Travel advisory

Please be aware of any coronavirus (COVID-19) travel advisories and review updates from the World Health Organization (WHO). Due to the unprecedented volume of travel disruptions, refunds may take up to 30 days to process.

Hanoi

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 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 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. 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

Old Quarter - Hoan Kiem Lake showing a city, motorbike riding and street scenes

Hoan Kiem

4.5/5Wonderful!(534 area reviews)

Hoan Kiem

Top hotels in Hanoi

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hotel Des Arts - The Noble
Hotel Des Arts - The Noble
4 out of 5
98 Hang Gai Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
SG$51
per night
11 Apr-12 Apr

Located in Hoan Kiem, this spa hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Hang Gai Street, Hoan Kiem Lake, and Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre. St. Joseph's Cathedral ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (39 reviews)

"I love Hotel Des Arts - The Noble. I love Hanoi. The view was incredible! I can see the city from my room. It was stunning by night. Service was outstanding too"…"

Reviewed on 24 Mar,2020

Hotel Des Arts - The Noble
O'Gallery Premier Hotel & Spa
O'Gallery Premier Hotel & Spa
4 out of 5
122 Hang Bong Street, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
SG$64
per night
1 May-2 May

Located in Hoan Kiem, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Hang Da Market and Vietnamese National Tuong Theatre. Ly Trieu Quoc Su Pagoda and Hang Gai Street ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (1,362 reviews)

"The customer service was above and beyond. Whilst the hotel is not equipped with facilities like a pool, it is within walking distance of most things in Hanoi and the quality of service was spectacular."…"

Reviewed on 21 Mar,2020

O'Gallery Premier Hotel & Spa
The Oriental Jade Hotel
The Oriental Jade Hotel
5 out of 5
No. 92-94 Hang Trong Str., Hoan Kiem, Hanoi, Hanoi
SG$114
per night
7 May-8 May

Located in Hoan Kiem, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of St. Joseph's Cathedral and Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre. Hanoi Old City Gate and Hanoi ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (396 reviews)

"The staff here are incredibly welcoming, helpful and polite. The rooms are spacious, clean and comfortable, especially the beds and pillows. Breakfast buffet was extensive and delicious. I felt like I was home while starting here."…"

Reviewed on 17 Mar,2020

The Oriental Jade Hotel

Popular things to do in Hanoi

Hoan Kiem Lake
Image for Hoan Kiem Lake

Hoan Kiem Lake

4.5/5(158 reviews)

Wander around the banks of this peaceful lake and discover an historic temple, observe locals going about their daily life or enjoy a picnic lunch under the shade.

Hanoi Opera House
Image for Hanoi Opera House

Hanoi Opera House

4.5/5(78 reviews)

This historic building is the centrepiece of Hanoi’s French Quarter and host to shows by many of Vietnam’s premier singers, dancers and musicians.

Hanoi Old City Gate
Image for Hanoi Old City Gate

Hanoi Old City Gate

4.5/5(82 reviews)

The attractive shape of the only city gate remaining in Hanoi harks back to a time when the city was under siege.

Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre
Image for Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre

Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre

4.5/5(63 reviews)

Stories from local legends are told at this theatre with hand-carved wooden dolls and colourful dragons that perform on a stage on the water.

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum
Image for Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

4/5(95 reviews)

This massive tomb houses the embalmed body of Ho Chi Minh, a former Vietnamese president.

Dong Xuan Market
Image for Dong Xuan Market

Dong Xuan Market

4/5(113 reviews)

Browse hundreds of stalls in Hanoi’s biggest marketplace in the heart of the Old Quarter.

Top activities in Hanoi

Halong Bay Boat Cruise with Lunch
Image for Halong Bay Boat Cruise with Lunch

Halong Bay Boat Cruise with Lunch

78% of travellers recommend
SG$74
Per adult
Full-Day Ha Long Bay Boat Excursion from Hanoi
Image for Full-Day Ha Long Bay Boat Excursion from Hanoi

Full-Day Ha Long Bay Boat Excursion from Hanoi

84% of travellers recommend
SG$63
Per adult
Halong Bay 2-Day 1-Night Boat Cruise
Image for Halong Bay 2-Day 1-Night Boat Cruise

Halong Bay 2-Day 1-Night Boat Cruise

80% of travellers recommend
SG$302
Per adult
Full-Day Tour of Hoa Lu & Tam Coc with Boat & Bike Ride
Image for Full-Day Tour of Hoa Lu & Tam Coc with Boat & Bike Ride

Full-Day Tour of Hoa Lu & Tam Coc with Boat & Bike Ride

90% of travellers recommend
SG$74
Per adult
Full-day Halong Bay Premium Cruise
Image for Full-day Halong Bay Premium Cruise

Full-day Halong Bay Premium Cruise

80% of travellers recommend
SG$101
Per adult
Halong Bay Luxury Day Tour w/ Premium Transport & Expressway
Image for Halong Bay Luxury Day Tour w/ Premium Transport & Expressway

Halong Bay Luxury Day Tour w/ Premium Transport & Expressway

96% of travellers recommend
SG$126
Per adult

Reviews of Hanoi

4.5

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
235
5 - Excellent 56.76328502415459%
4 - Good
157
4 - Good 37.92270531400966%
3 - Okay
17
3 - Okay 4.106280193236715%
2 - Disappointing
2
2 - Disappointing 0.4830917874396135%
1 - Terrible
3
1 - Terrible 0.7246376811594203%

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

10 Mar 2020

Hanoi is an old city, don't expect clean roads or posh buildings it's not that type of city. Expect to sit on plastic chairs and eat in places that at home you wouldn't go near but you need to because the food is amazing. Train street was frustrating

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

22 Feb 2020

Take great care crossing roads. Green man means nothing and scooters go in all directions.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

14 Feb 2020

Once you get used to navigating the lack of pavement/ traffic situation this is a lovely city worth exploring.

3/5 - Okay

AJF

6 Feb 2020

Good for food, spas and souvenirs.

4/5 - Good

Jeffrey

5 Feb 2020

Very busy with scooters made walking anywhere stressful.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

1 Feb 2020

Totally mad but once you get the hang of crossing the road it is all amazing fun and such a great place to explore with great food and friendly people

Other places like Hanoi