7 Reasons to Visit and Love Hanoi

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One thousand years of charming history. You will never be bored in the Paris of Asia.

Ah Hanoi. The old capital that has aged so well. Located in North Vietnam – which is also home to the gorgeous Douc Langurs – Hanoi presents a titillating kaleidoscope of culture, history, and vibrant life. We present five things to do so that when you visit, you can have an amazing time.

For Culture Enthusiasts: The Old Quarter


If are you here for the culture, this is the place to go. Colonial architecture evokes memories of a poignant past (very much like in Dalat), while the hustle of modern life captivates your senses. You will be swarmed by scooters, motorbikes, and cars. Expect a plethora of traders selling fresh food as well (try them, they’re delicious). For nearby attractions, look for Hoan Kiem Lake, the storied Hanoi Opera House, and Dong Xuan – Vietnam’s largest market. Be sure to spend a night here – its the locals’ go-to spot for laughter and beer.

For Couples: Ha Long Bay Private Cruises


Breakaway for a spectacular kaleidscope of natural beauty. Halong Bay is one of Vietnam’s most famous natural wonders. What better way to see it than with private, luxury accommodations? Our favorite touring company is Legend Halong, which lets you cruise both with a set itinerary and a-la-carte. For more lakeside dining, make a trip to Dalat’s Bluewater Restaurant.

For History Lovers: Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum


When traveling to any country, its common courtesy to pay your respects to whomever that country regards as its greatest man to ever live. Nicknamed “Uncle Ho” by locals, Ho Chi Minh is living history in Vietnam. His body is a laid to rest in a glass case.

For Party People: Funky Buddha Club


Meet the creme-de-la-creme of traveling hedonists. House music plays all day for a young crowd of tourists, backpackers, and expats.Located at the center of the old quarter, it boasts a live DJ and reasonably priced drinks. Opening hours: 17:00 – 23:00. A fine match for the party houses of Saigon.

For Legendary Beer: Legend Beer


A third story bar with a sweeping terrace that overlooks both downtown Hanoi and Hoan Kiem lake. The bar brews its own drinks, with wheat beer, lager and a dark stout all available in several sizes. The food is also delicious – sample sumptuous German pork knuckles and sausages. Beer culture thrives in Vietnam.

For Art Seekers: Thang Long Water Puppet Theater


This world-famous Theatre has roots that date back to the 11th century. The art form has found stages all over the world, but here, you get the rare treat of seeing the puppets perform in their original location. Watch the puppets dance their way through ancient villages, lakes, and mythical creatures – all while being accompanied by live orchestra. Who said art couldn’t be powerful?

For Those Who Like to be Hungry: Hanoi Street Food Tour


The heart of every great culture is food. Hanoi’s street stalls offer an endless paradise of it. To get a great taste of every variety, embark on a street food tour. Its a great way to eat the day away while meeting other travelers. Our favorite touring company is Hanoi Street Food Tour (yes, literally).

Discover the New Vietnam!

Go to Expedia.com to start your Vietnam trip.

Did you know there’s a Hitlon in Hanoi? For all available hotels in Vietnam, take a look at Hotels.com. 

Want to make your friends envious? Tell them “I stayed in a Bed & Breakfast at Ho Chi Minh City.”

Last of all, don’t forget Travel insurance.  Like glue, boring but necessary.

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