Hanoi

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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 savour 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 centre.

Hanoi first became a capital just over 1,000 years 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 challenging 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 favourite 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. 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 metres are often manipulated.

Where to stay in Hanoi

Solaria Hotel
Solaria Hotel
4 out of 5
22 Bao Khanh Street, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi, 100000
The price is S$84 per night from 6 Jul to 7 Jul
Stay at this 4-star spa hotel in Hanoi. Enjoy free WiFi, a full-service spa and a rooftop terrace. Our guests praise the helpful staff in their reviews. Popular ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (62 reviews)
"Great location very clean and pleasant facility with a super friendly staff"

Reviewed on 22 Jun,2022

Solaria Hotel
Lotte Hotel Hanoi
Lotte Hotel Hanoi
5 out of 5
No. 54, Lieu Giai St. Cong Vi Ward., Ba Dinh, Hanoi
The price is S$165 per night from 9 Jul to 10 Jul
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Hanoi. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 4 restaurants. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in their reviews. ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (954 reviews)
"Excellent amenities and the cleanliness is at par. The breakfast has a good variety. Unfortunately.I did not see any Vietnamese cuisine"

Reviewed on 21 May,2022

Lotte Hotel Hanoi
O'Gallery Premier Hotel & Spa
O'Gallery Premier Hotel & Spa
4 out of 5
122 Hang Bong Street, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi, 100000
The price is S$84 per night from 4 Jul to 5 Jul
Stay at this 4-star spa hotel in Hanoi. Enjoy free WiFi, room service and on-site spa services. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy rooms in their ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (986 reviews)
"Overall very good experience and very good value for money"

Reviewed on 6 Jun,2022

O'Gallery Premier Hotel & Spa
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.
Oakwood Residence Hanoi
Oakwood Residence Hanoi
3.5 out of 5
No.17, Lane 35, Dang Thai Mai Street, Hanoi, 100000
The price is S$134 per night from 16 Jul to 17 Jul
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly aparthotel in Hanoi. Enjoy free WiFi, free valet parking and breakfast. Popular attractions Hanoi Opera House and Syrena ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (24 reviews)
"Fantastic amenities. Great staff."

Reviewed on 25 May,2022

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 S$156 per night from 5 Jul to 6 Jul
Stay at this 5-star luxury aparthotel in Hanoi. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 2 bars/lounges. Our guests praise the comfy rooms in their reviews. Popular ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (499 reviews)
Nice stay
"It was so comfy and cozy acconidation. We stayed with our pet, it is pet available hotel/residence. People were not crowded and very warm."

Reviewed on 2 Jan,2022

Elegant Suites Westlake
Somerset Hoa Binh Hanoi
Somerset Hoa Binh Hanoi
4 out of 5
106 Hoang Quoc Viet, Cau Giay, Hanoi, 10000
Stay at this 4-star family-friendly aparthotel in Hanoi. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 2 restaurants. Our guests praise the comfy rooms in their reviews. ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (197 reviews)
Great medium term
"Great apartment, plenty of shops close y to make this a very pleasant medium term stay for 6+ weeks."

Reviewed on 20 Jul,2020

Somerset Hoa Binh Hanoi
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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