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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

Hoan Kiem showing a city, street scenes and signage

Hoan Kiem

4.5/5Wonderful!(1,808 area reviews)

The panoramic lake views and popular shops are just a few highlights of Hoan Kiem. Make a stop by Hoan Kiem Lake or Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre while you're exploring the area.

Hoan Kiem
Hanoi which includes street scenes

Old Quarter

A noteworthy feature of Old Quarter is its panoramic lake views. While you're in town, be sure to stop and check out Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre and Hoan Kiem Lake.

Old Quarter
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum featuring a monument and a park

Ba Dinh

4/5Very Good!(129 area reviews)

The ample dining options and fantastic lake views are top of the list for many visitors to Ba Dinh. A stop by Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum or Ho Chi Minh Museum might round out your trip.

Ba Dinh
Hai Ba Trung, Hanoi, Hanoi Province, Vietnam

Hai Ba Trung

4/5Very Good!(20 area reviews)

Hai Ba Trung is noteworthy for its restaurants, and you can make a stop at top attractions like Vincom Center and Van Ho Exhibition Center.

Hai Ba Trung
Temple of Literature featuring a temple or place of worship and a park as well as a large group of people

Dong Da

4/5Very Good!(13 area reviews)

You'll enjoy the bars and lake views in Dong Da. You might want to make time for a stop at Temple of Literature or Hanoi CIty Social Insurance Dong Da District.

Dong Da
Gecko Cafes are all over Hanoi. They offer great food with a lot of variety between local and American/Western Europe dishes. The one located on 2 Hang Bong has a balcony for great people and crazy traffic watching. Be warned, it's LOUD!

Thanh Xuan

4.5/5Wonderful!(9 area reviews)

You'll enjoy the museums and shopping in Thanh Xuan. You might want to make time for a stop at Vincom Mega Mall Royal City or Vietnam People's Air Force Museum.

Thanh Xuan

Top Hotels in Hanoi

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Super Hotel Candle
Super Hotel Candle
4 out of 5
287 - 301 Doi Can Str, Ba Dinh, Hanoi
The price is ¥4,599 per night

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! (269 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
Melia Hanoi
Melia Hanoi
5 out of 5
44b Ly Thuong Kiet Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
The price is ¥9,180 per night

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 ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (767 reviews)
Highly Recommended

"Highly recommend to stay here. I love the bfast and the pillows menu. Will definitely be back. 😁"…"

Reviewed on Feb 21, 2020

Melia Hanoi
Imperial Hotel & Spa
Imperial Hotel & Spa
4 out of 5
44 Hang Hanh Street, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
The price is ¥2,129 per night

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 ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (157 reviews)

"The rooms are very nice, big and it’s nicely furnished. Staff are so kind, polite, helpful and friendly! The hotel is located at an Old Quarter of the City and it’s in great location where you can just walk to the lake, night market, restaurants and a lot to see around. Everything is amazing at this ..."…"

Reviewed on Jul 6, 2020

Imperial Hotel & Spa

Popular places to visit in Hanoi

Hoan Kiem Lake
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Hoan Kiem Lake

4.5/5(908 reviews)

Wander around the banks of this peaceful lake and discover an historic temple, observe locals going about their daily life or enjoy a picnic lunch under the shade.

Hanoi Opera House
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Hanoi Opera House

4.5/5(335 reviews)

This historic building is the centerpiece of Hanoi’s French Quarter and host to shows by many of Vietnam’s premier singers, dancers and musicians.

Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre
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Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre

4.5/5(439 reviews)

Stories from local legends are told at this theater with hand-carved wooden dolls and colorful dragons that perform on a stage on the water.

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum
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Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

4.5/5(500 reviews)

This massive tomb houses the embalmed body of Ho Chi Minh, a former Vietnamese president.

Hanoi Old City Gate
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Hanoi Old City Gate

4.5/5(312 reviews)

The attractive shape of the only city gate remaining in Hanoi harks back to a time when the city was under siege.

St. Joseph's Cathedral
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St. Joseph's Cathedral

4.5/5(427 reviews)

At the heart of Hanoi stands a weathered neo-Gothic Roman Catholic church, a contrary sight in this predominantly Buddhist city.

Top things to do in Hanoi

Full-Day Ha Long Bay Boat Excursion from Hanoi
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Full-Day Ha Long Bay Boat Excursion from Hanoi

¥4,765
Per adult
84% of travellers recommend
Hanoi City Hop-On Hop-Off RED Bus Tour
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Hanoi City Hop-On Hop-Off RED Bus Tour

¥2,137
Per adult
80% of travellers recommend
Halong Bay Boat Cruise with Lunch
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Halong Bay Boat Cruise with Lunch

¥5,446
Per adult
78% of travellers recommend
Full-Day Tour of Hoa Lu & Tam Coc with Boat & Bike Ride
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Full-Day Tour of Hoa Lu & Tam Coc with Boat & Bike Ride

¥5,475
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Countryside Excursion to Hoa Lu & Tam Coc From Hanoi
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Countryside Excursion to Hoa Lu & Tam Coc From Hanoi

¥5,128
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
Taxi To Noi Bai (hanoi) Airport From Hanoi Old Quarter
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Taxi To Noi Bai (hanoi) Airport From Hanoi Old Quarter

¥1,425
Per adult

Reviews of Hanoi

4.5

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
835
5 - Excellent 58.31005586592179%
4 - Good
466
4 - Good 32.54189944134078%
3 - Okay
107
3 - Okay 7.472067039106145%
2 - Disappointing
18
2 - Disappointing 1.2569832402234637%
1 - Terrible
6
1 - Terrible 0.41899441340782123%

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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