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Welcome to Hanoi

Hanoi

Hanoi

Lying along the right bank of the Red river, Hanoi (previously known as Thang Long) is the capital and second largest city in Vietnam. The city also served as the capital of the French IndoChina and later as the capital of North Vietnam until it became the capital of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam in 1976.

Hanoi currently ranks among the world's most attractive and interesting cities. It sits 1,760km north of Ho Chi Minh City and 120 km west of‎ Hai Phong city. Temples and religious sites tell of the city's devotion to Buddhist beliefs, while some fascinating museums give insight into Vietnamese culture.

Saddled with the influence of the Chinese and French dominations, the fascinating city is a smooth blend of East and West. Large areas of present-day Hanoi were built during the French occupation, reflected in its broad boulevards and French-inspired architecture, which give the city a definite charm.

With a shoreline that stretches some 17 kilometres and boasts a variety of entertainments along its banks, the West Lake is the largest lake in the country. The Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Ho Chi Minh museum is another on the lists of interesting sights and no trip to Hanoi is complete without a visit.

Hanoi's Old Quarter is a charming, character-rich area which for many visitors captures Hanoian life at its most authentic. The tourist infrastructure in Hanoi ensures that there are plenty of accommodation options with establishments to suit all tastes and budgets.

Hanoi has its own airport – the Hanoi Noi Bai airport, which maintains connections with a large number of major Asian cities and select international destinations. Visitors can take advantage of the bus and train networks which stretch from Ho Chi Minh City in the south all the way to Hanoi.

With a wealth of history and cultural heritage, good transportation and accommodation options, excellent dining opportunities and a vast selection of attractions, activities and daytrip options, Hanoi is the ideal destination for a weekend trip or longer vacation.

Information & Facts

Climate

Hanoi experiences the typical climate of northern Vietnam, with 4 distinct seasons and relatively high humidity all year. Summer is characterized by hot and humid weather with abundant rainfall (May – August); Fall is characterized by a decrease in temperature and precipitation (September – October); the city is usually cloudy and foggy in Winter (November – January).

Getting Around

Taxis are the best way to travel long distances, but the cyclos, or pedicabs, are a cheap way to make shorter trips. Taxi fares are not always consistent, and the rates for each taxi company have not been standardized. For lone travellers, rides on the back of motorbikes (actually low-powered scooters) are popular too (known as Xe om, literally meaning motorbike-hug). Uber has also launched in Hanoi, and while they has a few districts they operate on, they do offer more consistent pricing than taxis. - WIkipedia

Language

Hanoi locals speak a distinct local dialect of Vietnamese, the primary form of the language, which is understood by the majority of the city's residents, is used by the media and government. English is also spoken by some students and those working in the tourist industry.

Money

The Dong (VND) is the official currency spent in Hanoi (Vietnam). The c ity has abundance of ATMs and international banks. Located few blocks east of Hoan Kiem Lake, the Vietcombank has an ATM and offers most currency services.

Negatives

Hanoi, like the rest of Vietnam, is safe and free from violence. Pickpocketing and minor local scams are some of the minor concerns.

Night Life

While not comparable to that of Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Hanoi’s nightlife scene offers a multitude of interesting things to see and places to go well after the sun sets for locals, tourists and expats. The bars and glitzy nightclubs are conveniently set around Hoan Kiem Lake in the Old Quarter, where travellers can mix and mingle with the city’s fun-loving locals and expats.

Hanoi’s clubbing scene is relatively limited, but you can find many crowded nightlife spots serving potent yet value-for-money drinks and blasting an impressive mix of electro, EDM, house, hip-hop, and party pop tunes. - VNGuide

Restaurants

Hanoi restaurants are plentiful and discovering its burgeoning culinary scene is the next best thing to do after a day of sightseeing and shopping. 

Shopping

Hanoi shopping scene is renowned for its bustling markets and colonial shophouses, but there are a growing number of flash boutiques and shopping malls thanks to the city’s rapid modernisation.

Sightseeing

Ba Vi National Park: Centered around a three-peaked mountain, the Ba Vi National Park is one of Vietnam’s famous sightseeing spots. The park offers a great escape from the city with fresh mountain air in a mystical atmospheric backdrop of clouds, jungle and tropical rainforest. There is a spa resort nestled at the foot of the mountain offering a host of natural therapies in an absolutely stunning setting.

Hoan Kiem Lake: Hanoi tourists and locals alike head to Hoan Kiem Lake when seeking a place to get away from the noise of the city. Peaceful and quiet, the lake surrounds Ngoc Son Temple, a pagoda sitting in the centre on a small island.

Hanoi Zoo: Formerly known as Bachthao Gardens, Hanoi Zoo is home to about 800 animals with over 90 different species on exhibition, including big cats, monkeys and reptiles. The zoo is located within Thu Le Park – a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of Hanoi central.

Time

Vietnam follows the ICT (Indochina Time), which is 7 hours ahead of the Coordinated Universal Time (UTC+7). Vietnam does not utilize daylight saving time.

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    More clouds than sun. Cool.

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    37 %  Chance of Precipitation

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    Light rain early. Mostly cloudy. Cool.

    62 | 56 °F

    Light rain early. Mostly cloudy. Cool.

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