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Hanoi
Travel Guide

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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

The Oriental Jade Hotel
The Oriental Jade Hotel
5 out of 5
No. 92-94 Hang Trong Str., Hoan Kiem, Hanoi, Hanoi
The price is HK$329 per night from 8 Jul to 8 Jul
Located in Hoan Kiem, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Hoan Kiem Lake and St. Joseph's Cathedral. Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre and Hanoi Old ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (461 reviews)
"Staff is very hospitable and responsive to your needs."

Reviewed on 4 Jan 2021

The Oriental Jade Hotel
JW Marriott Hotel Hanoi
JW Marriott Hotel Hanoi
5 out of 5
The price is HK$1,028 per night from 24 Jun to 24 Jun
Located in the heart of Hanoi, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of National Exhibition Construction Center and Vietnam National Convention Center. ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (414 reviews)
Urban retreat
"Great service throughout the hotel. The restaurants are delicious and the happy hour had great food. We loved the gym and pool, very spacious. It was nice to be away from the chaos of the city mopeds it was the perfect retreat in the city"

Reviewed on 31 Dec 2019

JW Marriott Hotel Hanoi
Hilton Hanoi Opera
Hilton Hanoi Opera
4.5 out of 5
1 Le Thanh Tong Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
The price is HK$516 per night from 26 Jun to 26 Jun
This family-friendly Hanoi hotel is located in the business district, within a 10-minute walk of Hanoi Opera House and Hoan Kiem Lake. Ngoc Son Temple and Thang ...
4.2/5Very Good! (870 reviews)
"Great location for walking around the small lake in Hanoi."

Reviewed on 22 Jul 2020

Hilton Hanoi Opera
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Huyhomestay Hotel & Apartment
Huyhomestay Hotel & Apartment
2.5 out of 5
The price is HK$131 per night from 24 Jun to 24 Jun
Located in Hoan Kiem, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Center International Trade Fair Hanoi I.C.E and Hoa Lo Prison Museum. Hoan Kiem Lake and ...
Huyhomestay Hotel & Apartment
Calidas Landmark72 Royal Residence Hanoi
Calidas Landmark72 Royal Residence Hanoi
4.5 out of 5
This family-friendly Hanoi aparthotel is located in the business district, within 1 mi (2 km) of Keangnam Landmark Tower 72 and Vietnam National Convention Center. ...
4/5Very Good! (105 reviews)
"Excellent service and clean! I surely recommend for all to stay"

Reviewed on 23 Jan 2020

Calidas Landmark72 Royal Residence Hanoi
Carrot Haus
Carrot Haus
3 out of 5
Located in Hai Ba Trung, this apartment building is within 1 mile (2 km) of Vietnam Revolution Museum, Hanoi Opera House and Hoan Kiem Lake. Thang Long Water ...
Carrot Haus
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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