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Hanoi
Travel Guide

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

Top Hotels in Hanoi

Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi
Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi
5 out of 5
15 Ngo Quyen Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
The price is ¥13,348 per night from Mar 21 to Mar 22

This family-friendly Hanoi hotel is located in the historical district, within a 5-minute walk of Hoan Kiem Lake and Hanoi Opera House. Ngoc Son Temple and Thang ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (997 reviews)
Will come back

"Simply fantastic"…"

Reviewed on Oct 20, 2020

Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi
Super Hotel Candle
Super Hotel Candle
4 out of 5
287 - 301 Doi Can Str, Ba Dinh, Hanoi
The price is ¥4,709 per night from Feb 27 to Feb 28

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 ...

4.2/5Very Good! (275 reviews)

"コロナのせいで、客足が少ない。でも朝飯の種類は減っていません。 お風呂もゆっくり堪能したし、バッチリでした。"…"

Reviewed on Jul 11, 2020

Super Hotel Candle
Stay Dao Tan Hotel
Stay Dao Tan Hotel
3.5 out of 5
32/12 Dao Tan, Ba Dinh, Hanoi
The price is ¥2,302 per night from Feb 27 to Feb 28

Located in Ba Dinh, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Australian Embassy and Lotte Center Hanoi. Vietnam Museum of Ethnology and Ho Chi Minh ...

Stay Dao Tan 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.

Vacation Rentals in Hanoi

Stay Dao Tan Hotel
Stay Dao Tan Hotel
3.5 out of 5
32/12 Dao Tan, Ba Dinh, Hanoi
The price is ¥2,302 per night from Feb 27 to Feb 28

Located in Ba Dinh, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Australian Embassy and Lotte Center Hanoi. Vietnam Museum of Ethnology and Ho Chi Minh ...

Stay Dao Tan Hotel
Elegant Suites Westlake
Elegant Suites Westlake
5 out of 5
10B Dang Thai Mai Street, Tay Ho District, Hanoi
The price is ¥7,587 per night from Mar 29 to Mar 30

Located in Quảng An, this luxury aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Syrena Shopping Center and West Lake. Tran Quoc Pagoda and Presidential Palace are ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (496 reviews)

"It had all that I needed and the quality was good."…"

Reviewed on Nov 23, 2020

Elegant Suites Westlake
Somerset West Point Hanoi
Somerset West Point Hanoi
4 out of 5
No.2 Tay Ho Road, Hanoi
The price is ¥7,392 per night from Mar 1 to Mar 2

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! (120 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
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.

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Reviews of Hanoi

4.5

Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

May 13, 2020

From the US, it’s expensive to get there, but once there you don’t need a lot to vacation. For US dollars, everything is inexpensive. $50 goes a long way. Rich history there. Some folk are mean like the young men just up to no good. Everyone else ok.

5/5 - Excellent

ScottCallander

Mar 11, 2020

Good fun with an amazingly vibrant feel. You can’t ignore the fact that Vietnam is an emerging market and have to accept it’s a bit crazy on the roads but the people are lovely.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Mar 4, 2020

The tour we took to Nin Bin was the best part and far away one of the coolest things we did in Vietnam.

5/5 - Excellent

J4

Feb 28, 2020

Hanoi is a great destination....

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Feb 24, 2020

This was our first stop in Vietnam and it felt great to immediately get immersed into the culture. Great place to visit once in your lifetime.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Feb 23, 2020

Compared to Cambodia, other country on this trip, i was turned off by the propaganda that layers everything here.

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