Explore the beautiful land of Hanoi
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About Hanoi Attractions
Hanoi is the capital of Vietnam and also the second largest city in the country, after Ho Chi Minh City in southern Vietnam. Located on the banks of the famous Red River, Hanoi has seen its share of historical events and made its contribution to them. Over the years, the importance of the city in Vietnam’s administration has peaked and trenched dramatically. From 1010 AD to 1802 AD, Hanoi was the most important political centre of the country. But when the Nguyen Dynasty spread its empire all over Vietnam, their ancient capital Hue took over the limelight.
But once again during the French colonization of Indochina, the city rose to prominence and has stayed so till date. When the Democratic Republic of Vietnam was formed, prime minister Ho Chi Minh decided to make Hanoi the capital of the country.
Over the next few decades, it grew exponentially in terms of economy and tourism turned out to be a major contributor to that. Hanoi tourism is a dynamic combination of natural beauty, historical significance and the general urban fabric of the city. The most visited monument of the city has to be Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. The colossal marble structure has the embalmed remains of the greatest political leader of the country inside. In spite of strict security and dress codes, it is still one of the best sights of Hanoi travel. Other very unique attractions of the city are the Temple of Literature, the one pillar pagoda, the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long, the Temple of Jade Mountain and the Hoa Lo Prison. But these are only a part of Hanoi Vietnam. There is so much more to see and explore in the capital of city of the Land of the Ascending Dragon.
Talking of dragons, the bay where the dragons descend into the sea is yet another attraction of Hanoi trip. The emerald green water surface, the limestone caves, the towers of karst landforms – all of these can be found together on a Halong Bay day trip from Hanoi. For those who want to indulge in educational tours instead of natural or historical sightseeing can hop around the various museums of the city. The National Museum of Vietnamese History, Ho Chi Minh Museum, Museum of Ethnology, Military History Museum, Fine Arts Museum – the options are endless.
But in the opinion of many, the best of Hanoi is Bach Ma temple, founded in 1010 AD by the Ly dynasty and reconstructed in the 18th century by the Nguyen.
Sightseeing is not the only thing to do in Hanoi. There are many other activities to indulge in as well. The Dong Xuang market is a must-visit place to do some quintessential shopping in the city. All the four storeys are full of shops selling cheap garments, watches, accessories, footwear, electronics, funky decors, jewellery and other endless list of things. The Hanoi street markets are no less. The weekend market held from Friday to Sunday is an essential part of shopping as well as nightlife. Talking of nightlife, Hanoi has enough nightclubs and pubs to soak in some drinking and partying too. For some different sort of experiences, one can visit the Hanoi Opera House for an evening’s show or see water puppetry at the Thang Long Theatre by Hanoi Bay Vietnam.
The Hanoi street markets are no less. The weekend market held from Friday to Sunday is an essential part of shopping as well as nightlife. Talking of nightlife, Hanoi has enough nightclubs and pubs to soak in some drinking and partying too.
For some different sort of experiences, one can visit the Hanoi Opera House for an evening’s show or see water puppetry at the Thang Long Theatre by Hanoi Bay Vietnam.
Travel To Hanoi
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Noi Bai International Airport of Hanoi is one of the three in Vietnam. There are frequent flights from Indian cities like Mumbai, Kolkata, Bangalore and Delhi to Hanoi, operated by a number of Asian airlines. The fastest flight is the 7 hours 45 minutes Delhi to Hanoi flight operated by Thai Airlines. This is the most convenient route, despite the one layover taken at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport. In fact, all the India to Hanoi flights come with one or two stops, either at Bangkok or Singapore or Kuala Lumpur. If this one cannot be availed, there are 8 hours 30 minutes flights from Mumbai to Hanoi or Bangalore to Hanoi as well. Other airlines that ferry between the Indian cities and Hanoi are Jet Airways, Cathay Pacific, Singapore Airlines and China Southern. The fastest flights are usually booked early on. So it is better to buy the flight tickets early on not only to get availability but discounts as well.
There is no possibility of a railway network connection between India and Hanoi. The two places are set far apart, across multiple international borders and diverse topography. The only place to have trains going to Hanoi is China’s capital Beijing and another town Nanning. From Beijing, the train leaves at 4:10 PM every Thursday and Sunday and takes 2 nights to reach Hanoi’s Gia Lam Railway station. The Nanning train is scheduled every day at 6:05 PM and takes a lesser duration of 11 hours 25 minutes since it is located in the south, nearer to the Vietnam border. The slow pace and thorough security checking of the trains are not suitable for a fast commute. But if one is after the experience of cross-border train travel, they can go for it.
Reaching from any Indian city like Bangalore, Mumbai or Delhi to Vietnam by road is a time-consuming process which takes a lot of effort and arrangements as well. First of all, one needs to have all the visa documents and others papers ready, because there are multiple international borders to cross. However, the roadway exists and can be travelled if one really wants to. The first step is to reach the north-eastern state Manipur, from where the India-Myanmar-Thailand Friendship Road will take you to the Yangon-Mandalay Expressway. This Expressway leads to Hanoi. From Kolkata to Hanoi, this journey takes 86 hours approximately and more than 100 hours from all other metro cities. Though an exciting one, this mode of transport is not the best policy. However, if one is travelling in Laos or Cambodia already, or even in Thailand, from there hired cars or overnight bus trips can be made to Hanoi.
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FAQ's of Hanoi
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It takes around 5 days to see the best things of Hanoi on a surface level, including a day trip to Halong Bay.
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Bach Ma Temple, Hoan Kiem Lake, Temple of Literature, Imperial Citadel and one pillar pagoda are some of the best things to see in Hanoi.
Flying to Noi Bai Airport in Hanoi is the easiest way to reach Hanoi. From outside the country, one can take buses from Laos or Cambodia or trains from China.
Vietnamese Dong is the currency for the entire country and thus in Hanoi too.
Hanoi is located in the northern temperate zone, the springs and autumns are perfect for a visit. Thus, September to November and March to April are the best time to visit Hanoi.
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