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As one of the world’s most ancient capitals, Hanoi has that ineffable sense of enchantment that only gets better with age. Its charm emanates from its thriving Old Quarter, filled with food stalls, inviting cafes and market vendors.

To really soak up the atmosphere, Hanoi’s Old Quarter is best explored on foot. You’ll come across expert tradespeople selling quality trinkets such as hand-embroidered garments, bamboo products and stationery made from the famous local ‘do’ paper. You can experience some authentic North Vietnamese culture by taking in a water puppet show at the Thang Long Theatre. Performances are accompanied by a live orchestra and usually portray ancient village life and mythical creatures. Take some time to recharge in the peaceful grounds of the Temple of Literature, a rare example of traditional Vietnamese architecture amongst the French-inspired offerings such as St Joseph’s Cathedral and Long Biên Bridge.

Hanoi specialises in the national dish of pho (beef noodle soup), as well as bun cha (grilled pork with noodles) and banh mi (thin baguettes stuffed with cold cuts, pâté, mayonnaise and pickled carrots). If you’re in need of an afternoon pick-me-up, order a traditional egg coffee – egg yolk whisked together with vanilla essence, condensed milk and robusta coffee, topped off with a hand-stencilled design made of chocolate syrup.

The most common and convenient way to get around Hanoi is by hiring a motorbike. For a sightseeing tour, hop on a cyclo – a three-wheeled bicycle taxi found almost anywhere in the Old Quarter.

Tonight

From $8 per night

This weekend

From $15 per night

Next weekend

From $15 per night

Most popular time to visit October-December
Cheapest time to visit January-March
Local currency USD
Language Vietnamese
Average weekend price $42 per night
Average weekday price $40 per night
Average stay 2 nights

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10

Beautiful city with so much to do and discover, the food is...

June 30, 2022

Beautiful city with so much to do and discover, the food is beyond amazing! If you stay in Hanoi make sure you go visit Ha Long Bay, do not miss that! Ha Long bay is simply breath taking. Stir away from the tourist filled restaurants , do not be scared to mingle and eat with the locals this where the best local food is. Walking around Hanoi is not easy but you will get used to it.

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8.0

There is much to see in and around Hanoi, it would take two...

June 24, 2022

There is much to see in and around Hanoi, it would take two weeks to see most of it from Ha Long to Ninh Binh and beyond. The people are great and very accommodating. I look forward to returning in November and spending more time.

Michael John
Michael John United States of America
10

The hotel is very nice in location .

June 21, 2022

The hotel is very nice in location . The room is right what I booked and the staff are very friendly and helpful recommended me the food places . I should have stayed few more nights but the work i must left . One day I will come back .

Viet Trinh
Viet Trinh Vietnam
10

It was my 2nd visit to Hanoi and it's always as charming...

June 12, 2022

It was my 2nd visit to Hanoi and it's always as charming as ever. The city is so cool, the local people are very friendly and helpful. Hanoi which is 1000 years old is fascinating. The streets are small and very personal, city has it's unique character which I found most pleasant. Shops and restaurants stay open till late unlike other cities in Vietnam. The lake areas seems to be the center of attraction to one and all. Got to see rows and rows of streets with different trades and places of interests. At he lake itself, folks were trying hard to get a glimpse of the legendary turtles in the lake. Many big hotels with International brands operate at Hanoi. Great city.. charming Hanoi.

Jaspreet
Jaspreet Qatar
10

This was my second trip to Hanoi--first one was in 2005.

May 19, 2022

This was my second trip to Hanoi--first one was in 2005. Much has changed over the years, including the new part of the town, etc. However, the city retains the essence of the old Hanoi, centering on the Old Quarter and its vicinity. Hanoi is also a great base camp for additional trips to other destinations in the Northern Vietnam, including Ha Long Bay. Make sure you install the Grab app before you land for your local land transportation.

Moonsun
Moonsun South Korea
10

Hanoi is a great city with lots to do whatever you like...

May 6, 2022

Hanoi is a great city with lots to do whatever you like (shopping, touring sites, etc.). We were fortunate to be here during their independence day celebration and REALLY enjoyed the ppl whom were very welcoming.

William
William United States of America

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