Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, is known for its centuries-old architecture and a rich culture with Southeast Asian, Chinese and French influences. At its heart is the chaotic Old Quarter, where the narrow streets are roughly arranged by trade. There are many little temples, including Bach Ma, honoring a legendary horse, plus Đồng Xuân Market, selling household goods and street food.
Population: 8,3 million (2019)
Calling code: 024
Hanoi is an antique yet awakening metropolis of Vietnam. It is well-known as a centre of authentic local cultures, contemporary art and haute cuisine.
Hanoi is located in northern region of Vietnam, situated in the Vietnam's Red River delta, surrounded by 9 provinces: Thai Nguyen, Vinh Phuc in the North; Ha Nam, Hoa Binh in the South; Bac Giang, Bac Ninh, Hung Yen in the East and Hoa Binh, Phu Tho in the West.
Hanoi contains three basic kinds of terrain, which are the delta area, the midland area and mountainous zone. In general, the terrain is gradually lower from the north to the south and from the west to the east, with the average height ranging from 5 to 20 meters above the sea level. The hills and mountainous zones are located in the northern and western part of the city. The highest peak is at Ba Vi with 1281 m, located west of the city proper.
WEATHER AND CLIMATE
Hanoi features a warm humid subtropical climate with plentiful precipitation.The city experiences the typical climate of northern Vietnam, with four seasons:
Summer, from May to August, is characterized by hot and humid weather with abundant rainfall, and few dry days. The Temprature is from 25°C to 40°C
Fall, From September to November, characterized by a decrease in temperature and precipitation. The Temprature is from 20°C to 30°C
Winters, from December to January, are characterized as being cold with large amounts of drizzle and few sunshine. The city is usually cloudy and foggy in winter, The Temprature is from 10°C to 23°C
Spring, from February to April, still cold and light rain most of the time in Feb and March, The humidity is highest from 70-90% in February and getting better in April, The Temprature is from 18°C to 29°C
Hanoi averages 1,612 millimetres of rainfall per year, the majority falling from May to September.
The Kinh is still the majority of Hanoi people, There are 37 ethnic groups living in Hanoi, Most of them live in Ba Vi and Luong Son District, the largest ethnic group is Muong People with about 55000 people, then Tay, Dao, Nung....
By Air : Noi Bai International Airport is the second biggest airport in Vietnam after Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City. Noi Bai International Airport is located in the Soc Son District, about 30 kms from Ha Noi Center. The new international terminal (T2), designed and built by Japanese contractors, opened in January 2015 and is a big facelift for Noibai International Airport. There are many direct flights from Noi Bai to US and Eu and vice versa. It handled over 29 million passengers in 2019.
Railway: From Hanoi Railway Station, the Reunification Express ( Tau Thong Nhat ) runs daily to Ho Chi Minh City with many stops on the cities on the way such as : Vinh, Hue, Da Nang, Nha Trang, Phan Thiet... There are also trains to Lao Cai and Lang Son and connect to China
Water: The river systems in Hanoi is not as good as Ho Chi Minh City so, there are no water ways for transportations
Buses : There are many highways connect neighbour provinces with Hanoi so this is main mean of transport for the local. It's very easy to catch the buses at 4 big bus stations : Gia Lam Bus Station, Giap Bat Bus Station, My Dinh Bus Station and Yen Nghia Bus Station.
SEE & DO
There are so many places to visit in Hanoi, We only feature some famous places
Old Quarters: The first and foremost destination for any visitor in Hanoi is the Hanoi Old Town (Old Quarters). One can easily get lost in the tiny and labyrinthine streets with myriad boutiques and shops. In the past, this was the centre of commerce of Hanoi with the most skillful craftmen who concentrated in a specific street with their special products. Name of the streets used to be refered to the allocation it specialized, such as “Hang Bac” street (Bac means silver) is well-known for jewelry, while “Hang Thiec” (Thiec means tins, metal) is typical for metal works.
Hoan Kiem Lake: Located right in the center of Hanoi Capital of Vietnam, Hoan Kiem Lake also known as Ho Guom is famous for its peaceful beauty, its cultural as well as historical values. In the past, the lake was variously named "Luc Thuy Lake" or "Thuy Quan Lake"
Ho Chi Minh’s complex: This is where the Vietnamese show their pride and definite respect to their great father of the country: President Ho Chi Minh. Come visit the Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum and his modest stilt house, just nearby the spectacular Presidential Palace before entering the Ho Chi Minh Museum to understand why he become immortal in Millions of Vietnamese’s hearts.
Temple of Literature: One of the most fascinating and impressive constructions in both cultural and structural aspects is the Temple of Literature. Built in 11th century and still known as the first university of Vietnam, the Temple of Literature dedicated to Confucian and is among the rarely well-preserved ancient structure in Vietnam.
Dong Xuan Market: is located in the center of Hoan Kiem district. It was originally built by the French in 1889, Dong Xuan Market has been renovated several times with the latest in 1994 after a fire which almost destroyed the market. Nowadays, Dong Xuan Market is the largest covered market of Hanoi where the wholesale traders sell a wide range of goods such as fresh produce, souvenirs, accessories and clothing, as well as electronic and household appliances.
Tran Quoc Pagoda: The solemn yet tranquil pagoda Tran Quoc lies on the small island on the dazzling West Lake, just few minutes away from the bustling Old Quarters. Its is known as the oldest and most sacred pagoda in Hanoi as well as most ravish and shining one.
Museum of Ethnology: To be the largest Museum in Vietnam, Museum of Ethnology acts as a fully informing exhibition with various objects and information on different tribes of Vietnam while revealing the unique traditional culture of Vietnamese to international friends.
West Lake: also called Ho Tay, is the biggest lake in central Hanoi, covering 500ha. In the past, West Lake used to be part of the Red River. West Lake, a beautiful spot in Hanoi, was once a resort for mandarins and kings.
There are many legends associated with West Lake. The most popular is the legend of the golden buffalo. A small part of West Lake is divided by Thanh Nien road to form Trúc Bạch Lake. One district of Hanoi is named after the lake, Tay Ho District.
Quang Ba flower market: Located by Nghi Tam str. overlooking the poetic West lake, Quang Ba flower market is the largest and most hectic flower market in Hanoi. Known as "Night market" since it only opens during night time and finishes at 7.00 am the next morning. People from all around Hanoi and adjacent provinces bring their only products - the most colorful and fresh flowers here for sales. This is for sure the ideal place for not only buying some super cheap flowers but hunting the most expensive moment of Hanoi at dawn.
Duong Lam Village: Located in Son Tay Town, 40 km to the west of Hanoi, Duong Lam village is a very popular tourist destination at the weekends. The village attracts visitors because of its ancient houses and the architectural features of a typical old Vietnamese village with banyan trees and a wharf on the river. On the road leading up to the village, tourists can feel the peaceful atmosphere. The rice fields these days are in their prime while lotus ponds will soon be in bloom signaling the coming of the summer
EAT & DRINK
Pho or noodles is often the first word coming into mind of any first time visitor in Hanoi. You can easily find any street restaurant or high-class restaurant which serves this dish with chicken or beef.
Pho Thin : 13 Lo Duc Street, Hai Ba Trung Dist, Hanoi
Pho 10: 10 Ly Quoc Su str., Hoan Kiem Dist., Hanoi
Pho Bat Dan: 50 Bat Dan, Hoan Kiem Dist., Hanoi
Pho Suong: Trung Yen Lane, Hoan Kiem Dist., Hanoi
Pho Cuong : 23 Hang Muoi Str, Hoan Kiem Dist,Hanoi
Cha Ca or stirred fried fish balls should be proud of itself while having its name on a street of the Old Quarters. Try this tasty food in the original restaurant:
Cha Ca La Vong restaurant
No. 14, Cha Ca Str., Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
Bun Cha: another must-try dish with unforgettable smell and taste in the centre of busy Old Quarters. The vermicelli served with fried port and seafood spring rolls, served with full of fresh vegetable, will be a highlight on your cuisine dictionary
Bun Cha Hang Manh
Add: 1 Hang Manh str. Hoan Kiem Dist, Hanoi
Bun Thang : or rice vermicelli with chicken, egg and pork can be enjoyed at any time of the day. The clear yet flavourful broth is made with 20 ingredients, including dried shrimp, squid, shrimp paste, spring onion, coriander, ginger, mushroom, beet, fish sauce, sugar candy, and vinegar. It is also a particularly attractive Hanoi dish as the noodles, chicken, eggs, pork slices, and a dollop of shrimp paste are carefully arranged to resemble a flower.
Address: 48 Cao Go, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
Quan An Ngon: a typical and commercial yet still alluring for its original taste and especially its wide variety of food choice. This restaurant serves almost kind of Vietnamese food from North to South.
Quan An Ngon – Ngon Restaurant
Add: 17A Phan Boi Chau, Hai Ba Trung Dist., Hanoi
Nem Cua Be: A popular Vietnamese street food, nem chua be (crabmeat Spring rolls) are sold in street markets and local restaurants within Hanoi – a good choice is Bun Cha Nem Cua Be Dac Kim in Hanoi Old Quarter. This crispy snack is shaped like a square and cut into bite-sized pieces, containing generous fillings of minced crab, pork, mushrooms, and various spices. Eat like the locals do by pairing nem chua with fresh herbs and lettuce, as well as dipping it in nuoc cham sauce.
Address: 67 Duong Thanh Street, Old Quarter, Hanoi
For restaurants please click this link for the list of restaurants in Hanoi
Bars & Coffee
The Rooftop Bar : Located on the 19th Floor of Pacific Palace. This is one of the most beautiful, luxurious and upscale Restaurant Bar in Hanoi, Vietnam, where we hold exciting events for International Artiste. The Rooftop is both a stylish restaurant by the day and the experience changes dramatically by the night with throbbing energy enhanced by our DJs. A place to see and to be seen, be it networking, gathering, chilling out or hosting any events
Add: 83 Ly Thuong Kiet, Tran Hung Dao, Hanoi
Summit Lounge : Located on the top floor of Pan Pacific Hotel, Perched on a verdant land bridge, between two shimmering lakes and the legendary Red River, Summit Lounge overlooks an unfolding 360-degree panorama. Renowned for its mesmerising view, it is a perfect heaven for socialising and captivating your senses as an array of surrounding city lights of Hanoi playfully converge into this chic rooftop bar , be sure to watch the sun setting over West Lake as evening approaches. Both indoor and outdoor seating are available.
Add: Top Floor, Pan Pacific Hotel, 1A Thanh Nien str.
City View Café : City View Cafe Hanoi is on top of the Shark jaws building (fifth floor), a land mark of Hanoi overlooking downtown Hanoi and Hoan Kiem Lake. City view cafe occupies a strategic spot right in the middle of the city, offering an fantastic view of the Old Quarters and Hoan Kiem Lake as well. This is a popular place with both travelers and locals, this cafe offers the nicest views in town, best place for a cup of Hanoi egg coffee and hang out with friends, family after a day out walking in Hanoi old quarter.
Add: 7 Dinh Tien Hoang Str, Hoan Kiem Dist, Hanoi
IP Club : Located on the 6th floor of a building on Hai Ba Trung street (just a short walk from Hoan Kiem lake), IP Club has an immense area of over 1000 square meters with a luxurious & modern architectural design. There is no doubt that IP Club always has the trendiest music among other nightclubs in Hanoi! It provides a vast array of the most famous DJs in Vietnam, not to mention lots of international DJ superstars such as deadmau5, Bryan Kearney, Aly & Fila, Giusseppe Ottaviani,... and so on. To support the fantastic music, The Bank is equipped with the professional Funktion-One loudspeakers – the most trusted & professional sound system in the world so far.
Add : 6th floor, Capital Building 41 Hai Ba Trung street, Hoan Kiem district, Hanoi
The Opera Night Club : Located in the center of Hanoi Old Quater, this is one of the best places for you to get high at night, Big room, high end music, modern light systems and best DJs make your night party with friends perfect.
Add : 18 Luong Ngoc Quyen Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
Savage Hanoi : A music venue in Hanoi with Funktion-One sound system and a stellar DJ selection, for your better nightclub experience.
Add : No. 1, Alley 9 Dang Thai Mai, Tay Ho Hanoi
Hero Club : High-energy, late-night party destination with local & international DJs, bottle service & hookah.
Add : 42M Yen Phu Street, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi
Hidden Club : Tay Ho's underground. Rock, hip-hop, comedy, performance, electronica, beats, anything weird. Drinks deals too. Check our forthcoming events. Things are starting to pick up...
Add : 33/52 To Ngoc Van Street, Tay Ho District, Hanoi
Other Night Activities :
Walking Street and night market : Open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 19h00 to late night, Walking streets are streets around Hoan Kiem Lake and some streets in the center of Hanoi Old Quarter : Ma May street, Ta Hien Street, Luong Ngoc Quyen street, Hang Chieu Street Where are good places for food and drinks. night Market is in Hang Duong and Hang Dao street Where selling cheap products
Beer Corner: This is a very famous place for cheap Vietnam Draught beer for over 20 years. sitting in the corner, enjoy beer, see the busy traffics in the old street must me a good memory for your Vietnam trip
Add: Corner between Ta Hien and Luong Ngoc Quyen str., Hoan Kiem, Hanoi