Hanoi is one of the oldest capitals in the world, where you can find well-preserved colonial buildings, ancient pagodas and unique museums in the center of the city. Hanoi still has a lively atmosphere. From the early hours until late in the evening, the streets are swarming with moving motorcycles. You will find delicious food on every corner of the street. Not to mention the peaceful countryside is a short drive away, with lush forests, green mountains and traditional villages, not to mention the iconic Halong Bay.

5 reasons to visit Hanoi

  1. Explore the old city center; Hanoi Old Quarter.
  2. Walk around the Hoan Kiem lake.
  3. Visit one of the many museums about the Vietnam War.
  4. Enjoy a traditional water puppet show.
  5. Use Hanoi as a base to discover the north of Vietnam.

Practical information

In short

Region

North Vietnam, Hanoi Capital Region

Number of residents

7,600,000

Recommended travel days

2 days

Vietnamese name

Hà Nội

Best travel time

  • Best travel time: Fall (around September to November) and spring (March and April) are the two best seasons. Then the weather is pleasant with milder temperatures.
  • Winter: During this period (December to February) it is quite cold in Hanoi when temperatures can drop below 10 degrees.
  • Summer: It is very hot in Hanoi from May to August, with July as the hottest month. A lot of rain can fall.

Money

Hanoi has many ATM’s. Currency exchange is often the cheapest in gold and jewellery stores. The rates in these stores are often surprisingly fair, without extra costs.

Local events and holidays

  • Tet: Lunar New Year is the mega festival of Vietnam to celebrate with family members and to commemorate the dear deceased. The holiday lasts up to a week when many stores are closed.
  • Full Moon Festival: This festival, also known as the Mid-Autumn Festival, starts on the 15th day of the eighth month of the lunar calendar, usually mid-September or early October. You will see things like singing and dragon dance.
  • Hanoi Pride: The annual Hanoi Pride festival is a colorful week full of parties, film screenings, lectures and a bicycle rally. It is held for a week between July and September.
  • Vietnam’s National Day: celebrated with a rally and fireworks in front of the Ho Chi Minh mausoleum. There are also boat races on Lake Hoan Kiem.
  • Quang Trung Festival: Wrestling competitions, lion dances and human chess take place on the 5th day of the first lunar month.

What to see and do in Hanoi

De oude wijk (de Old Quarter) van Hanoi is een fascinerend deel van de stad waar je kunt genieten van vele mooie oude koloniale gebouwen die in smalle straatjes staan. Eindeloze hoeveelheid van scooters, motorfietsen, fietsen, auto’s en handelaren die heerlijk eten en souvenirs verkopen.Opgedragen aan de oprichter van Vietnam, is dit museum in Hanoi vooral een bezoek waard.

1. De oude wijk (de Old Quarter)
van Hanoi is een fascinerend deel van de stad waar je kunt genieten van vele mooie oude koloniale gebouwen die in smalle straatjes staan.

2. Eindeloze hoeveelheid

van scooters, motorfietsen, fietsen, auto’s en handelaren die heerlijk eten en souvenirs verkopen.

3. Opgedragen aan de oprichter

van Vietnam, is dit museum in Hanoi vooral een bezoek waard vanwege de tentoonstellingen op de derde verdieping,

4. Die alles omvat,

van sculpturen, reusachtig fruit die voedseltekorten in oorlogstijd voorstellen tot foto’s rond het leven van Ho Chi Minh.

5. De oude wijk (de Old Quarter)
van Hanoi is een fascinerend deel van de stad waar je kunt genieten van vele mooie oude koloniale gebouwen die in smalle straatjes staan.

1. De oude wijk (de Old Quarter)
van Hanoi is een fascinerend deel van de stad waar je kunt genieten van vele mooie oude koloniale gebouwen die in smalle straatjes staan.

2. Eindeloze hoeveelheid

van scooters, motorfietsen, fietsen, auto’s en handelaren die heerlijk eten en souvenirs verkopen.

3. Opgedragen aan de oprichter

van Vietnam, is dit museum in Hanoi vooral een bezoek waard vanwege de tentoonstellingen op de derde verdieping,

4. Die alles omvat,

van sculpturen, reusachtig fruit die voedseltekorten in oorlogstijd voorstellen tot foto’s rond het leven van Ho Chi Minh.

5. De oude wijk (de Old Quarter)
van Hanoi is een fascinerend deel van de stad waar je kunt genieten van vele mooie oude koloniale gebouwen die in smalle straatjes staan.

Most popular activities in Hanoi

Favorited experiences, day trips and tours in Hanoi booked by fellow travellers.

Accommodation in Hanoi

Where to stay

Hoan Kiem (the Old Quarter) – The historic soul of the city, it is clear why most tourists choose to stay here. Temples, old gates and traditional shops create a busy neighborhood that will stimulate all your senses! From luxury hotels to backpacker hostels, there is something for everyone here. Hoan Kiem is the best area to stay in Hanoi if you want a convenient and cultural experience in the center!

Best hotels & hostels in Hanoi

Budget hostes & hotels

  • Central Backpackers Hostel – Old Quarter: vanaf €6
  • Old Quarter View Hanoi Hostel: vanaf €5
  • Cocoon Inn: vanaf €10
  • Luxury Backpackers: vanaf €10

Average hotel

  • Hanoi Golden Moment Hotel: vanaf €40
  • New Vision Palace hotel: vanaf €40
  • The Hanoian Hotel: vanaf €30
  • Hanoi Graceful Hotel: vanaf €30

High end hotel & resort

  • Hanoi La Siesta Hotel Trendy: vanaf €75
  • The Chi Boutique Hotel: vanaf €60
  • Hanoi Bonsella Hotel: vanaf €60
  • Tirant Hotel: vanaf €7

Food & drinking

Restaurants

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Nightlife

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Transportation

How to get there?

Plane

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Train

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How to get around?

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Itinerary 2 days Hanoi

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