Hanoi is rich in cultural and political history and referred to by some as “the Paris of the Orient” with its broad tree lined boulevards, many lakes and parks.
Hanoi is a mixture of Indo-Chinese and French colonial buildings, with many modern buildings and high-rise towers being built along side in the midst of the famous Old Quarter with excellent traditional Shopping along the Streets, and modern Shopping Centre, where you can find a lot of historical relics and traditional cultural artifacts.
Places of Interest:
Old Quarter (10 minutes by cab from the hotel)
Like the Minotaur’s maze, Hanoi’s 36 streets has a 2,000 year old history of commerce and though . Old Quarter in Hanoi is a place that many Vietnamese visits and here tourist can find many activities such as live, sales, festivals, leisure, entertainment, foods, shopping and etc. This old quarter consists of 36 streets with names that reflect the businesses once conducted there: Silk Street, Rice Street, Paper Street, Paper Votive Objects Street and so forth. The area now houses a variety of small shops; ideal for souvenir and bargain-hunting.
Thang Long Water Puppet Theater (10 minutes by cab from the hotel)
Thang Long Water Puppet Theater is a popular theatre where the traditional legends and historical tales are performed by the enchanting puppet. All the show is performed in the water with live music.
Museum of History (Bao Tang Lich Su/ 5 minutes by cab from the hotel)
Bao Tang Lich Su or better known as Museum of History is a museum where tourist can find ancient history of Vietnam from thousands years ago.
Dong Xuan Market (15 minutes by cab from the hotel)
Dong Xuan Market is famous of cheap local’s products. Here tourist can buy food, vegetables, clothes and etc.
Army Museum ( 15 mins by cab from the hotel)
Army Museum or many people called this museum as Military museum where tourist can find pictures from the war against US, against France and all equipment being used including knives, swords, drum, gun and rocket.
Literature Temple (15 mins by cab from the hotel)
Literature Temple, Van Mieu built in 1070 and consecrated to Confucius, the temple was also known as the first university in Vietnam to educate royal children. The temple is also famous for its 82 pillars recording the names, places of birth and achievements of men who received doctorates in each examination held between 1442 and 1772.
Ho Chi Minh mausoleum (20 mins by cab from the hotel)
Silence reigns as visitors file by the preserved body of Vietnam revered leader Ho Chi Minh, the long lines and quick glimse are worth it.
Hoa Lo Prison (5 mins by cab from the hotel)
Referred to as the “Hanoi Hilton” by the American POWs, the prison was built by the French People in 1896 and used to house Vietnamese Political prisoners.
Half day tours:
Bat Trang Ceramic Village (30 mins by cab from the hotel)
Bat Trang Ceramic is famous by its name that tourist can buy varieties of souvenirs that is made by ceramic or even learn how to make ceramic. The village is a nice break from the crown of the city centre.
Van Phuc Silk Village (40 mins by cab from the hotel)
This Mecca of all things silk is a good place to stock up on fabric, premade clothing and scarves at prices slightly cheaper than the city centre. The selection is till excellent.
Perfume Pagoda (60km southwest of Hanoi)
This complex of Buddhist pagodas and shrines built into the limestone cliffs of Huong Tich Mountain is extremely popular among Vietnamese Tourists and Buddhist pilgrims.
One day tour
Ha Long Bay: (Descending Dragon Bay) is UNESCO World Heritate Site, and a popular travel destination, located on the sea, east of Hanoi. The bay features thousands of limestone karsts and isles dotted with caves and grottoes.