Hanoi Travel Guide From A To Z
Hanoi is famous for its thousand years of history and culture with many ancient architectures. If you have visited the capital, you surely cannot forget the beautiful and unique of it. Why don’t we travel to Hanoi in next trip? Hanoi travel guide from A to Z will introduce many useful information for you to visit the beautiful capital of Vietnam!
Hanoi ( Hà Nội) Travel Overview
Hanoi’s capital is so special with many ancient streets preserving old architecture and ancient relics. If traveling northern Vietnam, surely visitors will be satisfied with the peaceful beauty of Hanoi. Walking around Hoan Kiem lake, visiting Ngoc Son Temple and The Huc Bridge, admiring the ancient relics, beautiful scenery… are the unforgettable experiences for visitors. Ha Noi is a wonderful blend of western and eastern cultures. There are many beautiful sights to visit in Hanoi: Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Imperial Citadel of Thang Long, Tran Quoc Pagoda, St. Joseph’s Cathedral, Hanoi Opera House, and Vietnam Military History Museum, etc.
When is the best time to travel to Hanoi?
Hanoi completely attracts a lot of foreigners by the peaceful life, the intimate atmosphere, and the weather in there. Although the weather is divided into two main seasons: rainy season (from May to September), and dry season (from November to March). Thank to transition months, Hanoi still experiences all four seasons: spring, summer, autumn and winter. The cold weather of Hanoi will start from December and may last until late February, with the average temperature of 17.2 degree. However, sometimes it may drop to below 10 degree, and the high humidity will lend a hand in making the weather bitter cold.
The best and romantic time to visit Hanoi is autumn ( from September to November). With the average temperature is 25 degree, Hanoi’s autumn is charming with warm sunlight, cool breeze and dry atmosphere.
How to get to Hanoi?
There are many airlines serving the route to Hanoi (Hà Nội). You could refer the ticket price of the airlines such as Vietnam Airline, Vietjet Air and Jetstar Pacific. To move from Noi Bai international airport to the center area of Hanoi, you can take the transship bus of the two domestic airlines which are Jetstar and Vietjet with the price of about 40,000 and 50,000 VND/turn.
There are two quality coach brands serving the route Northern- Southern including Mai Linh bus and Hoang Long ( Hoàng Long) bus. You can buy the tickets in Mien Dong ( Miền Đông) bus station or book online at their website. The average ticket price from HCM city to Hanoi ( Hà Nội) is VND 800,000.
+ Mai Linh Express. SĐT: 08.39.29.29.29- 09126.96.36.199
+ Hoang Long ( Hoàng Long). SĐT: 02822438989
More coach brands you can choose: Ha Loan ( Hà Loan) bus, Hien Phuoc ( Hiền Phước) bus, Hong Huan ( Hong Huan) bus…
The price of Thong Nhat Bac Nam (Thống Nhất Bắc Nam) train ranges from 1,166,000 VND/turn to 1,246,000 VND/turn. From Ha Noi Railway Station located on Le Duan (Lê Duẩn) street to the city center, it takes about 10 to 15 minutes by taxi.
Moving/ Vehicle in Hanoi
+ Motorcycle: You can explore Hanoi by yourself by renting motorcycle. price for renting about VND 100,000 to VND 150,000 VND per day.
+ Bus: This is the public transport for visitors when traveling to Hanoi. Price is quite cheap, about VND 7,000 to VND 9,000.
+ Taxi: There are some popular taxi brands: Mai Linh ( Tel: 024.38.222.666), Taxi Group (Tel: 024.38.26.26.26), V20 (Tel: 024.38.20.20.20)
+ Cyclo: One of the unique features of Hanoi tourism is the old town cyclo. Many visitors come to Hanoi choose cyclo to transfer, explore the ancient beauty
+ Electric car: Electric cars are a means of “green tourism” modern and very new tourism of Hanoi. Price for renting about VND 15.000/ route
List of beautiful places in Hanoi
Center of Hanoi city.
Hoan Kiem (Hoàn Kiếm) Lake
Hoan Kiem ( Hoàn Kiếm) Lake is a lovely, peaceful place with a fascinating history located in Hoan Kiem ( Hoàn Kiếm) district. Because Hoan Kiem Lake lies on the centre of Hanoi‘s historic district, it is very convenient for visitors to visit the Old Quarter and explore ancient beauty of the capital.
One Pillar ( Một Cột) Pagoda
One Pillar ( Một Cột) Pagoda is located in the western part of the city, near Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, Ong Ich Khiem ( Ông Ích Khiêm) Street, Ngoc Ha, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi. It stands in the middle of a square lake constituting part of the Buddhist architectural complex called Dien Huu (Diên Hựu) pagoda. As you visit Hanoi, you may come to various other monuments, parks and historical places. Yet, the One-Pillar Pagoda reflects the architectural splendor that the country has grown.
Hanoi St. Joseph’s cathedral
Known as the typical architecture of Hanoi, Hanoi Cathedral has an airy and pleasant space, making it an attractive destination for Hanoi youth and tourists. Each morning, sitting on the sidewalk cafes and comfortably enjoying the chilly weather of Hanoi will bring to you a memorable experience.
Van Mieu – Quoc Tu Giam (Văn Miếu Quốc Tử Giám)
This is a shrine to Confucius, where the doctorate steles were put and also the first university of Vietnam. Today, Van Mieu – Quoc Tu Giam becomes a popular destination of tourists when visiting Hanoi, where the students having outstanding achievements are awarded certificates.
Hanoi is famous for its 36 streets with old house and small streets which have still remained their features since the 19 century. Visiting this place, you will explore peaceful and homely place of Hanoi and feel the friendly and close beauty of Hanoi residents.
Ba Dinh (Ba Đình) Square and Ho Chi Minh mausoleum
Visiting Hanoi, it is indispensable to ignore the political center of Vietnam with the Parliament, the Presidential Palace, the historic Ba Dinh (Ba Đình) Square where Uncle Ho has read the manifesto give the birth of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is also the place where Uncle Ho’s body is located and kept. When visiting here, visitors must comply with the requirements of formally dressing up, not bringing electrical equipment and keeping order in the mausoleum.
Imperial Citadel of Thang Long
The Imperial Citadel of Thang Long, is an intriguing relic of Vietnam’s history and, signifying its historical and cultural importance, was recognized a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2010. Visitors should head for the display room that features interesting excavated items and mock-ups of the citadel itself.
Hanoi Opera House
This is a smaller version of the Opera Garnier in Paris. Hanoi opera house is located on a central street. This place is the place for many important events of Vietnam.
Tran Quoc (Trấn Quốc) Pagoda
Located on a small peninsula on the East side of West Lake, Tran Quoc Pagoda is regarded as the most ancient pagoda in Hanoi with its history line of more than 1,500 years. The architecture of this Buddhist center is a subtle combination between the solemn and beautiful landscape on the peaceful and quiet ambiance of West Lake’s surface.
West Lake ( Hồ Tây)
West Lake is the largest lake in Hanoi located not far from the center of the city. Adjacent to the lake, there is an old village named Nghi Tam (Nghi Tàm), which retains the elegant hobbies of old Hanoians, such as bonsai and decorative plants. Nghi Tam is also called as the flower village. In every spring, this village is be filled with colors of fresh flowers. Near West Lake, there are Ngu Xa (Ngũ Xá) village with the traditional industry of bronze casting, Yen Phu (Yên Phụ) village with the craft of making incense. They are both worth-visiting places when traveling in Hanoi.
Long Biên (Long Biên) Bridge
Not only is it a historical witness which connects the two banks of Hong River, Long Bien Bridge is also a bridge between the peaceful life of people in the middle of the Hong River with the bustle of the city.
Hanoi’s surrounding place
Duong Lam (Đường Lâm) Ancient Village
Duong Lam ancient village is located in the southern bank of the Red River in Son Tay town, Hanoi, about 50 km from Hanoi. This is the first village to be recognized as the National Cultural History and Cultural Heritage in 2006. With the typical beauty of the northern villages, this place still preserves the rustic simplicity of the ancient house’s roof. The yards, roads were paved with old flagstones. The moss-covered roofs of communal house, stone trees, wells …All create the village unique and special
Ba Vi (Ba Vì) National Park
Ba Vi National Park is one of Vietnam’s most famous place of outstanding natural beauty, and is centered around a three-peaked mountain jutting steeply out of the landscape. The national park offers a great escape from the city with cool fresh mountain air in a mystical atmospheric backdrop of clouds, jungle and tropical rain forest.
Quan Son (Quan Sơn) Lake
Quan Son lake is about 50 kilometers from center of Hanoi . This place is the perfect attraction for nature-lovers to enjoy on the weekend. Quan Son Lake consists of 100 limestone mountains on its surface and the beautiful scenery is the combination of the sky, water and towering limestone mountains, somewhat similar to that of UNESCO World Heritage Site Ha Long Bay.
Bat Trang (Bát Tràng) pottery village
Bat Trang Pottery village is about 20km far away from the city center, located at the left bank of the Red River. For generations, Bat Trang is famous for quality pottery throughout the country. You could go around the village, there are many ceramic workshops; the streets around the village are unique coal drying walls and rustic old houses.
Tram ( Trầm) Mountain
Tram ( Trầm) mountain is located in Phung Chau commune, Chuong My district, less than 30km from Hanoi center. The mountain is not too high, but it has extremely beautiful terrain, with many caves, and winding trails in flat valleys, where you can camp, BBQ party.
Beautiful Places For Taking Photo
Ho Guom ( Hoan Kiem Lake) Walking Street
++ Address: Hoan Kiem ( Hoàn Kiếm) lake, Hoan Kiem (Hoàn Kiếm) district, Hanoi.
Hanoi St. Joseph’s cathedral
++ Address: 40 Nha Chung (Nhà Chung), Hang Trong (Hàng Trống) Quarter, Hoan Kiem (Hoàn Kiếm) district, Hanoi.
Lotte Observation Deck – Hanoi
++ Address: 54 Lieu Giai (Liễu Giai) street, Ba Dinh (Ba Đình) district, Hanoi.
Hei tower’s Helipad
++ Address: 26th floor of Hei Tower Building, 01 Nguy Nhu Kon Tum (Ngụy Như Kon Tum), Nhan Chinh (Nhân Chính) ward, Thanh Xuan (Thanh Xuân) district, Hanoi.
Long Bien (Long Biên) Bridge
++ Address: Connecting Long Bien ( Long Biên) district and Hoan Kiem ( Hoan Kiếm) district, Hanoi.
New Hanoi Office
++ Address: 44 Le Thai To (Lê Thái Tổ) street, Hang Trong (Hàng Trống) Quarter, Hoan Kiem (Hoàn Kiếm) district , Hanoi.
Park Hill – Times City
++ Address: 458 Nguyen Thi Minh Khai ( Nguyễn Thị Minh Khai) street, Vinh Tuy (Vĩnh Tuy) ward, Hai Ba Trung (Hai Bà Trưng) district, Hanoi.
Phung Hung (Phùng Hưng) Mural Street
++ Address: Phung Hung (Phùng Hưng) quarter, Hoan Kiem (Hoàn Kiếm) district, Hanoi.
Hanoi’s Book Street
++ Address: 19 Thang 12 (19 tháng 12) quarter, Tran Hung Dao (Trần Hưng Đạo) district, Hanoi.
Hanoi’s Train Street
++ Address: Kham Thien (Khâm Thiên) street and Le Duan (Lê Duẩn) street, Phung Hung (Phùng Hưng) ward, Hanoi.
What to eat in Hanoi?
- 104 – 105B C3 Nghia Tan (Nghĩa Tân), Cau Giay (Cầu Giấy) ward, Hanoi.
- 326 Ba Trieu (Bà Triệu) quarter , Hai Ba Trung (Hai Bà Trưng) district, Hanoi.
- 35 – 37 Thai Thinh (Thái Thịnh) quarter, Dong Da (Đống Đa) district, Hanoi.
- 65, 67 Ho Dac Di (Hồ Đắc Di) street, Dong Da (Đống Đa) district, Hanoi.
- 09 Yet Kieu (Yết Kiêu) street, Hai Ba Trung (Hai Bà Trưng) district, Hanoi.
Pho ( Phở)
- Pho Bat Dan( Phở Bát Đàn): 49 Bat Dan (Bát Đàn) quarter, Hoan Kiem (Hoàn Kiếm) district, Hanoi.
- Pho Ly Quoc Su ( Phở Lý Quốc Sư): 10 Ly Quoc Su (Lý Quốc Sư) street, Hoan Kiem (Hoàn Kiếm) district, Hanoi.
- Pho Thin Lo Duc ( PhởThìn Lò Đúc): 13 Lo Duc (Lò Đúc) quarter, Hai Ba Trung (Hai Bà Trưng) district, Hanoi.
- Pho Bung Hang Trong ( Phở Bưng Hàng Trống): 8 Hang Trong (Hàng Trống) quarter, Hoan Kiem (Hoàn Kiếm) district, Hanoi.
- Pho Suong ( Phở Sướng): 24 Trung Yen (Trung Yên) Lane, Dinh Liet (Đinh Liệt) street, Hoan Kiem (Hoàn Kiếm) district, Hanoi.
La Vong (Lã Vọng) Fried Fished
++ Address: Cha Ca La Vong ( Chả cá Lã Vọng), 14 Cha Ca (Chả Cá) quater, Hà Nội
Bun Thang (Vietnamese noodle soup with chicken)
- Bun Thang Ba Duc (Bún thang Bà Đức): 48 Cau Go (Cầu Gỗ) quater, Dong Da (Đống Đa) district, Hanoi.
- Bun Thang Ngoc Tuyen (Bún thang Ngọc Tuyền) : 56 & 58 Dao Tan (Đào Tấn)street, Ba Dinh (Ba Đình) district, Hanoi.
- Bun Thang Thuan Ly (Bún thang Thuận Lý ): 33 Hang Hom (Hàng Hòm) quater, Hoan Kiem (Hoàn Kiếm) district, Hanoi.
- Quan Cu (Quán Cũ): 31A Phan Dinh Phung (Phan Đình Phùng) street,Ba Dinh (Ba Đình) district, Hanoi.
Bun Dau Mam Tom (Soya Cake, Vermicelli, And Shrimp Paste)
- Lac Trung (Lạc Trung) Restaurant: 268 Lac Trung (Lạc Trung, Hai Ba Trung (Hai Bà Trưng) district, Hanoi.
- Nam Dinh- Linh Nam (Nam Định – Lĩnh Nam) Restaurant: 315 Linh Nam (Lĩnh Nam), Hoang Mai (Hoàng Mai),Hanoi.
- Doi Cung (Đội Cung) Restaurant: 2 Doi Cung (Đội Cung) street, Hai Ba Trung (Hai Bà Trưng) district, Hanoi.
- Chi Hang (Chị Hằng) Restaurant: 299 lane, Thuy Khue (Thụy Khuê) street, Tay Ho (Tây Hồ),district, Hanoi.
Banh Cuon (Steamed Rolled Rice Pancake)
- Ba Hanh (Bà Hanh) Restaurant: 26B Tho Xuong (Thọ Xương) quater, Phu Doan (Phủ Doãn), Hoan Kiem (Hoàn Kiếm) district, Hanoi.
- Ba Hoanh (Bà Hoành) Restaurant: 66 To Hien Thanh (Tô Hiến Thành) street, Hia Ba Trung (Hai Bà Trưng) district, Hanoi.
- Thanh Van (Thanh Vân) Restaurant: 81 Le Van Huu (Lê Văn Hưu), Hai Ba Trung (Hai Bà Trưng) district, Hanoi.
- Thuy Khue (Thụy Khuê) Restaurant: 29 Lane, Thuy Khe (Thụy Khuê) street, Tay Ho (Tây Hồ) street, Hanoi .
- Ba Xuan (Bà Xuân) Restaurant: 16 Hoa Nhai (Hòe Nhai) lane, Nguyen Trung Truc (Nguyễn Trung Trực) ward, Ba Dinh (Ba Đình) district, Hanoi .
Trang Tien (Tràng Tiền) Ice- ream
++ Address: 35 Trang Tien (Tràng Tiền) quater, Hoan Kiem (Hoàn Kiếm) district, Hanoi.
Ta Hien’s (Tạ Hiện) Beer
++ Address: 18 Ta Hien (Tạ Hiện) street, Hang Buom (Hàng Buồm) quater, Hoan Kiem (Hoàn Kiếm) district, Hanoi.
Where to stay in Hanoi? Hotel, Homestay in Hanoi
Rustic House Hotel
++ Address: 55 Hang Cot (Hàng Cót) and Hang Ma (Hàng Mã) quater, Hoan Kiem (Hoàn Kiếm) district, Hanoi.
Somerset Grand Hanoi Hotel
++ Address: 49 Hai Ba Trung (Hai Bà Trưng) street, Hoan Kiem (Hoàn Kiếm) district, Hanoi.
Sazi Homestay Hanoi
++ Address: Hang Bong ( Hàng Bông), Hanoi.
++ Address: 121 Dai La (Đại La) lane, Truong Dinh (Trương Định) quater, Hai Ba Trung (Hai Bà Trưng) district, Hanoi.
Secret Terace Hotel
++ Address: Hang Khay (Hàng Khay) quater, Hoan Kiem (Hoàn Kiếm) district, Hanoi.
Mai Sky’s Homestay
++ Address: 39 Hang Dieu (Hàng Điếu) quater, Hoan Kiem (Hoàn Kiếm) district, Hanoi.
Module Zen 7 Homestay
++ Address: 83 Xuan Dieu (Xuân Diệu) street, Tay Ho (Tây Hồ) district, Hanoi.
++ Address: Quang Trung street, Hoan Kiem (Hoàn Kiếm) district, Hanoi.
Le Bleu Art Decor loft
++ Address: Tran Hung Dao (Trần Hưng Đạo) street, Hoan Kiem (Hoàn Kiếm) district, Hanoi.
City Center & Good Security Area
++ Address: Le Hong Phong (Lê Hồng Phong), Ba Dinh (Ba Đình) district, Hanoi.