Hanoi holidays are adventures into fascinating ancient and modern history, blended with a proud and traditional culture, beautiful landscapes and delicious Vietnamese, Chinese and French cuisine.
Vietnam’s capital is over a 1,000 years old, so you can expect plenty of significant landmarks to explore as you delve into its rich past.
Perhaps you’ll start with the tranquil Hoan Kiem Lake and the Ngoc Son Temple that sits in the heart of the city. Alternatively, take a day trip out of the city to see Ha Long Bay’s famous limestone islands. Travelling to Hanoi opens up a world of cultural experiences to enjoy.
With so many delicious options, deciding where to eat in Hanoi can be a challenge. However, traditional Vietnamese cuisine with its fresh ingredients, variety of textures, and colourful presentations should be top of your menu. You can also indulge in French-style fine-dining by visiting the old Colonial district. For something quick but gratifying, pull up a blue crate (used as stools) and grab a bite of street food.
A Hanoi shopping experience encompasses markets, night markets and shopping centres. While you browse the shops, keep a lookout for handmade items crafted by ethnic minorities living in Northern Vietnam. You should also head to Hang Gai Street (also known as Silk Street). Here you’ll find beautiful Vietnamese fabrics, quality apparel, and furnishings. For luxury shopping head to Trang Tien Plaza, where Hanoi’s rich and famous go for retail therapy.
The rich Chinese and Vietnamese history shines through here, so your list of what to see in Hanoi will likely include trips to the city’s beautiful temples and pagodas. Be sure to visit the temple in the middle of Hoan Kiem Lake, as well as the Perfume Pagoda with the sacred Huong Tich Cave that marks the entrance.
Take a breath of fresh air at one of Hanoi's parks and gardens. Visit Hoan Kiem Lake and join the locals doing tai chi and other exercises, or spend time surrounded by beautiful gardens and an important part of Vietnam’s political and cultural history by strolling around the Thang Long Citadel, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Hanoi's arts and culture scene is thriving thanks to its myriad museums. To discover more about the minorities of Vietnam, take a trip to the Museum of Ethnology during the day and then uncover historical legends and folk tales with an evening at the Water Puppet Theatre. Alternatively, grab tickets for high-end entertainment at Hanoi Opera House.