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  • Location: northern Vietnam
  • Status: capital
  • Population: about 6.5 million people, in which 2.6 million for urban districts (2009 census)
  • Area: about 3,344 square km municipality, and 186.2 km urban area
  • Telephone area code: 04

Hanoi, the heart of Vietnam, is a city not only antique but also fresh and vibrant at the same time. Her charm can only be described by the word diverse or multifaceted.

On one hand, she contains within herself the features of a young girl who is full of energy but still shy somehow; on the other hand, she is much of a mature lady in her full blossom and both of these two faces of her are extremely beautiful. That is to say, within Hanoi, the old and the new continuously rub against each other. The busy, crowded and spectacular boulevards are caught sitting beside ancient, quiet and narrow lanes. At night, under the streetlight, every corner of Hanoi is covered in a warm lemon candy color.

People from all walks of life, all different tastes can please themselves in Hanoi thanks to its unique and irresistible attractiveness. There is no other place where you can find both social buzz and tranquility, both tradition and modernity.

In 1010, spreading the Edict on the Transfer of the Capital (Thien Do Chieu), Emperor Ly Thai To made a significant imperial capital relocation: from the mountainous area of Hoa Lu to a flatland surrounded by several rivers and lakes named Dai La. The new capital received the name Thang Long - Ascending Dragon with the aspiration that the country will be gone through great thrives just like a golden dragon flies up high into the infinite sky. Since then, Thang Long - Hanoi nowadays, became the center of religion and politics, of culture, education and commerce of the entire region of North Vietnam. However, under Nguyen Dynasty, Thang Long was eclipsed by Hue as the new imperial capital, and it turned into the name Hanoi during the reign of Emperor Minh Mang. Later in the period of French Indochina (1902-1954), Hanoi continued to serve as capital, and remained this role through the two wars of Vietnam until the modern days. Today, traces of Vietnam's unique history are easily found in every corner of Hanoi: temples and pagodas of hundreds years along the shore of West Lake, or French-style buildings remaining from its colonization scattered through the streets of Old Quarter.

Wandering around for a sightseeing routine, you can catch in sight a wide range of special architecture as well as natural beauty spots of Hanoi, which are nowhere to be found except for this unique city. One Pillar Pagoda, Tran Quoc Temple, West Lake, Sword Lake, and Long Bien Bridge are some names that can be listed.

At the center of the city is the fascinating Ba Dinh Square where former President Ho Chi Minh read the Declaration of Independence. Mentioning Ho Chi Minh, do not miss the chance of visiting his Mausoleum at the center of Ba Dinh Square to learn about the iconic leader of Vietnam, who devoted his whole life to Vietnam's national liberation, one of the world's great men of culture. 

The Temple of Literature (Van Mieu) is the perfect symbol for Vietnam’s traditional fondness for learning as it hosts the Imperial Academy (Quoc Tu Giam) - the first university of Vietnam. Every year, students from every corner of Hanoi visit Van Mieu to pray for their success in studying. Interestingly, the Constellation of Literature pavilion (Khue Van Cac) located in Van Mieu's second courtyard is the prototype of Hanoi TV's symbol.

From the beauty of the gardens within the Temple of Literature to the diversity of Dong Xuan Market, Hanoi is the home for countless attractions that you cannot miss. Moreover, in the map of Hanoi's culinary, the spotlights are given to noodle soup with beef or chicken (Pho), Ho Tay's fried shrimp cake (Banh tom Ho Tay), La Vong's grilled fish (Cha ca La Vong), Thanh Tri's steamed rice-flour crêpes (Banh cuon Thanh Tri), Hang Manh's grilled pork with rice noodles (Bun cha Hang Manh), and much more. Visitors can also learn about the culture, events and characters of Hanoi as well as Vietnam through a rich feast of museums considered as the most diverse among the whole country, including Hanoi Museum, Ho Chi Minh Museum, Vietnam Museum of Ethnology, and so on. So, come to Hanoi to embrace the raw energy as well as remarkable culture of Vietnam in particular and of Indochina in general.

Hanoi Traditional Villages

    • Start a 15km journey to the east of Hanoi to visit Bat Trang village

    • Witness the process of producing fine products by skilled craftsmen

    • Drop by some houses which are used as workshops and showrooms

    • Visit Dong Ho traditional painting village

    • Head to the oldest pagoda in Vietnam - But Thap pagoda

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Hanoi - Halong Bay - Hanoi

    • Travel on Bai Tho Cruise and have sightseeing the stunning scenery of Halong Bay

    • Visit the largest and most beautiful cave in Halong - Heavenly Palace nicely decorated with stalactites and stalagmites

    • Enjoy tasty local seafood and take as many photos as you can

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Hanoi City Tour

    • Come to visit Ho Chi Minh Complex including Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum where the beloved national hero of Vietnamese rests in peace

    • Pay a visit to One Pillar Pagoda which is an important symbol of Hanoi

    • Head to West Lake to explore the beautiful Tran Quoc Pagoda

    • Drop by the Old Quarter and enjoy Vietnamese traditional foods

    • Discover the Museum of Ethnology to know more about 54 ethnic groups within Vietnam's border

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Hanoi - Hoa Lu - Hanoi

    • Visit Hoa Lu with two temples of the two well-known King in Vietnamese history

    • Row boat along Tam Coc stream and have sightseeing the spectacular riversides

    • Explore Bich Dong Pagoda - a very original pagoda in Vietnam

    • Take a chance to taste special local foods

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Hanoi Traditional Villages: Tho Ha and Xuan Lai Village

    • Pay joyful visits to traditional villages in the outskirt of Hanoi to experience the rustic atmosphere

    • Capture the very natural sights and fascinating vistas along the way

    • Go shopping for souvenirs from hand-made products

    • Admire the skills of artisans in villages

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Luminous Viet Hanoi Hotel
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  77-79 Hang Bac, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi, Vietnam

Designed for both business and leisure travel, Luminous Viet Hotel is ideally situated in Old Quarter; one of the city's most popular locales. Luminous Viet Hotel offers impeccable service and all the essential amenities to invigorate travelers. Whatever your purpose of visit, Luminous Viet Hotel is an excellent choice for your stay in...

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Golden Sun Villa Hotel
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  68 Hang Trong Str., Hoan Kiem Dist., Hanoi, Vietnam

Golden Sun Villa Hotel is set in the heart of Hanoi just a 5-minute walk from Ngoc Son Temple. A temple, a museum and a cathedral are located nearby, while Hoan Kiem Lake is 5 minute's walk away.Some of the luxury rooms feature the the city view. These rooms have en suite bathrooms fitted with a cosmetic mirror, terry dressing...

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O'Gallery Majestic Hotel & Spa
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  38A Tran Phu street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi, Vietnam

O’Gallery Majestic Hotel & Spa is one of the best Luxury 4.5 star Hotels in Hanoi that belongs to Oriental Hospitality Group. Launching in 2018 with its location in peaceful French Quarter which is nearby to almost Embassies in Hanoi, important Hanoi Flag Tower, Temple of Literature, Ho Chi Minh complex…  Within walking distance,...

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Golden Sun Suites Hotel
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  No. 35 Hang Quat Str., Hoan Kiem Dist., Hanoi, Vietnam

Situated in Old Quarter, Golden Sun Suites Hotel is the perfect place to experience Hanoi and its surroundings. Situated only 1.2 km from the city center, guests are well located to enjoy the town's attractions and activities. Whatever your purpose of visit, Golden Sun Suites Hotel is an excellent choice for your stay in Hanoi.

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Serene Premier Hotel
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  10C Yen Thai street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi, Vietnam

Serene Premier Hotel prides itself on having a gallery of the most luxurious and morden accommodation in Hanoi Old Quarter. Each detail painstakingly crafted, to remark history, architecture to bring most comfortable stay to our valued customers. They not only value the artistry, architecture but also built its décor and setting...

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Essence Palace Hotel
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  27-29 Gia Ngu Street, Old Quarter, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi, Vietnam

Essence Palace is another hotel in Essence Hanoi hotel collection. Built in the year 2014, the brand new Essence Palace hotel is located on a quiet, central venue at No. 27-29, Gia Ngu Street, just 2 minutes walk away to the Lake of Sword Restored. Great location, eco-friendly, elegant & luxurious rooms with a Vietnamese touch and an...

Hanoi Antique Legend Hotel
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  23 Lo Su Street, Hoan Kiem Dist, Hanoi, Vietnam

This property is conveniently located for those looking to explore the city, being within walking distance to many tourist attractions including Ngoc Son Temple, Hanoi Opera House, Thang Long Water Puppet Theater, and Hanoi's Old Quarter.  Hanoi Antique Legend Hotel is an ideal choice for those seeking convenience and comfort in their...

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Serene Boutique Hotel & Spa
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  16 - 18 Bat Su St, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi, Vietnam

Serene Boutique Hotel & Spa prides itself on having a gallery of the most luxurious and morden accommodation in Hanoi Old Quarter. Each detail painstakingly crafted, to remark history, architecture to bring most comfortable stay to their valued customers. They not only value the artistry, architecture but also built its décor and setting...

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Hanoi L'Heritage Hotel
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  39 41 Hang Ga Hoan Kiem Dist Hanoi Vietnam

Located on a charming ancient street in Hanoi’s historic Old Quarter, the newly opened HANOI L'HERITAGE Hotel offers a panoramic view of ancient streets with luxurious and stylish design in 55 rooms widely ranging from Superior, Deluxe to Suite and definitely focuses on the comfort and convenience of both business and leisure travelers during...

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Hanoi La Siesta Hotel & Spa
  94 Ma May St., Old Quarter, Hoan Kiem Dist., Hanoi, Vietnam

A peaceful hotel with a homely feel, The La Siesta Hotel and Spa is the newest member of the Hanoi Elegance hotel Group.  Set apart from the rest of our other properties, it embodies pure luxury. Promising a warm welcome and personal service superbly located on old Ma May Street, it is in easy reach of Hanoi’s evocative Hoan Kiem lake and...

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