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Vietnam Essentials

Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, is known as one of the most ancient capitals in the world. The city is located in northern Vietnam and is situated on the western banks of the river, Red River. The beauty of this city lies in its liveliness of the bustling streets where workshops and cafes all perform outdoors on roadsides.

As one explores the place on foot, the lively atmosphere along with the mouthwatering odors of cooking from the kitchens makes them stop every now and then to simply relish the atmosphere.  The natural beauty of the city can be enjoyed when one visits the Ba Vi National Park located on a mountain range and known for its rich diverse flora and fauna and also animals. It is best to visit hanoi during Autumn or Spring as the city becomes very hot and rainy in summer and cold and dry in winter months.

While exploring this French-colonial city, visitors are enchanted to see beautiful pagodas such as One-Pillar Pagoda, The Perfume Pagoda and many more, colonial buildings such as Hanoi Opera House, the Imperial Citadel, etc. and unique museums such as H?a Lò Prison Museum, Vietnam National Fine Arts Museum, Vietnam Museum of Ethnology and so on. The city also has some beautiful lakes, bridges and parks where visitors love to spend some time.

The city’s delectable cuisines such as Banh Cuon, My Van Than, Pho Chien Phong and many more are  must try while visiting the city. Seating on the roadside plastic stools sipping local beer with snacks is another experience which is unique. Visitors also love shopping for silk and handicrafts which are  famous in Hanoi. The culture of this vibrant city shows glimpses of Chinese, French and Russian influences making the city more beautiful. A vibrant nightlife with activities such as Water Puppet Show or Binh Minh’s Jazz Club also attracts tourists in a mass.

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04 February 2020
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Hanoi Airport Night Transfer was very helpful. Taxis are not easily available in the night. You will need it.
04 February 2020
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Our flight landed at 2AM in the night. Thanks to this night transfer service we were able to reach our hotel.
04 February 2020
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Amazing Experience! We were flying above the hills. The view was amazing. Wow!
04 February 2020
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We flew over Halong Bay, Tuan Chau island, Thien Cung cave, and Ga Choi islet. It was my first time in a helicopter. Good experience.
04 February 2020
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They had a lot of variety of colours. Aoi Dai suited me very well. It is very cheap also.
I planned this trip and the places here are the most romantic places also one can explore the markets and get to know about the places as we interacted. The people with us were friendly and helpful. The driver we had was really helpful and friendly with much knowledge of the places!
04 February 2020
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I had to travel for the whole day after the transfer. But i was not at all tired during the tour. The bus was very comfortable.
04 February 2020
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This is the best way to go from Hanoi to halong bay. The bus was very good and we reached very fast.
04 February 2020
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Our hotel was very far, but they delivered it at the same price. Also, I had glass objects but they did not break. Very helpful.
04 February 2020
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Excellent service. I had a lot of luggage and I was worried about how will I carry it. Hanoi Airport Luggage Service took all the responsibility.

People Also Ask About Hanoi

  1. Which month is best for Hanoi?

    The best month to visit Hanoi is the month of February when the weather is not too hot or cold. The people of Hanoi celebrate the Tet festival and Co Loa festival during this month. Hence visitors visiting during this period can enjoy the authentic cultural fiesta of the city.

    Other than February, the months of October, November,March and April are also good times to visit the city. Visiting during these months, visitors will be able to escape  the dry and cold weather of the winter season and the scorching heat with occasional rainfall with high humidity of the summer season.
  2. Is Hanoi a safe city?

    Hanoi is generally a safe city for visiting. Violent crime is a rarity but tourists should be careful to avoid petty crimes such as purse snatching, pick pocketing, or valuable theft which may occur especially if they are going around on their own in the late evening.
  3. How far is Hanoi's main city from the airport?

    The main city of Hanoi is 28km from the Noi Bai International Airport (HAN). If you are traveling by a car or taxi, the journey from the airport to the main city will take around 30 minutes. If you avail one of the several public buses that service from the airport to the city, the journey time will take between 1 to 1.5 hours.
  4. How many days are enough for a Hanoi tour?

    It is best to spend 3 days and 2 nights in Hanoi to cover all the beautiful places of attraction, enjoy the beauty of the place and participate in activities the city offers. If you reduce your trip by a day, you will not be able to cover all the must-visit places of the city  but can cover the important ones.

    A 3 day itinerary can be covering Old Quarter and North Hoan Kiem on day 1 with a water puppet show at night. On Day 2, visit Hoan Kiem Lake, the Ngoc Son Temple, French Quarter, and the Hanoi Hilton.

    You can also visit Temple of Literature, the Vietnam Army Museum, and the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Nha Tho Cathedral on day2. On Day 3 take a trip to Holong and also spend some time shopping.
  5. What is the lowest and highest temperature of Hanoi city?

    The city of Hanoi has the average highest temperature ranging between 26.1°C to 32.9°C in the month of July, making it the warmest month of the year. The average lowest temperature ranging between 19.3°C to  13.7°C is in the coldest month of January.
  6. How is the nightlife in Hanoi?

    The city of Hanoi offers many unique things to do at night-

    1. Bia Hoi Junction: Enjoy having the famous Beer Hoi (Fresh Beer)  at this junction at the centre of the Old Quarter sitting on plastic stools on the street and munching snacks such as steamed peanut and beef jerky.

    2. Water Puppet Theatre: Watch a one of a kind theater where puppets dance and slide gracefully over the water, representing stories of ancient myths and folklore at the Thang Long Puppet Theatre in the Hoan Kiem District.

    3. Binh Minh’s Jazz Club: Enjoy a jazz performance by Bina Minh,  one of the best jazz performers of Vietnam, along with other international performers.

    4. Vietnam Central Circus: Spend some enjoyable time with family at Vietnam Central Circus watching live performances of clowns, acrobats and animals. Enjoy simple fairground games within a large park in the south of the city.
  7. What is Hanoi famous for?

    Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, is widely favored by tourist for:

    1. Diverse Cultural Mix: The city has a rich diverse culture where you can find traces of multiple cultures like Chinese, Southeast Asian, and French in the roots.

    2. Natural Beauty: The city is surrounded by lush parks,  mountains, and traditional villages, and is famous for the iconic Ha Long Bay.

    3. Popular Destination: The city is full of well-preserved colonial buildings, ancient pagodas, and unique museums to be visited.

    4. Night-life: The city has a bustling nightlife with beer pubs, markets, circus, theater and many more.
  8. Is vegetarian food easily available in Hanoi? Where can I enjoy veg meals?

    Vietnamese people love vegetarian food  and the city of Hanoi has several restaurants which are bound to satisfy vegetarians with their delicious menus.

    1. Uu Dam: A three floor restaurant serving a wide variety of  vegan Vietnamese and pan-Asian food for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The place has a cosy and romantic atmosphere with options of outdoor seating. You can visit this place on any day from morning 7 am to 11 pm at night.

    2. An Phuc Vegetarian Food: The restaurant is famous for its fresh vegetarian dishes bursting with flavours  which include tofu and mock meat dishes such as vegetarian form of beefy pho. The place has a warm interior with a balcony on the second floor for open air experience. The place is open everyday from morning 9 am to evening 9 pm.

    3. Loving Hut: One of the most loved restaurants which specializes in fresh, seasonally inspired vegan meals, which includes a variety of healthy dishes suitable for all diets. The menu includes exciting mock meat dishes such as vegan chicken, vegan pork ribs and other meaty favorites with a delicious vegetarian twist. The place is open daily from 7:30 am in the morning to 10 pm at night.

    4. Buffet Chay An L?c: Enjoy a vegetarian buffet consisting of all sorts of healthy vegetarian finger food and also main dishes at this spacious family or group restaurant.  The place is open daily in the morning from 10:30 am to 2pm and again opens in the evening at 5:30 pm and closes at 9 pm.
  9. Which is the famous local cuisine in Hanoi? Which are the best places to try them?

    The famous local cuisines of Hanoi are -

    1. Cha Ca (Turmeric Fish with Dill) is a delicacy with white fish which is seasoned with garlic, ginger, turmeric, and dill. The dish is  served on a  sizzling pan with a bowl of rice noodles along with peanuts, chopped spring onions, parsley, nuoc cham sauce, and red chili slices. This dish is available at  Cha Ca Thang Long in Duong Thanh Street.

    2. Mien Xao Luon (Glass Noodles with Deep-Fried Eel) is a seafood comprising of stir-fried glass noodles served in an eel-based broth with generous toppings of crunchy eels, bean sprouts, egg, cucumber slices, fried shallots, and purple perilla. The dish is served along with a side dish of fresh herbs, shaved banana blossoms, and bean sprouts. Dong Thinh Nha Hang Mien Luon at Hoan Kiem District is a local hangout spot for this dish.

    3. Bun Thang (Rice Vermicelli with Chicken, Egg, Pork) is a flavourful broth made with 20 ingredients, including dried shrimp, squid, shrimp paste, spring onion, coriander, ginger, mushroom, beet, fish sauce, sugar candy, and vinegar. In this attractive dish, the ingredients have been  arranged to resemble a flower. A highly recommended place to have this dish is Bun Thang Ba Duc.
  10. What are the must-have romantic experiences for honeymoon couples in Hanoi?

    Some of the romantic experiences for honeymoon couples are -

    1. Make A Wish at Tran Quoc Pagoda: 
    Make a wish of relationship prosperity in the tranquil atmosphere of Tran Quoc Pagoda. Explore the different artifacts and relics inside the temple and offer food or coins for good luck and strong relationships.

    2. Enjoy A Swan boat ride at Truc Back Lake: 
    Enjoy the beautiful sunset together while riding a paddle swan boat in the Truc Bach Lake. Spend some intimate moments with your loved one in a swamp boat as you enjoy the glimpse of the villages, pagodas, and Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. After paddling enjoy having some local delights at the floating cafeteria.

    3. Walk hand in hand on Long Bien Bridge: 
    Take a walk across Long Bien Bridge where couples like to take a walk. This bridge offers an old architecture with the view of beautiful and romantic grass fields and rivers which couples love to watch. Some also prefer to hang the locks with their names on it on the bulwark of the bridge.

    4. Delight in a a  romantic splash at Halong Bay: 
    Enjoy a  romantic splash at Halong Bay, roughly translated as “the dragon descends into the sea”. Be adventurous and try squid fishing while riding a boat and waiting for a romantic dinner in the cabin.

    5. Look at the city from Lotte Tower observation deck: 
    Find romance at the height of 267 meters in the Lotte Tower observation deck. Take a “sky walk’ in the transparent glass floors overlooking the city lights at night along with your partner. Enjoy a romantic rooftop dinner to end the day.
  11. What are the different activities one can do in Hanoi?

    1. Explore Hanoi Old Quarter on foot: Get a chance to explore the Hanoi Old Quarter on foot to get a glimpse of the lifestyle of Hanoi. This fine example of  colonial architecture packed along narrow streets is always bustling with traders selling fruit and souvenirs and narrow shop houses sell delicious Vietnamese food for pennies.

    2. Watch Opera  and dance at Hanoi Opera House: Enjoy classical performances ranging from Vietnamese opera and dance performances to sketches and music concerts by world-renowned artists at Hanoi Opera House which is an elegant building set in the heart of the French Quarter.

    3. Visit Ba Vi National Park: Spend a day in natural surroundings at Ba Vi National Park, a nature reserve of stunning beauty, which is famous for its three-peaked mountain that juts steeply up into the sky and is often topped by clouds. The park has a diverse range of jungle plants and animals.

    4. Walk around Hoan Kiem Lake: Take a leisure  walk around the  Hoan Kiem Lake (Turtle Lake), a central feature of Hanoi. Enjoy relaxing views across the lake, walk over the bridge to visit Ngoc Son Temple or watch the elderly practicing Tai Chi and line dancing.

    5. Have a good time at West lake: Enjoy recreational activities at West lake, a place located in the center of the city and is surrounded by gardens, shops, hotels and villas.
  12. Travel advice

    • Before travelling to Hanoi you can rearrange your visa online, instead of waiting for long hours at the airport after you reach there.

    • Book your flights only two to three weeks before travelling to this place.

    • To travel within the city, you can book taxis, take bus rides, or ride scooter taxis if you have international license.

    • Try learning basic Vietnamese phrases for greeting, and other local words, as most of the locals do not speak English.

    • Check for currency rates and money exchange places. Also, available are international ATMs available at this city.

    • Summers have an intolerable heat, so travel to this city only during the beginning of winter.

    • Check for the type of meat used in delicacies apart from chicken, as you may or may not like it. Things like cobra blood wine or dog meat can be avoided if it does not beckon your appetite.

    • You can drink at most of the bars and small joints till 8pm, as they are known to run out of drinks post this time.

    • You can get luxury as well as mid range hotels to stay in Hanoi.

    • You have umpteen options for shopping in fashion, souvenir, and other items in Hanoi.

    • Most of the hotels and cafes are well connected with Wi-Fi networks, so you can update pictures on your social media accounts.

    • Take photographs of the locals only after asking their permission to be photographed.

  13. Drinking law

    There is no restriction to drinking age in Hanoi. Most of the clubs and bars close at midnight. Drinks and alcohol are easily available throughout Hanoi.
  14. Our Recommendations: What you can’t afford to miss?

    Museums, temples, and sightseeing

    There are many temples and museums in Hanoi. You can visit the Vietnamese Women's Museum that has information about the heroic Vietnamese women in war. Visit the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Ho Chi Minh Museum depicts all the artifacts and documents of soldiers in war, the Fine Arts Museum for its paintings and art done on prehistoric bronze drums, and many other museums depicting the history of Vietnam. The Ngoc Son Temple is picturesque and is adjoined by a lake, Bach Ma Temple, and the Hani Temple have a landscape view. You can also visit the Ba Dinh Square, and Ba Vi National Park that has bird watching and trekking sites.


    Outdoor activities and motorbike tours

    You can take cycling tours in Hanoi to explore more. You can visit Ninh Binh, Dong Hoi, Kon Tum, and many other places in day tours by cycling. You can enjoy the view of limestone cliffs and serene lakes. You can also cycle to the Old Quarter and take cooking sessions here, and enjoy the view of the lush green nature. You can take private or motor bike tours to areas nearby Hanoi and learn about the authentic Vietnamese cuisine and cooking ingredients.


    Historical and war sites, cathedrals, and cruises

    You can take the Halong Bay cruise and enjoy sightseeing caves, heritage sites, historical monuments, and visit water sports sites for kayaking and boating activities. There are many colonial buildings and citadels that you can visit in Hanoi in your day tours. You can visit the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long, which is an important site in Hanoi and also symbolizes this city. If you are not opting for a cruises, you can take day tours in rented cars and bikes and get a view of these historical and heritage sites. The Perfume Pagoda near Hanoi is one of the most sacred sites for Buddhists. The caves at this temple are said to bestow blessings to the visitors. The temple site also has clear water streams and a beautiful view. Visiting this site is said to bestow tourists with good luck.


  15. What you will like there?

    Shopping, sightseeing, and touring

    There are many places to shop for street shopping as well as shopping in malls for international brands. You can shop for artifacts, souvenirs, spices, jewelry, and any item you need at the local bazaars. Hanoi has a great drinking culture. You will find many swish bars and clubs that shut down at midnight. They stock international drink labels as well. Historical and war sites are a part of sightseeing tours in Hanoi. 


    Spa, meditation, and cooking

    There are many massage parlors in Hanoi, where you can relax and get the best of spa experiences. You can also join yoga centers and learn Buddhist yoga and meditation techniques. You can also learn to take cooking classes that teach the three course meal of the Vietnamese cuisine. You can learn about the local condiments, spices, and other ingredients used in the Vietnamese cuisine. You can enjoy cooking in the scenic view of the lush greens in areas outside Hanoi.


  16. Recommended reads for destination

    Website

    Vietnam Guide


    Books

    Hanoi & Northern Vietnam Handbook by David Lloyd


  17. When is the best time to Visit Hanoi?

    The best time to visit the place is:

    • Autumn (September to November)
    • Spring (March and April)

    During these days the temperature is milder and the weather remains pleasant throughout the day. If you are comfortable with winter and summer season then also a trip here is not a bad idea.

  18. How to reach Hanoi?

    • By Plane: Newly developed Noi Bai International Airport is the destination you need to land if you are visiting this wonderful town. Flights of several international airlines have their operations in this airport.
    • By Train: There are also train connections to the city from Beijing, Lao Cai, Nanning and more making it more convenient for the travelers to reach here. Most trains arrive at Gia Lam station which is just 5 km away from Hanoi Station.
    • By Bus: There are also bus services, crossing over China, to reach this wonderful town. There are numerous bus station or bus lines making it convenient to reach here.

    From the above locations, you will get a number of other conveyance like a cab, local bus and more to reach your destination, like hotel or so.

  19. What are the major tourist attractions in Hanoi?

    Hanoi is more than 1000 years old city with a wealth of history. Thus you will find some mind boggling monuments, temples, unique theatre, ancient citadels, startling wilderness and lots more. Along with all these, some natural beauty of nature is bound to allure you. Following are the few Attractions in Hanoi which you should consider visiting during your trip to this wonderful ancient city.

    • Imperial Citadel of Thang Long
    • Water Puppet Theatre
    • The Perfume Pagoda
    • Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum
    • Ba Vi National Park
    • Hanoi Opera House
    • Temple of Literature
    • Vietnam Museum of Ethnology
  20. What are the things to do in Hanoi?

     Well, the simple answer to this question is enjoying your holiday, following are some things to do in Hanoi:

    • There are numerous sightseeing venues which are suggested above. Plan your itinerary as per your taste and budget and go ahead with some truly exciting moments of life.
    • Enjoy delicious foods of different cuisines and do lots of shopping.
    • Nightlife is another wonderful aspect to enjoy in this part of the world.
  21. What is the local food of Hanoi? Which are the best places to taste this food?

    Believe us that if you are a foodie then you have landed at the correct place to satiate your tummy. You will find numerous varieties of food almost anywhere in the city. Street foods are something which is very famous here. Some of the popular local items you can try are

    • Pho (Noodle Soup)
    • Xoi (Sticky Rice)
    • Cha Ca (Grilled & Fried Fish with Rice Noodles)
    • Banh Mi (Baguette Sandwich)
    • Pho Cuon (Rice Noodle Rolls)

    As mentioned earlier, most of these items can be found at anywhere in the city at local food stalls. Enjoy Lip-Smacking!

  22. What is the best public transport to commute around Hanoi?

    Commutation is again not an issue in Hanoi. In simple words, you are never short of options to commute around during your trip to Hanoi.

    • For a long journey, you can opt for a taxi.
    • For shorter trips cyclos or pedicabs are the cheap and best options.
    • If you are a lone traveler then you also have the option of riding on the back of a motorbike.
    • Uber has also launched itself in the metropolis which again gives you a better option to commute across.
    • If you are comfortable then you may also try with local buses and metro.
  23. What is the local language in Hanoi and which are the most commonly used greetings?

    Majority of the population here speaks different dialects of Vietnamese. But you need not worry about this aspect as guides there will be speaking with you in your language to help you out. But still, of you wish to learn few local phrases which may help you during the journey it is definitely not a bad idea. Some of the local greetings you may use are.

    • Hello – Xin chao
    • Morning – buoi sang

    Afternoon: Buoi Chieu

    Evening: Buoi Toi

  24. Which are the best shopping places in Hanoi and what are they famous for?

    If you are a shopaholic then this is the best place for you to explore.

    • You can visit Hang Gai Street where you can find some amazing options of silk clothing.
    • Dong Xuan Market is another shopping arena which you must explore. Here you can get varieties of items like souvenirs, accessories, handicrafts and much more.
    • At Trang Tien Plaza you can get a number of luxury and designer goods.
    • Hang Bac Street, also known as Silver Street and this defines everything.

    Likewise, you will find so many places to buy something for your near and dear ones.

  25. How is the nightlife in Hanoi?

    There are so many things to enjoy in the night during your visit to Hanoi. There are numerous nightclubs and other venues where you can spend some amazing time. Some of the places you should go out to feel the nightlife of the city are as follows

    • Bia Hoi Junction,
    • The Bank Hanoi,
    • Legend Beer,
    • Hanoi Press Club,
    • Binh Minh’s Jazz Club
  26. Which are the best lakes to visit in Hanoi?

    Hanoi is also known as the city of lakes. Thus you will find a number of lakes in this wonderful town.

    • Ho Tay (West Lake) is the largest lake in the city.
    • Ho Truc Bach is another lake you should look after as it is having its own history.
    • Ho Hoan Kiem is another beautiful lake you can look forward to exploring.

    These were just a few popular names. There are so many beautiful places to explore in this regard.