Is Hanoi a good place to visit?
Hanoi Capital is one of the most beautiful and ideal tourist destinations in Vietnam for those looking for a place to visit. Some of the tips for travelling in Hanoi that collected below will certainly provide visitors with useful information to get on a joyful trip to Hanoi with no regrets.
Some experiences to answer, “Is Hanoi a good place to visit?” I would like to mention:
Besides, you should know the Hanoi Itinerary for your travel
1. The ideal time to go to Hanoi
Firstly, I can say that you can go to Hanoi in any seasons or at any time of the year. Some analyses of the weather in each Hanoi season will make you more understand and approve for this statement:
– Autumn in Hanoi
It is around early September to early November: the climate is cool, and slightly sunny so the atmosphere will make people comfortable. Especially, it is impressive for taking beautiful photos.
This season also has a few light rains, but don’t worry it actually did not affect much to your trip. We are sure that you all will be satisfied and the first thing to come to your mind is that Hanoi is a good place to visit.
– Winter in Hanoi
Winter begins from November to about January next year: This season in Hanoi is also special and interesting, beautiful peach blossom begins to appear. At the same time, the cold feeling in here is also a wonderful experience for you.
– Spring in Hanoi
Springtime is from February to April: This is the tourist season of Tet, so the number of visitors tends to be higher, compared to other seasons. At this time, there are many festivals as well as interesting programs for you.
However, if you go to Hanoi at this time, the price of services will be higher so that you should book the car very soon to avoid raising in the fare as well as the train ticket.
– Summer in Hanoi
There are some early rains that appear, but the scenery of Hanoi is also quite beautiful, romantic, certainly will not make you disappointed about it.
2. Transportation to go to Hanoi and going around the city as well.
To begin with the transportation to go to Hanoi
If you are in the place where is far away from Hanoi, such as Saigon, Vung Tau, Da Nang, Hoi An, Hue, Mui Ne or Nha Trang, Dalat, and so on, you should go to Hanoi by airplane for saving time and your safety.
Although its price is quite expensive in comparison with other transportations, I think that it is worth the price.
Besides airplane, train is another popular option for visitors because it is not only easy for them to see the views of many places on the way to Hanoi, but it also saves their budgets.
If you are in the vicinity, where is near the capital with the distance of approximately below 300 km from Hanoi, you can select a car or motorbike to visit Hanoi.
Especially, motorbikes are the choice of most people because of its convenience, comfortability, initiative as well as low costs.
However, when you come to Hanoi, you will have more options on transportations.
Motorbike: you can hire a motorbike to go around the city. It is quite cheap, which is about 50,000 to 200,000 VND per day depend on what kind of the motorbike.
You should also prepare a Hanoi map to be easier finding sightseeing locations.
To have the safe experience on motorbike, contact AZ Local Trip to book a Motorbike tour around Hanoi with their experience guide.
Grab: If you have a smartphone, you also book Grabbike by installing Grab application on your phone.
Taxi: you can choose taxi for more privacy or go with group of people. Taxi will take you wherever you want to go quickly and conveniently. Its price is, however, quite high.
3. Selecting suitable hotels, motels to stay in Hanoi.
When you stop to visit the capital, many of you consider “Where do I stay during the trip in Hanoi?” because this place has many hotels at any costs for you to choose. Therefore, we will give you some recommendations below:
To help you answer this question, I collected to list some hotels with good quality and reasonable price.
– Antique hotel : located in No. 23 Lo Su, Old Quarter, Hoan Kiem district. This is 4.5-star hotel with reasonable price, about 38 USD a room per night with good facilities and services.
– Melia hotel: located in No. 44B, Ly Thuong Kiet street, Hoan Kiem district. This is 5-star hotel so its price for one room per night is quite expensive, about 199 to 275 USD.
– Helios Legend Hotel: located in No. 2D, Duong Thanh street, Hoan Kiem district. This is a budget hotel with only 24 USD a room. Its facilities and service are good to ensure your comfortable trip.
– Fortuna Hotel Hanoi: located in No. 6B Lang Ha, Dong Da District. This hotel 4.5-star hotel. The price of hotel room is also relatively high, about 166 USD 1 room, compensate for quite high service, luxurious furniture, ideal for the needs of tourists.
You can also check out more hotels at Agoda (Official Site). This site specializes in hotels, and regularly updated many promotions, discount offers are extremely ideal for your reference.
4. What and where to eat
Hanoi is known as a long-standing city with the old quarters, so there are definitely many famous delicious specialties for you to try. Hanoi food is one of the factors to approve how amazing Hanoi is. The feedback of visitors is Hanoi a good place to visit.
Pho Hanoi: This dish is old, famous, delicious taste, bold and most people visit Hanoi enjoy this dish.
And to eat delicious Pho, you can look to some of the sidewalk in the old quarters or Quan Thanh Street, Bat Dan Street or more specifically Pho 49 Bat Dan or Pho Thuy 11 Lo Duc are all delicious and famous places.
Cha Ca: is also a delicious food, attractive in Hanoi. You can go to some restaurants, such as the restaurant La Vong – this is a delicious restaurant, famous and chosen by many people when visiting Hanoi.
You can also go to the address at 14 Cha Ca street or address 107 Nguyen Truong To to enjoy. Fish prices here is not quite expensive, about 175,000 VND per person for a part.
Bun Dau Mam Tom (Prawn Noodle): is another delicious food, famous specialties in Hanoi.
To enjoy delicious food, you can stop at No. 4 Pham Dinh Ho and Hoa Ma – these are the places to eat delicious Bun Dau Mam Tom, but only sold at noon.
Com cake: you can find it in Vong village.
5. Some of attractive locations in Hanoi
Hanoi is an ancient city, the only capital of our country so it owns quite a lot of attractive tourist attractions for you to come. And when you come here, you can also answer question “instead of a poetry city, is Hanoi a good place to discover historical stories?
Ba Dinh Square and Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum: It can be said that these are two of the most attractive tourist attractions in Hanoi.
Ba Dinh Square is where Uncle Ho read the independence declaration of Vietnam, so it is a very significant location in terms of culture, history for you to come.
Square is opened all morning of the week, except Monday only. And there is a note that when visiting Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, you should also visit the One Pillar Pagoda and Uncle Ho pond to learn more about Vietnamese culture.
The Temple of Literature: This is a place of cultural tourism, proud history of the Vietnamese, is the first school of our country since the country was founded.
The Old Quarter: This is a long-standing quarter so it retains much of the traditional culture of the Vietnamese nation.
Especially the street also has a very diverse cuisine with a variety of popular dishes, delicious specialties for you to enjoy.
Hoan Kiem Lake: it also known as Ho Guom Lake, is an ideal destination in the heart of the capital.
This large lake is associated with quite a lot of stories. About this legend, I will introduce you in the next time with more specific.
Opera House: If the country has a big event, surely the Hanoi Opera House will be one of the biggest choice. This is the ideal tourist destination for you to come to show you that is Hanoi a good place to visit.
Besides, in the evening with fresh air, we can recommend you some places to visit below:
West Lake area
Night market in the Old Quarter or Dong Xuan market is also beautiful.
Beer street Ta Hien is another option.
Hanoi Cathedral (official name: St. Joseph Cathedral)
My Dinh Stadium is also worth a visit.
There are also other tourist attractions near Hanoi are quite attractive, worth to find, such as:
Huong Pagoda – located about 50 km from Hanoi.
Co Loa Wall is just about 20 km from the center.
Duong Lam village – about 30 km from Hanoi.
Tay Thien Monastery and Tam Dao area – about 50 km from central Hanoi.
6. Some additional notes when travelling to Hanoi
In addition to the experience of Hanoi tourism, you can also refer to:
If you go in summer should choose neat, comfortable clothes because the weather this season is quite hot, and will cause you to get sweat.
You should prepare a map to go around the Old Quarter because its allocation is quite complicated. Therefore, this tip will help you to avoid getting lost.
Specially, do not go out too late at night (after 12 am) because the road is quite deserted, security is almost not guaranteed.
When visiting the cultural attractions such as Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum or museum should dress politely, neatly and carefully to ensure the experience for this place.
All of the tips for travelling to Hanoi in 2018 above that I has collected for you. With these experiences, we hope you will have the most enjoyable trip to Hanoi and give you a quite clear answer for the question “is Hanoi a good place to visit?”