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Hanoi Tourism And Travel Guide
17° C / 62.6° F
October to November
5 to 7 Days
Noi Bai International Airport (35 kms)
Hanoi Railway Station (4.3 kms)
An ancient city of the banks of the Red River, Hanoi is the focal point for a country that is finally progressing from years of civil war and bloodshed. Hanoi in Vietnam is the ancient capital city that is home to some of the most unique historical landmarks (Hoan Kiem Lake and Ngoc Son Pagoda) and delicious food on offer. There is a majestic countryside and Ba Vi National Park not too far out of the city, where some spectacular natural landscapes can be observed and enjoyed.
Flying out to Noi Bai International Airport is the best way to reach the city, especially for international visitors. Tourism in Hanoi tends to be flourishing during the spring and fall seasons when the sub tropical climate is well-balanced. The options for affordable food and shopping are nearly endless. Our travel guide has all the best insider information for visitors thinking of visiting this unique city of Hanoi.
How to Reach
The best and most efficient way to reach Hanoi for international visitors is by landing at Noi Bai International Airport, approximately 35 km away from the main city. There are multiple taxi and bus options to take visitors to and from the airport.
Public and private agencies have employed thousands of taxis and busses to help visitors navigate Vietnam internally. Although the distances are great, the network of roadways is relatively efficient.
The North - South railway is the major artery for travel via train to Hanoi and connects the capital to majority of the other significant cities and towns in and around Vietnam.
Weather and Best Time to Visit
Spring (February - April):
This is one the best periods to visit Hanoi, due to the cool and well-balanced temperatures throughout the day, that are perfect for outdoor exploration and sightseeing.
Summer (May - September):
This is not the best period to visit due to the intense climatic conditions. Visitors can expect extremely hot days with a high level of humidity, along with heavy periodic showers.
Fall (October - November):
This is also one of the most popular times of the year for visitors to check out Hanoi and other parts of Vietnam. The temperature is at a happy medium of 24°C, with high visibility.
Winter (December - January):
Winters in Hanoi are not to be underestimated. Winds can be intense, with temperatures dropping to single digits in the evening. However, this is also festival season in Hanoi, giving it a special charm and energy.
Things to Do
Visit the Thang Long Citadel:
One of the best things to do in Hanoi is to check out the ancient ruins of the imperial citadel of Hang Long. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Take a walking tour of the city:
Visitors are highly encouraged to explore this epic city on foot or via walking tours that are organised by both private and public agencies. This is the best way to connect with the local culture.
Visit Hoan Kiem Lake:
This serene lake surrounding the Ngoc Son Temple is the best spot to escape the commotion of the city. Visitors frequent this spot for picnics and meditation.
Visit Ngoc Son Pagoda:
Surrounded by the Hoan Kiem Lake, this temple is a spectacular ancient monument that is reverred all across Vietnam. Visit this temple to connect with the history and religion of Hanoi.
The street food scene in Hanoi is serious. There is a seemingly uneding line of roadside stalls selling some of the most delicious and affordable street food available in all of Asia. The food takes major influence from the period of French Colonization in the country. Food is primarily non-vegetarian and a lot of dishes are noodle, rice or soup based. Seafood is also extremely popular and a large part of the local cuisine. Nem Cua Ba (crab spring rolls), pho noodles, meat on skewers are some of the best dishes to try. All these dishes are served with fresh herbs and leafy vegetables. Hanoi is a food lovers' paradise.
Dong Xuan Market is the most frequented and popular market in Hanoi. It is also the biggest indoor market in the city. Everything from fresh produce in the wet market section to old electronics, handicrafts, traditional garments and groceries can all be acquired in this massive, intense space. There is a diverse group of food vendors in the ground level of the market. This is an incredible place to embrace the diverse culture and lifestyle of the people of Hanoi. Being indoors, it is buzzing throughout the year. However, the energy during the festival season in December is something to behold as the market is lit up during the evening.