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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

Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi
Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi
5 out of 5
15 Ngo Quyen Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
The price is HK$977 per night from 21 Mar to 22 Mar

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 20 Oct 2020

Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi
OYO 411 Van Nam Hotel
OYO 411 Van Nam Hotel
2 out of 5
The price is HK$59 per night from 5 Mar to 6 Mar

Located in Mỹ Đình, this hotel is 0.3 mi (0.4 km) from Vietnam University of Commerce and within 3 miles (5 km) of My Dinh National Stadium and Vietnam Museum ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (3 reviews)

"Phòng rộng, yên tĩnh, bạn nhân viên nhẹ nhàng, nhiệt tình."…"

Reviewed on 27 Jan 2021

OYO 411 Van Nam Hotel
JW Marriott Hotel Hanoi
JW Marriott Hotel Hanoi
5 out of 5
The price is HK$910 per night from 13 Mar to 14 Mar

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! (412 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
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.
Stay Dao Tan Hotel
Stay Dao Tan Hotel
3.5 out of 5
The price is HK$169 per night from 6 Mar to 7 Mar

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
Somerset West Point Hanoi
Somerset West Point Hanoi
4 out of 5
The price is HK$543 per night from 5 Mar to 6 Mar

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 29 Aug 2019

Somerset West Point Hanoi
Reiwa Inn Apartment
Reiwa Inn Apartment
3.5 out of 5
The price is HK$444 per night from 6 Mar to 7 Mar

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

4.5/5Wonderful! (8 reviews)

"周辺の同じ価格帯のホテルと比べて部屋が広い。"…"

Reviewed on 3 Jan 2021

Reiwa Inn Apartment
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

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Top Destination

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3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

10 Mar 2020

Hanoi is an old city, don't expect clean roads or posh buildings it's not that type of city. Expect to sit on plastic chairs and eat in places that at home you wouldn't go near but you need to because the food is amazing. Train street was frustrating

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

22 Feb 2020

Take great care crossing roads. Green man means nothing and scooters go in all directions.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

14 Feb 2020

Once you get used to navigating the lack of pavement/ traffic situation this is a lovely city worth exploring.

3/5 - Okay

AJF

6 Feb 2020

Good for food, spas and souvenirs.

4/5 - Good

Jeffrey

5 Feb 2020

Very busy with scooters made walking anywhere stressful.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

1 Feb 2020

Totally mad but once you get the hang of crossing the road it is all amazing fun and such a great place to explore with great food and friendly people