Hanoi - Colourful palette of life!

As the heart of a country, Hanoi, the thousand-year-old capital, is Vietnam’s cultural, social, political and economic centre. During over 1000-year existed, Hanoi not only stands for long-lasting history but also is a typical icon of cross-cultural interference in Vietnam. As it can be said, Hanoi is a perfect blend of both traditional and modern vibe, of both French and Asian culture. Just spend time exploring Hanoi and you will know how life’s happening here and know more about our country’s development!

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Private Hanoi city tour full day

Private Hanoi city tour full day

1 day from $52 pp

This Hanoi sightseeing full day tour will help us to discover all the hightlights of the city –the unique Asian city with tree-lined boulevards, French colonial architecture, peaceful lakes and oriental pagodas and temples. Furthermore you also have time to enjoy the peaceful city and know more...

1 day
Hanoi
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Hanoi private motorbike tour

Hanoi private motorbike tour

1 day from $57 pp

If you would like to visit Hanoi city as well as interested in adventure, this Motorbike City Tours is the best choice. You could have chance to see not only the famous landmarks, but get a glimpse of the hidden gems and authentic lifestyle of Hanoi’s locals. Our tours take you off the beaten...

1 day
Hanoi
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Private Van Long Nature Reserve day trip

Private Van Long Nature Reserve day trip

1 day from $59 pp

If you are looking for a place where you can admire the beautiful nature without interrupting, Van Long Nature reserve is an excellent option for you which is still primitive and fully untouched. Van Long - the "Preserved Nature Area" is the home of many different kind of wildlife animals, you...

1 day
Hanoi → Ninh Binh
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Luxury Ha Long Bay one day tour

Luxury Ha Long Bay one day tour

1 day from $79 pp

Experience majestic Halong Bay in one day from Hanoi, you will have chance to immerse incredible scenery of limestone karst formations and cruising at leisure across some of the most hidden and unspoilt routes of the bay. You will also get an opportunity to discover most popular attractions on Ha...

1 day
Hanoi → Halong Bay → Hanoi
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One day trip to Bai Tu Long Bay

One day trip to Bai Tu Long Bay

1 day from $56 pp

This day tour to Bai Tu Long Bay will offers us to get “off the beaten track” with a rich biodiversity. The most attraction in Bay Tu Long Bay are Vung Vieng fishing village and amazing Thien Canh Son cave. We will also have chance to enjoy the natural beauty of the Bay and experience kayaking...

1 day
Hanoi → Bai Tu Long bay → Hanoi
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Unique Hoa Lu-Trang An Grottoes day tour

Unique Hoa Lu-Trang An Grottoes day tour

1 day from $63 pp

If you’re looking for an escape from the bustling streets of Hanoi, a day trip to explore the outstanding natural beauty and historical significance of northern Ninh Binh Province will be a perfect choice. In the ancient capital of Hoa Lu, you’ll have a great time to visit the dilapidated ruins...

1 day
Hanoi → Ninh Binh → Hanoi
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Peaceful Mai Chau Valley

Peaceful Mai Chau Valley

2 days from $141 pp

The 2-day Mai Chau tour was designed to bring you the authentic experience of ethnic minority and untouched nature. You will definitely be blown away by the lush terraced rice fields, mighty mountains range, dense canopy of branches and leaves flickering in the wind and the friendliness of locals....

2 days
Hanoi → Mai Chau → Hanoi
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Ha Long Bay Discovery 2 days 1 night

Ha Long Bay Discovery 2 days 1 night

2 days from $128 pp

Created from over 1,900 islets with pristine beaches, limestone caves, inland lakes, and floating villages, Halong Bay is destined to be the most must-visit destination when tourists come to Vietnam. On this 2 day 1 night tour, you will have a great chance to explore Halong Bay on a overnight...

2 days
Hanoi → Halong Bay → Hanoi
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Discover the authentic Mai Chau & Pu Luong

Discover the authentic Mai Chau & Pu Luong

3 days from $317 pp

Looking for a short trip to escape from the stress of daily life? The 3 day trip to Mai Chau & Pu Luong - A perfect hideaway from the busy life in modern city awaits you. A short drive from Hanoi and we will be absolutely blown away by the breathtaking scenery along the road, from the wide mountain...

3 days
Hanoi → Mai Chau → Pu Luong → Ninh Binh → Hanoi
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Discover the ethnic life in Mai Chau

Discover the ethnic life in Mai Chau

3 days from $189 pp

Designed to bring travellers a short break from the busy and crowded cities, our 3 day tour to Mai Chau will definitely blow you away. Coming to Mai Chau, travelers will have a chance to participate in many authentic ethnic experiences: walking around the local ethnic villages, staying in stilt...

3 days
Hanoi → Mai Chau → Hanoi
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The authentic & unique experiences in Hanoi you can expect

Hanoi travel guide information

Hanoi Quick Facts

Location: situated in Vietnam's Red River delta, Northern Vietnam

Status: Vietnam's capital

Nearly 90 km (56 mi) away from the coastal area

Area: 3,328.9 km2 (1,292 sq mi)

Featuring the typical climate of northern Vietnam, humid subtropical climate with four distinct seasons

The average annual temperature is 28.5 °C, with a relative humidity of 79%

Population approximately 7.782 million people (calculating to 2018)

Owning the long-lasting history, characteristic tradition and culture, vibrant daily life and savoury food’s paradise

Best time to visit Hanoi, vietnam

The best time to travel to Hanoi is from late August to November. At this time, the rainy season in Hanoi almost ends, the sky is clear and the climate is great with fresh air and bright sunlight. Alternatively, travelling to Hanoi from late February to mid-May is also a good option with pleasant average temperature, pretty dry and cool weather.

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Best things to do in Hanoi, vietnam

"Explore Hanoi Old Quarter"

Perhaps the first thing whenever thinking about Hanoi is the image of busy streets in the Old Quarter.  Narrow, bustling, noisy but lively and dynamic, all of them have become a part of daily life here. To fully explore the Old Quarter, prepare your feet for a day of walking the journey and taking in the locals' daily life with the old-style narrow streets and ancient houses, the colourful souvenir shops, the bustling train street and of course trying some of the delicious local food. You can choose a cyclo-riding trip to save time and energy instead of wandering around the streets. And if you are looking for something really different, don’t forget to have an early wake-up, you will see Old Quarter totally in contrast: peaceful, idyllic, almost empty and quiet. Hanoi Old Quarter always has its charm in more aspects than you expect, trust me!

"Visit numerous iconic places in Hanoi"

The first thing that you should not miss when you’re in Hanoi is iconic historical places here, which helps you thoroughly understand how Hanoi and our country has existed and developed. There are Imperial Citadel of Thang Long, Temple of Literature, Hoan Kiem Lake, One Pillar Pagoda, etc, which represent a feudal era in Hanoi. There are Long Bien Bridge, St. Joseph's Cathedral, Hanoi Opera House standing for the late modern period in Vietnam which is strongly impacted by French Colonial Style during colonization in the late 19th and early 20th Century while Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Hanoi Ceramic Mosaic Mural are two outstanding constructions among symbols for the contemporary period. All these places will bring to you a complete overview of the development of Vietnam history.

"Street Foodie Tour"

If you want to explore and experience about each region that you’ll pass in a thorough way, let enjoy street food there, this will bring you interesting surprises, and Hanoi is also not an exception. Here is a truly wonderful place with a variety of street food, which is served in many restaurants from simple to delicate, in mobile ones and even on the pavement as well as on the road. That might be crazy but it is the way that life’s happening here, which brings to the tourist a feeling full of joy and excitement when they’re travelling to Hanoi. Having a bowl of Pho, trying authentic Hanoi egg coffee for the first time and cheering with your travel partners at beer street in the evening, that would be awesome memories that you cannot forget in Vietnam!

"Stay in Hanoi in the weekend"

If you’re afraid of crossing the roads in Hanoi whenever you’re out, it will not be your bother if you stay here in the weekend. Walking Street is opened and available every weekend from Friday until Sunday’s night, which includes entire main roads around Hoan Kiem Lake and several nearby streets. Here is place happening almost everything, purchasing, exercising, entertaining, photography, etc, which is really dynamic and full of energy. Also, you will see another Hanoi a little bit more peaceful at the weekend: less hectic, less busy and less crowded traffic. Take a visit to West Lake or several ancient temples and pagodas, or just simply wake up early and wander around streets in the early morning, especially in the weekend, you will find yourself a totally different Hanoi with a sensational touch of chill.

"Traditional shows in Hanoi "

There are numerous cultural shows in Hanoi which are open to tourists, and the most outstanding among them are Water Puppet show, Ca Tru show, My Village show. While Water Puppet Show is almost open every day, Ca Tru Show and My Village Show is only available on specific dates. Each one is a story-teller possessing special features which help guests have more clear comprehension about Vietnamese tradition, custom and culture through music and the way artisans convey performance's meaning to the audience. If you’re passengers having an interest in the local culture, music and art are among the easiest ways that help you to know more about Hanoi and about Vietnam. 

Top Vietnam Food in Hanoi, vietnam

"Pho"

It is undoubted to say that Pho is one of the most iconic things when you think about Vietnam in general and Hanoi in particular. Its features are even so symbolic that it is defined as an individual word in the Oxford Dictionary. Pho is an authentic Vietnamese noodle soup consisting of broth (which is well-cooked and simmered from animal bones), rice noodles, herbs, and meat, which can be either beef or chicken, then topped with green onions above. Pho in Hanoi is typical Northern-style pho which is served hot with pepper slices, pickled garlic, lime wedges, chilli sauce and fried bread sticks. As a favourite dish for breakfast, lunch, dinner or even night meals, Pho has become a part of Vietnamese daily life as common sense.

"Cha Ca (Grilled Fish with Dill and Turmeric)"

As a distinctive Hanoi delicacy, Cha Ca is definitely one of the most renowned specialities that you must eat in Hanoi. Fresh fish will be cut into pieces then seasoned and grilled before being served with dill, chopped spring onions on a sizzling pan and other popular side dishes. Each bite of the aromatic grilled fish perfectly seasoned with spice combines with rice vermicelli dipped in the tasty sauce and the fresh herbs is a truly delicious explosion of flavours. There is even a street in Old Quarter named after this dish, which proves its popularity in Hanoi.

"Bun cha (Grilled Pork with Rice Vermicelli)"

Buncha is a familiar dish in Northern Vietnam that should not be missed if you’re travelling in Hanoi. The pork will be served with a plate of rice vermicelli, fresh vegetables such as lettuce, parsley and basil and a bowl of typical Vietnam dipping sauce, which is made of fish sauce mixed with vinegar, lime, sugar, garlic and chilli. The incredible taste of the grilled pork: meaty, juicy and slightly fatty, the flavour of fresh vegetables mixed with sweet and sour dipping sauce and rice vermicelli create a stunning harmony of taste inside your mouth. A definitely local, authentic and delicious dish you must try in Hanoi!

"Egg Coffee – Authentic Hanoi Coffee"

As a signature fusion recipe of a Hanoian, egg coffee nowadays has become a special part of Coffee in Hanoi. This is a combination of original coffee with a whipped mixture of egg yolk, milk and sugar. You cannot forget the special taste of the fatty and creamy taste of whipped egg yolk mixed with the slight bitterness and pleasant smell of coffee. What a distinctive fusion that you will never have a chance to savour anywhere!

"Salted or sugared dry fruits (O Mai)"

O Mai is a traditional snack of Hanoi, which is pre-processed fruits mixed with seasoning to obtain a harmonious flavour of sweet, sour, salty, and spicy. After being washed and preprocessed, depending on different types of O Mai, fresh fruits will be seasoned in special ratio then pickled, stirred, dried or steamed. Hanoians normally give O Mai to their friends and relatives as a gift. You can find numerous of shops providing O Mai abundantly along Hang Duong Street. 

Top accomomodation to stay in Hanoi, vietnam

HANOI 3 - STAR

Bonsella Hotel

Bonsella Hotel is located in a great spot in Hanoi, quiet place but close to Hoan Kiem Lake. What makes Bonsella impressive to tourists is its impeccable customer service, well-equipped facilities as well as informative and helpful staff. Accessible to reach the walking street in the weekend and explore Old Quarter, Bonsella is one of the top recommended hotels in Hanoi. 

Gondola Hotel & Spa

Nestled in a small street, only a hundred metres from Hoan Kiem Lake with many stores, coffee shops, restaurants nearby, Gondola is a top choice for budget 3-star Hotel in Hanoi with reasonable price, warm and cosy atmosphere, well- decorated rooms and friendly staff as well. A great hotel offering great value for you in Hanoi! 

Hanoi Antique Legend Hotel

Just a few steps from Hoan Kiem Lake and other major attractions in Hanoi Old Quarter, Hanoi Antique Legend Hotel is an ideal option for you in Hanoi by its lovely decoration, cosy atmosphere and excellent service. Attentive and smiling staff will ensure your stay here will be the most comfortable in every single moment.

HANOI 4 - STAR
Tirant Hotel

Located in the Old Quarter, Tirant is a great option with a reasonable price for a deluxe hotel in Hanoi. The hotel is very clean, well- accommodated and easily accessible to reach Hoan Kiem Lake and other main attractions. Another highlight of Tirant is its rooftop restaurant and sky bar affording great views of the old town area, which is really shining and colourful at night.

Allure Hotel 

As a brand-new Hotel from late 2017, Allure Hotel is a great 4-star hotel with 39 comfy and well-decorated rooms, where offer you a specially pampered experience as well as a memorable visit to Hanoi right from the first step you come in. Situated in Dao Duy Tu Street which is in the city centre, Allure is a wonderful place where you feel home and can relax after spending your day in Hanoi’s busy streets.

La Siesta Hotel Collection 

Managed by Elegance Hospitality Group, a leading hospitality group in Hanoi Old Quarter, La Siesta Hotel Collection is proudly famous for its completely superb service from the beginning till the end. La Siesta’s reputation has been proved by its very high-ranked in TripAdvisor, which is qualified as among top-notch hotels in Hanoi in many consecutive years.

HANOI 5 – STAR
Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi Hotel

The most historic grand hotel in Hanoi with one-hundred-year existed, top-notch luxurious accommodation, unparalleled customer service, truly noble stay and finest dining and recreation, etc, perhaps words cannot show all the best of Sofitel Legend Metropole until you have a stay in this renowned hotel. Deserved to become the best of the best high-class accommodation so far, Sofitel Legend Metropole is a definitely must stay that worths every penny in Hanoi! 

Hotel de L’Opera Hanoi – Mgallery by Sofitel

With a prime location which is just a few steps to Hoan Kiem Lake, Old Quarter and Hanoi Opera House, Hotel de L’Opera Hanoi is a 5-star boutique hotel whose design has been inspired from French colonial architecture and operatic interior. Possessing outstanding features of old-age but holding classic and luxurious vibe, Hotel de L’Opera Hanoi is recommended among Hanoi high-end boutique accommodations.

Apricot Hotel

Having a great location on Hang Trong Street which overlooks to a part of Hoan Kiem Lake, Apricot Hotel is an ideal destination for your journey in Hanoi. With neo-classic design and old-world charm, perfect in any details as well as friendly and attentive staff, Apricot promisingly brings to any stay a truly intimate atmosphere. A good choice among luxury hotels in Hanoi!


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