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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 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

Family Transit 2 Hotel
Family Transit 2 Hotel
2 out of 5
Noi Bai, Hanoi
The price is AU$15 per night from 1 Oct. to 1 Oct.
Located in Soc Son, this bed & breakfast is within 12 mi (20 km) of Melinh Plaza, Vantri Golf Club and BRG Legend Hill Golf Resort. Nhat Tan Bridge and Tam Dao ...
3.9/5Good! (19 reviews)
"The room was clean and had the essentials, staff spoke next to no english but were helpfull, they cooked us a meal on the spot and took us to the airport at 3.30am no problem. For just a one night stop to access the airport it was fine."

Reviewed on 13 Mar. 2020

Family Transit 2 Hotel
Lavender Central Hotel & Spa
Lavender Central Hotel & Spa
3.5 out of 5
39 Hang Bac Street, Hoan Kiem Dist, Hanoi
The price is AU$65 per night from 1 Oct. to 1 Oct.
Located in Hoan Kiem, this romantic hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre and Hoan Kiem Lake. Hanoi Old City Gate and St. Joseph's ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (999 reviews)
"A pleasant property. WiFi service needs to be attended to. Difficult to judge as the property was on the cusp of closing down due to the downturn associated with the Covid-19 pandemic."

Reviewed on 26 Mar. 2020

Lavender Central Hotel & Spa
Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi
Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi
5 out of 5
15 Ngo Quyen Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
Fully refundable
The price is AU$210 per night from 8 Oct. to 8 Oct.
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! (999 reviews)
Great stay!
"The place lives up to it's name. The bed and pillows are amazingly comfortable. Staff is friendly and accommodating. Sitting peacefully at Le Bar you forget you are in the middle of a busy city."

Reviewed on 8 May 2021

Sofitel Legend Metropole 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.
Oakwood Residence Hanoi
Oakwood Residence Hanoi
3.5 out of 5
No.17, Lane 35, Dang Thai Mai Street, Hanoi
The price is AU$99 per night from 7 Oct. to 7 Oct.
Located in Quảng An, this aparthotel is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from West Lake and within 3 miles (5 km) of Ho Chi Minh Museum and Imperial Citadel of Thang Long. Syrena ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (20 reviews)
"This was my third time staying at The Oakwood Residence Hanoi and again had a very pleasant time. Excellent service from all staff. Needles to say rooms are also excellent."

Reviewed on 27 Jul. 2021

Oakwood Residence Hanoi
Calidas Landmark72 Royal Residence Hanoi
Calidas Landmark72 Royal Residence Hanoi
4.5 out of 5
48-60F, Keangnam Landmark72 Tower, Plot E6, Pham Hung Road, Hanoi
This family-friendly Hanoi aparthotel is located in the business district, within 1 mi (2 km) of Keangnam Landmark Tower 72 and Vietnam National Convention Center. ...
4/5Very Good! (106 reviews)
"Excellent service and clean! I surely recommend for all to stay"

Reviewed on 23 Jan. 2020

Calidas Landmark72 Royal Residence Hanoi
Lotte The Residence
Lotte The Residence
4 out of 5
54 Lieu Giai, Ba Dinh, Hanoi
The price is AU$206 per night from 1 Oct. to 1 Oct.
Located in Ba Dinh, this spa aparthotel is steps away from Australian Embassy and Lotte Center Hanoi. Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Vietnam Museum of Ethnology are ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (48 reviews)

Reviewed on 5 Jul. 2020

Lotte The Residence
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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