousands of years, Hanoi Old Quater has retained its traditional values. People often say 36 streets of Hanoi but in fact, there are more than 36 streets starting with “Hang” (it’s mean products). Each street will have its own unique features that you probably can discover in one day. You may try some must-eat street foods, dessert, bars in Hanoi, see the cooking class, go to the cultural exchange centers

Come to the old quarter, you get lost in a bustling city but also extremely ancient with thousands of years old. If you do not go through Hanoi Old Quater like you have not yet arrived in Hanoi. Here are a lot of activities as well as good food for you to try, make sure you want to come back for the second time.

2. Hanoi Opera House

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Hanoi Opera House is a great work that the French colonial government built in the early twentieth century. Through the historical ups and downs, the Hanoi Opera House exists as a symbol of freedom, architecture, culture, and politics of the 1,000-year-old capital. Opera House is of historical value, architecture is very important in the cultural life of the people of Hanoi.

In the early stages of Independence Day, the theater is home to the National Assembly of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam. Meanwhile, the area around the theater was the fierce battle between the Viet Minh and the French military, Japan.

You may buy an entrance ticket to some concerts and special shows. We sure that you will admire the typical colonial architecture of the theater. Walk around the immense garden in front of the theater to see the fullness of every corner of this grand, imposing structure with Gothic and neo-classical lines interspersed.

Unfortunately, guests can only enter the theater when buying tickets for a show. Although the theater itself is a great architectural work, only when there are some performances in the theater, the audience can really enjoy all the elegance in design.

Address: 01 Trang Tien, Hanoi

Phone: 024 3933 0113

3. St. Joseph’s Cathedral

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St. Joseph’s Cathedral is always at the top of the list of famous churches because it is one of the oldest works of the capital. However, it is still full of noble, ancient, as well as unique features, typical in architecture and become a symbol of Hanoi.

The Cathedral was built in 1884 and was inaugurated right on Christmas Day in 1887. This is one of the first Western architecture built in Hanoi. Over the years, the Cathedral has been described as a “witness” over the past three centuries, witnessing “the change of the capital” every day.

It is one of the architectural works that have a strange appeal to any visitor when coming to Hanoi, because of the unique and charming in architecture. The church is designed in the style of European Gothic medieval architecture (prevailing in the 12th and the Renaissance), imitating the Notre Dame Cathedral with large, arches to the sky. This is not only the center of Hanoi’s Catholics and surrounding areas but also an indispensable destination in the journey of each visitor when they visit the land of the thousand years of civilization.

Address: 40 Hang Chung, Hang Trong, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
Phone: 024 3933 0113

4. Hoan Kiem Lake – Ngoc Son temple

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Hoan Kiem Lake probably is the first destination you set food on when you traveling to Hanoi. Today, The area is the best place to do from  Fridays to Sundays, when nearby traffic is banned from 7 pm to midnight and a public-square, funfair vibe takes over. There have lots of traditional activities over the weekend for you to enjoy. However, even when you go there on the day of the week, it is also exciting. You can enjoy the fresh air near the lake, surrounded by lots of people and interesting activities.

Peaceful and quiet, the lake surrounds Ngoc Son Temple, a pagoda sitting in the center on a small island. Ngoc Son Temple was built in the 18th century on Jade Island in the center of the ‘Lake of the Returned Sword’ or Hoan Kiem Lake. Legend story describes how the emperor was once given a magical sword. It helped the Vietnamese defeat the Chinese Ming Dynasty and the sword was returned to the Golden Turtle God.

It is open from 8:00 to 18:00 and you have to buy a ticket to go in. If your hotel is not provided for your ticket, you can buy it at the gate. From the shore, the “The Huc” bridge (Welcoming Morning Sunlight Bridge) leads to the island. Buildings of the temple include the Pen Tower, the ink-slab, the Moon Contemplation Pavilion and the Pavilion against Waves, all of which have symbolic meaning.

5. Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

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Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum in Ba Dinh Square is one of the most desirable places in Hanoi. It is the final resting place of Ho Chi Minh, the most iconic president of Vietnam, known to his people as ‘Uncle Ho’. His body is preserved here in a glass case. For visitors, a trip to Uncle Ho’s body final resting place can be a memorable experience; it’s a part of a unique history.

Pay attention:

  • Costume: The costume must be polite and serious, do not wear too short clothes or reflective nature when visiting the tomb. Protection may not allow you to enter the tomb if you violate this.
  • Behavior and attitude: Civilized, polite, not causing noise, disorder, go light, speak quietly, and queue in order. If you do not want to queue up, you should go to the Ministry of Defense to get a special permit before 2-3 days.
  • Do not allow children under 3 years old to enter the mausoleum.
  • Carrying luggage according to regulations and arrangement of tomb management.
  • No shooting, video recording in restricted areas, especially inside the mausoleum.

The opening and closing hours to visit Uncle Ho's Mausoleum is seasonal, you may choose best time to visit:

  • Hot season (from 01 April to 31 October):  From 7:30 am to 10:30 am Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays from 7:30 am to 11 am
  • The cold season is from November 1 to March 31 of the following year): 8:00 am to 11:00 am The mausoleum is closed Monday and Friday.

Address: Hung Vuong, Dien Bien, Ba Dinh, Hanoi

Phone: (+84) 243 845 5128

6. Vietnam Museum of Ethnology

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Vietnam Museum of Ethnology has become an attractive destination not only for domestic tourists but also for international travelers. When visiting the museum, visitors will have the opportunity to learn about the history and culture of 54 ethnic minority brothers in Vietnam with a variety of cultural features.

The museum is divided into three main galleries. There are two spaces, one space for the temporary exhibition on the second floor, and one for the first floor to display the identity of 54 ethnic groups. The second exhibit area is the outdoor gallery. This is a green garden in which there are 10 folk works with different types of architecture. Finally, the Southeast Asian exhibit hall was built in 2008, which displays artifacts and images of Southeast Asian art.

  • Address of Vietnam Museum of Ethnology: Nguyen Van Huyen Street, Cau Giay District, Hanoi
  • Phone:
    – Emergency telephone number: 0983-710-000
    – The telephone number of Ethnographic Museum: 04-3836-0352
  • Opening hours of the Museum of Ethnology
    – Opening hours: 8:30 to 17:30 all days except Mondays and Lunar New Year.
  • Tickets to visit the Museum of Ethnology – Common fare: 2 US$/person

7. Imperial Citadel of Thang Long

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Thang Long – Hanoi, the center of national politics, the center of national culture, where the soul of Vietnam, where depositing the values of history and culture of the nation. In the fall of 1010, King Ly Thai To moved the capital from Hoa Lu (Ninh Binh) to Dai La and changed its name to Thang Long.

In 2010, on the occasion of the 1000th anniversary of Thang Long – Hanoi, this relic has been recognized by the World Heritage Committee as a world cultural heritage. With three characteristics: the long history of culture throughout 13 centuries, the continuity of the heritage and the rich diversity of relics has made the outstanding values of Thang Long Royal.

Ticket price:

  • Adult: 2 US$/person
  • Students, students aged 15 and above (if student cards are available), senior citizens (60 years or older) are Vietnamese citizens (present ID card or any other document proving the elderly): 1 US $/person.
  • Free admission for children under 15 and people with meritorious services to the revolution.

  • Time to visit: Weekdays (Monday to Monday).
  • Open: From 8 am to 5 pm daily.

8. Vietnam Military History Museum

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Vietnam’s Military History Museum is one of the six national museums and is the flagship museum of the military museum system. The Museum is currently displaying and preserving thousands of artifacts, including many precious objects.

Vietnam Military History Museum is one of the seven national museums with the largest number of exhibits and visitors. Through authentic and original artifacts, the museum truly becomes a cultural and historical center, an attractive place for visitors to study the history of the Vietnamese military.

Address: 28A Dien Bien Phu Street, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi

9. West Lake

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Beside Hoan Kiem lake, West Lake is a unique place in Hanoi. It is surrounded by Tay Ho district. Accessible within a 15-minute drive from Hanoi Old Quarter, many locals and tourists come here to get away from the busy city. This place provides a great natural beauty with plenty of quiet spots. The actual history of West Lake remains a mystery, though one legend claims that it was formed when the Dragon King Lac Long Quan drowned a wicked fox spirit with nine tails in his lair. Another folklore source claims that the lake was formed when a large Chinese buffalo mistakenly confused a pagoda temple bell with its mothers call and ran so fiercely into a small hollow that the lake was made.

West Lake is a beautiful place, especial in the afternoon: there are boats for hire and lunch on a floating restaurant makes a novel dining option. Notable points of interest at West Lake include Tran Quoc Pagoda which was built in the 6th century, making it becomes Vietnam’s oldest temple. The other main attraction is Quan Thanh Temple, which is located at the West Lake crossroads of Thanh Nien Street and Quan Thanh Street. Quan Thanh Temple is open for all to enter with sightseers encouraged to pray for health, luck, and happiness during their visit.

You also just come here and take a breath to enjoy the fresh air and sightseeing. Additionally, it is good to make a memory photo album to remain your amazing experiences in Vietnam.

10. Temple of Literature

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Known as the first university in Vietnam, Temple of Literature is a well-known historical monument in the capital. Temple of Literature is a highlight of Hanoi cultural before, now and forever.

Temple of Literature was built in the year 1070 in the reign of King Ly Thanh Tong to worship Confucianism, then became the place for examinations, aiming to foster talents, training talented people to appoint mandarins, join in the construction of the country.

Today, Temple of Literature is also the place where the poetry community is organized. It is a place of praise for excellent and excellent students and is a popular sightseeing destination which attracts a large number of domestic and international visitors traveling to Hanoi.

In the Lunar New Year, with the hope of a happy new year, people will come here to ask “ong do” (the old teacher in ancient times) for a word. They believe that the word will bring them happiness, lucky and talent.

The Temple of Literature is located in the heart of Hanoi, surrounded by four main streets of Dong Da district, Nguyen Thai Hoc Street, Ton Duc Thang Street, Van Mieu Street and Quoc Tu Giam Street. The main gate of the Temple of Literature is at 58 Van Mieu Street. Guests can take a public bus, taxi or rent a motorbike.

The opening ceremony of Van Mieu Quoc Tu Giam has two different time frames. In the spring (from 15 April to 15 October), the Temple of Literature is open from 7:30 to 18:00. In the autumn and autumn (from October 16 to April 14 of the following year), the Temple of Literature is open from 8:00 to 18:00.

Tickets for Van Mieu Quoc Tu Giam are 2 US$/person.

For other activities, you may see about Hoa Lo Prison – The prison in the center of Hanoi

V. WHAT TO DO IN HANOI, VIETNAM

1. Wander around Hanoi Old Quater

Hanoi Old Quarter is one of the most ancient and historical attractions in Hanoi that you must visit. Visiting Hanoi, you definitely should spend time wandering around the Old Quarter to feel the difference as well as specialties of this ancient place.

If you have the chance to visit the Old Quarter at weekend night, do not miss to watch the traditional performances from artists which are performed with traditional songs such as cheo, ca tru, cai luong. Also, there have lots of traditional activities for you to enjoy.

Wandering around the Old Quarter, you seem to be immersed in a completely different space. There are so many people, both Vietnamese and foreigners who also wander around the Old Quarter. Also, you will see a lot of vendors who sell different types of goods including souvenirs and street foods. Taking the advantage to enjoy and experience these will give you unforgettable memories and unfadable feelings.

Come and enjoy by the way you want, there are many interesting and fascinating things waiting for your exploration. Hanoi Old Quarter is more and more wonderful than you have ever known.

2. Drinking Beer at Ta Hien Street

Located in the Old Quarter of Hanoi, Ta Hien is a street with a lot of fun activities, especially about the nightlife in Hanoi. There are some popular bars for you to chill here like 1990 bar, local bar, etc.  Besides, one of the best parts of drinking beer here is that the beer is usually served along with delicious food in Hanoi, you definitely should try.

Like any other pub street, the atmosphere here becomes more lively when the night falls down with the influx of both locals and foreigners. The quietness of the street in the daytime is suddenly replaced with the noisiness, the whole street is crowded with groups of people drinking beer. Whether on weekdays or at weekends, Ta Hien is full of people.

There is a joke spread widely among Vietnamese young people: “if you want to improve your English skills, the Ta Hien street is a must-place to go”. To be honest, this street really attracts foreigners from all nations and races as they seem to be fond of unique Vietnamese alcoholism cultures. If you are traveling alone, do not worry. In a few minutes, there will be some young people patting on your shoulders and talking to you like an old friend. That is what people usually talk about the friendliness of Vietnamese.

3. Visit historical destination

Going to a tourist destination, not only for entertainment but also to learn the culture of the country, people here. Vietnam history is one of history’s most heroic pages and is loved by many foreigners. Also, Hanoi is a city of history and culture. Therefore, it would be too short to go to Hanoi without exploring the long history of this place.

There is a lot of historical destination for you to explore: Ngoc Son temple, Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Vietnam Museum of Ethnology, Imperial Citadel of Thang Long, Vietnam Military History Museum, Temple of Literature, etc. Some of the places are mentioned above, you can find more information above.  

4. Bike or walk around West Lake

Beside Hoan Kiem Lake is a place to attract a lot of tourists, West Lake also is a place to charm a lot of foreign visitors too by its fresh air. If Hoan Kiem Lake is always busy, crowded, West Lake is more peaceful and quiet.

So, it would be a great idea if you take the time to rent a bike to go to West Lake or walk around. That would be great in the early morning or late afternoon. Walking around the West Lake, you can visit several historical and pure places such as Tran Quoc Pagoda, Quan Thanh Temple.

5. Ask for a letter at the temple of literature

After 1954, the tradition of applying for the early spring and writing the word Confucianism was considered the remnant of feudalism. Therefore, the literate people did not dare to write and people did not dare to ask for the word. A beautiful culture is almost forgotten.

Fortunately, at the beginning of the 21st century, this cultural beauty is strongly rising, becoming the traditional culture of Vietnamese people and be loved by foreign tourists.

Especially if you come to Vietnam on Lunar New Year’s, you will see a lot of people come to ask the letter of the occasion of the year to have a lucky year. But if not travel on the occasion, it is also okay, the temple is always open and has the literate there for you to ask for the letter.

6. Try as much as possible street food

Vietnamese cuisine is considered one of the most uniques culinary backgrounds. Besides the traditional food, one of the unique features is Hanoi street food. When you come to Vietnam, you will find food all over the streets. You will even find women with shoulder bags on their shoulders rushing through the streets and selling their products. 

There are many people who first eat Vietnamese food but are not used to it but then come back to Vietnam because of the taste of Vietnamese food. So, if you have the opportunity to Hanoi, try a lot of unique dishes of Vietnam not to regret. Some of Hanoi’s dishes to try are mentioned below.

7. Try to explore the coffee shop

Coffee is also a traditional beauty of the Vietnamese. The way of enjoying Vietnamese coffee is very different in other parts of the world. Someone said: “You can not explore all the coffee shop in Hanoi, every day the coffee shop is more and more. Each coffee shop has a unique beauty, there are shops in modern style, luxury, others in ancient, nostalgic style.

Egg Coffee is a traditional Vietnamese coffee that any foreigner would like to try. There are two places to drink the most known egg coffee is Giang coffee and Dinh coffee shop.

Some address of coffee shops are highly recommended:

  • Dinh Coffee: 2nd Floor, 13 Dinh Tien Hoang, Hang Trong, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
  • Giang Coffee: 39 Nguyen Huu Huan, Hang Bac, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
  • Cong Coffee: 116 Cau Go, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
  • Hoa muoi gio Coffee: 26 Hang Voi, Ly Thai To, Hoan Kiem, HanoiGardenista: 2 Le Thach Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi

For more activities, you may see our ultimate travel list: 63 things to do in Hanoi (Part 1 and part 2)

VI. WHAT TO EAT IN HANOI, VIETNAM

1. Pho

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Definitely indispensable in this list is pho. Pho is a popular dish known by many foreigners in Vietnam, like ethnic dishes. Referring to Vietnam, they all relate to this unique dish.

Hot noodles, tasty broth, bring the amazing mood to eat when coming to Hanoi. Bread thin, tough, soft, beef cut sliced thin, cooked again cooked a little more lime, lemon chili. The bowl of pho delicious depends on the way of cooking of each pho.

The price for one is about 2 US $. Visitors can visit the famous pho Hanoi such as pho in Dinh Liet, pho Ly Quoc Su, pho Nha Chung, Pho Bat Dan, pho Thin

  • Dinh Liet: 24B Trung Yen, Dinh Liet, Hang Bac, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
  • Ly Quoc Su: 10 Ly Quoc Su, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi.Nha Chung: 40 Nha Chung, Hang Trong, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
  • Bat Dan: 49 Bat Dan, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
  • Thin: 13 Lo Duc, Hai Ba Trung, Hanoi

2. Bun Cha

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Besides pho, bun cha is traditional Vietnamese food that many people know. This is the dish US President Brack Obama used to dinner when coming to Vietnam on 23/5/2016, at Bun cha Huong Lien. Bun cha dish consists of grilled pork chopped, some pieces of pickled melon served with vermicelli and raw vegetables. The delicious, sweet and sour taste of the bowl of sauce and the fresh taste of vegetables make this dish become special. This dish is priced about 2 US$.

  • Hang Quat: 74 lane, Hang Quat, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi.
  • Tuyet: 34 Hang Than, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
  • Huong Lien: 24 Le Van Huu, Hai Ba Trung, Hanoi.

3. Pho cuon (roll pho)

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Mention to roll pho, the Hanoi people think of Ngu Xa, a small street hidden behind Truc Bach Lake. Rice noodle thin but not crushed with fried beef, raw vegetables. Sour sauce spicy salty sweet, add a few slices of papaya eat deliciously.

Besides, the restaurant also has rice noodle soup fried covered with fried beef, vegetables a little more pepper. A piece of crispy bread, vegetables mixed with soft, tender beef. A disc with ten rolls worth about 2 US$. You can visit the famous roll pho shop in Ngu Xa as Hung Ben, Huong Mai.

  • Pho cuon Hung Ben: 35 Nguyen Khac Hieu, Truc Bach, Ba Dinh, Hanoi
  • Pho cuon Huong Mai: 25 Ngu Xa, Truc Bach, Ba Dinh, Hanoi

4. Bun thang

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Bun thang is a traditional dish of Hanoi people. The dish has raw materials, small noodles, chicken, fried eggs, mushrooms. Freshwater, sweet, fragrant from chicken bones or shrimp. The aroma of the bowl of water, enjoy once will remember forever. This dish costs 2-3 US $ VND.

Some popular place with bun thang dish:

  • Bun thang Ngoc Tuyen – 56 & 58 Dao Tan, Ba Dinh, Hanoi
  • Bun thang Thuan Ly – 33 Hang Hom, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
  • Quan cu – 31A Phan Dinh Phung, Ba Dinh, Hanoi

5. Trang Tien ice-cream

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Whether you enjoy it in winter or summer, you will have to impress the unforgettable taste of this ice cream. When you eat, you feel the fresh cream sweet, melted right in the mouth and cinnamon bark is fragrant, crispy. A Trang Tien ice cream costs 1 US$.

Address: 35 Trang Tien, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi.

6. Com Hanoi

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In the Vietnamese community in northern Vietnam, com is made from young sticky rice, the most delicious is com made of sticky yellow flowers, in both seasons: seasonal rice and winter rice, although usually used rice in the late summer collection (from the full moon in July to the end of the 9th lunar month).

In Hanoi, beside Com Lang Vong, Com Lu and Com Me Tri also very popular.

  • Com Lang Vong: 18, Lane 99, Xuan Thuy, Cau Giay, Hanoi

7. Bun dau mam tom

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Mam tom is a specialty only in Vietnam. Some foreigners may initially not eat it, but most of them later eat and get addicted. Bun dau mam tom is the most addictive of the delicious dishes in Hanoi. Of course, this familiar dish is covered everywhere, from street corners, toad bars, markets to even the 5-star Vietnamese restaurants. The price is about 2 US$

  • Trung Huong: 27/31 Hang Khay, Trang Tien, Hanoi
  • Hang Khay: 49 Phat Loc lane, Ly Thai To, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
  • Nghia Tan: 104 C3 Nghia Tan, Cau Giay, Hanoi

8. Chao suon (porridge rib)

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Cold Hanoi days to eat a bowl of porridge ribs with some daily stories are quite interesting. Hanoi porridge bowl is not too sophisticated, simply with porridge, with slices of crispy crumbs. However, the taste makes many people come to Hanoi just to try. The price is just 1 US$

  • Co La: 2A Ly Quoc Su, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
  • Hang Bo: 32 Hang Bo, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
  • Ngo Huyen: 43 Ngo Huyen, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi.

VII. THINGS TO BUY FOR SOUVENIR IN HANOI, VIETNAM

1. O mai

With enough sour, spicy, salty, sweet as the convergent essence of Ha Thanh cuisine, o mai is a gift that many tourists choose to buy as gifts when leaving Hanoi. The most famous of these is in Hang Duong Street. You can find here all kind of o mai such as apricot, plum, ginger, sycamore, lemon, lime, pink, peach, etc.

2. Com

Com Lang Vong has also made a very charming beauty for the capital. However, since it is only in autumn, Com Hang Than is a perfect alternative to many tourists in Hanoi. Also made from the young rice fragrant aroma wind but the rice after roasting, pouring, sieving, fried must be fried with sugar, then wrapped in fresh banana leaf layer, inside with green beans puree.

3. Lotus tea (Tra sen)

Compared with other gifts, lotus tea is expensive and often harder to buy. However, when selected the genuine lotus tea, this is sure to be a precious gift for relatives and friends after the end of travel Hanoi. By buying lotus tea is both arts with a lot of time, effort.

4. Ceramics

Bat Trang is about 10 km from Hanoi capital. If you have the opportunity to visit Bat Trang, do not forget to buy the ceramic products of traditional villages. With the characteristic glaze and technical craftsmanship, Bat Trang pottery has its own beauty. Besides the cups, there are also products dedicated to gifts such as wind chimes, statues, etc. Visitors to Hanoi to play pottery village can also make by handmade bowls, vases, jars, cups as gifts. It becomes meaningful and enjoyable.

VIII. TIPS FOR TRAVELING TO HANOI, VIETNAM

  • Carry full luggage, identification. Instead of using more cash, using an ATM card with less money is better. Preparing a medicine box for preventive medicine is also essential.
  • Should consider the weather of Hanoi to avoid going to the time that you do not like. In the journey, should also update regularly to make the choice more perfect.
  • Compared to coming to Hanoi to find accommodation, tourists should choose the hotel and refer to the price and then always reserve to avoid sold out the room or high prices.


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