Hanoi, located on the banks of the Red River, is one of the world’s most ancient capitals. The moment you arrive in the Vietnamese capital, you’ll find streets within the city centre where well-preserved colonial buildings, ancient pagodas, and unique museums stand proud. A great place to explore and go sightseeing on foot, this French-colonial city is also known for its delectable cuisine, vibrant nightlife, and production of rare silks and exotic handicrafts. Within the city, you’ll also find a multicultural community with touches of Chinese, French, and Russian influences.

Beyond Hanoi’s city centre and a short drive away, you can escape into the tranquil countryside. Choose from lush parks and traditional villages to verdant mountains with trails leading to rushing waterfalls. One of the most picture-postcard places to visit is the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Ha Long Bay. If it’s your first time, our Hanoi travel guide has everything you need to know for a fulfilling getaway. We cover everything from the city’s best restaurants, attractions, and shopping options to detailed information on the local culture, currency, climate, and transport options to help you get around Hanoi and other nearby attractions.

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  • Getting Around in Hanoi

    Getting around in Hanoi is fairly easy because numerous attractions, restaurants, shopping venues, and hotels are located close to each other. The city’s local population travels mostly on motorbikes while motorcycle taxis, buses, and private cars are available for when you want to visit other districts within Hanoi. Hanoi is a very compact city and most travellers choose to stay within...

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