Hanoi

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With lakeside temples, water puppets and legends galore, the Vietnamese capital makes for a rich meeting place of history and culture.

Once known as Thang Long, or "Rising Dragon", Hanoi has an air of mystery about it which wafts up out of its lakeside temples and becomes scented with the aromas of delicious cuisine as it floats through the marketplaces, accompanied by the exotic sounds of water-puppet music.The city has a population of 2.6 million and first became the nation’s capital over a millennium ago when it was still known as Thang Long. In 1831 it received its new name, Ha Noi, which means “Between Two Rivers”. Since then, it has been successively swallowed up into the make-up of French Indochina, occupied by the Japanese and bombed by the Americans, and a walk through the city will show you evidence of all of these twists and turns of history.For a taste of traditional Vietnamese arts and craft, a good place to start is the Old Quarter. Head to Don Xuan Market, a great place to barter for souvenirs and try out Vietnamese and French food. "Pho", the rice noodle soup, is a must – and you’ll never be too far from a bottle of Bia Hoi, Vietnam’s favourite tipple. When you’re in these markets – or, for that matter, anywhere in Vietnam – there is one thing to remember: it is considered rude to point with the finger, so you should always gesture with your whole hand.On a free evening, try and catch a show or two at Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre – these captivating performances are a great way in to Vietnam’s legends and cultural history. You can learn more about the tales of this old tradition by heading down to the lakes and visiting the temples there. The ones by Hoan Kiem ("Lake of the Restored Sword") and Ho Tay ("West Lake") are good starting points.For those more interested in Vietnam’s recent history, it may be worth dropping in to the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and paying a visit to the nation's former leader. Like Lenin in Moscow and Chairman Mao in Beijing, Ho Chi Minh's body has been embalmed and preserved for posterity. The Ho Chi Minh Museum provides an interesting and informative insight into the past.Hanoi is a good place to organise boat trips through the karst landscapes and turquoise waters of Ha Long Bay.Getting around Hanoi is easy on the buses which provide a good, cheap service all over the city. Otherwise you could rent a bike, or hail a “cyclo” or a taxi – just make sure you always fix a price in dong (the local currency) with the drivers before you climb in, because they have been known to ask for extortionate prices on arrival!

Where to stay in Hanoi

O'Gallery Premier Hotel & Spa
O'Gallery Premier Hotel & Spa
4 out of 5
122 Hang Bong Street, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi, 100000
The price is NZ$67 per night from 25 Jul. to 26 Jul.
Stay at this 4-star spa hotel in Hanoi. Enjoy free WiFi, room service and on-site spa services. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy rooms in their ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (986 reviews)
"Overall very good experience and very good value for money"

Reviewed on 6 Jun. 2022

O'Gallery Premier Hotel & Spa
Solaria Hotel
Solaria Hotel
4 out of 5
22 Bao Khanh Street, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi, 100000
The price is NZ$93 per night from 6 Jul. to 7 Jul.
Stay at this 4-star spa hotel in Hanoi. Enjoy free WiFi, a full-service spa and a rooftop terrace. Our guests praise the helpful staff in their reviews. Popular ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (61 reviews)
"The hotel is centrally located to every tourist needs from shopping, eating,sightseeing, 3min walk to the lake and every weekend they close the road for walker,biking ,exercising, lots of activities, very safe to walk, no beggars, no homeless peoples,clean streets and most important friendly and ..."

Reviewed on 9 Jun. 2022

Solaria Hotel
Lotte Hotel Hanoi
Lotte Hotel Hanoi
5 out of 5
No. 54, Lieu Giai St. Cong Vi Ward., Ba Dinh, Hanoi
The price is NZ$190 per night from 25 Jun. to 26 Jun.
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Hanoi. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 4 restaurants. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in their reviews. ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (954 reviews)
"Excellent amenities and the cleanliness is at par. The breakfast has a good variety. Unfortunately.I did not see any Vietnamese cuisine"

Reviewed on 21 May 2022

Lotte Hotel Hanoi
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Somerset Hoa Binh Hanoi
Somerset Hoa Binh Hanoi
4 out of 5
106 Hoang Quoc Viet, Cau Giay, Hanoi, 10000
The price is NZ$111 per night from 16 Jul. to 17 Jul.
Stay at this 4-star family-friendly aparthotel in Hanoi. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 2 restaurants. Our guests praise the comfy rooms in their reviews. ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (197 reviews)
Great medium term
"Great apartment, plenty of shops close y to make this a very pleasant medium term stay for 6+ weeks."

Reviewed on 20 Jul. 2020

Somerset Hoa Binh Hanoi
Oakwood Residence Hanoi
Oakwood Residence Hanoi
3.5 out of 5
No.17, Lane 35, Dang Thai Mai Street, Hanoi, 100000
The price is NZ$155 per night from 5 Jul. to 6 Jul.
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly aparthotel in Hanoi. Enjoy free WiFi, free valet parking and breakfast. Popular attractions Hanoi Opera House and Syrena ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (24 reviews)
"Fantastic amenities. Great staff."

Reviewed on 25 May 2022

Oakwood Residence Hanoi
Elegant Suites Westlake
Elegant Suites Westlake
5 out of 5
10B Dang Thai Mai Street, Tay Ho District, Hanoi
The price is NZ$168 per night from 10 Jul. to 11 Jul.
Stay at this 5-star luxury aparthotel in Hanoi. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 2 bars/lounges. Our guests praise the comfy rooms in their reviews. Popular ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (499 reviews)
Nice stay
"It was so comfy and cozy acconidation. We stayed with our pet, it is pet available hotel/residence. People were not crowded and very warm."

Reviewed on 2 Jan. 2022

Elegant Suites Westlake
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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