Hanoi

Travel Guide
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Immerse yourself in traditional Asian lifestyle in the picturesque Vietnamese capital, with a multitude of markets, puppet shows, lakes and ancient temples.

Visit Hanoi to try typical Vietnamese food, see unique art performances and savor some of the most captivating sights in Southeast Asia. Thanks to its rich cultural heritage and tumultuous history there are many interesting attractions to explore in the bustling city, which has 2.6 million people in its urban center.

Hanoi first became a capital just over 1,000 ago, when it was still called Thang Long (Rising Dragon). It became Ha Noi (Between Two Rivers) in 1831. The city has since been occupied by the French and the Japanese and bombed by the Americans, events which have clearly left their marks. Through all this, Hanoi has stayed traditional and proud.

The language and cultural differences can be both limiting and interesting. For example, the Vietnamese consider pointing your finger to be rude. You should use your whole hand instead. Bear this in mind while browsing the Dong Xuan Market.

This market is in the Old Quarter, a good place to find souvenirs, traditional merchants and typical Vietnamese and French cuisine. Try pho (rice noodle soup) and sample Vietnam’s favorite brew, Bia Hoi beer, to get a taste of the Orient. At night, visit the nearby Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre with mesmerizing reenactments of dragon-filled legends.

Learn more about Hanoi’s legends in the temples that surround lakes such as Hoan Kiem (Lake of the Restored Sword) and Ho Tay (West Lake).

The Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum contains the embalmed body of the revered revolutionary leader of North Vietnam. Learn about his constant struggle for his country’s freedom at the Ho Chi Minh Museum.

Book a trip on a wooden vessel to Ha Long Bay to cruise the turquoise waters around thousands of limestone islets.

To get around in Hanoi you can rent a bike or pay to ride in a traditional “cyclo”. Public buses are cheap and service the whole city. If you hail a taxi, negotiate a fixed price in dong (the Vietnamese currency), because the meters are often manipulated.

Where to stay in Hanoi

Solaria Hotel
Solaria Hotel
4 out of 5
22 Bao Khanh Street, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi, 100000
The price is $53 per night from Jul 19 to Jul 20
Stay at this 4-star spa hotel in Hanoi. Enjoy free WiFi, a full-service spa, and a rooftop terrace. Our guests praise the helpful staff in our reviews. Popular ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (63 reviews)
"Comfy, beautiful well organized, the spa is the best. Friendly staff wants to be sure the guest is completely happy during their stay."

Reviewed on Jul 2, 2022

Solaria Hotel
Peridot Grand Luxury Boutique Hotel
Peridot Grand Luxury Boutique Hotel
5 out of 5
33 Duong Thanh, Hanoi, 100000
The price is $116 per night from Aug 5 to Aug 6
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Hanoi. Enjoy free WiFi, a full-service spa, and a rooftop terrace. Our guests praise the helpful staff in our reviews. Popular ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (33 reviews)
"I enjoyed the property’s infinity pool and bar. The bathroom was pristine."

Reviewed on Jun 27, 2022

Peridot Grand Luxury Boutique Hotel
The Oriental Jade Hotel
The Oriental Jade Hotel
5 out of 5
No. 92-94 Hang Trong Str., Hoan Kiem, Hanoi, Hanoi, 10000
The price is $81 per night from Jul 7 to Jul 8
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Hanoi. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and room service. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in our reviews. ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (482 reviews)
"It was a great location and very convenient. Very accommodating staff. They left a cake for our anniversary treat - it was quite sweet."

Reviewed on Jun 28, 2022

The Oriental Jade Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Oakwood Residence Hanoi
Oakwood Residence Hanoi
3.5 out of 5
No.17, Lane 35, Dang Thai Mai Street, Hanoi, 100000
The price is $84 per night from Jul 16 to Jul 17
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly aparthotel in Hanoi. Enjoy free WiFi, free valet parking, and breakfast. Popular attractions Hanoi Opera House and Syrena ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (24 reviews)
"Fantastic amenities. Great staff."

Reviewed on May 25, 2022

Oakwood Residence Hanoi
Fraser Residence Hanoi
Fraser Residence Hanoi
3.5 out of 5
5C Do Nhuan Street, Xuan Dinh Ward,, Bac Tu Liem District, Hanoi, Vietnam, 100000
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly apartment in Hanoi. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free valet parking. Popular attractions Hanoi Opera House and ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (3 reviews)
New and clean hotel with excellent view
"The hotel is new and clean, with details in the room well thought out and invested. My deluxe 2 bed room looks over the park in front of the hotel and the sunset view from the bathroom is excellent."

Reviewed on Jun 21, 2022

Fraser Residence Hanoi
Elegant Suites Westlake
Elegant Suites Westlake
5 out of 5
10B Dang Thai Mai Street, Tay Ho District, Hanoi
The price is $98 per night from Jul 11 to Jul 12
Stay at this 5-star luxury aparthotel in Hanoi. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 2 bars/lounges. Our guests praise the comfy rooms in our reviews. Popular ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (499 reviews)
Nice stay
"It was so comfy and cozy acconidation. We stayed with our pet, it is pet available hotel/residence. People were not crowded and very warm."

Reviewed on Jan 2, 2022

Elegant Suites Westlake
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Getting around Hanoi

While navigating Hanoi’s traffic-choked streets can be stressful, getting around can be a fun and memorable part of your trip. A cheap and convenient method is to weave through the traffic on the back of a motorbike taxi, while a cycle rickshaw is slower but more sedate. Hanoi’s Electric Bus is a comfortable and eco-friendly way to tour the Old Quarter, which is also a rewarding place to walk around. Visit the Ministry of Transport Vietnam website.Browse Hanoi rental cars.

Best time to visit

You might imagine that Hanoi would have the same tropical climate as most of Vietnam, but you’d be mistaken – there are four distinct seasons here. Spring and fall are both great times to visit, with average temperatures of around 75 F (24 C) and not too much rain. Summer can be unbearably hot and very wet, while winter can get surprisingly chilly. It can rain at any time of year, so bring a raincoat.

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