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Introduction

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strawberries in Hanoi

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Sprawled along the banks of the Red River, Hanoi is the capital city of Vietnam. Originally founded in 1010 by King Ly Thai To as Thang Long (city of ascending dragons), the city has since become a fascinating combination of East and West as strong Chinese and French influences have merged with the Vietnamese way. This is specifically reflected in the city's architecture which is now having to also make room for more modern developments alongside. Hanoi's past can be taken in at sites like Hoa Lo Prison and Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum. Plenty of green areas, lakes and shady boulevards, as well as over 600 temples and pagodas, add to the appeal of Hanoi.

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Neighbourhoods

The city consists of three main areas:

  • The Ancient Citadel Area (11th century) was home to the Royal Family
  • The Old Quarter (Ancient Business Area) dates back to the 11th century and is considered the city's centre.
  • The French Quarter used to be home to French during their time in Hanoi.

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Sights and activities

  • Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum - Visitors are to be respectful both in dress (long pants and sleeved-shirts) and in attitude. Electronic devices are to be deposited before entering the mausoleum. Hours: 08:00am - 11:00am except for Monday and Friday, Price: Admission free
  • The One-pillar Pagoda - One of the unofficial symbols of Hanoi, dedicated to the Goddess of Mercy. The Pagoda symbolises a lotus blossom (representing purity) growing out of a sea of sorrow.
  • The Temple of Literature - Built in 1070 as a place to worship Confucius and his disciples, it became Vietnam's first university 6 years later. The original area was burned down and destroyed by the French colonialists. Address: Quoc Tu Giam St., south of the Mausoleum, Hours: Daily 07:30am - 5:30pm, Price: 5, 000 dong
Temple of literature

Temple of literature

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  • History Museum - As its name suggests this museum is a showcase of Vietnam's history. Address: Tran Quang Khai Street, behind the Opera House, Hours: 07:30am - 11:30am & 1:30pm - 4:30pm. Closed on Monday
  • Army Museum - History of the country and of its military. Artifacts include wreckage of B52 bombers, F111 fighter aircrafts and different kinds of weapons from the war. Address: Dien Bien Phu Street, the Ancient Citadel Area, Hours: 07:30am - 11:30am & 1:30pm - 4:30pm. Closed on Monday and Friday
  • Hoa Lo Prison Museum - Home to US prisoners of war, the prison was often called the "Hanoi Hilton". Address: Hoa Lo Street, between Ly Thuong Kiet Street and Hai Ba Trung Street, Hours: 07:30am - 11:30am & 1:30pm - 4:30pm. Closed on Monday
  • Women's Museum - Includes tributes to women soldiers during the war as well as costumes worn by ethnic minority groups. There are often one-off exhibitions on the 3rd floor. Address: Bao Tang Phu Nu, 36 Pho Ly Thuong Kiet, to the south of the Old Quarter, Hours: 08:00am - 4:00pm. Closed on Monday
  • Thang Long Puppet Theatre - Water puppet show, where the stage is a pool of water surrounded by an exotic pagoda like set, behind which the puppeteers stand in the water. It is accompanied by singers and an orchestra. They charge a nominal amount if you want to take photos. Address: 57B Dinh Tien Hoang Street, Hours: Starts about 4pm, and there are four shows each night, each lasting about one hour, Price: Admission VND100, 000
  • Hoan Kiem Lake - Beautiful lake in central Hanoi. Jade Mountain Temple, or Den Ngoc Son stands on an island in the lake and to access cross the stunning Red Sunbeam Bridge or The Huc. In the temple there is a preserved giant turtle that died in 1968, and is part of the legend surrounding the lake. Address: Hoan Kiem District, Hours: 7am-7pm, Price: Admission VND20, 000
  • St Joseph's Cathedral - Stunning Catholic cathedral inaugurated in 1886. Beautiful neo-gothic style architecture with amazing stained glass windows. Services are daily and fill up. Address: Nha Tho Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hours: 5am-7pm, Price: Admission free

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Events and Festivals

The Hanoians love any reason to celebrate, so all of Vietnam's major festivals are celebrated here. The main event is Tet, celebrated at the end of January or early February depending on the moon.

  • Cow Racing Festival - Initially a solemn event, where family member pay tribute to those who have passed away by lighting candles and incense at temples. Afterward, this festival becomes much more lively and cow races are held. The field of the races is meticulously groomed for the festival and prepared long in advance. When the cows arrive, so do hundreds of spectators, who cheer on their cow for this grand event. This event occurs every March in Hanoi.
  • Ba Chua Xu Festival - This festival celebrates the female goddess Ba Chua Xu, who is believed to promoste business success, health, fertility, domestic harmony, and academic success. During this four day celebration in May, devotees flock to temples to worship and offer her offer her gifts and animal sacrifices. During her festival, the markets around her temple light up with activity, and special events, including magic shows, beauty pageants, and sideshows are held in her honor.
  • Buddah's Birthday - During this celebration, Buddah's life, enlightenment, and death are celebrated. Thousands of devotees gather in the streets and create processions that lead to the popular temples in the area. Lanterns are lit all around the city in remembrance of Buddah and the lessons he imparted to his followers. This event is held every April/May in accordance with the lunar calendar.
  • Tet Doan Ngo - This is one of Hanoi's most celebrated events. This festival is also known as the "parasite killing festival", where locals hope to ward away illness and evil spirits with religious ritual. All of those who participate in the festival, must wake up early and eat the traditional dish of fermented rice called, ruou nep". This dish is intended to purify the body and purge the individual of all disease. This festival is held every year around the time when the weather changes from Spring to Summer.
  • The Master Pagoda Festival - This important religious event occurs in March/April each year in accordance to the lunar calendar. This festival is in honor of Monk Tu Dao Hanh, who is believed to have achieved nirvana. This festival is in honor of Tu Dao Hanh's greatness and legacy. To celebrate, locals participate in a lot of religious rituals and perform a special dance that commemorates the birth, death, and reincarnation of this monk.

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Weather

Hanoi has a warm tropical climate with generally two seasons. The hot and wet season lasts from May to September, while the cooler but drier season is from November to February. Temperatures can drop below 10 °C during this time, but generally you will have pleasantly warm weather. Most of the rain falls in July and August when hot and muggy weather prevails, with temperatures frequently hitting more than 30 °C. March and November are good months for a visit. Bear in mind that the months of September and October sometimes bring tropical storms, though these are not usually too severe.

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Avg Max19.3 °C19.9 °C22.8 °C27 °C31.5 °C32.6 °C32.9 °C31.9 °C30.9 °C28.6 °C25.2 °C21.8 °C
Avg Min13.7 °C15 °C18.1 °C21.4 °C24.3 °C25.8 °C26.1 °C25.7 °C24.7 °C21.9 °C18.5 °C15.3 °C
Rainfall18.6 mm26.2 mm43.8 mm90.1 mm188.5 mm239.9 mm288.2 mm318 mm265.4 mm130.7 mm43.4 mm23.4 mm
Rain Days8.411.31513.314.214.715.716.713.796.56

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Getting There

By Plane

Noi Bai International Airport (HAN) is located about 45 kilometres from the centre of Hanoi and is the biggest airport in northern Vietnam. About 30 airlines serve Hanoi and some main destinations include Ho Chi Minh City, Hong Kong, Taipei, Seoul, Luang Prabang, Vientiane, Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Shanghai Pudong International Airport, Vladivostok, Moscow, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Paris, Beijing, Guangzhou, Osaka, Tokyo, Fukuoka, Singapore, Frankfurt, Kunming, Melboune, Danang, Nha Trang and Sydney.

To/from the airport

  • Airport Transfers include shuttle services, minivans and regular taxis, taking 30-45 minutes depending on traffic.
  • There is a shuttle bus in front of the the Air Vietnam Offices just outside of the city centre starting at 5:00am and ending at 5:00pm.

By Train

The main Hanoi Train Station (Ga Hang Co, 120 Le Duan Street. Ticket office open from 07:30am-11:30am and 2:30pm-7:30pm) serves trains heading south. North bound trains depart from Tran Quy Cap Station behind the main station.

There are 2 trains a week between Hanoi (Vietnam) and Beijing. Trains from Hanoi leave on Tuesdays and Fridays at 6:30pm, and arrive two days later at 1:30pm at the Beijing West train station. From Beijing trains depart on Sundays and Thursday around 4:00pm, arriving early in the morning at around 8:00am in Hanoi. The journeys requires a train switch at the border town of Dong Dang. Other intermediate stops include Nanning, Guilin and Zhengzhou, all in China.

Trains also travel south towards Ho Chi Minh City and depart at 7:00pm (SE1), 11:00pm (SE3), 12:25pm (SE5), 05:55am (SE7) and 10:05am (TN1) daily. The 10:05am train is generally not recommended as there are only hard sleepers and hard seats available. Trains SE1-SE8 on the other hand, have air-con soft sleepers (4-berth), air-con hard sleepers (6-berth), air-con soft seats as well as an air-con restaurant car.

By Car

You can hire a car with driver or a motorcycle from most travel agencies in Vietnam. Road conditions are generally good around Hanoi and to the northeast. Roads to the northwest however, a little ropey. As an example a 6-day trip in a 4WD (including the car, driver and petrol) should cost around US$275 - US$550.

By Bus

Hanoi usually is the end or the beginning of the open bus ticket. Many different companies operate open bus tickets and remember to ask around before buying into one company for the journey all the way south to Ho Chi Minh City. For more information on the open bus ticket read the Ho Chi Minh City article.

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Getting Around

By Car

A popular and probably the easiest way to see Hanoi is by taxi. Fare is normally approximately 11,000 dong to 17,000 dong for the first kilometre and then around 9,000 dong after that. Be aware of scams and try to stick to reliable companies such as Hanoi Taxi.

By Public Transport

Hanoi has no metro service, so the only way to get around by public transport is by bus. There are now over 60 public bus lines and these serve many areas of Hanoi as well as a few destinations on the outskirts. Generally, the buses are clean and comfortable, but can get very overcrowded during peak times. Most guesthouses should be able to provide you with a bus map and/or timetable.

By Foot

Central Hanoi can easily be navigated on foot. Walking around this city is the only way to experience the sights, sounds (and smells) it has to offer. Walking around the city makes you part of the traffic - good or bad - but it is the easiest way to have that true local experience. The Old Quarter in particular is best experienced on foot due it's narrow alleyways and small, crowded streets.

The New York Times has a well commentated walking tour of the old quarter here. It is a good start for a self guided walking tour of the old quarter.

Note: Try to study the map discretely and know your next turn before arriving at an intersection. If you ask for directions, motorbike taxi drivers will just implore you to hire them for a ride and even try to confuse you. Learn to look for distinct rooflines. Just a short time in the Old Quarter will have you distinguishing a Chinese temple or community house from a tube house or more French-influenced construction. Most streets will have signs giving the road name.

By Bike

Bicycles and motorcycles are also great ways to get around Hanoi, but are not for the faint-hearted! Many hotels and guest houses can rent you a bicycle for around US$1-US$2 a day.

Xe Om (or motorbike taxis) are readily available for longer distances and often work out cheaper than a taxi for single travellers. You'll undoubtly be bombarded with offers as you walk down the streets of Hanoi.

Cyclos, bikes with a covered seat in front for passengers are also prevalent, but be careful and negotiate your price and destination up front. Can seat two adults and one child.

Hiring a motorcycle yourself is a lot of fun, but should only really be attempted by confident driver. The traffic in Hanoi can be pretty crazy, especially during rush hour. If you can get the hang of it though, you'll feel like you've truly experienced Hanoi and seen more than the average traveller. Hotels and guest houses can rent you a motorbike or scooter for around US$6 a day. Scooters are strongly recommended for first-time Asian-city-drivers.

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Eat

  • KOTO cafe (Know-One-Teach-One cafe) (59, Van Mieu Street) facing the Temple of Literature is a great cafe to have lunch or a snack after visiting the temple. The cafe is part of a registered charity in Australia that trains young people from disadvantaged backgrounds and links them with employment in leading restaurants around Vietnam. The charity is based on the philosophy of the founder, Jimmy Pham that "the greatest accomplishment for the person who has helped you, is to see you stand on your two feet and then in turn help someone else that reminds you of yourself, because if you Know One, you should Teach One". The cafe serves mainly western dishes such as pastas, sandwiches, cakes and some Vietnamese dishes such as the traditional Vietnamese pho at very reasonable prices, around 100,000 dong per person.
  • Sen Restaurant (No. 10, Lane 431, Au Co Road, Tay Ho, Hanoi) is a busy restaurant serving buffet lunches and dinners with dishes from around 60 regions in Vietnam at a reasonable cost of about 100,000 dong per person. The restaurant is filled with lots of local people celebrating various occasions and there is a lot of noise. Nice, live music during dinner.
  • Thai Express facing the Hoan Kiem Lake is great for a juice break or a light lunch or snack. The little cafe has a wide range of fresh fruit juices that are absolutely delicious, especially the Chiang Mai Mango special. Absolutely lovely to rest your tired feet after walking around the lake and browsing through the tiny shops selling Kipling bags and silk shawls and other souveniers.

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Drink

  • Minh Jazz Club is a nice place for some after-dinner coffee or alcoholic drink while listening to some nice, live jazz music performed by the owner Quyen Van Minh and his band every night from 9:00pm - 11:00pm.

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Sleep

Budget

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
APT EZ Holiday Hotel9A Tong Duy Tan strHostel91
Binh Minh 2 Hotel31 Hang Mam street Hoan Kiem districtHotel-
Asia Paradise Hotel34B Hang Tre Hoan KiemHotel89
Bodega Hostel Hanoi133 Hangbong street HoankiemHostel87
Camellia 3 Hotel12C Chan Cam Street Old QuarterHOTEL78
Camellia Hotel 581 Thuoc BacHotel-
Democracy Hotel64 Cau Go Street Hoan Kiem DistrHotel90
Hanoi City Hostel95 Hang ga StrHostel89
Especen Hotel28 Tho Xuong Hoan Kiem districtHotel-
Golden Sun Lakeview Hotel23 Hang Hanh, Old quarter.Hotel-
Old Centre Hostel Hanoi19 Hang Hanh Hoan Kiem DistrictGUESTHOUSE93
Hanoi -Thuy Lam17 Hang Ga Street Hanoi Old QuarterHotel-
Hanoi Backpackers Hostel48 Ngo Huyen Hoan KiemHostel87
Hanoi Blue Sky Hotel65 Hang Cot streetHotel87
Hanoi Deluxe Hostel28 Bat Su Str. Hoan Kiem.Hostel-
Hanoi Capital HotelNo 4 Hang But Str Hoan KiemHOTEL-
Hanoi Centre 1 Hotel.38 Cau Go St,Hanoi,Vietnam 5 Luong Van Can Street, HoanHotel-
Hanoi Charming Hotel15 Yen Thai Str VietNamHotel89
Old Quater Guest House69 Hang LuocGuesthouse-
Hanoi Cozy HotelNo 6 Cau Go str. Hoan Kiem DistHotel-
Hanoi Elegance Hotel08 Hang Bac Hanoi-Hoan Kiem dist -VietnamHOTEL-
Hanoi Elite Hotel10/50 Dao Duy Tu street Hoan Kiem DistrictHotel-
Hanoi Gecko Hotel11A Trung yen lane Dinh Liet st Hoan kIem distHotel-
Trung Nam Hai Hotel27 Phu Doan Street Hoan Kiem DistrictHOTEL88
Hanoi Lucky Guesthouse14 Bat Su Street Hoan Kiem DistrictGUESTHOUSE89
Hanoi Holiday Hotel24 Hang Manh HanoiHotel-
Hanoi Kangaroo Hostel71 Hang Luoc street- Hoan Kiem-HanoiHostel81
Hanoi Lakeview Hotel57A Quang Trung Old QuarterHotel-
Hanoi Legend Hotel47 Luong Ngoc QuyenHotel92
Hanoi Lucky HotelNo.47 Ngo Huyen Street Hoan Kiem DistHotel84
Hanoi Lucky II HotelNo.11 Ngo Huyen Hoan Kiem DistrictHotel-
Hanoi Lucky III HotelNo.56 Ngo Huyen, Hoan Kiem, HaHotel-
Hanoi Luxor Hotel59 Hàng Cót Hoàn Ki?m Hà N?iHotel87
Hanoi Phoenix 2 HotelNo.12 Dao Duy Tu alley Hoan Kiem DistrictHotel91
Hanoi Plaza Hotel26 Hang Non StrHotel-
Hanoi Serenity Hotel1B Cua Dong St. Hoan Kiem DistHOSTEL86
Hanoi Sports Hotel42 Ma May Str Hoan KiemHOTEL-
Hanoi Street Hotel1A Cam Chi-Hoan Kiem-HanoiHostel90
Hoabinh Palace Hotel27 Hangbe Street Hoan Kiem DistrictHOTEL-
Hotel Mykinh I - CameliaCamelia at 81 Thuoc Bac St Hoan Kiem DistHotel85
Indochina II Hotel42 Lo Su Street. Hoan Kiem DistrictHotel-
JOY JOURNEY HOTEL55 Bat Su StreetHotel-
Jysk Guest House29 Hang Hom, Hoan Kiem, HanoiGuesthouse-
Golden Time Hostel 28 Ly Thai To StreetHOSTEL-
Little Hanoi Dx HotelNo 1/12 YenThai - Hang Manh St Hoan kiem DistHotel-
Little Hanoi Hostel48 Hang Ga Hoan KiemHostel91
Hanoi Love Planet hotel35 Ph? Quán Thánh - Hoan Ki?mHotel80
Little Hanoi Diamond11 Bat Dan street Hoan Kiem, HanoiHOSTEL90
Manh Dung Guest houseNo. 2 - Tam Thuong Hanoi - VietnamGuesthouse-
Mikes Hotel1 & 3 Hang Phen Street Hoan Kiem DistrictHOSTEL87
North Hotel No 115 Hang Ga StreetHotel-
North Hotel No 25B Tam Thuong StreetHotel79
Hanoi Phoenix Hotel43- Bat Su Hoan Kiem DistHotel-
Quanghiep Hotel5 Dong Thai StreetHotel-
Rising Dragon Hostel61 Hang Be Street, Hoan KiemHostel90
Hanoi Royal 2 Hotel11 Hang Manh-hoan kiemHotel90
Hanoi Ciao Hotel8 Tho Xuong Lane, Au Trieu Street, Hoan Kiem DistrictHOSTEL84
Star View HotelNo 120 Quan Thanh Str Ba Dinh DistHOTEL-
Sunrise Hotel Hanoi09 Hangmam street-Hoankiem district-Hanoi cityHotel90
The Drift Backpackers Hostel42 Truong Han Sieu Hoan Kiem DistrictHostel-
The Jasmine Hotel57 Lo Su Street Hanoi Old QuarterHotel89
Hanoi International Hostel24 Tho Xuong St Hoan Kiem, HanoiHOSTEL-
Viet Fun 3 Hotel1 Ngo Huyen Street Hoan Kiem DistrictHotel-
Viet Fun Hotel38 Ngo Huyen Street Hoan Kiem DistrictHotel86
Hanoi Viet Hotel61 Hang Than Str Ba Dinh Dist.Hotel-
Splendid Star Grand HostelNo. 14 Tho Xuong Lane, Au Trieu Street Hoan KiemHostel90
Hanoi Amazing Hotel21 Hang Phen Street Hoan Kiem DistrictHotel-
Ha Noi Atlantic Hostel30 Hang Cot Street (Old Quarter)HOSTEL86
Morning Star Hanoi10 Hang Hanh, Hoan Kiem, HanoiHotel-
Impressive Hotel56 Au Trieu Street Hoan Kiem DistrictHotel80
Central Backpackers Hostel16 Ly Quoc Su st. Hoan KiemHostel84
Ha Noi Luxe Hotel25 Hang thiec Hoan KiemHotel-
Gold Spring Hotel22 nguyen huu huan street Old QuarterHotel-
Hanoi Aurora Hotel109 Ma May Street Hoan Kiem Dist.Hotel90
Golden Wings Hotel106 Ma May Street Hoan KiemHotel84
Hanoi Asia 2 Hotel139/2 Nguyen Van Cu st. Long Bien DistrictHOTEL-
Camellia IV44 Hang Giay StreetHotel87
Hanoi Rendezvous Hostel31 Hang Dieu St, Hoan KiemHostel85
CENTURY Hotel23 Bat Dan, Hoan KiemHotel88
Hanoi Liberty Hostel78 Hang Non str Hoan KiemHostel77
Thaison Palace Hotel9 Hang Voi St Hoan Kiem DisHotel91
Indochina Gold Hotel15A Au TrieuHotel93
Asia Palace 2 Hotel90B Nguyễn Hữu Huân Hoàn KiếmHotel96
Az Queen Palace HotelSố 116 Hàng BạcHostel75
Hanoi Royal Palace18A Quan Su Street, Old Quarter, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi,HOSTEL85
Golden Sun Hotel 317 Hang Hanh Street 19 Hang Hanh streetHotel93
Hanoi Garnet hotel39 Nguyen Truong To street - Hoan Kiem dist - HanoiHOTEL90
Victory Queen Hotel16C Trung Yen Lane (Dinh Liet St.) Hoan Kiem DistrictHotel-
Asia Palace 1 Hotel44A Hang Tre Hoàn Kiếm - HanoiHotel88
Hanoi Gecko2 Hotel13 Trung Yen Lane, DinhLiet StreetHotel91
Thaison Grand Hotel7 Hang Mam, Hoan KiemHotel92
David Guesthouse - Backpackers Hostel1B Thanh Ha StrHostel-
Vietnam Sinh Cafe Hotel34B Hang Tre Street Hoan Kiem StreetHotel91
Pacific Star HotelNo 32. Cua Nam Str. Hoan Kiem Dist.Hotel-
Hanoi A1 HotelNo 1 Cau Go StrHotel92
Camel City Hotel8/50 Dao Duy Tu Street, Hoan Kiem districtHotel81
Hanoi Silver Hotel88 Hang Bac Hoan KiemHotel92
Hanoiview Hotel35 - 37 Bat Su str. Hoan Kiem dist.HOTEL-
Huong Giang Hotel80 Mai Hac De Str Hai Ba TrungHotel86
Luxury Hotel2 Phu Doan lane, Phu Doan Str, Hoan Kiem Dist, HaHotel93
Classic Street Hotel Hanoi41 Hang Be Street Hoan KiemHOSTEL-
Bao Khanh Hotel22 Bao Khanh street Hoan Kiem DistrictHotel-
Advisor Hostel51 Nguyen SieuHostel86
PARAMOUNT HOTEL28 Ngo Huyen Street Hoan KiemHotel-
Halong Phoenix Cruiser73 Ly Nam De street Hoan Kiem districtHotel-
Asia Star Hotel20 Dao Duy Tu Street, Hoan Kiem DistrictHOTEL-
Hanoi Emperor Hotel16 Hang Buom streetHotel-
Hanoi Paradise Hotel Hang Chieu53 Hang Chieu Hoan KiemHotel-
Hanoi Paradise Hotel Hang Bac62 Hang Bac Street Hoan Kiem DistrictHOTEL-
Hanoi Family Hostel38 Cau Go StreetHostel-
Hanoi Allura Hotel08 Hang Bac StrHotel-
New Century12B Hang Manh Street Hoan KiemHostel-
Hanoi Hostel91C Hang Ma str Hoan Kiem DisHOSTEL83
Old Street Hostel23 Ma May Street Hoan Kiem DistrictHostel88
Hidden Charm Hotel23 Au Trieu streetHotel-
Holiday Hotel Hanoi9 Ngo Huyen Street Hoan Kiem DistHotel-
Hanoi Dolphin HotelNo 61 Luong Ngoc Quyen str, Hoan KiemHotel91
Luminous Viet HotelNo 79, Hang Bac street Hoan Kiem districtHOTEL-
HANOI WING HOTEL23 Hang Non str Hoan KiemHotel-
The Time Hotel15 Hang Than, Ba DinhHotel-
Little Hanoi Hostel Le Thai To32 Lê Thái Tổ Street Hoan KiemHOSTEL93
Hi Ancient Town Hostel21 Bat Dan Street, Hoan Kiem,Hotel83
Hanoi Royal View Hotel07 Hang Dau Street,Hanoi Old Quarter, Hoan Kiem District,HanoiHotel-
Hanoi Backpackers Hostel on Ma May9 Ma May Hoan Kiem, HanoiHostel88
Green Street Hostel21A Duong Ma May Street Hoan Kiem DistHotel-
Rising Dragon Estate HotelNo 17 Nguyen Van To Street In Hoan Kiem DistrictHotel-
Art Hotel Hanoi65 Hang Dieu Hoan KiemHotel-
Indochina Queen II hotelNo 67 Thuoc Bac street, Hoan Kiem District, HanoiHOTEL-
Hanoi Titanic Hotel56 Ngo Huyen street Hoan KiemHostel87
Hanoi Spring II Hotel38 Au Trieu, Hoan Kiem District HanoiHOTEL-
Hanoi Youth Hostel05 Luong Ngoc QuyenHostel85
KoTo Hostel120 Hang Bong StrHostel90
Real Vietnam hotel16C Trung Yen - Dinh Liet Pretzfeld Hoan Kiem - HanoiHotel92
Hanoi Eclipse Hotel24 Hang Quat Street, Old Quarter Hoan Kiem District, HanoiHOTEL86
Hanoi Victory Hotel03 Hang Quat Str - Hoan Kiem Dist - Hanoi CityHOTEL-
Hanoi Topaz Hotel46 Bat Su, Hoan Kiem,HOTEL95
Hanoi Grand HotelNo. 26 Hoi Vu Str - Hoan Kiem Dist Hanoi, VietnamHOTEL-
Splendid Jupiter HostelNo. 16 Tho Xuong lane, Au Trieu str Hoan Kiem dist, HanoiHOSTEL89
Hanoi View2 HostelNgo Si Lien 48 Ngo Si Lien Alley, Dong Da Dist, Hanoi, VietnaHOSTEL-
May De Ville Old Quarter Hostel43 Gia ngu st,Hoan Kiem dist ,Hanoi,Vietnam Old Quarter ,Hanoi,VietnamHOSTEL-
May De Ville Backpackers Hostel1 Hai Tuong Lane 24 Ta Hien str,Hoan Kien DistrictHOSTEL83
Anise Hostel Hanoi22 Quan Thanh street Hoan Kiem DistHOSTEL-
Hanoi Hostel on Hang Vai32 Hang Vai Str Hoan Kiem DistrictHOSTEL85
Phuong Dong Airport HotelDien Xa Village, Noibai Airport, Soc SonHOTEL-
Lucky Hotel 69No.69 Tran Duy Hung Street, Cau Giay, HanoiHOTEL-
Lucky Hotel 142No.142 Trung Hoa Street, Cau Giay, HanoiHOTEL-
Hanoi Triumphal Hostel34 Hang Ga Str. Hoan Kiem Dist.Hostel94
Dong Thanh Hotel19 Cua Dong Hoan KiemHotel-
Hanoi Sans Souci II Hotel9A Trung Yen Lane, Dinh Liet St. Hoan Kiem DistrictHostel95
New Star Hotel HanoiNo 9, Hang Thung str Hoan Kiem distHOTEL-
Friendly Backpackers HostelNo 09, Nguyen Huu Huan str, HoanKiem, HanoiHOSTEL87
Hanoi Blue Lotus Hotel60 Au Trieu Street Hoan Kiem DistrictHOTEL88
Tu Linh Palace Hotel2B Hang Ga Old Quarter(Hoan Kiem.)HOTEL91
Hanoi Posh Hotel18 Hang Hom Hoan Kiem districtHOTEL89
Sunny Hotel 310+12/168 Hao Nam Street, HanHotel-
Hanoi Sans Souci IV Hostel16 Ngo Huyen Hoan Kiem HanoiHotel-
Hanoi Elizabeth Hostel30 Nguyen Huu Huan Hoan KiemHostel-
TienThuy HotelHanoi Hang Thung No 9Hotel-
New Vision Hostel68 C - 70 Hang Bo Street Hoan Kiem DistrictHOSTEL-
Golden Time Hostel43 Ly Thai To StreetHostel86
Hanoi Venus Star Hotel7 Le Van Huu Hai Ba Trung DistrictHotel-
Avi Airport HotelB22 Cho Phu Cuong Noibai AirportHOTEL88
Meracus11 Hang Dau Old Quarter Hoan Kiem DistHotel-
Travelmate Hanoi Hostel12B Chan Cam strHostel-
Green Hanoi Backpackers Hostel39D Ly Quoc Su Street , Hoan Kiem DistricHostel-
Hanoi Boutique Hotel 232 Dao Duy Tu Street Hoan Kiem DistrictHOTEL-
Hanoi Vega Hotel75 Hang Dieu Hoan Kiem DistrictHOTEL-
Nam Ngu Hotel34 Nam Ngư. Hoan Kiem distHOTEL-
The World Hotel16a Thanh Ha StrHotel-
Vietnam Guesthouse15 Luong Ngoc QuyenGuesthouse-
Elegance Hotel85 Ma May Str Hoan Kiem Dist- HanoiHotel-
Rainbow Hanoi Hotel22 Hang Can str,Hoan KiemHotel-
MOONSHINE PALACE HOTEL21A Bat Dan Street, Hoan Kiem District,Hotel86
Hanoi 3B Hotel99 Ma May Street Hoan Kiem DistrictHOTEL-
Hanoi City Hostel95B Hang Ga Hoan KiemHOSTEL-
Hanoi Amanda Hotel#50a Hang Be Hoan Kiem, HanoiHOSTEL90
Hanoi Emotion Hotel26 Hang Bot Street, Dong Da DistrictHOTEL-
The Landmark Hanoi19 Nguyen Van To Hoan KiemHOTEL-
Splendid Star Suite HotelNo.28 Au Trieu str Hoan Kiem distHotel88
Hanoi Calypso Hotel27A Cua Dong Street Hoan Kiem DistrictHOTEL-
An Hung Hotel01 Ngo Gach Street Hoan Kiem DistrictHOSTEL-
Hanoi Sky Hotel27 Tong Duy Tan Street Hoan Kiem DistrictHOTEL-
Apple Hotel Hanoi15A Hang Chieu Hoan Kiem districtHOTEL-
Hanoi Old Town Hotel95 Hang Chieu Hoan KiemHOSTEL88
Hanoi GuestHouse 285 Ma May Street Hoan KiemGuesthouse-
HANOI CHEAP HOTEL56B Ngo Huyen ,Hoankiem Hanoi,Vietnam Hoan KiemHostel-
Joseph's Hang Da Hotel6C Duong Thanh St. Hoan Kiem DistrictGUESTHOUSE-
Pearl Suites Hanoi Hotel7 Dong Thai Ma May Hoan Kiem Hanoi VietnamHOTEL-
Hanoi Titanic Hostel-56 Ngo Huyen ,Hoan kiemApartment-
Hanoi Dylan Hotel28 Bat Su Str Hang Bo, Hoan KiemHOTEL88
Green Diamond Hotel96 Hang Bac Street Hoan KiemHOSTEL-
Hoan Kiem Lake Hotel29 Hang Trong Street Hoan Kiem DistrictHotel-
Stars Hotel26 Bat Su Hoan Kiem distHOTEL88
Art Trendy Hotel6A Hang But Street Hoan Kiem Distr,Old QuarterHOTEL-
Golden Spring Hotel22 Nguyen Huu Huan StreetHotel-
New Star Hotel HanoiNo 9, Hang Thung street , Hoan Kiem districtHotel-
Church Boutique Hotel Hang Ca21 Hang Ca, HoanKiem district Old Quater CenterHotel-
Church Boutique Hotel Hang GaiChurch Boutique Hang Gai No.9 Nha Tho Street, Hoan Kiem DistHotel-
Khach San Hanoi Hostel No114-16 Thanh Ha Hoan kiemGUESTHOUSE-
Guest House Nguyen Khuyen92 Nguyen KhuyenHOSTEL-
Tu Linh Palace Hotel 286 Ma May Hoan KiemHOTEL-
Hi Ancient Town Hostel21 Bat Dan Street Dong Xuan MarketHOSTEL-
Hoan Kiem Grand Hotel20-22A Hang Can St.Hotel-
Hanoi Style Hotel35 Ma May Street Hoan KiemHotel-
The World HotelsNo 16 Thanh Ha City Gate, HoankiemHotel-
Hoan Kiem Hostel9-11A Hai Tuong Lane ,Ta Hien Str Hoan Kiem DistHOSTEL-
Hanoi Friendly Hotel78 Hang Ga Hoan KiemHOTEL-
Hanoi Nonprofit Hostel17B Hang GaHOSTEL-
Street Backpackers Hostel43 Ly Quoc Su Street HoankiemHOSTEL-
Finnegans Hotel41 Phu Doan Street Hoan Kiem LakeHOTEL-
Finnegans Hotel 265 Nguyen Huu Huan Street HOAN KIEM LAKEHOTEL-
Hostel du Centre Ville47 Luong Ngoc Quyen Hoan KiemHOSTEL-
Airport View HotelDien Xa, Noibai AirportHOTEL-
Hanoi Central Hotel36 Dinh Liet Hoan KiemHOTEL-
Tonkin Hostel01 Ngo HuyenHOSTEL-
Hanoi Backpackers Old QuarterNo.6, Luong Ngoc Quyen Street Hoan Kiem DistrictHOSTEL-
Millennium Hotel31 Hang Mam, Old Quater HoankiemHOTEL-
Hanoi M HostelNo 3 Thanh Ha Street Dong Xuan WardHOSTEL-
Bluebell Hotel41 Ngo Huyen, Hoan Kiem DistrictHOTEL-
The Bunker Hostelling36 Phat Loc Street Hoan KiemHOSTEL-
Hanoi Serendipity Hotel14A Chan Cam Street,Hoan Kiem District Centre of Hanoi Old QuarterHOTEL92
Hanoi Star Hotel25 Hang Mam Hoan Kiem districtHOTEL-
Hanoi Sweet Home Hotel95B Hang Chieu Street Old QuarterHOTEL-
Hanoi Funky Monkeys Backpackers49 Hang Quat Street, Hoan kiem, HanoiHOSTEL-

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Internet

With online dance and battle games popular amongst Vietnamese youth, there is no shortage of high speed internet cafés around Hanoi. Rates can be as low as 3,000 dong per hour and some of the better internet cafés that can be found in the Old Quarter carry popular software like Skype.

Phone

See also: International Telephone Calls

Vietnam's international dialing code is +84. To call to other countries from Vietnam, start with 00, followed by the international number, usually without the first 0. International and domestic phone calls are available in almost every hotel or internet café. International phone charges are high in Vietnam and hotels often add a mark up fee so it is smart to always check the rates before dialling. Public phones require phone cards, which are available at post offices.

Some common and useful phone codes are:

  • 00 - International call prefix
  • 110 - Operator
  • 113 - Police
  • 114 - Fire Department
  • 115 - Medical Aid/Ambulance
  • 116 - Directory Assistance
  • 1080 - Information

Post

Vietnam Post is the government owned national postal service of Vietnam. Services are generally fairly reliable, cheap but not overly fast, except express services. Express Mail Service (EMS) ensures that letters and small parcels are delivered within 24-48 hours domestically. International EMS is associated with over 50 countries worldwide, with a delivery time ranging from 2 to 10 days. Regular services are cheaper but much slower. Most post offices keep much longer hours than most other official businesses, usually starting from 6:30am until 9:30pm and also open on Saturday and even Sunday. You can buy stamps here and they also offer other services like money transfers. You can also try other companies to send parcels, for example with DHL, TNT and UPS.

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Coordinates
  • Latitude: 21.0341
  • Longitude: 105.8372

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