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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 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 limiting 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 of North Vietnam. 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

Lavender Central Hotel & Spa
Lavender Central Hotel & Spa
3.5 out of 5
39 Hang Bac Street, Hoan Kiem Dist, Hanoi
The price is NT$1,310 per night from Aug 3 to Aug 3
Located in Hoan Kiem, this romantic hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre and Hoan Kiem Lake. Hanoi Old City Gate and St. Joseph's ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (999 reviews)
"A pleasant property. WiFi service needs to be attended to. Difficult to judge as the property was on the cusp of closing down due to the downturn associated with the Covid-19 pandemic."

Reviewed on 2020/3/26

Lavender Central Hotel & Spa
Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi
Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi
5 out of 5
15 Ngo Quyen Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
The price is NT$3,523 per night from Aug 16 to Aug 16
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! (994 reviews)
Will come back
"Simply fantastic"

Reviewed on 2020/10/20

Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi
Kegon Hotel
Kegon Hotel
4 out of 5
84 Dao Tan, Cong Vi, Ba Dinh, Hanoi
The price is NT$1,318 per night from Aug 2 to Aug 2
Located in Ba Dinh, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Australian Embassy and Lotte Center Hanoi. Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Vietnam Museum of Ethnology ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (15 reviews)
The most enjoyable stay ever :)
"Good value and everything is quite new with great staff and lot of choices of food within walking distance."

Reviewed on 2019/10/19

Kegon 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.
Kegon Hotel
Kegon Hotel
4 out of 5
84 Dao Tan, Cong Vi, Ba Dinh, Hanoi
The price is NT$1,318 per night from Aug 2 to Aug 2
Located in Ba Dinh, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Australian Embassy and Lotte Center Hanoi. Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Vietnam Museum of Ethnology ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (15 reviews)
The most enjoyable stay ever :)
"Good value and everything is quite new with great staff and lot of choices of food within walking distance."

Reviewed on 2019/10/19

Kegon Hotel
Oakwood Residence Hanoi
Oakwood Residence Hanoi
3.5 out of 5
No.17, Lane 35, Dang Thai Mai Street, Hanoi
The price is NT$1,519 per night from Aug 8 to Aug 8
Located in Quảng An, this aparthotel is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from West Lake and within 3 mi (5 km) of Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Hanoi Old City Gate. One Pillar Pagoda ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (20 reviews)
"This was my third time staying at The Oakwood Residence Hanoi and again had a very pleasant time. Excellent service from all staff. Needles to say rooms are also excellent."

Reviewed on 2021/7/27

Oakwood Residence Hanoi
Elegant Suites Westlake
Elegant Suites Westlake
5 out of 5
10B Dang Thai Mai Street, Tay Ho District, Hanoi
The price is NT$2,018 per night from Sep 1 to Sep 1
Located in Quảng An, this luxury aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of West Lake and Syrena Shopping Center. Tran Quoc Pagoda and Presidential Palace are ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (497 reviews)
"Good quality, clean, comfortable, good location, friendly staff"

Reviewed on 2021/4/24

Elegant Suites Westlake
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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