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Tourist places in Hanoi Vietnam: Aim for familiar tourist attractions to see a thousand-year-old culture but also dynamic tourist city

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Known as the heart of the country, Hanoi is a favorite destination not only for domestic tourists but also an excellent choice for foreign visitors. Coming to Hanoi, you can admire the French architecture, explore the old town, the ancient village, enjoy hundreds of delicious dishes and have fun from early morning to late night.

Every season is beautiful

Referring to Hanoi, people often think of autumn with yellow leaves falling, pork wind. But really, every season is beautiful. In spring, summer, autumn, and winter, Hanoi can also excite visitors with the seasons of flowers and the private weather of the capital.

In spring, visit Hanoi. You will enjoy the cold weather, the spring rain, and the bustling atmosphere preparing to welcome the New Year of the people of Ha Thanh; to Nhat Tan, the peach garden, to see the peach petals in full bloom.

In the summer, flower shops all over the streets of Hanoi constantly wear shimmering flower shirts: lilies, lotus flowers, lilies… that is also the photo corner many visitors check-in.

Autumn is the season when the trees of Hanoi change their leaves. Along the routes of Phan Dinh Phung, Dinh Tien Hoang, and Sword Lake… the leaves turn red and yellow simultaneously, making Hanoi more dreamy.

Winter is the best time to come to Hanoi; wake up early to enjoy the bowl of pho, the bowl of fish noodles is still hot, and watch the flow of people walking in the east wind.

Hanoi famous tourist places

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum This is where millions of Vietnamese people turn to when visiting the capital. Visitors come here to pay their respects to President Ho Chi Minh. One of the unique experiences here is the flag raising ceremony and flag lowering ceremony on the historic Ba Dinh Square.

Hanoi Old Quarter

Hanoi Old Quarter
Hanoi Old Quarter – Source: Internet

Hang Ma, Hang Co, Hang Duong, Hang Gai… are the names of the streets in the old quarter of Hanoi. Unlike other ancient towns, Hanoi Old Town retains its traditional culture with diverse businesses. Hang Ma Street sells codes and decorations during Tet holidays; Hang Bo sells garment accessories; Hang Duong only sells umbrellas… This place is small, but even if you spend all day, you have yet to discover it all.

Long Bien Bridge

Long Bien Bridge
Long Bien Bridge – Source: Internet

Built-in the late nineteenth century, Long Bien Bridge is not only a bridge connecting the banks of the Red River but also a place to keep many memories of Hanoi-loving people. The bridge spans more than 1.6 kilometers, including the railway and road. The most beautiful spot to see the panoramic view of the bridge is the coffee shop on Tran Quang Khai Street. From here, you can see the image of the train from Gia Lam Station to Long Bien Station on the historic bridge.

Read more: Ho Chi Minh tourist places: Top 10 spots for regional tourists to understand clearly about this city

Van Mieu Quoc Tu Giam – Vietnam’s first university

Van Mieu Quoc Tu Giam
Van Mieu Quoc Tu Giam – Source: Internet

King Ly Thanh Tong decided to build Van Mieu Quoc Tu Giam in 1070 with the purpose to be home to many valuable artifacts, including 82 doctoral steles recognized by UNESCO as World Documentary Heritage.

Hoan Kiem Lake

Hoan Kiem Lake
Hoan Kiem Lake – Source: Internet

Hoan Kiem Lake, in the city center, is associated with the legend of King Le Loi returning the sword to the turtle so Hoan Kiem lake has another name Sword Lak.. In Vietnamese, the word “hoan” is return, the word “kiem” is Sword. From Hoan Kiem Lake, visitors can visit Ly Thai To monument, Ngoc Son temple, But Thap Tower… On weekends, the streets around Sword Lake become a walking city with many enjoyable cultural and artistic exchange activities for residents and visitors.

Old French buildings

Old French buildings
Old French buildings – Source: Internet

Not only attracting visitors with the traditional culture of the Vietnamese, but Hanoi also makes anyone come here to admire the French architecture for hundreds of years.  Many typical projects are still being used, such as the Presidential Palace, the Opera House, Hoa Lo Prison, Thang Long Imperial Citadel, Jaws of Shark, University of General Studies…

Ba Vi National Park

Ba Vi National Park
Ba Vi National Park – Source: Internet

About 60km from the center of Hanoi, Ba Vi National Park is an excellent visitor camping experience. Unlike the climate in the inner city, as soon as you set foot in the national park, you will enjoy the relaxed atmosphere, watching the green of the plants.

Coste 400 pine forest is the ideal camping location; visitors can bring food to cook. In addition, you can spend more time visiting the ancient church, cactus greenhouse, Uncle Ho temple on the top of the King, and Thuong temple…

Read more: The major attractions in Vietnam: Places with experiences that will make you enjoy your journey

Duong Lam Ancient village

Only about 20 minutes by car from Ba Vi National Park, Duong Lam ancient village is the right place for your trip to the city’s outskirts. This is also a bold place in the Northern countryside with bee stone walls and hundreds of old houses. Famous attractions in Duong Lam include Mong Phu communal house, the village head banyan tree, the ancient house of Ms. Dien, the old house of Mr. Hung…

Another experience not to be missed when visiting this place is sitting at the water bar opposite Mong Phu communal house, sipping a cup of green tea, and making a few pieces of peanut candy or blue tea.

Bat Trang Pottery

Duong Lam Ancient village
Duong Lam Ancient village – Source: Internet

Village Bat Trang, known for its traditional ceramics, draws guests with its immersive activities. From the beginning of the village, visitors were overwhelmed by the diverse ceramic and porcelain products displayed in the booths. This is also where check-in is being loved by young people – Bat Trang Pottery Museum. There, you will discover how Bat Trang pottery has changed over the past 500 years, experience pottery molding and enjoy the tea ceremony.

Vietnam National Village for Ethnic Groups

Vietnam National Village for Ethnic Groups
Vietnam National Village for Ethnic Groups – Source: Internet

With a total area of more than 400ha, the cultural features of 54 ethnic groups in Vietnam are recreated here, so visitors can both check in with stilt houses characteristic of the Northwest mountains and explore the communal places of the Central Highlands. In addition to the space imbued with cultural identity, Vietnam National Village for Ethnic Culture has many check-in points with a sense of modernity or closeness to nature that is not inferior to Da Lat.

Watch the sunset at West Lake

Located right in the city, West Lake has an area of more than 500ha and a lake loop up to about 15km. The space is large and airy; many young people choose West Lake as a dating place. When the afternoon light falls, each piece of sunshine shines on the sparkling lake to create a very poetic scene. The most beautiful viewpoint of the West Lake sunset is the lakeside through Thanh Nien Street.

Discover the famous temples and palaces in Hanoi

Temples and pagodas are one of the cultural beauties of Vietnamese people in general and of Hanoi people in particular. Each pagoda and temple in Hanoi has its own historical stories and unique architecture. People go to pagodas to pray for virtue and fortune and for peace and health for themselves and their families.

Tran Quoc Pagoda is where tourists from all over the world come to pray for luck and for national peace. The government of Tay Ho is where people come to ask for fortune, smooth sailing, and Ha Pagoda is famous for praying for the love of young people.

The adventure games

Paragliding off the hill

Flying with the wind, watching the beautiful scenery of the outskirts of Hanoi from above, is what visitors will experience when coming to paragliding. The place where this tourism product is being deployed is Bu Hill – a hill located on the border between Chuong My district (Hanoi) and Luong Son district (Hoa Binh). The cost of each flight ranges from 1.7 – 2.6 million VND/person/30 minutes. The best time to experience paragliding is sunrise and sunset.

Go Kart

This is an excellent choice for travelers who love speed. When coming to Go Kart, you wear protective clothing as real riders to ensure your safety. What you need to do is master your race track and speed. The cost for this subject is quite suitable for visitors. Only 150,000 VND will you experience the unlimited race.

Where to play after 10 pm

Drink beer in the street

Like Tay Bui Vien Street in HO CHI MINH CITY, Ta Hien is an address known to many foreign tourists visiting Hanoi because of the uniqueness of this street. During the day, the shops in Ta Hien are almost quiet, but when the street lights up, the atmosphere becomes bustling and vibrant with music and drinks. Some delicious dishes with beer at Ta Hien include dried, grilled squid, beef fish, grilled yellowfish, sour spring rolls, fried bad spring rolls, and Phung spring rolls…

Hoa Lo Prison Night Tour

Dubbed hell on earth – the relic of Hoa Lo prison is a highly historic destination in Hanoi, where political prisoners were tortured. If before this monument was only open to visitors during the day, now this place is ready to welcome visitors both at night with a new product called Sacred Night. This activity gives visitors a vivid experience of the past years.

Imperial Citadel of Thang Long

The night tour called “Decoding the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long” was launched in May 2022 with many exciting activities to help visitors partly understand a part of the history of the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long stretching from the 7th century to the 19th century, throughout the dynasties: Dai La, Ly, Tran, Mac, Le and Nguyen.

The 90-minute journey is started from the gate of Doan Mon; visitors will enjoy the high court ceremony of the King and the ancient dance “Thang Long Palace,” admire the historical artifacts associated with the feudal dynasties, experience the incense ceremony commemorating 52 emperors at the Temple of Glass Heaven and end at the archaeological site 18 Hoang Dieu.

Night food streets in Hanoi

Experiencing night food in Hanoi, visitors can visit “sleepless” streets such as Tong Duy Tan Street (Hoan Kiem district), Ngoc Island – Ngu Xa food street (Ba Dinh district).

Hanoi delicacies Pho Banh cuon Com O mai….

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