Hanoi is the capital of thousand years of cultures with ancient monuments, natural landscape and unique dishes. If having an occasion to visit Hanoi, it is certain that you never forget the distinctive atmosphere here with the beauty spots like the Hoan Kiem lake and West lake or the simple image of quiet cafes, small paths and street vendors. Quite a lot of tourists wonder about top things to do in Hanoi. This article will support you to deal with this query.

Traveling to Hanoi, tourists will be provided with a lot of good conditions. The reason is that this country and the people here as well are very friendly and hospitable. It is not so difficult to gain the entry into Hanoi. The Vietnamese government grants a favor to visitors, from visa application to entry into Vietnam.

In the journey to discover Hanoi, one of the most amazing experiences is taking a cyclo tour around Hanoi Old Quarter. Quite a few travelers choose this transportation to visit and explore the ancient beauty on all the streets where you get opportunities to watch a Hanoi with the busy and boisterous scene. Nevertheless, you still realize its ancient features.

Choose the appropriate time to travel to Hanoi

Hanoi is the most beautiful in the autumn, from August to December when Hanoi is covered with the flavor of milkwood pine, roads flooded with yellow leaves, blue sky, yellow sunshine and cold autumn wind. At this time, Hanoi suddenly becomes sweet and romantic after the hot summer.

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Autumn in Hanoi

If you have never enjoyed the cold atmosphere in the North, a trip to Hanoi in winter is quite interesting. When going out you will see the people here in warm clothes accompanied by a scarf, a wool hat, and gloves.

Summer in Hanoi is scorchingly hot. In addition, traffic congestion, smoke and dust nearly drive people crazy. If visiting Hanoi in summer, it will be a good choice if you enter a brasserie to drink some Hanoi beer. To escape from the hot weather here, some people choose to travel to Sapa, Moc Chau, Cat Ba or Halong.

Visit Tourist destinations in Hanoi

In Hanoi, there are a lot of beauty spots for you to explore anytime, especially weekends. Here are some of the attractions that you should not miss.

Hoan Kiem Lake

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Hoan Kiem lake, Hanoi

Hoan Kiem lake is the symbol of Hanoi for a long time and considered a must-see destination in Hanoi. In terms of geographical location of Hanoi, a special characteristic is that in the heart of the city are numerous lakes and surrounding the city is the largest rivers. Hoan Kiem lake is located in the city center with the ancient turtle tower on a small peninsula in the middle of the lake. Next to Hoan Kiem lake are impressive works including Thap But, Dai Nghien, The Huc bridge leading to Dac Nguyet Lau or Tran Ba pavilion that are all precious heritages of the city.

One Pillar Pagoda

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One Pillar Pagoda

Hanoi is the center of religious and Taoism and Buddhism in Vietnam; therefore, there are many hundred-of-year temples in the inner city. The most famous one is One Pillar Pagoda which is creatively designed in lotus shape.

Temple of Literature

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Temple of Literature

Temple of Literature is dedicated to Confucius. This is also home to tombstones of doctors and the first university of Vietnam as well. Today, Temple of Literature becomes a popular destination for tourists in Hanoi and is where the students who attain outstanding achievements are awarded certificates of merit. Besides, candidates usually come here to pray for good luck before each exam.

Hanoi Opera House

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Hanoi Opera House

Hanoi Opera House, which is regarded as a smaller version of the Opéra Garnier in Paris, is located at No.1 Trang Tien, the central street of Hanoi. The Opera House is where a lot of important events in Vietnam are held.

West Lake

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West Lake, Hanoi

The West Lake is not far from the city center and the largest lake in Hanoi. You can rent an aquatic bike or a cruise ship to go around West Lake. The most appropriate time for you to come here is at sunrise and sunset. Next to West Lake is  Nghi Tam ancient village, where the pleasure of Hanoi ancient people still has been retained.

St. Joseph’s Cathedral

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St. Joseph’s Cathedral, Hanoi

St.Joseph’s Cathedral is a typical architecture in Hanoi. The pleasant space turns this place into an attractive destination for young people as well as tourists from many areas. It is interesting to enter a sidewalk café to enjoy the cold weather in Hanoi in the morning. In the evening, you and your friends can gather together sidewalk tea shop to chat with each other.

Hanoi Old Quarter

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Hanoi Old Quarter

The biggest highlight of Hanoi is Hanoi Old Quarter. 36 streets with ancient houses and streets still have maintained their appearance since the 19th century. You can wander all day on the ancient streets and explore the peaceful places in Hanoi. Coming here, you will realize the beauty of the friendliness and hospitality of Hanoi’s people.

If you have visited Hanoi for the first time, you should try living in the heart of Hanoi with ancient roofs nestled inside the apartments and modern buildings. Wandering around Hanoi Old Quarter or stopping in some places here will bring you the great feeling of ancient features that you can hardly find out anywhere.

Enjoy Hanoi’s cuisine

Hanoi’s cuisine contains many cultural characteristics of the ancient Trang An people with its own special flavor. There are many delicacies for you to enjoy.

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Pho Thin

Pho is the most typical dish in Hanoi. Hanoi has a variety of pho. For example, you can enjoy phở bò (noodle soup with beef) at Pho Thin restaurant located at No.11 Lo Duc); phở gà (noodle soup with chicken) at 172 Ton Duc Thang and Quan Thanh streets, rolled rice cake near West Lake, phở trộn (mixed rice noodles) in Lan Ong street and  phở áp chảo (sauté rice noodles) in Bat Dan street. Each type of phở has its own distinctive features but all of them are delicious.

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cha ca La Vong

In addition, there are many other typical dishes such as cốm Làng Vòng (young rice from Vong village), cha ca La Vong (grilled minced fish), bun cha (rice vermicelli with grilled pork), bun thang (Hanoi combo noodles soup), bánh cuốn Thanh Tri (stuffed pancake), bánh tôm Tây Hồ (West Lake shrimp cake), chân gà nướng (grilled chicken feet), nầm bò nướng (grilled beef) and bún đậu mắm tôm (fermented shrimp paste with fried tofu and rice vermicelli).

Rent a Hotel in Hanoi

There are many guest houses and hotels in Hanoi with cheap price. It is not hard for you to find a room at a cost from 150,000 VND to 300,000 VND per night. 3-star and 4-star hotels in Hanoi Old Quarter are more expensive and mainly for foreign tourists. It is recommended that you find hotels and motels in Long Bien, Hai Ba Trung district.

Hope that the above-mentioned information will help you enhance the knowledge of traveling in Hanoi.   

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