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These simple descriptions seem to gather all of Hanoi’s idyllic things. Along with the history of “thousand years of civilization”, Hanoi always attracts tourists with a unique color, a rich cultural identity, and a unique way of life that cannot be confused with any other place. If you are curious about that “color”, save the following Hanoi travel experiences and schedule a trip to discover the capital of Vietnam.

Along with the history of “thousand years of civilization”, Hanoi always attracts tourists with a unique color, a rich cultural identity, and a unique way of life that cannot be confused with any other place. If you are curious about that “color”, save the following Hanoi travel experiences and schedule a trip to discover the capital!

The best time to visit Hanoi

Hanoi best time to travel
Hanoi best time to travel – Source: Internet

Hanoi’s climate is also divided into four distinct seasons, each season has its own beauty, so you can travel here at any time of the year. However, according to Hanoi travel experiences, the city is most famous in the flower seasons and especially in Hanoi’s autumn.

Flowering season: Hanoi is full of flowers all year round such as peach blossom (January), Ban flower (February), Sua flower (March), lotus (summer), milk flower (September – October). , daisies (October – December)…

Autumn – early winter: Always immersed in poetry with so much romance, Hanoi from autumn to early winter is the most beautiful time of the city. The weather is now less hot, the sun is mild, in the cold, there is the scent of milk flowers spreading all over the streets.

How to get to Hanoi?

By plane

The most convenient way to Hanoi is by plane. A day, there are many flights to Hanoi from all over the province for you to easily choose the most suitable time frame.

The flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi costs 500,000 – 3,000,000 VND/way, takes about 2 hours
Flight Da Nang – Hanoi costs 300,000 – 1,500,000 VND/way, flight time is about 1 hour 20 minutes

30 km from the center, from Noi Bai airport, there are 3 main means of transportation to the city:

Taxi: Price ranges from 350,000 to 450,000 VND/trip. You can also catch Grab or Uber for cheaper rates.

Bus: From the airport, there are 4 buses running into the city. Line 7 (T1 – Cau Giay Station), Line 17 (T1 – Long Bien Station), Line 90 (Kim Ma – T1 – T2 Station), and Line 86 (Hanoi Station – T1 Station – T2 Station). The first three routes have ticket prices from 8,000 – 9,000 VND / way, route 86 costs 30,000 VND / way.

Transfer car: Domestic airlines all have shuttle buses to transfer passengers to the center at the price of 40,000 VND/person (not necessarily taking the airline’s flight).

By train

Hanoi train station is located right in the center, so it will be convenient for those who choose this form to travel to Hanoi.
Tuy nhiên, nếu đi từ các tỉnh phía Nam thì bạn sẽ mất gần hai ngày cho chuyến hành trình. Tuy nhiên giá vé lại không chênh lệch nhiều so với đi máy bay nên theo các kinh nghiệm du lịch Hà Nội thì đây sẽ là sự lựa chọn phù hợp cho những ai xuất phát từ các tỉnh miền Bắc hoặc miền Trung

By coach

Buses are also an economical form of transportation for tourists in neighboring provinces. Hanoi has 4 bus stations namely My Dinh, Giap Bat, Nuoc Ngam and Gia Lam to serve the transportation needs of passengers to the capital.

Means of transportation in Hanoi

Motorbike: Renting a motorbike in Hanoi is very simple. You can contact the hotel or call the car rental service directly. The price of a car is about 100,000 – 150,000 VND/day.

Taxi: For a comfortable travel, you can choose to travel by taxi.

Cyclo: A typical image of the old town is the cyclo that is still kept for tourism. You can easily catch a cyclo in the old town, walk around the small streets while listening to interesting stories from the cyclo driver.

Tramcar: Another interesting way to visit the old town is the tram/tramcar. Tickets are sold at the Hoan Kiem lakeside area for 15,000 VND / 15-minute trip.

Read more: The best travel agencies in Hanoi for foreigners

Tourist places in Hanoi

Locations near the city center

Concentrated in the central area are places not to be missed when traveling to Hanoi, so you don’t have to go far to “conquer” quite a lot of capital!

Old Town Area

It can be said that “36 streets” is what has made the reputation of Hanoi. Starting out as a residential area outside the imperial citadel, the neighborhood has been bustling for several hundred years with craft and trade activities.

Coming to the old town today, you still enjoy the ancient space, tinged with the time of low-style houses, tile roofs, moss walls.
tips on discovering the old town in one day so you don’t miss out on the best experiences here!

Places to visit in the old quarter: Bach Ma temple, 87 Ma May ancient house, O Quan Chuong…

Grand Cathedral

You will not be difficult to find the cathedral in the busy old town area. Featuring a typical Gothic architecture, with a patch of lime walls that have discolored over time, the cathedral brings an ancient atmosphere to the surrounding area.

Ba Dinh Square – Uncle Ho’s Mausoleum

Ba Dinh Square – Uncle Ho’s Mausoleum
Ba Dinh Square – Uncle Ho’s Mausoleum – Source: Internet

As one of the most important historical relics of the capital, Ba Dinh Square is where Uncle Ho once read the Declaration of Independence, and now is the place where Uncle Ho’s mausoleum is located to remember his merits.

The campus behind the mausoleum is the Relic of the Presidential Palace – where Uncle used to live and work in the 1960s. There are houses on stilts, fish ponds, and rustic gardens, allowing visitors to understand more about Uncle Ho’s simple life. during his life.

One Pillar Pagoda

One Pillar Pagoda
One Pillar Pagoda – Source: Internet

As the largest Buddhist center in Vietnam, Hanoi is not uncommon for ancient temples, but the most famous is certainly the One Pillar Pagoda. The pagoda belongs to Dien Huu Tu’s campus, has the architecture of a small worship space, built on a stone pillar in the middle of a lotus lake, worshiping Quan The Am Buddha.

Places for outdoor activities

Hoan Kiem lake

Hoan Kiem lake
Hoan Kiem lake – Source: Internet

Located in the heart of the capital is Hoan Kiem Lake – a lake associated with an important historical story of the capital. Around Hoan Kiem Lake is also a diverse historical architectural complex, becoming a place not to be missed for anyone traveling to Hanoi.

Monuments in Hoan Kiem Lake area: Turtle Tower, Ngoc Son Temple, The Huc Bridge, Pen Tower, Dai Nghien, Hoa Phong Tower…

Address: Right in the middle of the old town, in Hoan Kiem district

Ta Hien Street

If you want to experience the rhythm of young people in the capital, or the atmosphere of Hanoi at night, make a visit to Ta Hien street immediately.

Here, the restaurant only needs a few stools and tables to be displayed along the sidewalk and on both sides of the road. Coming to Ta Hien, there is no need to be fussy, just a glass of lemon tea, a cup of beer, and a few snacks are enough for the story through the night.

Hanoi Food


Pho – Source: Internet

Although pho is the “national soul” dish of Vietnam, Hanoi pho is still the most famous. What could be better than a hot bowl of pho, slurping a rich broth on a cold morning?
Addresses to try:

Thin Pho – 13 Lo Duc (famous for its rich broth)

Pho Bat Dan – 49 Bat Dan, Hoan Kiem District

Pho Sung – 24B Trung Yen Lane, Hang Bac, Hoang Kiem District

Pho Bung Hang Trong Street – 01 Hang Trong, Hoan Kiem District

Cha Ca La Vong

Cha Ca La Vong
Cha Ca La Vong – Source: Internet

La Vong grilled fish is special because it is served directly at the table. The chewy, fragrant fish pieces are fried to golden brown in a small pan. Diners will pick up a piece of hot fish cake, served with rice paper, herbs, and a little shrimp paste that will never be forgotten.

Bun Cha

Bun cha is attractive by the grilled pieces of grilled pork, served with a bowl of mixed fish sauce and sour papaya. When eating, you have to add some vermicelli and raw vegetables to be full of flavor.

Addresses to try:

Alley 74 Hang Quat, Hoan Kiem District

Bun Cha Huong Lien – 24 Le Van Huu

Bun Cha 41 Cua Dong, Hoan Kiem District

Noodles with bean paste with shrimp paste

To ask about the famous Hanoi dish near and far, the answer must be vermicelli with shrimp paste. A portion of vermicelli is only made of popular ingredients, but when combined together, it is unknown why it is so attractive. Eat bean vermicelli, don’t forget to order some boiled meat, spring rolls, fried spring rolls, heart rolls, ear rolls… for a richer meal.

Addresses to try:

Trung Luong shrimp paste noodle soup – 49 Phat Loc, Hoan Kiem District

08 Ma May, Hoan Kiem District

Hoa Rau grilled bean curd vermicelli – 27 Alley 16 Hoang Cau, Dong Da District

Bun Dau Hang Khay, Trang Tien Ward, Hoan Kiem District

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