Hanoi Travel Guide
Name - Hanoi
Area - 3,359 sq. km. (1,297 sq. mi)
Population – 8,053,663
Language - Northern Vietnamese
State: National Capital Territory
Currency - VND (Vietnamese Dong)
Time zone - Indochina Time (GMT+7)
Religions and Beliefs - Vietnamese Folk Religion, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Christianity, Catholicism, Islam
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Hanoi is the capital of Socialist Republic of Vietnam since 1976. Situated in northern Vietnam on the western bank of the Red River, this has forever been an important administrative center. It is one of the primary commercial centers since 1954 as well as the communication center for other major Vietnamese cities. Unfortunately, foreign aggression and civil war had destroyed centuries-old palaces and monuments but places like Imperial Citadel of Thang Long, Water Puppet Theatre, Hoan Kiem Lake, Temple of Literature, Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum are some of the popular attractions for Hanoi travel.
1. Hanoi Old Town Quarter
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2. Hoan Kiem Lake
3. Temple of Literature
4. Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum
5. Vietnam Museum of Ethnology
6. Hoa Lo Prison Museum
7. Water Puppet Theatre
8. Military History Museum
9. Fine Art Museum
10. Imperial Citadel
Strolling through the streets of this ancient city, Hanoi Old Town Quarter will take you back to the history of about one thousand years. In your Hanoi travel, one of the most well-known landmarks in Hanoi is Hoan Kiem Lake that also has the Ngoc Son Temple, which plays an important role in the citizens’ social life. The Temple of Literature, the first national university, incredibly peaceful and serene, will take you back to 11th century where philosophy of Confucianism and literature were taught. To find out more about history of the Vietnamese Revolution, visit Ho Chi Minh Museum.
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From December to around February, the temperature can go down to about 10 degree Celsius. The humidity and wind chill makes it a difficult time to tour around the city. April and May are great when the temperature is consistently above 20℃ (68℉) but you can experience some drizzle every now and then. June, July and August are the hottest months, when the temperature crosses 40℃ (104℉). It is also officially the rainy season. For your Hanoi travel, October to December seems to be the ideal time to visit when it is a sunny and drier fall season. Umbrella is a must to pack along with cotton clothes.
Best Time to Visit Hanoi - October to December
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1. Cha Ca (Turmeric Fish with Dill)
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2. Mien Xao Luon (Glass Noodles with Deep-Fried Eel)
3. Bun Thang (Rice Vermicelli with Chicken, Egg, Pork)
Hanoi local dishes are inexpensive but tasty treats. While on your stroll through the Old Quarter, do not miss out on Cha Ca which is a delicacy of white fish seasoned with garlic, ginger, and turmeric. Mien Xao Luon is a must for sea food lovers which are an eel-based broth. Bun Thang is ideal for both lunch and dinner and is made with 20 ingredients. Banh cuon (Rolled Cake), Banh Goi (Fried Dumplings), Xoi Xeo (Sweet Sticky Rice) and Pho Xao (Stir-Fried Pho) are some of the suggested street foods you cannot miss in Hanoi travel.
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Address - 6 Ngõ Hội Vũ, Hà Nội, Vietnam
♦ 1. The Hanoi Social Club
The hip and trendy socialites of Hanoi frequent the place and have excellent Mediterranean cuisine to vegetarian options.
Address - 132 Hùng Vương, Thành phố Hội An, Quảng Nam, 560000, Vietnam
♦ 2. Red Bean Restaurant
A small walk from the Hanoi’s Old Quarter, this is one of the places to find Vietnamese cuisine in a high-end setting. Do not miss the bún chả and phở along with your favorite cocktails.
Address - 33 Phố Lệ Mật, Phố Lệ Mật, Hà Nội, Vietnam
♦ 3. The Hung Snake Restaurant
If you dare to find out what snake tastes like, try the snake sautéed, fried, steamed or even boiled in porridge.
15-minute walk of Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre, Hanoi Old City Gate, the hotels like Hanoi La Siesta Hotel Trend, Hanoi Royal Palace Hotel 2, Hanoi Marvellous Hotel & Spa are preferred stay options during Hanoi travel. They offer free Wi-Fi with other facilities and is a perfect choice for international tourists, business travelers and big group travelers. It is close to the major attractions like Japanese Bridge, Tay Ho, Old Quarter and others. It is easy to get the cyclos and motor bikes from the heart of the city center, making it easier for tourists to roam around.
Where to Stay in Hanoi - 80% Tourists Stay near Hanoi Old Quarter
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The best way to roam around the city is by taxi. The starting price for a taxi is about VND 10,000 (USD 0.4) and VND 12,000 (USD 0.5) and then at VND 4,000 (USD 0.2) to VND 6,500 (USD 0.3) per kilometer. Motorcycle taxis and pedicabs are a cheaper way for short trips. Motorcycle Taxis takes about 20,000 -30,000 Dong (0.9 – 1.3 USD) per 2 km. Cyclo costs as little as VND 20,000 (USD 0.9) for short ride. The standard ticket for public bus is priced between VND 5,000 (USD 0.2) and VND 10,000 (USD 0.4).
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Address: Hang Gai Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
♦ 1. Hang Gai Street
This is the best place to get some fashionable silk items.
Address: Hang Dao Street, Old Quarter, Hanoi
♦ 2. Hanoi Weekend Night Market
Bustling gathering of stalls, this is the place only open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 8 am to 11pm. There is a row of shops that starts from Hang Dao Street and goes till the edge of Dong Xuan Market selling souvenirs to local foods. This is an exciting place to explore.
Address: Dong Xuan Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
♦ 3. Dong Xuan Market
It is the largest market in Hanoi and has an imposing Soviet-style building. The four floors offer sale on various products from fabric to Vietnamese conical hat.
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- Last updated on Feb. 20, 2023 by Kate Liu -