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Hoan Kiem Lake

The name of the lake translates directly to ‘Lake of the Returned Sword’, and it was inspired from the local legend surrounding it. It is one of the most scenic spot in the city and serves as a focal point for its public life.

Travelling here: 8 minutes by car from Sunway Hotel Hanoi

Address: Hoàn Kiếm Lake, Hoàn Kiếm, Hanoi, Vietnam

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Ngoc Son Temple (Temple of the Jade Mountain)

This beautiful temple is built on a small little island, accessible from the Hoan Kiem Lake via a red wooden bridge that was built in a style that presents the traditional Vietnamese culture.

Travelling here: 8 minutes by car from Sunway Hotel Hanoi

Address: Đinh Tiên Hoàng, Hàng Trống, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam

Opening hours: 8.00am – 5.00pm

Entrance Fee: VND30,000 per adult

Note: As this is a temple, it is advisable to dress decently for a visit!

Tip: If you are here during winter, remember to bring a sweater as it might get a little chilly.

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St. Joseph’s Cathedral

This catholic cathedral was constructed during the French colonisation in Vietnam, and has neo-Gothic style which makes for a unique architecture to be admired.

Travelling here: 10 minutes by car from Sunway Hotel Hanoi

Address: 40 Nha Chung Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi.

Opening hours: 8.00am – 12.00pm , 2.00pm – 6.00pm

Tip: This is definitely one of the places that you must visit during Christmas as many people would gather around this place, and the vibe around here at the time of the year would be one that you cannot miss.

Temple of Literature

Despite the name, the Temple of Literature in Hanoi is not a place for religious worshipping. It was first built to honour Confucius and later high-achieving scholars. It clearly portrays the traditional Vietnamese architecture and the scenic view is enough to garner admiration.

Travelling here: 15 minutes by car from Sunway Hotel Hanoi

Address: Văn Miếu, Đống Đa, Hà Nội, Vietnam

Opening hours:

  • November to March: 8.00am – 5.00pm
  • April to October: 7:30am – 5.30pm
  • Closed on Mondays

Entrance Fee: VND30,000

Note: Remember to dress decently, and head-wear such as hats or caps will need to be taken off before entering the temple.

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Presidential Palace Historical Site

The mausoleum was built to commemorate the late leader of Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh, and is also his final resting place. Visitors are allowed to enter and pay respect to the late leader. You can also pay a little bit more to get into the Ho Chi Minh Presidential Palace Historical Site, where you will get to see the presidential palace, and also the house where Ho Chi Minh used to live in.

Travelling here: 16 minutes by car from Sunway Hotel Hanoi

Address: Hùng Vương, Điện Biên, Ba Đình, Hà Nội, Vietnam

Opening Hours:

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum:

Every other day of the week except for Monday and Friday, from 8.00am – 11.00am. Last entry at 10.15am.

Presidential Palace Historical Site:

7.30am- 4pm (Closed in between 11am-1.30pm)

Entrance Fee:

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum:


Presidential Palace Historical Site:


Note: This mausoleum is closed from September to November.

Note2: The dress code here is very strict, so make sure to wear something decent during your visit.

Note3: Cameras, hats and bags are not allowed into the mausoleum, but there are lockers provided for your valuables.

Note4: Visitors are expected to stay quiet when they enter the mausoleum.

Tip: You might want to try getting here early as the queue here is oftentimes very long.

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.