Hanoi

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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 savour 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 centre.

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 favourite 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 metres are often manipulated.

Where to stay in Hanoi

JM Marvel Hotel & Spa
JM Marvel Hotel & Spa
4 out of 5
16 Hàng Da Street, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi, Oldquater, 100000
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$68 per night from 18 Aug. to 19 Aug.
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Hanoi. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and free babysitting. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (361 reviews)
"Is a great hotel I would love to recommended to a friend."

Reviewed on 10 Aug. 2022

JM Marvel Hotel & Spa
Peridot Grand Luxury Boutique Hotel
Peridot Grand Luxury Boutique Hotel
5 out of 5
33 Duong Thanh, Hanoi, 100000
The price is AU$155 per night from 7 Sep. to 8 Sep.
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Hanoi. Enjoy free WiFi, a full-service spa and a rooftop terrace. Our guests praise the helpful staff in their reviews. Popular ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (49 reviews)
Perfection in the old quarter.
"Perfect service. Great location. There’s nothing bad to say about the level of quality of the Peridot."

Reviewed on 12 Aug. 2022

Peridot Grand Luxury Boutique Hotel
Lotte Hotel Hanoi
Lotte Hotel Hanoi
5 out of 5
No. 54, Lieu Giai St. Cong Vi Ward., Ba Dinh, Hanoi
The price is AU$168 per night from 19 Aug. to 20 Aug.
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Hanoi. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 4 restaurants. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the property condition in ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (987 reviews)
"Exceptional hotel! Has a great view, great amenities, and conveniently in the same building as a mart and shopping center! There are always taxis waiting out front so transportation is easy. Would stay again when I return to Hanoi."

Reviewed on 3 Aug. 2022

Lotte Hotel 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.
Parosand Hanoi Hotel & Apartment
Parosand Hanoi Hotel & Apartment
3.5 out of 5
537 Lac Long Quan, Xuan La, Tay Ho, Hanoi, 084
The price is AU$38 per night from 14 Sep. to 15 Sep.
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly aparthotel in Hanoi. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 2 bars/lounges. Our guests praise the WiFi and the bar in their ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (15 reviews)
"great service ; good internet ; right next to the west lake"

Reviewed on 20 May 2019

Parosand Hanoi Hotel & Apartment
Elegant Suites Westlake
Elegant Suites Westlake
5 out of 5
10B Dang Thai Mai Street, Tay Ho District, Hanoi
The price is AU$143 per night from 14 Sep. to 15 Sep.
Stay at this 5-star luxury aparthotel in Hanoi. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 2 bars/lounges. Our guests praise the comfy rooms in their reviews. Popular ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (501 reviews)
"This 1 bed room suite is prefect, feel like home."

Reviewed on 19 Jul. 2022

Elegant Suites Westlake
Oakwood Residence Hanoi
Oakwood Residence Hanoi
3.5 out of 5
No.17, Lane 35, Dang Thai Mai Street, Hanoi, 100000
The price is AU$136 per night from 25 Aug. to 26 Aug.
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly aparthotel in Hanoi. Enjoy free WiFi, free valet parking and breakfast. Popular attractions Syrena Shopping Center and ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (29 reviews)
"Very clean and nice service."

Reviewed on 2 Aug. 2022

Oakwood Residence 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.

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