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Ha Noi travel guide - Time to visit and things to do

Updated: May 11

Ha Noi is one of the oldest capitals in the world. Founded along the Red River, Ha Noi was named Thang Long (soaring dragon) by Emperor Ly Thai To in 1010. Over a thousand years of war, natural disasters and new administrations, the city grew from swamplands into the charismatic capital it is today.


Best travel time to Ha Noi

  • Best time to visit: Fall (Sep to Nov) and Spring (Mar and Apr)

  • Winter (Dec to Feb): It is quite cold during this period when temperatures can drop below 10 degrees.

  • Summer (May to Aug): it is very hot - with July as the hottest month.


Best things to do in Ha Noi

Hoan Kiem lake in Hanoi
Hoan Kiem Lake (Source: Internet)

Explore the Old Quarter of Ha Noi

Ha Noi’s historic Old Quarter is a single square kilometre comprised of 36 streets. It is a fascinating part of the city where you can enjoy many beautiful examples of colonial architecture that is packed along narrow streets. Endless traffic of scooters, motorcycles, bicycles and cars zigzag around traders who sell fruit and souvenirs and narrow shops with delicious Vietnamese dishes. - Admission: Free - Hours: 7am to midnight - Address: North of Hoan Kiem Lake

Explore Ha Noi Street food tour

Vietnamese are the most proud of their food and it is being sold on each corner; both in restaurants and on the street.


Drink Ha Noi Bia Hoi - the cheapest beer in the world

While the taste may not appeal to everyone, the true allure lies in the unique experience of sitting on small stools amidst locals on the street, immersing yourself in the vibrant atmosphere and becoming a part of the local culture.


Hoan Kiem Lake - central point in Ha Noi

Hoan Kiem Lake is a central point in Ha Noi and is a popular meeting place for locals and tourists all day long. Hoan Kiem Lake is admired for its beauty as well as insight into the daily life of Hanoians. Watch locals practicing their daily exercise and Tai Chi routines in the gardens by the water's edge. - Admission: Free to the general public - Hours: Open all day

Hoa Lo Prison Museum - must-visit in Ha Noi

A visit to the Hoa Lo Prison Museum is one of the best things to do in Ha Noi as it provides a glimpse into the darker side of Vietnam’s history.


Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum in Ha Noi

The mausoleum houses the preserved body of Vietnam’s beloved revolutionary leader, Ho Chi Minh, and offers a unique opportunity to pay respect to one of the most important figures in Vietnamese history. - Admission: 35,000 VND - Hours: 8am - 11am, Tue-Thu, Sat-Sun (December to September) last entry at 10:15am - Address: So 1, Hung Vuong, Dien Bien, Ba Dinh

Ha Noi train street

The most normal thing in the world, put away their things to let a train pass through the narrow, busy street.

One Pillar Pagoda - an unique temple in Ha Noi

This Buddhist wooden pagoda was built in the middle of a lotus pond on a single stone pillar by the Emperor Ly Thai To in 1049. - Admission: 25,000 VND - Hours: 8am - 11:30am everyday, and 2pm - 4pm, Tue-Thu, Sat-Sun - Address: Chua Mot Cot, Doi Can, Ba Dinh


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