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Hanoi in a nutshell

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We toured Vietnam for almost two weeks - started in the North, moved to the middle, and then to the South. Our time in Hanoi was fantastic

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  • History Buff
  • Foodie
  • Thrifty Traveller
  • Like a Local

15 Places

2 City Tips

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15 Places

Day 1

Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi

Hotels

Quan An Ngon

Restaurants

Old Quarter

Historic Walking Areas, Neighbourhoods

Ly Club Hanoi

Restaurants

Bamboo Bar

Restaurants

Day 2

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

Historic Sites

HanoiKids Tour

Food Tours, Private Tours, City Tours, Sightseeing Tours, Cultural Tours

Ho Chi Minh Museum

Art Museums, History Museums

Temple of Literature & National University

Sacred & Religious Sites, Historic Sites

One Pillar Pagoda

Sacred & Religious Sites

Vietnam Museum of Ethnology

History Museums

Day 3

Vietnamese Women's Museum

Speciality Museums

Hoa Lo Prison

Historic Sites

St. Joseph's Cathedral

Sacred & Religious Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Hanoi Street Food Tour

Sightseeing Tours, Walking Tours, Cooking Classes, Food Tours, Motorcycle Tours

ekkerb's City Tips

  • The locals are all very helpful, just ask (especially the younger kids)
  • Can be cool and rainy - with the high humidity makes it even chillier (March)
    Day 1
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    Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi
    Hotels
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    ekkerb Says:

    Spendy for sure. But if you can splurge, it's worth it. The coolest hotel in Hanoi with a great location.

    Good for
    • Family
    • Couples
    Tips
    • Look your best - the who's who stay here
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #44 of 599 Hotels in Hanoi
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • One of the great hotels in the world! 15/12/2017
    • Stunning 5 Star Hotel Property In The Middle Of The City 14/12/2017
    • Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi
    Address:
    15 Ngo Quyen Street
    Hanoi 10000
    Vietnam
    Phone:
    011 84 4 3826 6919
    Other:
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    Quan An Ngon
    Restaurants (Vietnamese)
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    ekkerb Says:

    This place showed up many times in our research, so we wanted to get here. After getting in to Hanoi Friday morning, getting settled, we headed back out for lunch here. Great overview of Vietnamese food. It was overwhelming!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    Tips
    • Most everything is good. Ask for help!
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #81 of 1,961 restaurants in Hanoi
    • Great restaurant for informal authentic food 15/12/2017
    • Great food 13/12/2017
    • Quan An Ngon
    Address:
    18 Phan Boi Chan Street
    Hoan Kiem Dist
    Hanoi 100000
    Vietnam
    Phone:
    +84 90 324 69 63
    Price range:
    US$0 - US$10
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    06:45 - 22:00
    Other:
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    Old Quarter
    Historic Walking Areas, Neighbourhoods
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    ekkerb Says:

    For sure need to spend some quality time wandering around here. Great introduction to the markets, the economy of Vietnam and street food. Fun place to wander around.

    Good for
    • Must See
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 285 things to do in Hanoi
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Shopping and culture 15/12/2017
    • Interesting and busy place 15/12/2017
    • Old Quarter
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    00:00 - 23:59
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    Ly Club Hanoi
    Restaurants (Asian, Vietnamese, International, Fusion)
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    ekkerb Says:

    Great dinner - our first night in Vietnam. Was more "western" than we would have imagined, but was fun and the service was great.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Friends
    • Couples
    Tips
    • I would dress up here
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #137 of 1,961 restaurants in Hanoi
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • OK? 13/12/2017
    • Food good but not excellent 08/12/2017
    • Ly Club Hanoi
    Address:
    4 Le Phung Hieu Street
    French Quarter
    Hanoi VNM
    Vietnam
    Phone:
    +84 4 3936 3069
    Price range:
    US$10 - US$30
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    11:00 - 23:00
    Other:
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    Bamboo Bar
    Restaurants (Bar, International, Pub)
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    ekkerb Says:

    Stopped by here for a drink (in our hotel). Great place, interesting history.

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    Tips
    • Have the local beer
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #132 of 1,961 restaurants in Hanoi
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great Food & Drinks ... 25/11/2017
    • One member of staff needs re-training in health & safety and common sense! 29/10/2017
    • Bamboo Bar
    Address:
    15 Ngo Quyen Street, Trang Tien Ward, Hoan Kiem DIstrict
    Sofitel Metropole Hanoi
    Hanoi
    Vietnam
    Phone:
    +84 4 3826 6919
    Price range:
    US$20 - US$25
    Other:
  • Day 2
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    Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum
    Historic Sites
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    ekkerb Says:

    Old Ho under glass. It's a bit odd for Westerners to see this, but in the tradition of Communist leaders, Uncle Ho was embalmed and lies here. Need to see. I understand he takes a trip to Russia once a year for upkeep, so be aware.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • Be sure to follow the rules. No one has any time for not following.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #22 of 285 things to do in Hanoi
    • Closed after we waited 15/12/2017
    • HO Chi Minh Mausoleum 15/12/2017
    • Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum
    Phone:
    +84 4 3845 5128
    Hours:
    Tue
    08:00 - 16:30
    Wed - Thu
    08:00 - 11:30
    Sat - Sun
    08:00 - 11:30
    Other:
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    HanoiKids Tour
    Food Tours, Private Tours, City Tours, Sightseeing Tours, Cultural Tours
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    ekkerb Says:

    Another must do - college kids working on their English and Western culture who are willing to show you their city for free. Who wouldn't do that?

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Make sure you have a good understanding of where you are going to meet
    • They wouldn't take any money, but they did allow us to buy them lunch
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 205 Food & Drink in Hanoi
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Best tour ever 14/12/2017
    • Family of seniors 12/12/2017
    • HanoiKids Tour
    Address:
    Hoan Kiem
    Hanoi 10000
    Vietnam
    Phone:
    +84 94 370 06 89
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:00 - 22:00
    Other:
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    Ho Chi Minh Museum
    Art Museums, History Museums
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    ekkerb Says:

    Quick swing through here. Good propaganda and background

    Good for
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • Keep moving quickly!
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #52 of 285 things to do in Hanoi
    • 8 days Hanoi, Halong Bay and Sapa trip 13/12/2017
    • Interesting experience. 10/12/2017
    • Ho Chi Minh Museum
    Address:
    19 Ngoc Ha St
    Ba Dinh District
    Hanoi 100000
    Vietnam
    Phone:
    +84 4 3846 3757
    Other:
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    Temple of Literature & National University
    Sacred & Religious Sites, Historic Sites
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    ekkerb Says:

    This is a time when it was very helpful to have the Hanoi kids with us. I'm not sure we would have been able to understand the significance of 10% of this without them.

    Good for
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • The history is intersting. You can see how important education is in their culture
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #17 of 285 things to do in Hanoi
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • The temple of Literature 15/12/2017
    • Interesting part of Vietnam history 15/12/2017
    • Temple of Literature & National University
    Address:
    Quoc Tu Giam Street, Dong Da District
    Hanoi 100000
    Vietnam
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    07:30 - 11:30
    13:30 - 16:30
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    One Pillar Pagoda
    Sacred & Religious Sites
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    ekkerb Says:

    A cool site to see. Again, some neat history. It's in the same area, so worth swinging by.

    Good for
    • Family
    • Couples
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #50 of 285 things to do in Hanoi
    • Peaceful pagoda 12/12/2017
    • Good attraction. 10/12/2017
    • One Pillar Pagoda
    Address:
    Ong Ich Khiem St
    Ngoc Ha, Ba Dinh District
    Hanoi 100000
    Vietnam
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    Vietnam Museum of Ethnology
    History Museums
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    ekkerb Says:

    This was a place we weren't too sure about. It's located a bit out of downtown so you'll need to get a cab (they are very cheap). Turned out to be a really cool place. Interesting to learn about the Vietnamese people. Saw a water puppet show. Got to experience real homes the showed about the people lived in different parts of the country.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • Get a cab (only a couple of bucks). It was hard to find a cab to get back, so maybe ask for help at the front desk or talk to cab driver and see if they would come back.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #11 of 285 things to do in Hanoi
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Lots to see 15/12/2017
    • Interesting and Wide-ranging 15/12/2017
    • Vietnam Museum of Ethnology
    Address:
    Nguyen Van Huyen road, Cau Giay district
    Nghia Do, Cau Giay
    Hanoi 10000
    Vietnam
    Phone:
    +84 4 3756 2193
    Price range:
    US$10 - US$10
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    08:30 - 17:30
    Other:
  • Day 3
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    Vietnamese Women's Museum
    Speciality Museums
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    ekkerb Says:

    Another interesting place. My wife really enjoyed seeing the fashions. It's hard to say how much was propaganda, but still worth a stop.

    Good for
    • Family
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #10 of 285 things to do in Hanoi
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Highly Recommended 13/12/2017
    • Enjoyed the History Section 12/12/2017
    • Vietnamese Women's Museum
    Address:
    36 Ly Thuong Kiet Street, Hang Bai Ward, Hoan Kiem District
    Hanoi 10000
    Vietnam
    Phone:
    +84 4 3825 9936
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    08:00 - 17:00
    Other:
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    Hoa Lo Prison
    Historic Sites
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    ekkerb Says:

    Be glad this isn't your hotel. The prison, made famous by John McCain and others for their stay here is one big propaganda mess. But, for an American, a must see for many reasons.

    Good for
    • Must See
    Tips
    • Watch the videos - excellent examples of 60s/70s propagands
    From the community
    Ranked #18 of 285 things to do in Hanoi
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Hanoi Hilton 15/12/2017
    • Fascinating slice of colonial history 15/12/2017
    • Hoa Lo Prison
    Address:
    1 Hoa Lo St
    Hoan Kiem
    Hanoi 10000
    Vietnam
    Phone:
    +84 4 3934 2253
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    08:00 - 17:00
    Other:
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    St. Joseph's Cathedral
    Sacred & Religious Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    ekkerb Says:

    A Catholic church in the middle of Hanoi. We attended mass here - was interesting to see the young people "attending" by sitting on motorbikes in the parking lot as mass was done over the loud speaker.

    Good for
    • Couples
    Tips
    • If it's nice, can sit outside and hear the entire thing (its in Vietnamese...)
    From the community
    Ranked #30 of 285 things to do in Hanoi
    • Lofty heights 11/12/2017
    • Interesting 10/12/2017
    • St. Joseph's Cathedral
    Address:
    40 Nha Chung St
    Hoan Kiem District
    Hanoi 100000
    Vietnam
    Phone:
    +84 4 3933 0113
    Hours:
    Sun
    07:00 - 11:30
    15:00 - 21:00
    Mon - Sat
    08:00 - 11:00
    14:00 - 17:00
    Other:
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    Hanoi Street Food Tour
    Sightseeing Tours, Walking Tours, Cooking Classes, Food Tours, Motorcycle Tours
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    ekkerb Says:

    We went on our food tour with Mark Lowerson. He's Australian and awesome. Cool guy and did a great job. I ate things from a street vendor I would never have imagined eating anywhere! For sure plan a street food/market tour in Hanoi!

    Good for
    • Must See
    Tips
    • Chicken in a can!
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 848 Tours in Hanoi
    • Great Street food tour 14/12/2017
    • Food tour with Gigi is a must do ! 14/12/2017
    • Hanoi Street Food Tour
    Address:
    74 Hang Bac Street
    Kim Tours's Building
    Hanoi 008400
    Vietnam
    Phone:
    +84 96 696 01 88
    Price range:
    US$20 - US$20
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    06:00 - 21:00
    Other:
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