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Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

The body of Ho Chi Minh is preserved here so people visit to see that. There are many type of restrictions by the authority here such as you need to follow the dress code, be silent and walk in straight lines. Hands must be in pocket and arms should not be crossed. Apart from that no smoking, drinking or eating.

 Location: Hùng V??ng, ?i?n Biên, Ba ?ình, Hà N?i, Vietnam.

 Highlights: The place is protected by Militiary honour guards and is a high security place. The architecture is nicely done and a lot of people visit here to pay their respects to Ho Chi Minh.

 Best time to visit: One of the best things about the mausoleum is that it stays open for 24 hours so you can visit it any time you want. Only you need to keep in mind that it stays closed on Monday and Friday so make sure to not visit it then.

Lake of the Restored Sword

The English translation of the lake name means "Lake of the Returning Sword". It has a huge historical context and is one of the oldest places in the city. One can also easily spot some soft shell turtles which swim in the lake and has been seen since years, they make a beautiful sight. The lake was also known as Luc Thuy which means Green water in English. This was the former name given to the lake because it has green water.

Location: It is located in Hanoi, which is the capital city of Vietnam and has many other tourists attractions nearby as well.

Highlights: Lake of the restored Sword is one of the most scenic spots of the city and is a major tourist attraction which is visited by hundreds of people daily.

Best time to visit: During dusk and night, the lake looks stunning as it lights up and people mostly take this as an opportunity for photographs.

Hanoi Ceramic Mosaic Mural

The Hanoi ceramic mosaic mural is a mural on the wall of the dyke system of the city of Hanoi in Vietnam. The content of the mosaic contains decorative patterns of different periods in history of Vietnam. It is a great place for all those who want to know about the culture of Vietnam.

Location: It is located in the city of Hanoi and attracts a lot of tourists and visitors.

Highlight: It has a length of about 4 km which is quite long. The place is nicely decorated and looks beautiful, this is the reason why a lot of people visit here and it is also a nice attraction for the locals here.

History: It was developed as part of the millennial anniversary of Hanoi and was considered among the major projects that were developed during that time. It was the result of a Hanoi architecture contest where an architect won a prize for transforming the dyke system of Hanoi to a ceramic mosaic.

Thap Rua Tower

The Thap Rua Tower is also famously known as the Tortoise tower. It is a small tower in the middle of Sword Lake in the city of Hanoi. Although people can't actually go to the tower, they can have a look at it from a distance.


Location: Tháp Rùa, Hàng Tr?ng, Hoàn Ki?m, Hà N?i, Vietnam.

Highlights: Since it is located in a little island, the beauty of the tower is enhanced as it is surrounded by a nice lake. This makes a good spot for photography and tourists often visit here as it has a lot of historical context.

History: The tower exists in a place which was a former fishing site under the famous king Le Thanh Tong. It was made during the time when French had conquered the city of Hanoi and most of the people in the city fled away due to fear of death.

Bat Trang Ceramic Village

Bat Trang Ceramic Village is a wonderful place where you can buy a number of handicraft and pottery goods. There are a number of gift & specialty shops available in this village that is famous for offering tea sets. The quality of the goods offered at Bat Trang Ceramic Village is amazing. This place is active in Hanoi since many years and is preferred by tourists as well. The big market area in Bat Trang Ceramic Village can be visited in order to savor some wonderful delicacies. There are tour packages that can be accessed so as to explore Bat Trang Ceramic Village at ease. You can plan a trip with your friends or family so as to enjoy this excellent market.

Bat Trang Commune, Gia Lam District, Hanoi,Vietnam

Highlights: Bat Trang Ceramic Village has a lovely ambience as the scenic beauty is quite mesmerizing.

Best time to visit: Autumn season is the perfect time to visit this place.


54 Traditions

54 Traditions is a wonderful outlet that is famous for its textile goods. The items available at 54 Traditions are worth a buy. You will experience a good cultural feed at this outlet which is quite inspiring. The amazing collection of fabric and textile materials at 54 Traditions is famous in the city of Hanoi. The local crowd admires this destination which is also a museum. You will require a patient time to explore the beauty of 54 Traditions. You will need to hire a guide in order to learn about the various products availabl at 54 Traditions. This destination is perfect for family outings if you are in Hanoi. Prefer public transport to reach this place as parking might be an issue.

Location: 30 Hang Bun, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi,Vietnam

Highlights: Do check out the cloth textiles that are prepared by Vietnamese artists.

Best time to visit: The evening time is perfect to pay a visit.

Hoa Fashion

Hoa Fashion is one of the most renowned fashion stores in Hanoi. You can access a large variety of tailored goods at this outlet. Hoa Fashion will surely impress you with its fine collection of men & women clothing. The fabric along with the tailoring methods at Hoa Fashion is very impressive. If you are searching for quality clothing & accessories then do prefer this store that is located in Tay Ho. Hoa Fashion has grown over the years and is visited by a large crowd in the city. The best part about this store is that, there is a good blend of formal as well as casual clothing at Hoa Fashion. The prices are decent and can be accessed by a major customer population.

Location: No.1 Xuan Dieu | Tay Ho, Hanoi 100000, Vietnam

Highlights: Hoa Fashion is a well managed shop with a supportive staff.

Best time to visit: Prefer the evening time before 6 PM.

Bambou Silk

Bambou Silk is a good shopping complex in Hanoi that offers a good collection of tailored clothes. You will surely admire the number of shops available in this area that offer quality items. This market is known for its suit pieces that are very classy. People from different parts of the city prefer Bambou Silk because of the fabric that is available here. You cannot park your car in this vicinity so prefer public transport for travelling. There is a good blend of casual as well as formal clothing in Bambou Silk. Tourists are also spotted at this market since the prices are too attractive. Do not miss a chance to visit Bambou Silk due to its clothing greatness.

Location: 6 Nha Chung Hoan Kiem, Hanoi, Vietnam

Highlights: Formal clothing accessories such as tie, belt, jackets etc are famous in this market.

Best time to visit: Prefer weekdays to visit this place.

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What You Should Know More About Hanoi

  • Q. 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.

  • Q. 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.

  • Q. 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.

  • Q. 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.

  • Q. Recommended reads for destination


    Vietnam Guide


    Hanoi & Northern Vietnam Handbook by David Lloyd

  • Q. 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.

  • Q. 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.

  • Q. 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

  • Q. 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.

  • Q. 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!

  • Q. 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.

  • Q. 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

  • Q. 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.

  • Q. 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

  • Q. 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.