Places To Visit In Hanoi
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Tourist Places In Hanoi
Hanoi destination is the capital city of the southeast Asian country Vietnam, which is a mesh of the cultures of three different countries – namely French, Russian, and Chinese – due to its vast history. But little do people know that in addition to being a historically and politically relevant city, one can find a lot of tourist attractions in Hanoi Vietnam. Its location in a delta region (the Red River delta) and its proximity to other more popular southeast Asian tourist spots of Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia make it an evolving spot.
Here are the top 5 Hanoi points of interest to visit:
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum
Ho Chi Minh was an extremely important figure in Vietnam’s history as he was the leading revolutionary during the Vietnam War. He is a highly venerated figure in Vietnam, and his body is preserved at the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum so that members of the common public can come and pay their respects to him. Ho Chi Minh Museum is one of the major places to visit in Hanoi. For a history buff, this is a lovely place. However, it must be mentioned that since he is such an important figure in the country, there are a set of rules and regulations to be adhered to while visiting the mausoleum, else the person stands the risk of getting a punishment. To avoid that embarrassment, one must follow the stipulated dress code and conduct oneself according to the military instructions imparted. Be silent and do not cut queues.
Hoàn Kiem Lake
In English, the name of the lake may be translated as “Lake of the Returning Sword”. It is a historically important lake and is one of the most picturesque locations for sightseeing in the city of Hanoi. A main attraction of the lake used to be the sighting of softshell turtles in it. However, their numbers have drastically decreased of late. Temples (Temple of the Jade Mountain), bridges (The Huc Bridge) and islands (Jade Island) can be found adjoined to the lake, and they are also tourist attractions in Hanoi. The best time to visit the lake is considered to be dusk because the whole lake is lit up and it makes for some stunning photographs.
Temple of Literature
The Temple of Literature is a temple dedicated to the famous philosopher Confucius. Vietnam is rife with temples dedicated to Confucius and his associated sages and disciples, but The Temple of Literature is the best and most famous among them. The temple is also featured on the back of the official 100,000 Vietnamese (currency note). Since the temple is built as a tribute to Confucius, its layout is similar to his birthplace, that is, the temple at Qufu, Shandong. While this is one of the major Hanoi points of interest, it is open 24/7. Therefore, tourists can visit it anytime they please.
Imperial Citadel of Thang Long
The Imperial Citadel of Thang Long is also known as the Hanoi Citadel. It was built during the time of the Lý Dynasty and was expanded by subsequent dynasties. It is a vast complex which gives us a look at the royal architectural style of the dynasties of that period. Much of it is in ruin now due to historical conquests and normal wear and tear over the centuries, but the citadel is still worth visiting once. The UNESCO declared it as a World Heritage Site in 2010. One thing to keep in mind while visiting this Hanoi Vietnam attraction is that the timings are very rigid and strict. It stays open in two shifts: the first from 8-11:30 AM and the second from 1:30-5 PM.
One Pillar Pagoda
Hanoi sightseeing tour is incomplete without visiting a Buddhist site, and the One Pillar Pagoda is the perfect site to visit. The pillar on which the temple is constructed is breathtaking. It is built on a single wood pillar which is 1.25m in diameter. The temple has been designed to resemble a lotus blossom, which is considered a symbol of purity in Buddhism because a lotus is inherently so pure that it manages to blossom even in a muddy pond. It was built by Ly Thai Tong who got it made because he was grateful for having a son. It has been renovated a couple of times due to being attacked by other emperors.
Old Quarter In Hanoi
In the heart of the capital city of Vietnam lies the area, which has been standing here since the imperial days of the country. Hanoi Old Quarter of Vietnam was initially a doing of the Ly and Tran dynasties. It served as the centre of their rule, situated right to the east of the Citadel of Thang Long, along the slow-movin...
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Hoan Kiem Lake In Hanoi
In the old quarters of the capital city, Hanoi sits the ancient Hoan Kiem Lake, which translates to the Vietnamese language as ‘Lake of the Returned Sword’. This moniker has a famous legend behind it, which is often the storyline of numerous water puppetry shows in the Thong Lang Water Puppet Theatre.
The legend says that...
One Pillar Pagoda In Hanoi
Located in Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, One Pillar Pagoda is regarded to be one of the most significant temples of the country. The Pagoda is made out of wood on a single pillar of stone, which is 1.25 metre in diameter and 4 meters in height. Thus it got the name ‘one pillar’ pagoda. The design resembles a lotus blossom,...
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Temple of Literature In Hanoi
Temple of Literature is considered as one of Hanoi’s most sacred places, not only for religion or spirituality but for education as well. The temple was originally built in 1070 AD as a university dedicated to Confucianism, during the reign of third Ly emperor Ly Thanh Tong. The architecture of the Temple of Literature Hano...
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West Lake In Hanoi
West Lake is the largest fixed water body of Hanoi, stretching for over 17 km in its shoreline and an area of 500 hectares within. A 15 minutes’ drive away from the cacophonous old quarters of Hanoi, West Lake offers a more peaceful and tranquillity alternative to the visitors. Also known as Ho Tay Lake in the local languag...
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Trip to HanoiDidn't face any difficulty during the trip.Except for the hotel room for the first night in Hanoi everything else was well arranged.The country is beautiful and the people extremely nice.In the coming years Vietnam will become very popular with Indian tourists
Trip to HanoiHello, we completed our trip to Vietnam from 5th to 11th Aug 2019. We covered four destinations - Nha Trang, Hanoi, Ha Long Bay, and HCM City and took the services provided by S Viet Travels. We were coordinated by Ms. Hannah, who was probably the best part of S Viet services. Hannah is a proactive, reliable, responsive and sincere agent. No trip to a foreign destination gets completed without few hiccups, even our trip wasn't free from it. What we liked and appreciated was the way Hannah and her company responded to it. Their response was swift and responsible. I would definitely recommend S Viet Travels for others as well.
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Trip to HanoiI had travelled with my colleague to Hanoi and Hochi Minh. Eric and Rakhanda had beautifully arranged the trip for us and we had no problems. I liked the Hotel in Ho Chi Minh. The customised trip was very good. However, few tips regarding shopping may also be shared which helps. Trip to Halong Bay was very good. Although I was a vegetarian, food was not a problem on the Cruise. Few guidelines on Indian food may be shared with travellers as that helps. All the best! I will share your contacts with others.
Trip to HanoiWe have a very good experience with Mr. Karan. He was so helpful to resolve the issues with the Travel agent. The hotel room at Hanoi was not so good as told and advised by our Travel agent. All other things were fine. Overall our experience was good.
Trip to HanoiVietnam Thanks to Karan from TT for helping us choose the agent and also giving us a little discount :) Asia Authentic Travel - We had an amazing support and guidance from Eric all through the trip regarding anything and everything. They clarified the silliest of our doubts. Very well planned and everything was in our budget as the prices quoted were competitive. Thanks Eric for all the help. We had visited Hanoi(3 days including Halong Bay), Hoi An (2 days) and Saigon (HCMC 3 days including Mekong Delta). It got a little hectic as there was so much to cover but less time. We would have wanted to spend more time in Hoi An. All these 3 cities have so much to explore and different cultures that you would maybe want to dedicate a full week to these cities. Overall a good and satisfying trip.
Trip to HanoiMovenpick Hotel at Hanoi was below expectations. Window opened from bathroom to bedroom. Check in the second time was below standard. No swimming pool though it is called a 5 star
Trip to HanoiWe were looking forward to a fabulous time as a group of three. The bookings and the details had to be monitored carefully as there were a few glitches. The fact that we wanted Triple occupancy was overlooked in Hanoi else everything else was fabulous. it was clock work. The La Paci cruise was quite a disaster as the food requirements fr the vegetarians was completely overlooked. No safety drills were performed as promised and the Manager was completely in efficient. He took us to a bay which opened out into the ocean . This had danger signs everywhere which we were not aware of. Two of us got taken in by the tide in a kayak into the rough seas, The manage or lifeguard was nowhere in sight. We were stranded on high seas with no help. This was ridiculous !! absolutely unsafe and the attitude by the crew was atrocious. After paying a higher fare for this cruise this experience was totally undesirable. The trip to Mekong Delta was a more commercial trip in a Run down bus. Other than this everything else was very well organised.
Trip to HanoiAwesome experience right from the beginning Booking was so easy and smooth...ample amount of thanks to our travel triangle advisor Rakshanda and agent Jenny from Vietnam The hotels were neat and clean Airport pick up was prompt and nice The day tour in Hoi An was wonderful but Hanoi was not as good as the former All our queries were promptly attended to Overall we had an amazing experience Hoi An was too good for someone who wants time away from the busy city life especially at the Ba Na hills HaLong bay day trip was fun The train street in Hanoi was memorable
Trip to HanoiTravel Triangle made this special trip the most memorable one in 2019. The guides (Huey & Peter) did an amazing job in Hanoi and Halong Bay. The cruise to Halong Bay was the highlight of the trip where we got to spend quality time on the island, could enjoy Kayaking and enjoyed the best of Vietnam cuisine meals.
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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.
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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