1.Overview of Hanoi Vietnam

Known as the capital of Vietnam with a thousand years of civilization, Hanoi contains many long-standing cultural and historical values associated with the process of formation and development. Besides, this is also one of the most popular destinations for international tourists when it comes to Vietnam tourism (4 million international visitors to Hanoi in 2023). Recently, Hanoi was also honored at the 3rd position in the top 2023 best culinary destinations in the world voted by TripAdvisor users.

Besides its nostalgic beauty, Hanoi today is also a city of integration and development. Therefore, visitors can absolutely find unique cultural interference here. From beautiful old quarters, to modern entertainment activities, Hanoi always has something to offer you.

  • Area: 3,360 square km
  • Population: 8,500,000 people
  • Region: Red River Delta
  • Weather: Winter (February – April); Summer/rainy season (May – July); Fall/best season (August – October); Winter (November – January)
  • Tourist Destinations: Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum; Hanoi Old Quarter; Hoan Kiem Lake; Temple of Literature; Thang Long Imperial City; Hoa Lo Prison; Long Bien Bridge, etc.

2. Tourists Destinations in Hanoi Vietnam

  • Hanoi Old Quarter & Hoan Kiem Lake

Hanoi Old Quarter & Hoan Kiem Lake are the two most popular tourist destinations in the capital Hanoi. Hanoi Old Quarter is known as the heart of the city with rows of ancient houses built in the 18th – 19th centuries located in 36 winding streets. Right next to it, Hoan Kiem Lake is a natural freshwater lake of about 12 hectares, containing many historical relics such as: Turtle Tower, Ngoc Son Temple, The Huc Bridge, etc. Both of the above locations are tourism symbols of this city

Hanoi Old Quarter - One of the most acttractive destinations in Hanoi

Hanoi Old Quarter

Bun Cha Hanoi, must-try dish in Hanoi City Tour

Bun Cha Hanoi

  • Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

Mausoleum of President Ho Chi Minh (1890 – 1969), known as one of the most famous places in the capital Hanoi, where the body of President Ho Chi Minh – A great leader of Vietnam is kept. Construction of the mausoleum began on September 2, 2973 at Ba Dinh square, where many important historical events of the Vietnamese people took place.

Ho Chi Minh President Mausoleum in Hanoi

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

  • Hoa Lo Prison Relic

Hoa Lo Prison is an important historical site of Hanoi capital. Built in 1896, this is the place where thousands of patriotic Vietnamese soldiers were detained and tortured during the resistance war against imperialism and colonialism. Coming to Hoa Lo, visitors will witness firsthand the brutality of war, and the resilient and indomitable fighting spirit of Vietnamese revolutionary soldiers.

Recreating the Cell of Hoa Lo Prison

Hoa Lo Prison Relic

Hoa Lo Prison Relic 

  • Temple of Literature

Temple of Literature is the first university in Vietnam, built in 1070 during the Ly dynasty. With nearly 1,000 years of establishment and development, today the Temple of Literature is known as an important historical and cultural relic complex of Vietnam. Attracting more than 773,000 visitors in 2023

Temple of Literature in Hanoi

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Temple of Literature

Temple of Literature

  • The Imperial Citadel of Thang Long

Thang Long Imperial Citadel is a world cultural heritage recognized by UNESCO in 2009. Built in the 7th century, experiencing many historical ups and downs, this is the capital of many Vietnamese feudal dynasties. Coming to Thang Long, visitors will admire unique architectural works, as well as learn about Vietnamese history and culture.

Thang Long Imperial Citadel - UNESCO Heritage

The Imperial Citadel of Thang Long

Thang Long Imperial Citadel Architecture

3. Best Time to Visit Hanoi

  • Spring (February – April): This is considered an ideal time to travel to Hanoi with cool weather. At the same time, many traditional Vietnamese festivals take place such as Lunar New Year, Perfume Pagoda Festival, craft village festivals, etc.
  • Summer (May – July): At this time, Hanoi’s temperature is relatively high, with occasional sudden rains. However, summer is the time when many vibrant cultural and entertainment activities take place in Hanoi
  • Autumn (August – October): Autumn in Hanoi is considered the most beautiful season of the year. The weather is cool and pleasant, fluctuating between 20 – 28 degrees Celsius.
  • Winter (November – January): In Hanoi winter, the temperature can drop to 10 degrees Celsius. Traveling to Hanoi at this time, you will admire this city in a very different beauty.

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