5/5 - Excellent
LaurieDec 13, 2019
Very charming place! I can understand that it might be overwhelming for some with all the traffic, street vendors, and noise, but I loved it.
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.
4.5/5Wonderful!(1,587 area reviews)
The historic center of Hanoi, this maze of streets offers the city’s most traditional food, best souvenir shopping and lively nighttime entertainment.
Old Quarter is beloved for its panoramic lake views. Take some time to explore sights in the area like Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre and Hoan Kiem Lake.
4/5Very Good!(121 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 Lotte Center Hanoi might round out your trip.
4/5Very Good!(12 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.
3.5/5Good!(19 area reviews)
Hai Ba Trung is noteworthy for its restaurants, and you can make a stop at top attractions like Vincom Center and Hom Market.
5/5Exceptional!(8 area reviews)
You'll enjoy the museums and shopping in Thanh Xuan. You might want to make time for a stop at Vietnam People's Air Force Museum or Vincom Mega Mall Royal City.
Reviewed on Dec 14, 2019
Reviewed on Dec 13, 2019
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.
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.
This massive tomb houses the embalmed body of Ho Chi Minh, a former Vietnamese president.
Five sacred courtyards, each with a unique history, honorary inscriptions and manicured gardens, revere Confucius and the country’s best scholars.
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.
The attractive shape of the only city gate remaining in Hanoi harks back to a time when the city was under siege.
Spend the night in a boat cruising in the gorgeous Ha Long Bay, the UNESCO-listed majesty of sheer limestone cliffs rising from crystal clear waters. Explore caves, eat delicious Vietnamese fare, and admire the remarkable results of millions of years of tectonic shifting and erosion.
Pickup from your hotel in Hanoi is followed by a drive out to Tuan Chau Marina Pier, where you board a traditional wood junk and begin your cruise. Option 1: Ha Noi - Ha Long Bay - Kayaking at Ba Hang Floating village - Thien Cung Cave 08.00 – 08.
Sail through jungle-blanketed islands, spectacular limestone karsts, and unique grottos on this day tour from Hanoi. Drive to the shores of Halong Bay to board a traditional junk boat, where you can relax on the sun deck, and enjoy a delicious seafood lunch as you take in panoramic views of the magnificent landscape.
Verified travelerDec 1, 2019
Friendly atmosphere, modern airport, Ha Long bay.