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Visit Hanoi

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!(1,587 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.

Hoan Kiem
Hanoi which includes street scenes

Old Quarter

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.

Old Quarter
Hanoi featuring a lake or waterhole

Ba Dinh

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.

Ba Dinh
Temple of Literature featuring a temple or place of worship and religious elements

Dong Da

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.

Dong Da
Hai Ba Trung, Hanoi, Vietnam

Hai Ba Trung

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.

Hai Ba Trung
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!
trover photo by Scuba Mami

Thanh Xuan

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.

Thanh Xuan

Top Hotels in Hanoi

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
The Oriental Jade Hotel
The Oriental Jade Hotel
5 out of 5
No. 92-94 Hang Trong Str., Hoan Kiem, Hanoi, Hanoi
¥8,455
per night
Dec 17 - Dec 18

Located in Hoan Kiem, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of St. Joseph's Cathedral and Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre. Hanoi Old City Gate and Hanoi ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (264 reviews)

"All around great hotel. Would highly recommend as i stayed at 3 different hotels and this was by far the best."…"

Reviewed on Dec 14, 2019

The Oriental Jade Hotel
O'Gallery Premier Hotel & Spa
O'Gallery Premier Hotel & Spa
4 out of 5
122 Hang Bong Street, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
¥6,777
per night
Jan 7 - Jan 8

Located in Hoan Kiem, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Hang Da Market and Vietnamese National Tuong Theatre. Ly Trieu Quoc Su Pagoda and Hang Gai Street ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (1,211 reviews)

"Everything was great! Staff were extremely kind and location was super close to everything"…"

Reviewed on Dec 13, 2019

O'Gallery Premier Hotel & Spa
Oriental Suite Hotel & Spa
Oriental Suite Hotel & Spa
4 out of 5
58 Hang Dao Str, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
¥6,124
per night
Jan 14 - Jan 15

Located in Hoan Kiem, this spa hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Hoan Kiem Lake and Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre. Hanoi Old City Gate and St. Joseph's Cathedral ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (1,081 reviews)

"Great staff, great location, great service, great breakfast. Will stay again."…"

Reviewed on Dec 4, 2019

Oriental Suite Hotel & Spa

Popular things to do in Hanoi

Hoan Kiem Lake
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Hoan Kiem Lake

4.5/5(848 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.

Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre
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Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre

4.5/5(419 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(470 reviews)

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

Temple of Literature
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Temple of Literature

4.5/5(326 reviews)

Five sacred courtyards, each with a unique history, honorary inscriptions and manicured gardens, revere Confucius and the country’s best scholars.

Hanoi Opera House
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Hanoi Opera House

4.5/5(310 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.

Hanoi Old City Gate
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Hanoi Old City Gate

4.5/5(278 reviews)

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

Top activities in Hanoi

Halong Bay 2-Day Adventure
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Halong Bay 2-Day Adventure

¥17,080

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.

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

¥4,883

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.

Halong Bay Boat Cruise with Lunch
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Halong Bay Boat Cruise with Lunch

¥5,582

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.

Reviews of Hanoi

4.5

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
750
5 - Excellent 58.5480093676815%
4 - Good
418
4 - Good 32.630757220921154%
3 - Okay
90
3 - Okay 7.02576112412178%
2 - Disappointing
17
2 - Disappointing 1.327088212334114%
1 - Terrible
6
1 - Terrible 0.468384074941452%

5/5 - Excellent

Laurie

Dec 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.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Dec 11, 2019

Air pollution

5/5 - Excellent

Matt

Dec 6, 2019

Was great to experience in person and get to see HaLong Bay also!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Dec 3, 2019

Hanoi is a must visit if you are world traveler. Also worthwhile place to stay if you want to visit Halong Bay and Sapa.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Dec 3, 2019

A sea of scooters and wonderful food.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Dec 1, 2019

Friendly atmosphere, modern airport, Ha Long bay.

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