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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

The Oriental Jade Hotel
The Oriental Jade Hotel
5 out of 5
No. 92-94 Hang Trong Str., Hoan Kiem, Hanoi, Hanoi
The price is $42 per night from Jul 8 to Jul 8
Located in Hoan Kiem, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Hoan Kiem Lake and St. Joseph's Cathedral. Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre and Hanoi Old ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (461 reviews)
"Staff is very hospitable and responsive to your needs."

Reviewed on Jan 4, 2021

The Oriental Jade Hotel
JW Marriott Hotel Hanoi
JW Marriott Hotel Hanoi
5 out of 5
No 8 Do Duc Duc Road, Me Tri Ward, South Tu Liem District, Hanoi
The price is $131 per night from Jun 21 to Jun 21
Located in the heart of Hanoi, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of National Exhibition Construction Center and Vietnam National Convention Center. ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (414 reviews)
Urban retreat
"Great service throughout the hotel. The restaurants are delicious and the happy hour had great food. We loved the gym and pool, very spacious. It was nice to be away from the chaos of the city mopeds it was the perfect retreat in the city"

Reviewed on Dec 31, 2019

JW Marriott Hotel Hanoi
Hilton Hanoi Opera
Hilton Hanoi Opera
4.5 out of 5
1 Le Thanh Tong Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
The price is $66 per night from Jun 23 to Jun 23
This family-friendly Hanoi hotel is located in the business district, within a 10-minute walk of Hanoi Opera House and Hoan Kiem Lake. Ngoc Son Temple and Thang ...
4.2/5Very Good! (870 reviews)
"Great location for walking around the small lake in Hanoi."

Reviewed on Jul 22, 2020

Hilton Hanoi Opera
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.
Huyhomestay Hotel & Apartment
Huyhomestay Hotel & Apartment
2.5 out of 5
No. 41, Tuc Mac Lane, Tran Hung Dao St, Cua Nam Ward, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
The price is $17 per night from Jun 21 to Jun 21
Located in Hoan Kiem, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Center International Trade Fair Hanoi I.C.E and Hoa Lo Prison Museum. Hoan Kiem Lake and ...
Huyhomestay Hotel & Apartment
Somerset West Point Hanoi
Somerset West Point Hanoi
4 out of 5
No.2 Tay Ho Road, Hanoi
The price is $65 per night from Jul 1 to Jul 1
This family-friendly Hanoi aparthotel is located in the entertainment district, within a 10-minute walk of Syrena Shopping Center and West Lake. Ho Chi Minh ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (121 reviews)
"The property is located near the main roads and busy street. Roadway noise is still bearable. There were 2 convenient stores, a small shopping center near the property makes grocery shopping easier. All are within walking distances. The downside of the property is the Soundproof of the room. Had ..."

Reviewed on Aug 29, 2019

Somerset West Point Hanoi
Somerset Grand Hanoi
Somerset Grand Hanoi
4.5 out of 5
49 Hai Ba Trung Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
The price is $68 per night from Jul 1 to Jul 1
This family-friendly Hanoi aparthotel is located in the business district, within a 10-minute walk of Hoa Lo Prison Museum and St. Joseph's Cathedral. Hoan Kiem ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (799 reviews)
"We like the place and it’s location the staff always friendly . And their rooms are very good for longer stay ."

Reviewed on Jul 19, 2020

Somerset Grand Hanoi
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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