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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

Top Hotels in Hanoi

O'Gallery Premier Hotel & Spa
O'Gallery Premier Hotel & Spa
4 out of 5
122 Hang Bong Street, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
The price is CA $31 per night from Dec 26 to Dec 27

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

4.7/5Exceptional! (1,002 reviews)

"Nice hotel, good location, friendly staff. The room was tidy and well designed. Surrounding is convenient."…"

Reviewed on Nov. 27, 2020

O'Gallery Premier 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 CA $162 per night from Dec 18 to Dec 19

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! (998 reviews)

"Excellent all I can say, will come back again , thanks"…"

Reviewed on Oct. 13, 2020

Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi
The Oriental Jade Hotel
The Oriental Jade Hotel
5 out of 5
No. 92-94 Hang Trong Str., Hoan Kiem, Hanoi, Hanoi
The price is CA $56 per night from Dec 7 to Dec 8

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

4.8/5Exceptional! (443 reviews)

"I liked everything but most of all the staff. Please add a bit more to your review. (Minimum 50 characters)"…"

Reviewed on Nov. 26, 2020

The Oriental Jade 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.

Vacation Rentals in Hanoi

Bayhomes Times City Serviced Apartment
Bayhomes Times City Serviced Apartment
3.5 out of 5
Vinh Tuy Hai Bà Trung, Hanoi
The price is CA $57 per night from Dec 6 to Dec 7

Located in Hoang Mai, this spa apartment building is within 3 miles (5 km) of Vincom Center, Hanoi Opera House and Hoan Kiem Lake. Hoa Lo Prison Museum is 3.1 ...

4/5Very Good! (5 reviews)
Nice room

"It is nice and clean room with big living room. Highly recommend !"…"

Reviewed on Nov. 15, 2020

Bayhomes Times City Serviced Apartment
Daeha Hanoi Serviced Apartments
Daeha Hanoi Serviced Apartments
3.5 out of 5
360 Kim Ma, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi
The price is CA $80 per night from Dec 26 to Dec 27

Located in Ba Dinh, this aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Australian Embassy and Lotte Center Hanoi. Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Vietnam Museum of Ethnology ...

4/5Very Good! (92 reviews)

"The apartment, despite so many families are tenants as well, was quiet and peaceful. In general all the facilities and amenities were good and the property very specious. Staff very hospitable,friendly and helpful. The areas that need attention are - (i) house keeping - particularly cleaning should ..."…"

Reviewed on Dec. 23, 2019

Daeha Hanoi Serviced Apartments
Hanoian Style
Hanoian Style
3 out of 5
62 Hang Bo, Hanoi
The price is CA $76 per night from Dec 9 to Dec 10

Located in Hoan Kiem, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Hanoi Old Town Night Market, Hoan Kiem Lake and Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre. ...

Hanoian Style
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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