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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 years 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 challenging 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. 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

Grand Plaza Hanoi Hotel
Grand Plaza Hanoi Hotel
5 out of 5
117 Tran Duy Hung Street, Cau Giay Dist, Hanoi
The price is RM269 per night from 5 Jul to 5 Jul
Located in Trung Hoa Nhan Chinh, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Ministry of Science and Technology and Vietnam National Convention Center. Lotte ...
4/5Very Good! (382 reviews)
"Excellent location. Friendly and helpful staff. Will recommend this hotel to all. Restaurant was excellent. Great food and service. Staff arranged my transportation and trip to the Ban Gioc Waterfalls which was amazing. Overall I give them a full 5 stars."

Reviewed on 5 Apr 2020

Grand Plaza Hanoi Hotel
Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi
Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi
5 out of 5
15 Ngo Quyen Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is RM518 per night from 15 Jun to 15 Jun
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! (992 reviews)
Will come back
"Simply fantastic"

Reviewed on 20 Oct 2020

Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi
InterContinental Hanoi Westlake, an IHG Hotel
InterContinental Hanoi Westlake, an IHG Hotel
5 out of 5
5 Tu Hoa, Hanoi
The price is RM348 per night from 17 Jun to 17 Jun
Located in Quảng An, this luxury hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from West Lake and within 3 miles (5 km) of Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Hanoi Old City Gate. Hoan Kiem ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (997 reviews)
Perfect Hotel destination for business or pleasure
"Beautifully located and designed hotel with fine views over West Lake from every room. High standard, quick and efficient, from front office/reception to restaurants and room service. All staff are friendly, courteous, attentive and efficient. Nothing is too much trouble and one is always left with ..."

Reviewed on 22 Jul 2020

InterContinental Hanoi Westlake, an IHG Hotel
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.
Huyhomestay Hotel & Apartment
Huyhomestay Hotel & Apartment
2.5 out of 5
No. 41, Tuc Mac Lane, Tran Hung Dao St, Cua Nam Ward, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
The price is RM70 per night from 16 Jun to 16 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
Somerset Grand Hanoi
Somerset Grand Hanoi
4.5 out of 5
49 Hai Ba Trung Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
The price is RM282 per night from 30 Jun to 30 Jun
This family-friendly Hanoi aparthotel is located in the business district, within a 10-minute walk of Hoa Lo Prison Museum and St. Joseph's Cathedral. Hoan Kiem ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (799 reviews)
"We like the place and it’s location the staff always friendly . And their rooms are very good for longer stay ."

Reviewed on 19 Jul 2020

Somerset Grand Hanoi
Somerset West Point Hanoi
Somerset West Point Hanoi
4 out of 5
No.2 Tay Ho Road, Hanoi
The price is RM267 per night from 15 Jun to 15 Jun
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! (121 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
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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