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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 as part of Vietnam trips packages. 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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Hanoi FAQ's

What are the best things to 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.

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.

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.

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.

What are the best things to do in Hanoi for couples?

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 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.

Hanoi Reviews

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Pooja Gandhi
Reviewed: 14 Mar 2024
5.0/5
Overall experience was very nice. Thank you Thrillophila for such wonderful experience 
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Yashaswini Varsha
Reviewed: 07 May 2024
4.0/5
Trip was very well  organised. Especially the on ground support was great and flexible as per requirement. My only suggestion is that few more activities could have been included in our day packages to Ninh Binh and Halong bay. In Ninh Binhn we were not given much choice to take in the beauty of cou... Read More
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Raj Tilak Bharali
Reviewed: 10 Jun 2023
5.0/5
One of the most memorable solo trip in recent times. Angkor Wat temple tour was the biggest highlight of this trip. Our guide was great and had a good knowledge about Cambodian history. Food was good and really cheap. Night markets in Phnom Penh and the Pub street in Siem Reap were really great plac... Read More
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Mohit Benadikar
Reviewed: 21 Feb 2023
5.0/5
At first, after reading lot of google reviews and YouTube videos  I was skeptical whether to book via thrillophilia. But trust me, this was the best decision I made. Everything was arranged fabulously. All the airport pick up and and drops were always on time. Had zero issues with hotel checkin and ... Read More
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Girisha Sinha
Reviewed: 08 Jun 2023
5.0/5
Such a nice experience. Thank you Thrillophilia for this amazing trip. Thank you Vaibhaw for the customised itinerary and arrangements. Thank you Vishal for all the support throughout the trip. Will plan our next trip with Thrillophilia only. Highly recommended. 
Girisha Sinha
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Abhishek Pandit
Reviewed: 31 Mar 2024
5.0/5
I liked the group. All the places were covered in the tour as mentioned in the iternary.
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