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Discover Hanoi

Hanoi is a very vibrant city which is definitely worth to visit for a few days. It’s the second-largest city in Vietnam and that is also why the busy roads and traffic can be overwhelming for some.

However, Hanoi is still more relaxed than Ho Chi Minh. There are several museums, ancient pagodas, parks and lakes to escape from Hanoi’s busy traffic. The wide streets, the large villas and the Vietnamese baguette (Banh Mi) still reflect the influence from the France occupation from 1873 to 1940.

Hanoi street

Most people stay in the Old Quarter of Hanoi as this location is in the middle of the center and in walking distance from many sights in Hanoi. When you stay in this area, you will experience the Vietnamese culture from the moment you walk out of your hotel.

You can spend your days visiting the Hoan Kiem Lake and the French Hoa Lo Prison or the monumental Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. At night, you can wander around the night market and try some local Vietnamese food (Bun Cha!).

Need inspiration for what to do after your visit to Hanoi? We recommend to spend a few days in the north to visit the gorgeous ricefields in Sapa. The night train from Hanoi to Lao Cai is a very convenient way to travel your way up north without wasting your valuable day time.

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How to get to Hanoi

Leaving fromDurationPrices fromSee details
Hanoi Airport1-1,5 hrs€0,20 - €13Hanoi Airport to Hanoi
Sapa5,5-8,5 hrs€10 - €16Sapa to Hanoi
Cat Ba3,5-4 hrs€8 - €13Cat Ba to Hanoi
Ninh Binh2-3 hrs€3,50 - €8Ninh Binh to Hanoi
Phong Nha6-11,5 hrs€11,50 - €58Phong Nha to Hanoi
Ho Chi Minh2h 05min€55Ho Chi Minh to Hanoi
Hoi An3-18,5 hrs€14 - €38Hoi An to Hanoi
Hue3-14 hrs€11-€23Hue to Hanoi
Halong Bay2,5-7 hrs€14-€209Halong Bay to Hanoi
Ha Giang6 hrs€10-€16Ha Giang to Hanoi

Hanoi map



My favourite places to stay in Hanoi

Ancient Lane Hotel

Looking for a room in the middle of the Old Quarter? Ancient Lane Hotel offers very clean rooms nicely decorated with ancient attributes. The hosts Thuy and Tuan will make sure you'll have a great stay!

Double room from: €26

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Nova Luxury Hotel

Just landed in Hanoi? In this hotel, you will get the best night of sleep you had since ages. The friendly staff will give you a warm welcome and serve a wonderful breakfast buffet the next morning! Located in the middle of the center, but completely isolated from all the noise.

Double rooms with city view from: €38

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ActivitiesVisiting Halong Bay

Halong Bay and Cat Ba are one of the highlights of Vietnam. From both locations, you can make beautiful boatrips and cruise through the beautiful landscape filled with karst mountains.

You can opt to travel to Halong Bay independent. but also book an organised tour including transport from Hanoi. We recommend to book a boat cruise incl. transport from Hanoi as you will have more choice and tours are often cheaper in Hanoi than tours sold by agencies in Halong Bay.

Tours sell as cheap as €31 for a day-trip and €117 for a 2D1N cruise.

See here our 2 favourite tours from to Halong Bay:

*Both tours include free pick-up and drop-off in Hanoi.

If you have a few extra days to spend, you can also visit Lan Ha Bay from Cat Ba. But if you are short in time, Halong Bay is definitely a better option.

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