Travel Hanoi is famous for many beautiful sightseeing places, fresh and cool climate suitable for activities of sightseeing and entertainment and relaxing.

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Transport service is enthusiastic and convenient with taxi, motor-taxi, public buses, train and private transfers. You can easily rent private car or motorbike with reasonable price. Accommodation is quite cheap and plentiful with a variety of room choices. Foods are delicious and fresh. The people are elegant and civilized. Hanoi is not only famous for its beautiful landscapes and delicious foods, the Hanoi people also have their own distinctive characters, which are charm, elegance and sophistication in every speech and gesture. That is why you should Travel Hanoi at least once in your lifetime and share your travel experience in Hanoi to others to provide the most complete information for a perfect trip to Hanoi.

Hanoi Tours Expert would like to introduce the most comprehensive travel guide of Hanoi city with famous tourist attractions, best cuisines to help you explore and travel Hanoi like locals.

Hanoi is a capital of thousand years of civilization with ancient relics, peaceful life. If you have been traveling to Hanoi, you can certainly not forget the typical atmosphere here, with Sword Lake, West Lake, cafes, small streets and street vendors. Hanoi is beautiful year round but the most beautiful time is probably in the Autumn from August to November.

As the capital of the country, there are daily flights from other cities to Hanoi. You can refer to the fares of airlines such as Jetstar Pacific, Vietjet Air or Vietnam Airlines. Noi Bai Airport is about 30km from the city center. You can rent a taxi about 15 usd / trip or airport bus 2,5 usd / trip or take public bus (lines 17, 07 and 86 to city center). But ask price before going to avoid being overcharged.


Travel Hanoi – Things to do and places to visit

Guides for Travel Hanoi with attractions, activities in the center of Hanoi

Center of Hanoi is very populated as well as a lot things to do and see. You can walk from this place to the other or you can also travel by taxi or local bus. Sightseeing free is around 1 to 2 usd / person.

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1. Hoan Kiem Lake

The special geographical feature of Hanoi is that the city contains many lakes and the city is surrounded by big rivers. Hoan Kiem Lake is located in the heart of the city with an ancient turtle tower lying on a small island in the middle of the lake. Next to Hoan Kiem Lake are impressive buildings and valuable treasures of the city.

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2. One Pillar Pagoda

Hanoi is the religious center of Vietnam and Buddhist in particularly so in the city has many temples and pagodas with hundreds of years old. The most famous is the One Pillar Pagoda, built in 1049 and restored in 1948. Which is said to be the most unique lotus flower shaped pagoda in Vietnam. It is also a must visit destination when travel Hanoi.

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3. Temple of Literature

Temple of literature is the first university in Vietnam, built in 1070. Today, Temple of literature has become a popular destination of Travel Hanoi, the place of awarding merit to students who have excellent study achievement. The students before the exam often come here to pray for good lucks. The place is recognized by UNESCO as World Document Heritage.

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4. Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

Travel Hanoi can not be missed the political center of Vietnam with the National Assembly, the Presidential Palace, the historic Ba Dinh Square where Uncle Ho read the declaration of Independence of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam on 2nd September 1945. The Mausoleum is the place where his body is located and kept. Visitors are obliged to comply with requirements such as dress code, and keep order in the mausoleum.

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5. Ho Chi Minh House

Behind the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is a modest house on stilts, where President Ho Chi Minh lived in the 1960s. The stilted house resembles a traditional country house, lush garden as well as carp pond. This monumental complex also houses the Presidential Palace, which was built for the Governor of France during the colonial period in the early 1900s. Today the building is used to host important international delegations and not open to the public on sightseeing.

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6. West Lake

West Lake is the largest lake in Hanoi. You can do cycling or rent a water bike around the West Lake. The best time to get to this place is at sunset tim. Beside the West Lake is the ancient village of Nghi Tam, which still preserves bonsai works. Nghi Tam also known as flower village, every spring this village will be filled with fresh flowers. Near West Lake area also Ngu Xa village with bronze casting tradition, Yen Phu village with incense making, are all places to visit when travel Hanoi.

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7. Tran Quoc Pagoda

Tran Quoc pagoda is located on the east of the West Lake, built from the reign of King Ly Nam De. Being the oldest pagoda in Hanoi and one of the biggest ones in Northern Vietnam, this place is listed in all tours of city. In the temple today also preserves many objects of cultural and historical values. The pagoda is an attractive destination of Travel Hanoi, attracting many Buddhists and visitors to visit.

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8. Quan Thanh Temple

Located nearly the West Lake, The temple was built in 1010 under the reign of King Ly Thai To after moving the capital to Thang Long (former name of Hanoi). Quan Thanh temple is one of the four sacred temples in Hanoi, located at each direction of the Ancient Thang Long citadel, including Quan Thanh Temple in the North, Bach Ma Temple in the East, Kim Lien Temple in South and Voi Phuc Temple in the West. The temple today still remains many valuable relics such as black bronze statue.

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9. Saint Joseph Cathedral

Located at 40 Nha Chung street, which was built about 120 years ago. The architecture with domes of the cathedral follows the Gothic style and design of Paris Cathedral. It is 64.5m in length, 20.5m in width with two bell towers of 31.5m-height. Though the appearance of the cathedral, from the doors, the colorful window glass, to the religious paintings for decoration follows Western style, the main interior part is decorated in Vietnamese way with two typical colors yellow and red.

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10. Hanoi Old Quarter

The most famous highlight of Travel Hanoi is the Old Quarter or Hanoi 36 streets with old houses and narrow streets still retain their appearance since the 19th century or even earlier. You can wander all day on the old streets, explore the peaceful and the hidden charms of Hanoi. Go to this place you can feel the beauty of Hanoi people. Hanoi Old Quarter is located side by side with Hoan Kiem Lake and offers plenty of shopping and taking photos opportunities.

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11. Water Puppet Show

Travel Hanoi, one of the many destinations not to be missed by many domestic and international tourists is Thang Long Puppet Theater, near Hoan Kiem Lake. The puppet performs on the water and is controlled by artisans behind the curtain. The stories in the water puppet show clearly the life and culture of the Vietnamese. The water puppet show is highly recommended. One show lasts nearly an hour and start from 15h30 every day. Price for ticket is 60,000 VND and 100,000 VND.

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12. Ngoc Son Temple

Ngoc Son Temple is a temple located on Ngoc Island of Hoan Kiem Lake, Hanoi. Ngoc Son Temple is a highlight of Hoan Kiem Lake. The temple was built on the foundation of the Khanh Thuy Palace, built by the emperor Trinh Giang (XVII century) in the ancient land called Ngoc Island, where the princesses came to worship in the summer.

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13. Hanoi Night Market

Held every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Hanoi Weekend Night Market is a busy, bustling gathering of roadside stalls and local food vendors that brings huge crowds of locals and tourists. It runs through the Old Quarter district from 19:00 onwards, starting from Hang Dao Street and running north to the edge of Dong Xuan Market. Pedestrian streets and historical sites within the area are illuminated with decorative lights, making this a popular spot for travelling photographers.

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14. Hanoi Opera House

The building was built by the French in 1901 and completed in 1911. This is one of the famous sightseeing places in the capital city. Sitting on the porch of the grand theaters at night, listening to music and eating Trang Tien ice cream will fascinate you. In order to explore the Opera House you should book tour costs about 20$ / person, including being introduced about the history, valuable art works and historical objects and attending a performance.

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15. Hanoi Train Station

Hanoi Train Station has many alternate names – Tran Quy Cap, Hang Co or Le Duan Train Station (since this place use to be grass selling area for horse). It was established in 1902 by the French Colonial, originally to serve the French Government in transporting coal and other minerals to Haiphong port, and from there to deliver to France. After 1945, the station became the place to transfer soldiers to the South. In 1976, Hanoi Train Station was rebuilt the last time.

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16. The Ceramic Road

Spanning almost 4km along the Song Hong dyke, from its terminus at the Long Bien Bridge, this ceramic mosaic mural project was commenced in 2007 and completed in 2010 for Hanoi’s 1000th-birthday celebrations. Made from ceramics produced at nearby Bat Trang, the colourful mural depicts different periods in Vietnam’s history and is the combined work of many local and international artists. It retains its Guinness World Record for being the largest ceramic mosaic on the planet.

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17. Government Guest House

Government Guest House – No. 12 Ngo Quyen, formerly Palace of Tonkin (under the French rules, Vietnam geographically divided into Tonkin (North), An Nam (Center) and Cochinchin (South). After the revolution of August 1945, this house was the Palace of North of Vietnam – the seat of the Government of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam, where President Ho Chi Minh worked from August 1945 to 1946. Now it becomes one of the places where brides and grooms take their wedding photos.

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18. Hang Dau Water Tower

Hang Dau water tower is a construction built in 1894 by French to supply water for the city – often mistakenly referred to as Hang Dau Fortress, lying Old Quarter and Hang Dau flower garden. It was repaired on the occasion of 1,000 years of Thang Long – Hanoi. It is not using as its original function but as a historical relic.

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19. The Statue of Ly Thai To

The Statue of Ly Thai To is located in Chi Linh Flower Garden (another name of Ly Thai To Flower Garden) – the founder of Thang Long city (Hanoi today). Ly Thai To is the first king of the Ly dynasty, he transferred the capital from Hoa Lu – Ninh Binh to Hanoi in 1010. The flower garden is located on Dinh Tien Hoang Street, Hoan Kiem District, in the center of Hanoi, Vietnam. The statue was cast in solid bronze, which was erected in 2004.

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20. Long Bien Bridge

Everyone knows the Long Bien Bridge through the films, pictures, books about the history of Hanoi, but only whom Travel Hanoi, steps on the legendary bridge have change to discover Long Bien bridge. This is not only a place to mark the history, this is also a beautiful spot for sightseeing Hanoi at night. The connects the two districts of Hoan Kiem and Long Bien of Hanoi. The bridge was built in 1898, completed in 1902, so far the bridge is over 100 years old.

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21. Dong Xuan Market

Established in 1889, Dong Xuan Market is housed within a four-storey Soviet-style building on the northern edge of Hanoi Old Quarter. It’s also known as Hanoi’s largest indoor market, offering a wide range of goods such as fresh produce, souvenirs, accessories and clothing, as well as electronic and household appliances. Dong Xuan Market has a bustling wet market section on the ground floor, where locals shop for seafood, meat, and vegetables while the back section sells an array of pets and fresh flowers from all across Vietnam.

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22. Hanoi Flag Tower

The monument of Hanoi flag tower – the tower was built at the same time as Hanoi Citadel, under the Nguyen Dynasty (started in 1805, completed in 1812). The flag tower architecture consists of three bases and one pillar, which is considered one of the symbols of the city. The building is located on Dien Bien Phu Street – opposite Lenin Park and on the premises of the Museum of Military History of Vietnam. Climbing up to the top of the tower will offer great view to surrounding areas.

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23. Thang Long Imperial Citadel

Thang Long Imperial Citadel is a relic complex associated with the history of Thang Long – Hanoi from the beginning of the prior Thang Long (An Nam Dynasty of the VII century) through the Dinh – Tien Le, thriving under Ly, Tran, Le and Hanoi under the Nguyen Dynasty. This is a huge architectural work, built by the kings during many historical periods and became the most important monument in the system of Vietnamese monuments.

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24. Hoa Lo Prison (Hanoi Hilton)

Hoa Lo Prison is located in the heart of Hanoi. French colonists built the prison in 1896 to detain those who fought against the French colonial regime, which was called the Maison Centrale, but due to the prison built on the land of the village of Phu Khanh, Hanoi, which is a village specializing in producing pottery, the fire burning day and night, so the village also called Hoa Lo and the prison here is also called Hoa Lo.

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25. Hanoi Cyclo Tour

The quiet rickshaw, hovering around the ancient streets of Hanoi, makes the old town seem more ancient. Cyclo (rickshaw), a unique means, a feature of Hanoi, brings a good impression in the hearts of foreign visitors. Visitors, especially foreigners, Travel Hanoi often choose cyclo as a means of transport to visit Hanoi. Travel Hanoi Old Quarter with cyclo is more convenient as sitting on cyclo tourists can still film, take pictures of the capital, find out more about the life of the people of the old town.

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26. Quang Ba Flower Market

Quang Ba Flower Market is crowded, bustling when the city is sleeping after a long day. The market lies on Nghi Tam dike (Tay Ho district) every night busy buyers, sellers. Flower markets usually starts from 23h to dawn. Flowers in Quang Ba Market are transported from all over the vicinity of the capital such as Dong Anh, Tay Tuu, Gia Lam. The market is the most crowded at around 1-2 AM. You will see a very different Hanoi. When the city is asleep, Quang Ba flower market is bustling, filled with flowers.

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27. B52 Lake (Huu Tiep Lake)

This is the only point that B52 aircraft crushed in the inner city of Hanoi, should be referred to as B52 Lake and retained historical evidence. During the 1972 Christmas air raids, Vietnamese soldiers in Hanoi shot down a B-52 bomber. The plane crashed in Huu Tiep Lake, where it has remained ever since. The Lake is not easy to find. It’s accessible only through a series of narrow alleyways and tall apartment buildings surround it on all sides. This place is a symbol of the Vietnamese soldiers’ courage.

Travel Hanoi with visiting interesting museums 

Hanoi is served as a capital city with more than a thousands of years old, suffered many wars such as Chinese war, French war and American war. Hanoi is influenced from different cultures of the East as well as the West, the system of museum of Hanoi promise to offer so much to visitors.

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1. Museum of Ethnology

Vietnam Museum of Ethnology in Hanoi offers an insight into the 54 different ethnic groups of Vietnam in an effort to preserve cultural heritage and promote socio-cultural diversity within the country. The museum is packed full of information detailing traditional Vietnamese ways of life, from religious events to the symbolic rituals of all the Vietnamese ethnic groups, providing a rich tapestry of the culture melting pot existing in Vietnam.

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2. Military History Museum

The Military History Museum of Vietnam, formerly known as the Military Museum, is a museum of Vietnamese military history, located at 28A Dien Bien Phu, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi. The museum was first opened on the occasion of the 15th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Army of Vietnam on December 22, 1959. At the same compound you will be able to visit Hanoi flog tower which was built in the 19th century under the Nguyen Dynasty.

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3. Vietnam History Museum

Built between 1925 and 1932, this architecturally impressive museum was formerly home to the École Française d’Extrême Orient. Its architect, Ernest Hebrard, was among the first in Vietnam to incorporate a blend of Chinese and French design elements. Exhibit highlights include bronzes from the Dong Son culture, Hindu statuary from the Khmer and Champa kingdoms, jewellery from imperial Vietnam, and displays relating to the French occupation and the Communist Party.

Travel Hanoi with fascinating attractions and activities outside of Hanoi center

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1. Duong Lam Ancient Village

Duong Lam is a commune in Son Tay town, Hanoi. Duong Lam village became the first ancient village in Vietnam to be granted the National Cultural and Historical Relics Certificate by the State on May 19, 2006. Duong Lam Village is about 50 km far from Hanoi. Travelers can walk on their own to discover the ancient Vietnamese village. Highlights of a tour to Duong Lam are to visit one of the ancient houses, Mong Phu temple, Mia Pagoda, Tombs of Kings Ngo Quyen and Phung Hung. Cycling around the village is very exciting, you will get closer to villagers and enjoy the fresh air.

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2. Perfume Pagoda

Huong Pagoda is located in Huong Son Mountain, in My Duc – Hanoi. It is about 65 km from Hanoi city center. Traveling to Huong Son Scenic Area is the journey to the land of Buddha – where Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara monks practice. Along with Yen Tu festival in Quang Ninh, Bai Dinh Pagoda festival in Ninh Binh … Huong pagoda festival every year welcomes millions of people to visit in the spring and pray for a new year with much good luck and happiness.

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3. Ba Vi National Park

Just 50 km to the west of Hanoi, Ba Vi National Park is located in Tan Linh Commune, Ba Vi District, Hanoi. The main attraction at the park is the mountain itself, which rises to more than 1,200m above sea level. There’s a very good road leading 12km up to the summit. You can hike or cycle it if you like, but the rest of us mere mortals should take a car or motorbike. The road is narrow and twisty, but far from the worst we’ve seen on that score in Vietnam. If you’re doing it on a motorbike, make sure you’re an expert in negotiating first gear.

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Halong Bay is a famous tourist destination of Vietnam, located in the West Bank of the North Sea in the North East Coast of Vietnam. With thousands of magnificent islands, miraculous formations of natural creation, Ha Long Bay has been recognized by UNESCO as the natural heritage of the world. Ha Long tourism has the advantage of beautiful scenery, attractive to both domestic and international tourists.

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Ninh Binh is located in the southernmost part of the Red River Delta. Nature has offered on this land many interesting landscapes, many famous caves like Tam Coc – Bich Dong, Galaxy cave, Tien cave, Hoa Son cave … and the famous Cuc Phuong National Park with a diverse variety of fauna and flora. The area also has many historical and cultural relics such as Hoa Lu ancient capital, Phat Diem stone church, Non Nuoc Pagoda … All these relics have become tourist attractions domestically and internationally.

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Sapa Tours to visit hill tribe markets will be the wonderful choice if you visit Sapa on the market days. There are some markets that are not too far from Sapa including Bac Ha Market on Sunday, Can Cau Market on Saturday, Lung Khau Nhin Market, Cao Son Market, or Coc Ly Market on Tuesday. Visit the markets you will be fascinated by colorful local life, for the locals the market day is not only an occasion for trading but also a time for the festival, for foods and drinks. Going to the market is also a great chance for young girls and boys to fall in love.