Tips for first-time visitors in Hanoi


Hanoi is not only famous for beautiful landscapes, delicious foods but also for hospitable people and unique cultural features. That’s why there are more and more foreigners traveling Hanoi every year. If you are planning to visit Hanoi in the near future, these are some useful tips for you.

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Best time to visit

Hanoi’s autumn

Hanoi has tropical monsoon climate with four distinct seasons: spring, summer, autumn and winter. Each season has its own beauty but the best time to visit to visit Hanoi according to many tourists is the autumn, lasting from early September to the end of November. Hanoi’s autumn is cool, charming with warm sunlight, dry atmosphere that is very convenient to traveling around. Of course, coming to Hanoi in the other seasons is also very interesting so depending on your free time, you can visit Hanoi at any time of the year.

Travel around and stay in Hanoi

There are many options for you to get around Hanoi such as taxi, xe om (motorbike), bus, cyclo or you also can hire a motorbike, costing about 100-200,000VND/day.

Hanoi offers a variety of accommodations for your choice ranging from budget to luxury hotels. If you travel during holiday or peak season, you should book 2-3 weeks in advance for the cheapest rates. In the case of you want to save money, you also can stay in cheap hostels or budget hotels.

Travel around Hanoi Old Quater by cyclo

Here are some popular hotels with affordable price in Hanoi:

Melia Hanoi Hotel (No.44B, Ly Truong Kiet, Hoan Kiem district): 5-star, price from $199-$274. It is one of the most popular hotels which a lot of visitors select to enjoy their holiday. Accommodations are fully equipped with modern and luxurious amenities will definitely bring you an unforgettable vacation.

Fortuna Hotel Hanoi (6B Lang Ha, Ba Dinh, Dong Da): 4,5 star. Convenient location, the hotel offers a short distance to the Hanoi’s famous destinations. With the price about $166 per night, Fortuna Hotel is right place for you to have the most enjoyable holiday.

Antique Hotel (23 Lo Su, Old Quarter, Hoan Kiem District): 4,5 star, price from $38. If you are looking for a mid-range hotel, Antique Hotel is an ideal choice for you. You will be experienced the best services with a reasonable price.

Helios Legend Hotel (No.2D Duong Thanh Street, Hoan Kiem District): is a budget hotel in Hanoi, price only from $24. The hotel not only offers a convenient location to sightseeing but also is equipped with full of basic amenities.

If you want to get more information about hotels in Hanoi, please visit Top cheap and nice hotels for your holiday in Hanoi Old Quarter.

What to eat

Pho Hanoi

What to eat when traveling Hanoi maybe is the most popular question of many visitors. Here are some dishes you should try once in Hanoi:

Pho: The first dish must be mentioned in this list is Pho. Pho is the most famous dish in Hanoi, if you come here without enjoying Pho, it means that you have not ever set your foot in this city. You can eat Pho at the burdens on the sidewalk or in the famous restaurants like Bat Dan or Ly Quoc Su. Suggested addresses: Pho 49 Bat Dan (at the center of Old Quarter), Pho Thin (11 Lo Duc).

Cha Ca La Vong: is a traditional dish of Hanoian. Cha Ca (fried fish) is served with vermicelli, roasted peanuts, herbs,… Addresses: 14 Cha Ca Street or 107 Nguyen Truong To.

Bun Cha: Vermicelli is eaten with baked pork meat, green papaya salad, fresh vegetables. There are many addresses for you to enjoy Bun Cha such as Bun Cha Hang Manh, Bun Cha 47C Mai Hac De, etc.

Com Cake: Green cake crust filled with green beans and featured smell of Com definitely makes you impress. You also can try a lot of amazing dishes in Hanoi, for example, Ho Tay shrimp cakes, Bun Thang, Pho Cuon,…

Tourist destinations

Van Mieu Quoc Tu Giam

Ba Dinh Square and Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum: is the place Ho Chi Minh President read the Declaration of Independence of Vietnam. Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum opens 5 days per week, in the morning on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Van Mieu Quoc Tu Giam: the first university in Vietnam which is one of the most popular destinations of foreign visitors.

Other destinations you should not miss: Hanoi Opera House, Hoan Kiem Lake, Hanoi Old Quarter, Long Bien Bridge, and so on.

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