Hanoi Holidays

A city with a fascinating and lengthy history, Hanoi's pulse beats today in the heart of northern Vietnam. Conquered by China in the 1400's and colonized by France in the 1800's, Hanoi still bears the strong influence of both cultures with a distinctly Vietnamese twist. Join an early morning t'ai chi along one of Hanoi's lakes or sip coffee on a ... Read more
patio cafe under a tree-lined street. Just wandering through wide boulevards and French colonial architecture while dodging motorbikes (some carrying entire families ... and their chickens) and street vendors is enough of a highlight in itself, other attractions include temples, pagodas and a host of Vietnam war-era museums (including some of John McCain's possessions at the Hoa Lo Prison Museum, once better known as the Hanoi Hilton). Although there is a Hilton now in Hanoi (called the Hilton Hanoi Opera House), one of the charms of Hanoi is in its relatively inexpensive small hotels, many centered in the millennium-old Old Quarter. Stroll over to the happening French Quarter or the scenic Hoan Kiem Lake for dinner at a restaurant where the luscious surroundings are as appetizing as the impeccably prepared Vietnamese and fusion dishes.

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Things to see and do in Hanoi

  • Hoan Kiem Lake
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  • Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum
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Hanoi hits a sweet spot from late March through early June when the weather is warm enough to be pleasant, and the street-flooding downpours of rainy season (July - September) haven’t started up yet. Summer is ... Read more
sweltering, making it hard to stay outdoors for more than a few hours at a time, and although the winter lows in the 50s (10-15C) don’t look too menacing, the humidity and general lack of insulation in buildings makes it feel much cooler.

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San Francisco
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Although I enjoyed Saigon/HCMC and I think it's worth a visit, if you're short on time in Vietnam I recommend visiting Hanoi. It gives you a taste of many of the best facets of Vietnam culture (including the food!) Explore for a few days at a minimum.


When I went to Hanoi, I had no idea what to expect. I had a fabulous time, I am vegan and I had no trouble finding cheap and delicious food no matter what corner I turned. The museums are all affordable and extremely fascinating, and the street shops are super fun to check out! This place has a vibe of its own and I’m definitely going to go again one day!

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People aren't kidding when they say Vietnam is friendly. I know Thailand is officially the land of smiles, but everyone I encountered there was friendly. The pho and Bánh mì are to die for, the fruit is delicious, and the coffee-I took bags and bags home. The tour of Halong Bay was amazing, and I loved the Note coffee shop.

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Hanoi is the capital of Vietnam, and compared to Saigon, has more a local feeling. Most of the city is gleamy and choked with traffic, but there are some nice areas

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Fascinating city in the north of Vietnam with lots of street activity and local culture, and of course delicious food.

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Hanoi is a popular spot for tourists. You can see many destinations like Confucious Temple, Ho Chi Minh Mausolem and Ho Chi Minh's old house. Although the weather is very dusty but you can see many hawkers selling French bread by roadside.

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San Francisco

Hanoi is crazy and hectic! You learn to cross the street in a whole new way- look forward, keep the same pace, and pray that everyone avoids hitting you. There is some great food and some I wouldn't dare to eat. Beer is dirt cheap and the live entertainment is great. Also a great place to stock up on souvenirs as you can barter the prices low and there is a large variety of shops/markets. A lot of historical sites you can walk around to and the gateway to Halong Bay. Hanoi is a little too crazy for my taste but a great place to experience for a day or two.

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Hanoi is an amazingly unique and chaotic city. There is a lot to see and do all within a relatively small area. The best way to see Hanoi is to embrace the local culture and rent a motorbike. You can easily drive around most of the city in one day on a motorbike, just be careful, the traffic is pretty crazy.

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