We heard you’re going to Vietnam! Well, you’ve come to the right place. 

With Vietnam’s cheap beer, ancient architecture, spectacular landscapes, and attractive cities, it’s easily one of the top destinations to visit in South East Asia. But there is one city that captures most travelers’ hearts, and that is Hanoi. Much less glitzy than Ho Chih Minh, Hanoi provides an authentic Vietnamese experience – one where their history and culture are highlighted. 

To know all the adventures that await you, keep reading. From tourist spots to travel costs, we got you. Here’s a complete travel guide to Hanoi, Vietnam.  

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How To Get To Hanoi, Vietnam 

By plane 

Several flights fly directly to Hanoi, including Cebu Pacific, Philippine Airlines, Scoot, AirAsia, etc. A direct flight from the Philippines to Hanoi takes about 3 hours and 30 minutes. 


Vietnam Travel Guidelines 

All Vietnam destinations are open, including Hanoi. You may enter visa-free for 21 days if you’re from the Philippines. 

Present the following documents upon arrival: 

  1. Proof of valid medical/travel insurance covering COVID-19 treatment. The minimum cover is USD 10,000.
  2. Downloaded PC-Covid mobile app (Apple/Google Play), which must be presented to enter all establishments in Vietnam

For more travel updates about Vietnam, go here. 


Accommodations in Vietnam 

  1. Thai Hoa Hotel (Hanoi, Vietnam) – Starts at P134/night 
  2. Lem’s Coffee and Apartment (Da Nang, Vietnam) – Starts at P116/night 
  3. Nam Phuong Riverside Villa (Thua Thien Hue, Vietnam) – Starts at P2,323/night 

Tourist Spots in Hanoi, Vietnam 

Hanoi used to be a swampland before growing into the charismatic capital that it is today. Get to explore ancient architecture, wander the streets of the Old Quarter, and examine the life of locals through museums and temples. 

The Old Quarter 

hanoi old quarter tourist spot in vietnam

The Old Quarter is Hanoi’s historic and intriguing neighborhood with a mix of Vietnamese architecture, green spaces, ancient shops, and delicious street food. Feel free to explore all of its 36 streets by foot, and witness the everyday activities of locals. You’ll see bicycle vendors selling fresh flowers and old friends bonding over a game of checkers. 

This iconic tourist spot in Hanoi used to be home to artisans and craftsmen who traded in a specific merchandise. 

Here’s a tip: once you’re done walking around, try heading down to bia hoi (fresh beer) corner to try fascinating street food and cheap brews. 

Admission Fee: Free

Hours: 7 am to midnight 

Address: North of Hoan Kiem Lake

Ho Chih Minh Mausoleum 

ho chih minh mausoleum tourist spot in vietnam

This establishment was built to house the body of Vietnam’s most outstanding political leader, Hồ Chí Minh. Both locals and tourists go to this tourist spot to pay respects to the body which rests in a glass case. 

Admission: 35,000 VND (PHP 80) 

Hours: 8 am – 11 am, Tue-Thu, Sat-Sun (December to September) last entry at 10:15 am

Address: So 1, Hung Vuong, Dien Bien, Ba Dinh

One Pillar Pagoda

one pillar pagoda tourist spot in hanoi vietnam

Another historic establishment and tourist spot in Hanoi, Vietnam is this Buddhist wooden pagoda. It was built thousands of years ago, in 1049, by the then Emperor Ly Thai To. Locals believed it was built in honor of the Goddess of Mercy, who answered the Emperor’s prayers for a male heir. 

The structure resembles a lotus flower blossoming from muddy waters, which symbolizes purity in Buddhist philosophy. 

Admission: 25,000 VND (57 PHP)

Hours: 8 am – 11:30 am every day, and 2 pm – 4 pm, Tue-Thu, Sat-Sun

Address: Chua Mot Cot, Doi Can, Ba Dinh

Hanoi Opera House 

hanoi opera house tourist spot in vietnam

This beautiful building is the largest theater in Vietnam, which is also considered a historical and architectural landmark in the heart of Hanoi. 

This tourist spot used to be a cultural center for the French and Vietnamese elite. Today, people come to the Hanoi Opera House to enjoy various music and performances. The building’s interior perfectly represents neo-classical French architecture featuring Gothic themes with tall pillars, shuttered windows, classic roofs, and balconies. 

Admission: 300,000 VND (PHP 700) 

Hours: Check the website for performances

Address: So 01, Trang Tien, Hoan Kiem

Saint Joseph’s Cathedral 

saint joseph's cathedral tourist spot in hanoi vietnam

In the Philippines, It’s normal to see Catholic churches, but have you seen a Neo-Gothic style inspired church in real life? Also known as the Hanoi Cathedral, this ancient beauty is visited by multicultural worshippers. Numerous Vietnamese newlyweds have romantic photoshoots here too. 

Admission: Free

Hours: 8 am-noon, 2pm – 6pm, every day

Address: 40 Nha Chung, Hoan Kiem

Temple of Literature 

temple of literature tourist spot in hanoi vietnam

This temple was erected in honor of the philosopher Confucius and his disciples in 1070 by Emperor Ly Thanh Tong during the Ly dynasty. 

It became home to Hanoi’s first university in 1076 and is considered one of the oldest sites in Hanoi. The temple became a national symbol of Vietnamese education and architecture. When you go inside, you’ll see five courtyards, records of Vietnamese scholars, and statues of turtles which are said to bring students good luck in their exams. 

Admission: 30,000 VND (PHP 68) 

Hours: 8 am – 5 pm, from November until March; 7:30 am – 6 pm for the rest of the year, Tue-Sun

Address: 58 Quoc Tu Giam, Dong Da

Hoan Kiem Lake

hoan kiem lake tourist spot in hanoi vietnam

For a more peaceful destination in Hanoi, Hoan Kiem Lake is the one. Ngoc Son Temple, a notable temple sitting on a small island, is in the centre of the serene lake. You have to walk through a stunning scarlet bridge to get to the temple. 

Pro tip: avoid wearing tank tops and short shorts/skirts when entering sanctuary areas like this. You can converse among your peers, but talking and laughing too loudly is strictly prohibited. 

Admission: 20,000 VND (PHP 45) 

Hours: 7:30am – 5:30pm, every day

Address: Hoan Kiem Lake

The Water Puppet Theatre 

water puppet theatre tourist spot in hanoi vietnam

A long, long time ago, water puppet performances were a source of light entertainment and insight into Vietnamese folklore. 

As the name suggests, water puppetry is performed in a chest-deep pool of water, with the water’s surface as a stage. Puppeteers operate from behind the screen and control the puppets using long bamboo rods and string mechanisms, all hidden beneath the water. 

Admission: 100,000 VND (PHP 228) 

Hours: 3:30pm, 5pm, 6:30pm, 8pm, 9:15pm every day, and an additional performance on Sundays at 9:30pm

Address: 57b Dinh Tien Hoang, Hoan Kiem

If you are a history and culture buff, there are museums that you can visit all over Hanoi, including: 

Museum of Ethnology – exhibitions display national costumes, handicrafts, videos, and artefacts 

Vietnamese Women’s Museum – a museum that reveals the pivotal role of women in Vietnam’s country and society 

Hoa Lo Prison Museum – a museum where you get to learn about Vietnam’s long battle against France’s colonial rule 

Military History Museum – a museum that displays various weaponry and military machines used by soldiers during the war with France and USA, including downed French and US planes, tanks, and a Soviet MiG fighter plane.

Fine Art Museum – a museum that houses a collection of Vietnamese artistry from the prehistoric age up to today’s contemporary Vietnamese artists 

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How To Get Around Hanoi 

You have several options when traveling around Hanoi. When getting around Hanoi, cash is king. So always remember to bring some with you. 

Taxi 

This is the easiest way to get around Hanoi, but they offer the greatest likelihood of ripping you off. Some drivers impose a fixed rate instead of relying on the metre, and some loathe giving you back your change. It’s best to coordinate with your hotel if you want to ride a taxi safely. 

Cyclo 

Vietnam’s traditional rickshaw (other more familiar terms are tuk-tuk or pedicab) is made for two passengers exploring short distances within Hanoi’s busy city center. 

Xe Om 

Xe Om means hug the driver in Vietnamese. This is Hanoi’s motorcycle taxi, wherein you hug the motorcycle driver from behind and hold on for your dear life as you wade through Hanoi’s traffic. 

Rent a scooter/car

If you want your own mode of transport, you can rent a scooter. However, you need to obtain a local driving license before you can drive a motorbike or car. You can head to the Hanoi Department of Public Works and Transportation to get one. 

Rent a bicycle 

Many hotels in Hanoi offer bike rental services. Be wary, though, as there’s no turning back once you step out in Hanoi’s city traffic. There are no traffic rules which can result in accidents, and it’s often hot and humid. But if none of those bothers you, then pedal on. 

By foot

Going by foot is also an option, especially if you just want to go around Hanoi’s main tourist spots. Its best eating places, shops, hotels, and historic sights lie within a one-mile radius surrounding Hoan Kiem Lake. And if the weather permits, you’ll be in for a great walking adventure. 


Best Time to Visit Hanoi

The best time to visit Hanoi, Vietnam, is during Autumn (September to November) and Spring (March to April). The weather is usually pleasing during those seasons with milder, bearable temperatures. In winter, the temperature can get down to 10ºC, while summer can get up to 28-35ºC. 


Travel Costs in Hanoi 

Suppose you’re planning to take a vacation to Hanoi to see its tourist spots for one week. In that case, it usually costs around Vietnamese Dong 6,682,709 (about PHP 15,000) for one person. So a trip to Hanoi for two people for one week costs around Vietnamese Dong 13,365,418 (about PHP 30,000). 

Of course, this can still be adjusted according to the type of activities that you want to do in Hanoi, Vietnam. 


Frequently Asked Questions About Hanoi, Vietnam 

What is Hanoi, Vietnam known for? 

Hanoi is known for its delectable cuisine, rich culture, production of rare silks, and friendly locals.

How safe is Hanoi, Vietnam? 

Hanoi is considered a generally safe city. Travelers are often victims of petty crimes, including pickpocketing or purse snatching without the involvement of violence. 

Where is Hanoi located? 

Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, is located in the country’s northern region. 

When is Hanoi SEA Games 2022? 

SEA Games took place in Hanoi last May 12, 2022 – May 23, 2022

How far is Hanoi from Ho Chih Minh? 

It will take you about a day and a half to travel from Ho Chih Minh to Hanoi. The distance between the two cities is 1600 km.

What are the best tourist spots in Vietnam?

The best tourist spots in Vietnam are: Cu Chi Tunnel, Hanoi Old Quarter, Temple of Literature, War Remnants Museum, Con Dao, Ben Thanh Market, Halong Bay, Ho Chih Minh City, and more.

What are the best tourist spots in Hanoi?

The best tourist spots in Vietnam are: Hanoi Old Quarter, Temple of Literature, Hoan Kiem Lake, Ho Chih Minh Mausoleum, Thang Long Imperial Citadel, Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre, and more.

 

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