1, Best time to visit Hanoi

The most ideal time to travel to Hanoi is in the fall from August to November and spring from March to April. Many people think that autumn is the most beautiful time of the year in Hanoi. The sky is clear blue, the wind may be cold, the leaves are falling, the smell of milk flowers is faint... In the spring, the weather is warm, the streets are like new clothes when the trees sprout, the flowers bloom...

hanoi vietnam

2, Transportation

Hanoi is likened to the heart of Vietnam, so visitors can move conveniently to the capital by plane, train, passenger car, private car or motorbike from other provinces.

To move in the city, you can take a car, motorbike or bicycle. One of the unique features of Hanoi tourism is the old town cyclo. Many visitors to Hanoi choose this vehicle to visit and explore the ancient beauty of each street in the middle of a busy and bustling Hanoi. If cyclo brings ancient features, trams are the means of modern and very new "green tourism" of Hanoi tourism. You will discover a civilized, polite Hanoi with a modern pace of life.

3, Famous tourist attractions in Hanoi

Hanoi city center

Hoan Kiem Lake: A special feature of Hanoi's geography is that in the heart of the city there are many lakes and the city is surrounded by large rivers. Hoan Kiem Lake is located right in the heart of the city with an ancient turtle tower located on a small peninsula in the middle of the lake. Next to Hoan Kiem Lake are impressive architectural works and valuable heritage of the city: Pen tower, Nghien tower, The Huc bridge leading to Dac Nguyet floor or Tran Ba communal house... on the entrance to Ngoc Son temple.

hoan kiem lake

Imperial Citadel of Thang Long: The Imperial Citadel of Thang Long is a world cultural heritage located in the heart of Hanoi and has a history of more than 1300 years. This place contains unique relics and relics, proving the history of Thang Long - Hanoi and the history of the Vietnamese nation through many ages. Address: 19C Hoang Dieu, Dien Ban, Ba Dinh.

One Pillar Pagoda: Hanoi is the center of religion and Buddhism of Vietnam, so in the inner city there are many temples and pagodas hundreds of years old. The most famous is the One Pillar Pagoda with lotus-shaped architecture, which can be said to be the most unique in Vietnam, also a must-see attraction when traveling to Hanoi. There is also Tran Quoc Pagoda, a long-standing ancient temple built during the reign of King Ly Nam De (6th century).

one pillar pagoda

Temple of Literature - Quoc Tu Giam: is a place to worship Confucius, place a doctorate stele and also the first university of Vietnam. Today, the Temple of Literature - Quoc Tu Giam has become a popular tourist destination in Hanoi, a place to award certificates of merit to students with excellent achievements. The students before each exam often come here to pray for good luck.

hanoi Temple of Literature

Ba Dinh Square - Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum: Hanoi tourism cannot ignore the political center of Vietnam with the National Assembly house, Presidential Palace, Ba Dinh Square - the history where Uncle Ho read the Declaration of Independence gave birth to the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. Uncle Ho's Mausoleum, also known as Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, is the place where his body is placed and kept. Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is open 5 days a week, on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday mornings. Visitors are required to comply with requirements such as dressing neatly, not bringing electronic recording devices and maintaining order in the mausoleum.

Old Quarter: Highlights of Hanoi tourism. Hanoi 36 streets with old houses and streets that still retain their appearance from the 19th century. You can wander all day on the old streets, discover peaceful and simple places. capital of Hanoi. Going to this place, you can feel the beauty of Hanoi people, close and familiar.

Old Quarter

Tran Quoc Pagoda: has an architecture like a blooming lotus. The pagoda is located on the eastern peninsula of West Lake, Hanoi, built during the reign of King Ly Nam De. In the present temple, there are still many artifacts of cultural and historical value, such as a set of worshiping statues in the Upper Palace, especially the statue of Shakyamuni Buddha entering Nirvana. The temple is an attractive destination, attracting many Buddhists and tourists to visit.

Tran Quoc pagoda

West Lake: located not far from the city center, West Lake is the largest lake in Hanoi. You can rent a water bike or take a cruise around West Lake. The best time to come here is at sunset to watch the sun set. Next to West Lake is the ancient village of Nghi Tam, which still retains the elegant hobbies of the people of Hanoi in the past, that is, the hobby of watching scenes and bonsai. Nghi Tam - the road is known as the flower village, every New Year to spring, this village will be filled with fresh flowers. Near the West Lake area, there is also Ngu Xa village with the tradition of bronze casting, Yen Phu village with incense making, which are places to visit when traveling to Hanoi.

West Lake

Thang Long Puppet Theater: Coming to Hanoi, one of the must-see destinations for many domestic and international tourists is the Thang Long Puppet Theater, right near Hoan Kiem Lake. The puppets perform on the water and are controlled by artisans behind the curtain. The stories in water puppetry clearly show the life and culture of Vietnamese people, especially loved by foreign tourists.

Museum: The destination not to be missed when coming to any city is the museums and historical sites. One of the places most visitors check-in is the Museum of Ethnology. The Museum of Ethnology currently keeps and displays 15,000 artifacts, 42,000 documentaries, pictures and thousands of other documents about 54 ethnic groups in Vietnam. Besides, visitors also come to Vietnam Women's Museum, Hanoi Museum, National History Museum or Hoa Lo Prison, Hanoi Flag Tower... to learn about culture and history. of the city.

Areas around Hanoi

Bat Trang Pottery Village: located 20km from the center of Hanoi city on the left bank of the Red River, you can take a motorbike or bus to get here. For many generations, Bat Trang has been a place of famous ceramic production and famous quality throughout the country. You can go around the village, there are many pottery workshops, the roads around the village are unique coal drying walls or rustic old houses. If you come here, you can walk to the riverside. There is a unique vehicle to help you explore Bat Trang that is the "buffalo cart". In small pottery workshops, you can manually create your favorite ceramic products or paint on cups and ceramic souvenirs to give to friends and relatives.

hanoi Bat Trang Pottery Village

Thanh Chuong Viet Palace: Located at the foot of Soc Son Mountain in Hien Ninh Commune, Thanh Chuong Viet Palace is a destination you can go to in one day. This is an ancient house complex, recreating the old space of the Vietnamese people. The world of the Thanh Chuong Viet Government is the opposite of the noisy and bustling streets. Here, you can immerse yourself in the fresh nature, sit and rest on the sofa or bamboo cot on the three-room porch. This place does not have the shadow of modern items but instead is a journey to find the old memories of each visitor.

Ba Vi National Park: The first plus point for this place is the fresh, fresh nature with shady trees. You can walk around the cactus park, small reserve or visit the ancient buildings built by the French. There is also a temple for President Ho Chi Minh and a temple for Saint Tan Vien. You can also climb to the top of Vong Canh for a panoramic view of the surrounding mountains.

Tram mountain is located in Phung Chau commune, Chuong My district, less than 30km from the center of Hanoi, it takes about 45 minutes - 1 hour if you ride a motorbike. This mountain is not too high, but has extremely beautiful terrain, with many caves, and trails winding in the flat valleys, where you can camp, organize BBQ parties. Nearby there are also a few temples that you can visit such as Tram pagoda, Vo Vi pagoda, Long Tien pagoda...

Duong Lam Ancient Village: The ancient Viet village still retains the tangible and intangible values of the way of life of the ancients. Visitors here can also enjoy a traditional rustic lunch in the yard of an ancient house, or listen to stories, and visit the moss-covered walls. The most interesting thing is to rent a bicycle and ride around the village. This is also the place where many extremely beautiful photos are born.

hanoi Duong Lam Ancient Village

Ethnic Culture Village in Vietnam, if you want to experience many cultures without having to go far, there is no place like the Ethnic Culture and Tourism Village of Vietnam in Dong Mo. With an area of 198.61ha, the area of ethnic villages has a topography of hills, mountains, valleys, lakes, and the model of traditional villages of ethnic minorities in order to recreate the natural and cultural scenery. 4 clusters of villages across the country. Coming here, you will be directly introduced by the "guides" of the ethnic people who are the cultural subjects themselves, introducing the traditional beauties and guiding you to experience their cultural life.

Quan Son Lake, located about 50 km from Hanoi, Quan Son Lake is a destination that many people pay attention to. With an area of 850 hectares and more than 100 large and small mountains leaning over the lake, this place is also known as HaLong on land. You should start the tour early in the morning to enjoy the fresh and airy atmosphere. The boatman will take you to the mountains of Hon Me, Mum Nghe, Da Bac, Hoa Qua Son or Thung Voi Nuoc gate... At some mountains, you can even climb up to have a panoramic view of the vast Quan Son Lake. 

4, What to eat in Hanoi?

Pho: Pho is a dish not to be missed when traveling to Hanoi. Hang Trong Pho is a small restaurant on the sidewalk, customers come to eat without tables but just sit on small chairs, each person has a delicious bowl of pho. The special thing is that this pho restaurant only sells in the afternoon. The famous and delicious beef noodle soup restaurant is Pho Ly Quoc Su. If you want to eat chicken noodle soup, go to the chicken pho restaurant located on Quan Thanh street. Strange mouth with sweet and sour mixed noodle soup at Pho Hanh, Lan Ong street or pho restaurant located on Luong Van Can street. Pan-fried Pho on Bat Dan Street. If you come to Hanoi and you do not enjoy Pho, it means you have never set foot here.

vietnam pho

La Vong grilled fish: Fish is fried on a small oil pan, each table will have a small charcoal stove with a fish pan placed on it. Fish is served with grilled rice paper, vermicelli, along with roasted peanuts, coriander, basil, dill, chopped fresh onion and dipped with shrimp paste. Shrimp paste must be made by squeezing fresh lemon, adding chili, stirring it up and then adding a little ca cuong essential oil, a few drops of white wine, a little fat and sugar. The dish is rich in sweetness and fat.

La Vong grilled fish

Bun Cha: A pretty small piece of fried rice that is slightly burnt with a strong aroma of marinated spices, served with sweet and sour fish sauce with vinegar, garlic, chili, fragrant pepper mixed with green papaya cut into pieces. small. Accompanied by a cool bar of vermicelli and other raw vegetables, especially eating vermicelli can not be without perilla vegetables.

vietnam bun cha

Bun thang: is a dish containing the quintessence of Ha Thanh cuisine. Bun thang includes many ingredients such as shredded chicken, fried eggs, thinly sliced pork rolls… The broth must be the kind of water that is simmered from pork bones and shrimp, a good pot of broth must be clear and fragrant. Lightly, can't ignore a little spice, which is shrimp paste.

hanoi bun thang

Com cake: The best rice cake sold at Nguyen Ninh shop, house No. 11 Hang Than. Up to now, Nguyen Ninh rice cake shop still sells rice cake with the ancient method of making handmade cakes. The rice nuggets with fresh green color, thin and light skin, you can even see the yellow green bean paste inside. The smell of fragrant nuggets blends with the sweet aroma of coconut and green beans, just smelling it is enchanting.

banh com

Banh cuon: Hanoi people often like elegant, low-fat dishes. Banh cuon is a typical delicious dish of Ha Thanh land. Rice for coating the cake must be selected very carefully, then ground into a powder mixed with water and then coated on the stove with thin layers of cake. The owner quickly removed the still hot cake to a plate, then sprinkled roasted pork with shiitake mushrooms and rolled it up, and finally sprinkled a layer of shrimp paste on top. Served with fish sauce with ca cuong and cinnamon rolls.

vietnam banh cuon

Bun dau mam tom: seems to have become a dish that any Hanoi tourist wants to taste once. Vermicelli with shrimp paste with shrimp is suitable in any season, a dish that pleases everyone. Fried bean curd when eaten must be hot and cut into greasy white pieces with golden soybean flavor with a fried outer layer. The most important thing is shrimp paste, delicious shrimp paste is when squeezing kumquats into the right cotton, drizzled with a little hot fat and dipped in beans and tangled vermicelli is really unmatched.

vietnam bun dau mam tom

5, Accommodation 

Hanoi has many accommodation options for tourists such as budget motels, homestays, hotels, resorts... suitable for budgets and interests. If you go for a walk in the old town, you can rent from "Western backpack" beds with dorm rooms for about 100,000 VND a night, to high-class hotels costing 3,000,000 - 5,000,000 VND a night.

Some special hotels must be mentioned such as Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi with French colonial architecture, just a few steps from the Opera House, Hilton Hanoi Opera, Apricot Hotel right on the banks of Hoan Kiem Lake, famous hotels With a view overlooking the West Lake is Sheraton Hanoi and InterContinental Hanoi Westlake, Lotte Hotel Hanoi on the high floor of the 65-storey Lotte Center building…

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