Hanoi’s Old Quarter is a must see and arguably the most popular of all of Hanoi’s sights. Dating back to the 15th century this crowded and bustling district of 36 narrow streets is the perfect place for sightseeing, shopping, eating or sipping tea in one of the many tea houses. Whether you are walking or taking a cyclo tour you’ll love visiting the heart and soul of old Hanoi.
Address: near Hoan Kiem lake
Address: Centre of Hanoi
Hanoi Opera House
Built by the French between 1901 and 1911 the Opera House has classic colonial French architecture and is a small-scale replica of the Palais Garnier, the older of Paris’s two opera houses. Today the Opera House still plays concerts, ballet, symphonies, opera and jazz concerts.
Address: 1 Trang Tien Street, Hanoi. Get tickets www.ticketvn.com
Dong Xuan Market
Address: Hang Ngang Street, Hanoi (West end of Old Quarter)
Originally known as a Rickshaw today’s modern Cyclo is one of the most typical vehicles in Hanoi. (Three wheeled bike with driver riding behind seated passengers) It’s a cheap and efficient form of transport but for tourists it’s a great way to tour the city and an exhilarating experience but be warned, especially in the bustling downtown area, a Cyclo ride is not for the feint hearted. Hanoi is home to some 4 million motorbikes, and where road rules hardly matter, for the uninitiated the traffic is somewhat overwhelming.
Thang Long Water Puppet Theater
Address: 57b Dinh Tien Hoang Str., Hanoi – Vietnam
Van Mieu – Temple of Literature
Hanoi’s first university including the Temple of Literature dating back to the 11th century was built in honour of Confucius. Throughout its more than 700 years of activity, thousands of Vietnamese scholars and philosophers have graduated. Today the collection of buildings and courtyards is a peaceful retreat from the streets of Hanoi and is worth a visit for the traditional Vietnamese architecture and peaceful ambience.
Address: Pho Quoc Tu Giam St, Dong Da District, Hanoi
Address: 1 Bach Thao, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum
The resting place of the revered leader Ho Chi Minh. Silence reigns as visitors file past for a glimpse of this illustrious leader. Free admission
Address: Ba Dinh Square, Hanoi
Hoa Lo Prison
Address Hoả Lò, Hànội
Halong Bay – Day Tour
Visiting Vietnam travellers cannot miss one destination that epitomises the beauty and the people of Vietnam – Halong Bay. Three hours east of the country’s capital Hanoi, Halong Bay is a UNESCO World Heritage site featuring thousands of awe inspiring limestone rock formations, islands with caves and grottos. Visit as a day trip from Hanoi or to spend an overnight aboard one of the classic sailing Junks
Hanoi is a wonderful city to explore and obviously there are many more places to visit. If any reader has a personal favourite please help expand this list by adding a comment below
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