WHAT TO DO
Hanoi Opera House
The Hanoi Opera House has an admirable architecture. It was built during the French colonisation, hence the European style. Many art performances are held in the Hanoi Opera House and you should catch a show here if you wish to do more than just sightseeing and photo-taking.
Travelling here: 5 minutes by car / 12 minutes walk from Sunway Hotel Hanoi
Address: 1 Trang Tien St, Hanoi, Vietnam
Opening hours: Please check the show schedules beforehand and book them before the show. Visit their official website: http://hanoioperahouse.org.vn/E_FontEnd/E_Lichdien.aspx
Note: You won’t be able to enter the place unless you’ve booked seat(s) for a performance. If there are no performances, the place will be closed as well.
The exhibits in the museum are arranged chronologically, making it easy for visitors to maneuver through it. The architecture itself is already a great representation of the culture of Vietnam, being a perfect mixture of the French colonial and traditional Vietnamese architecture.
Travelling here: 6 minutes by car / 14 minutes walk from Sunway Hotel Hanoi
Address: 1 Trang Tien Street and 216 Tran Quang Khai Street, Hoan Kiem District, Ha Noi
Opening hours: 8.00am – 12.00pm, 1:30pm – 5.00pm (closed on the first Monday of the month)Entrance Fee: VND40,000 per adult
Vietnam Museum of Revolution
For the history buffs, this place is definitely one worth your time. The exhibits here let their visitors understand more about the history of Vietnam, and how they have worked towards becoming the nation that they are today.
Travelling here: 6 minutes by car / 14 minutes walk from Sunway Hotel Hanoi
Address: 216 Trần Quang Khải, Tràng Tiền, Hoàn Kiếm Tràng Tiền Hoàn Kiếm Hà Nội, Vietnam, Vietnam
Opening hours: 8am-12pm, 1pm-5pm
Entrance Fee: VND40,000 per adults
Vietnamese Women’s Museum
This museum is a unique one, geared towards letting visitors see life in the perspective of Vietnamese women, from the past until the present, including those from the many different ethnicities in the country. Not only does it let visitors understand more about the history and culture of women in Vietnam, but it also tends to foster a sense of gender equality.
Travelling here: 6 minutes by car / 15 minutes walk from Sunway Hotel Hanoi
Address: 36 Lý Thường Kiệt, Hang Bai ward, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam
Opening hours: 8.00am – 5.00pm (closed on Mondays)
Entrance Fee: VND30,000/adult
Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre
It is almost a given that watching a water puppet performance has to be on the itinerary as it is one of the traditional art in the country. The Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre is near many of the tourist attractions in the city, making the location strategic.
Travelling here: 8 minutes by car from Sunway Hotel Hanoi
Address: 57b Đinh Tiên Hoàng, Hoàn Kiếm Hanoi, Vietnam
Opening hours: To check the puppet show schedule and booking information, visit; http://www.thanglongwaterpuppet.org/?/en/Play/21/C...
Price: VND100,000 for adults, VND60,000 for children
Tip: It is better to dress appropriately here, and during the winter, be sure to bring your sweater along with you.
Hoa Lo Prison (Hanoi Hilton)
The Hoa Lo Prison was built by the French during their colonisation, and it used to house Vietnamese prisoners, and afterwards prisoners of war from the U.S. Most parts of the prison were demolished, but the remaining parts were converted into a museum, where visitors will get to see the portrayal of the prisoners’ lives back then.
Travelling here: 9 minutes by car from Sunway Hotel Hanoi
Address: 1 Hoả Lò, Trần Hưng Đạo, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam
Opening Hours: 7:30am - 11:30am, 1:30pm - 4:30pm (Closed on Mondays)
Entrance Fee: VND30,000
Tip: Keep an open mind and just enjoy the exhibits and stories displayed in this place.
Vietnam Military History Museum
If you have an interest in history, this would be one ideal spot for you to see and gain insight into what happened in Vietnam during the war with France and subsequently with America. Many artefacts from the war are displayed in this museum, and it will inspire your sense of wonder.
Travelling here: 14 minutes by car from Sunway Hotel Hanoi
Address: 28A Điện Biên Phủ, Điện Biên, Ba Đình, Hà Nội, Vietnam
Opening hours: 8.00am - 4:30pm
Entrance fee: VND20,000
Ho Chi Minh Museum
The Ho Chi Minh Museum contains exhibits to let visitors gain an insight into the life of the late leader in Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh, and it is a very comprehensive one.
Travelling here: 16 minutes by car from Sunway Hotel Hanoi
Address: Chùa Một Cột, Đội Cấn, Ba Đình, Hà Nội, Vietnam
- Friday & Monday: 8.00am – 12.00pm
- The rest of the week: 8.00am - 4:30pm (Lunch break from 12.00pm – 2.00pm)
Entrance Fee: VND40,000
Vietnam Fine Arts Museum
If you are an art enthusiast, you could always head over to the Vietnam Fine Arts Museum. They have a huge range of exhibits, from different eras of history. One of the main appeals of this museum is that visitors get to see the evolution of lacquer throughout the history in Vietnam.
Travelling here: 17 minutes by car from Sunway Hotel Hanoi
Address: 66 Nguyễn Thái Học, Ba Đình, Hà Nội, Vietnam
Opening hours: Everyday of the week 8:30am – 5.00pm
Entrance fee: VND30,000
Vietnam Museum of Ethnology
Vietnam is a country that is rich with culture, and has more than 50 ethnic groups. The Museum of Ethnology provides an insight into each of these ethnic groups so that visitors will be introduced to their unique ways of life and culture. This way, they can ensure that their cultural heritage will be preserved.
Travelling here: 27 minutes by car from Sunway Hotel Hanoi
Address: Nguyễn Văn Huyên, Nghĩa Đô, Cầu Giấy, Hà Nội, Vietnam
Opening hours: 8:30am to 5:30pm (Closed on Mondays and New Year’s Holiday)
Entrance Fee: VND40,000/adult on average. For more information about specific discounts, you can visit their official website : http://www.vme.org.vn/useful-information/prices/
Halong Bay, being one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, makes the surrounding view well worth the visit. It is surrounded by many natural features such as small islets, caves, limestone island and even jungles. Thus, you can expect to be amazed by the beauty that mother nature presented to us.
Travelling here: On average, 3.5 hours by car from Sunway Hotel Hanoi
Some alternative travelling options:
- If you have booked a tour beforehand, chances are they would have prepared the transportation needed for you to get there already, so be sure to confirm the details with them.
- Buses – The two bus stations nearby the hotel where you get to buy bus tickets to the Halong Bay are the Gia Lam bus station (16 minutes by car from the hotel) and the Luong Yen bus station (14 minutes by car from the hotel).
- You could also get a ride on the shuttle buses provided by local tour operators from the Old Quarter of Hanoi.
- There are also ‘tourist bus’ that leaves to Halong Bay from the center of Hanoi everyday at about 8.00am. The meeting point for this bus is in front of the Opera House.
- If you don’t mind the cost, you could always get a seaplane from Hanoi to Halong Bay, and it is only about 45 minutes away.
Tips: If you are planning on taking a cruise in Halong Bay, it is always better to book them in advance to ensure a spot. But if you haven’t, there are also bookings that can be done on the spot either in the Bai Chay harbour near the Halong Bay or in Hanoi, around the Old Quarter or the Hoan Kiem Lake.
You might want to consider booking an overnight cruise so that you will get to enjoy the view there at different times of the day. Also, you won’t have to rush through the trip so you can let yourself relax.
Renting a car here would require you to show your passport and international driving license. However some native licenses in common languages might be accepted.
Tip1: There are certain attractions that are located near each other, making it accessible through walking as well. That is, if you are fond of walking instead of getting a car ride.
Tip2: As the traffic in Hanoi might seem chaotic for visitors from other country, it might be best to rent a car with a driver, or rent a cab instead of driving yourself.
Tip3: When crossing the road, you have to learn to be more fearless. When you are ready and there’s enough space for you to start walking, walk at a constant speed across the road and the drivers on the road will adjust their speed accordingly.