A captivating city on the banks of Asia’s Red River, Hanoi retains all the charm of a bygone era.
Beautiful, unique, and utterly unmissable, Hanoi presents many faces to the world. There's the mysterious and spiritual side, filled with inspiring ancient landmarks and lazy afternoons spent exploring narrow streets or drifting between traditional market stalls in the picturesque Old Quarter. There's the romantic and refined side, exhibiting incredible culture and enticing visitors with gorgeous French colonial architecture, peaceful parks, ornamental lakes, and leafy boulevards. Then there's the exciting modern side - the hectic and congested streets, the glittering high-rise bars and restaurants, and the vibrant markets, with the air filled with the sounds of a dynamic city in motion and the aromas of spicy street food. Here, no two days are the same, and nowhere else on earth quite compares.
At over 1,000 years old, and the capital of a re-unified Vietnam since 1976, the rich wealth of history contained in Hanoi is mind boggling; discover ancient temples, tombs, and citadels, or experience age-old local culture at one of the famous water puppet shows. Surrounded by pristine wildernesses and plenty of quaint, rustic fishing villages, you're perfectly located to enjoy some of Vietnam's simpler pleasures, as well as partake in some of the glitz and glamour of the city's famously spirited nightlife once the sun goes down.
Navigating the cobbles of the city's ancient, maze-like streets on foot or in the local-style atop a moped, bicycle, or cyclo is the best way to experience the beating heart of Hanoi. In the thick of the Old Quarter lies the beautiful Hoan Kiem Lake. Ringed by tree-shaded streets, the lakeside is quaint and charming. Home to the Ngoc Son Temple, which sits on an island reached by a picturesque, red bridge, it's one of the city's most hauntingly beautiful sites. Head inside the temple, where the air is thick with the scent of incense burned by worshipping Buddhists, for even more inspiring sights.
Approx. 11 hrs 40 mins
Best Time To Go
March to May; October to November
Hanoi enjoys the typical weather experienced in Northern Vietnam, with a hot season from April through to October, and cooler winter weather from then on. The wet season mirrors the hot season, producing humid months with an average temperature of around 30°C. The weather is very changeable however, so don't be surprised to see temperatures, rainfall and sun hours vary from day to day. Generally the best time of year to visit is between March and May, or October and November, which see comfortable temperatures and relatively low rainfall.