About Hanoi

Hanoi, a former French colonial city, is known for its delectable cuisine, charming nightlife, vibrantly colored silks, and traditional handicrafts. Located on the banks of the Red River, this capital city of Vietnam boasts a multicultural community, a very well-preserved, ancient architecture, numerous religious shrines, and several museums that preserve the turbulent history of an extremely rich, Southeast Asian culture. Spread over a large area, the city’s Old Quarter is where tourists can find the heart of the city.

With numerous Chinese and French influences and more than 1000 years of history, the majestic Hanoi may have lost some of its former glorious nicknames (including Thang Long or "the Ascending Dragon"), yet it hasn't forgotten its past. This charming capital city has aged well and made extensive efforts to preserve its iconic Old Quarter, its monuments, as well as its colonial past. At the same time, it has made room for modern developments. It is an important economic powerhouse of the country and has been rated one of the most dynamic cities worldwide. Hanoi is the second largest city of Vietnam in terms of population.

Along with a thriving urban culture, tourists can enjoy the natural beauty of the region, as the city is surrounded by hills and valleys dotted with charming villages.

 

Public Transport System

Traffic on Hanoi streets is extremely chaotic. Public transportation includes buses, heavy trucks, cars, motorbikes, bicycles, cyclos, pedestrians (often pulling handcarts), and even the occasional pony cart, Motorbikes are by far the most common vehicles, followed closely by bicycles. There are three main modes of public transportation. -- Taxis:-. They are metered, inexpensive, and reasonably safe. Fitted with reliable meters, the starting price for a taxi costs between VND 10,000 and VND 12,00o, with every subsequent kilometer priced from VND 4,000 to VND 6,500. They are abundantly available in Hanoi.-- Xe om:- (seh ohm), or motorcycle taxis, are more easily available than taxis. Riders must compulsorily bargain with drivers for the price of the ride before hiring the bike. Riders are not provided with helmets and for this reason, taxis are preferable. They are a quick and inexpensive way of getting around in Hanoi as you can find one in most parts of the city, particularly nearby hotels, shopping streets, and tourist attractions. Xe Om rides within 2 km range approximately should cost about 20,000-30,000 dong. -- Cyclos (seek-loh), bicycle-powered taxis, are excessively used vehicles on the streets of Hanoi for everything from carrying passengers to moving entire contents of houses. Cyclo fares must also be negotiated up front .though they are the slowest and least maneuverable vehicles on Hanoi streets. Cyclo Cyclos are fairly inexpensive methods of transportation in Hanoi, costing as little as VND 20,000 for an hour-long ride.

Cleanliness and Efficiency

Efficiency : Moderate , Cleanliness: Low

Mode & Cost of Transports

Train - 35000 VND for one person

City public Bus: 20000 VND 

Taxi: 25000-35000 VND

Basic Items & Cost

Name Price
Water Bottle VND 7261.00
Cup of Coffee VND 39971.00
Milk Carton Pack VND 30929.00
Rice/Kg VND 21154.00
White Bread VND 14727.00
Eggs (12) VND 32508.00
Combo Meal VND 100000.00
Fine Dining VND 650000.00
Bottle of Coke or Pepsi VND 13150.00
Domestic Beer VND 15116.00
Imported Beer VND 29000.00
Bottle of Wine VND 250000.00
Cigarettes (20 Pack) VND 30000.00
Taxi ( 1 km ) VND 11000.00
Ticket in local transport (Single way). VND 7000.00
Rent ( One Bed Room) VND 8842970.00

Dos:

  • Keep your cash, credit cards, airline tickets and other valuables in a safe place. Most 4 star hotels have in-room safes. If not, you can ask the reception to keep your valuables in their deposit facility.
  • Ask for a business card from the reception desk before leaving your hotel. This will make your trip back to the hotel much easier and faster.
  • Carry a roll of toilet paper in your daypack on long excursions. You never know when you might need it! Also, water is not available everywhere.
  • Dress appropriately, not only depending on the weather but also in order not to offend the local people. Vietnamese have a conservative dress code. It is only in larger cities that these codes are a little more relaxed.
  • If you are invited into a local home, remember to leave your shoes at the front door upon entering.
  • Always ask for permission when taking a photograph of someone else. If they indicate that they do not want to be photographed, then respect their wishes.

Don’ts:

  • Never carry more money than you need when walking the streets. Being pickpocketed is a possibility. 
  • Do not wear a lot of jewelry. There are mainly two reasons for not doing this. First, it is considered impolite to flaunt wealth in public. Second, it is more likely that you may become the victim of a pickpocket or a drive-by bag snatcher.
  • Don’t be paranoid about your security, just be aware of your surroundings and belongings.
  • It is advisable to dress conservatively in temples and pagodas. Here, avoid wearing singlets, shorts, mini-skirts, and low-neck tops, or displaying bare shoulders.
  • Never sleep or sit with your feet pointing towards the family altar when you are in someone’s house.
  • Don’t try to take photographs of military installations or anything related to the military. This can be seen as a breach of Vietnam’s national security.
  • Don’t carry a video camera into ethnic minority villages. It is deemed too intrusive by the local people.
  • Don’t rely on public transportation as the city is notorious for its serious traffic congestions and nothing runs on time. Instead, take a cab for your tours.

Night Life

Come nightfall, Hanoi and its skyline transform into a show of light and excitement. Hanoi's youthful demographic reflects the vibrant nightlife of the city. The capital is filled with lively bars and glitzy nightclubs, conveniently situated around the Hoan Kiem Lake in the Old Quarter. Here you can enjoy great music and all sorts of beverages while mingling with fun-loving locals and expats. The Bia Hoi Junction is an absolute classic night-time activity in Hanoi. You can easily spend several hours here soaking up the atmosphere and drinking at the famous Beer Hoi (Fresh Beer) spot in Vietnam.

Widely regarded as the best Vietnamese jazz spot, Minh’s Jazz Club is a place where you find the finest musicians in Hanoi. Live music lovers will surely be delighted by the contrast between its dark interior and brightly lit stage. For more contemporary tastes, the Hanoi Rock City lures music lovers with its eclectic performances.

If you are looking for something more traditional and cultural, every evening the fabulous Hoan Kiem Lake -- the spiritual and geographic center of Hanoi -- attracts people of all ages in search of a breath of fresh air and an endless range of activities, from walking to jogging, aerobics, and tai chi. The Hanoi Opera House hosts regular performances by the National Symphony Orchestra, as well as a bi-weekly modern dance show called Lang Toi (My Village).This visually stunning production blends contemporary circus performances with traditional Vietnamese music and themes.

 

Must See

  • The Perfume Pagoda is an impressive religious complex believed to have been built in the 15th century. It is made up of a series of Buddhist temples carved out of mountain rocks. It contains a maze of alleyways flanked by rich forest and flowing streams.
  • Hanoi's Old Quarter is a fascinating area where visitors can enjoy many fine examples of colonial architecture, packed along narrow streets. This is surely a must-see attraction.
  • The Ba Vi National Park is a reserve of stunning beauty located around approximately 48 km from downtown Hanoi. The park is famous for the three-peaked mountain jutting steeply into the sky, often covered in clouds. The scenery is dramatic and hosts a large range of jungle plants and animals.
  • The Opera House, set in the heart of the French Quarter, is arguably one of the most elegant buildings in all of Hanoi. It was built in 1911 and modelled on the Paris Opera House.
  • Visit the Ancient House and St. Joseph’s Cathedral in the Old Quarter. The best way to understand the difference between Vietnamese and French colonial architecture is through these two buildings, luckily situated in the same neighborhood.
  • Do not miss the Ngoc Son Pagoda. If the magnificent Hoan Kiem Lake isn’t enough to peak your interest, then make sure to explore the temple in the middle of it. 
  • Hanoi has the world's largest mural mosaic, a visual narrative reflecting the city's rich history, culture, and vibrancy. Awarded a Guinness World record certificate for its four kilometers long decorated wall, it is a location not to be missed.

Experiences

How to be active in Halong Bay: 

  • Join the Halong Bay cruise.
  • Go for a hike at the Ba Vi National Park.
  • Try the Hanoi countryside bike tour and enjoy the green scenery outside the bustling city.
  • Take various cooking classes offered by almost every five-star hotel and other local restaurants that will certainly fit your budget and schedule. 
  • Experience the spa treatment found in many five-star hotels and stand-alone outlets; this is just the right remedy after a long day of exploring the city.
  • Visit Vietnam’s most magical sight, the Halong Bay dotted with amazing tiny islands, caves, grottos, and fairytale forests.
  •  Sit by the roadside at Bun Cha Nem Cua Be Dac Kim (87 Duong Thanh), where you can enjoy the bun cha (barbecued pork and rice noodles in a tasty broth) for only 60,000 VND (£1.90).
  • An absolute must-try is the local egg coffee (ca phe trung). Somewhere between a beverage and a dessert, this is made of beaten egg whites which are poured over espresso coffee, resulting in a mousse that’s utterly delicious.
  • Have you ever eaten dog meat? Or, would you ever want to eat man's best friend? If you didn't know, dog meat is part of the local cuisine. 

Activities

Casino Winners
Casino
Trần Huy Liệu, Giảng Võ, Ba Đình, Giảng Võ Ba Đình Hà Nội 10000, Vietnam
Distance From City Center
4.7 km

Shopping

Trang Tien Plaza
Shopping Malls
Số, 23K Hai Bà Trưng, Tràng Tiền, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội 110116, Vietnam
Distance From City Center
1.0 km
Royal City Vincom Mega Mall
Shopping Malls
Số 72A Nguyễn Trãi, P, Thanh Xuân, Hà Nội, Vietnam
Distance From City Center
6.0 km
Dong Xuan Market
Flea Markets and Bazaars
Đồng Xuân, Hoàn Kiếm, Hanoi 100000, Vietnam
Distance From City Center
6.0 km
Quảng Bá Flower Market
Flea Markets and Bazaars
236 Âu Cơ, Quảng An, Tây Hồ, Hà Nội 100000, Vietnam
Distance From City Center
7.3 km
Lotte Center Hanoi
Shopping Malls
54 Liễu Giai, Cống Vị, Ba Đình, Hà Nội 117000, Vietnam
Distance From City Center
5.7 km
Collective Memory
Handicrafts and Souviners
12 Nhà Chung, Hàng Trống, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam
Distance From City Center
1.7 km
Tanmy Design
Handicrafts and Souviners
61 Hàng Gai, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội 10000, Vietnam
Distance From City Center
1.7 km
Shop Craft Link
Handicrafts and Souviners
43 &, 51 Văn Miếu, Đống Đa, Hà Nội, Vietnam
Distance From City Center
2.9 km
Vincom Center Ba Trieu
Shopping Malls
191 Bà Triệu, Lê Đại Hành, Hai Bà Trưng, Hà Nội, Vietnam
Distance From City Center
1.7 km
Hanoi Square (Hang Da Galleria Shopping Mall)
Shopping Malls
Ngõ Trạm, Cửa Đông, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam
Distance From City Center
2.4 km
Miranda's Jewelry Store
Handicrafts and Souviners
43 Nguyễn Hữu Huân, Lý Thái Tổ, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội 100000, Vietnam
Distance From City Center
2.9 km
The Garden Shopping Center
Shopping Malls
TTTM The Garden, khu đô thị The Manor, đường Mễ Trì, phường Mỹ Đình 1 quận, Nam Từ Liêm, Hà Nội 10000, Vietnam
Distance From City Center
11.1 km
Hanoi Food Products Introducing Center
Shopping Malls
Hàng Mã, Hoàn Kiếm, Hanoi, Vietnam
Distance From City Center
3.1 km
TTTM Savico Megamall
Shopping Malls
Số 7 - 9 Đường Nguyễn Văn Linh, Tổ 17, Long Biên, 125141, Vietnam
Distance From City Center
11.2 Kms
Long Biên Market
Flea Markets and Bazaars
Số 189 Hồng Hà, Phúc xá, Ba Đình, Hà Nội 119121, Vietnam
Distance From City Center
7 Kms
  • Bamboo and wooden products;
  • Ceramic and pottery;
  • Conical Hats;
  • Do paper and Dong Ho’s folk paintings;
  • Coffee;
  • Paper fans;
  • Hand embroidered items;
  • Lacquerware;
  • Musical instruments;
  • Products of the ethnic minorities;
  • Khai Silk
  • Snake wine or liquor.

Official Language

Vietnamese

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Currency

Vietnamese dong (VND)

Population

0.77 (Millions)

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Weather

Light Rain 28.99°C

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TimeZone

18:06 PM (GMT +07:00)

 

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Ambulance

 

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Police

 

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Type A
Type A (120 V 60 Hz.)
Type C
Type C ( 220 V 50 Hz)
Type F
Type F ( 220 V 50 Hz)
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Airport Name / IATA Code

Noi Bai International Airport - HAN

Best time to visit

•September, October, and November: Spring, autumn, and early winter are the most special and beautiful seasons of Hanoi. With the change in seasons, the green trees change to yellow or red. Many food fairs and festivals are organized during this time, for instance, the famous Full Moon festival.

Moderate time to visit

December, January, February, and March: This is the second best time to visit Hanoi. The Tet holiday is celebrated during this season and visitors can get a chance to experience its traditional attractions..

Worst time to visit

April, May, June, July, and August: These are the summer months, when temperatures can get as high as 28-35ºC (82º-95ºF). It is hot and humid , with heavy rains and can get very uncomfortable.

Taxi

Start Tariff: VND 10000.00

1 Km. Tariff: VND 11000.00

1 Hour Waiting Tariff: VND 25000.00

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