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Hanoi Flag Tower

This early 19th-century tower is one of the region’s only remaining pre-war landmarks. It remains a symbol of Hanoi’s military history.

Gaze up to the top of Flag Tower where the national colors have been flying every day since 1986. The flag is an important symbol of the unification of Vietnam and its participation in the global economy. Climb the stairs to the top and enjoy views over the war museum and idyllic Lenin Park below before visiting the nearby museum to learn more about Vietnam’s military past.

Make your way through the buildings that remain of the Thang Long Citadel to the base of Flag Tower. Built between 1805 and 1812 as a lookout point, the tower is one of the only buildings in Hanoi to have survived both the French and American conflicts.

At the top of the 108-foot (33-meter) tower, spot the yellow star on a field of red of the Vietnamese flag swaying gently in the breeze. The flag itself measures 258 square feet (24 square meters) and is replaced every 2 to 3 weeks.

Head inside the tower and up the winding stone staircase. Stop at various points on your way to peer out of the 36 flower-shaped windows that are dotted along the thick, curved walls. There are three separate platforms but the best views can be enjoyed from the observatory on the upper level. From eight windows facing all directions, view the tanks and helicopters of the war museum or watch people strolling around the gardens and fields of nearby Lenin Park.

Flag Tower is on Dien Bien Phu Street in the center of Hanoi and is a part of the adjacent Military History Museum. The museum is open every day except Mondays and Fridays and there is a small entry fee. Once you have visited the tower, be sure to investigate the museum. Particular highlights are a Soviet jet fighter, a US F-111 plane and the remains of a French aircraft that was shot down at Dien Bien Phu.


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Super Hotel Candle

287 - 301 Doi Can Str, Ba Dinh, Hanoi
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Ba Dinh, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Van Phuc Diplomatic Corps and Lotte Center Hanoi. Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Ho Chi Minh Museum are also within 1 mi (2 km).

    Melia Hanoi ¥11,383
    Melia Hanoi

    Melia Hanoi

    44b Ly Thuong Kiet Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
       
      5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Hoan Kiem, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Hoa Lo Prison Museum, Hoan Kiem Lake, and St. Joseph's Cathedral. Hanoi Opera House and Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre are also within 1 mi (2 km). Hanoi Railway Station is 10 minutes by foot and Hanoi Long Bien Station is 25 minutes.

      JM Marvel Hotel & Spa ¥1,705
      JM Marvel Hotel & Spa

      JM Marvel Hotel & Spa

      16 Hàng Da Street, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi, Oldquater
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Hoan Kiem, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Vietnamese National Tuong Theatre, Hoan Kiem Lake, and St. Joseph's Cathedral. Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre and Hanoi Old City Gate are also within 15 minutes. Hanoi Railway Station is 14 minutes by foot and Hanoi Long Bien Station is 15 minutes.

        Mercure Hanoi La Gare ¥2,731
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        Mercure Hanoi La Gare

        94 Ly Thuong Kiet Street Hoan, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          This family-friendly Hanoi hotel is located in the business district, within a 10-minute walk of Train Street and Hoa Lo Prison Museum. Temple of Literature and Imperial Citadel of Thang Long are also within 15 minutes. Hanoi Railway Station is only a 2-minute walk and Hanoi Long Bien Station is 25 minutes.

          Mövenpick Hotel Hanoi ¥5,461
          Mövenpick Hotel Hanoi

          Mövenpick Hotel Hanoi

          83A Ly Thuong Kiet, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
             
            4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Hoan Kiem, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of St. Joseph's Cathedral and Hoan Kiem Lake. Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre and Hanoi Opera House are also within 1 mi (2 km). Hanoi Railway Station is 5 minutes by foot and Hanoi Long Bien Station is 24 minutes.

            Imperial Hotel & Spa ¥2,377
            Imperial Hotel & Spa

            Imperial Hotel & Spa

            44 Hang Hanh Street, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Hoan Kiem, this spa hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Hoan Kiem Lake, Hang Gai Street, and Hanoi Old Town Night Market. Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre and St. Joseph's Cathedral are also within 10 minutes. Hanoi Long Bien Station is 15 minutes by foot and Hanoi Railway Station is 22 minutes.

              Dal Vostro Hotel & Spa ¥2,511
              Dal Vostro Hotel & Spa

              Dal Vostro Hotel & Spa

              12 Bao Khanh, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Hoan Kiem, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Hoan Kiem Lake, Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre, and Ngoc Son Temple. Hanoi Opera House and Hanoi War Museum are also within 1 mi (2 km). Hanoi Long Bien Station is 16 minutes by foot and Hanoi Railway Station is 21 minutes.

                O'Gallery Premier Hotel & Spa ¥2,780
                O'Gallery Premier Hotel & Spa

                O'Gallery Premier Hotel & Spa

                122 Hang Bong Street, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Hoan Kiem, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Hang Da Market and Vietnamese National Tuong Theatre. Hang Gai Street and Ly Trieu Quoc Su Pagoda are also within 10 minutes. Hanoi Railway Station is 11 minutes by foot and Hanoi Long Bien Station is 17 minutes.