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Hanoi is Vietnam's small, historic and charming capital, with a blend of Parisian grace and Asian pace. Home to the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Hanoi is Vietnam's diplomatic centre and political heart, full of broad, tree-lined boulevards, parks, and aging colonial buildings spread around the surreal calm of Ba Dinh Square.

Old Quarter

The hectic Old Quarter is the city's constant market place, a hubbub of noise and activity where traders and shoppers joust for the best deals along tiny alleys and on sweaty street corners. It's well worth spending a few days here, walking the streets, visiting the historical sights and getting to grips with Vietnam's intriguing capital. Just north of the calming Hoan Kiem Lake is the Old Quarter, a hectic representation of life, which bounces around the original street layout of old Hanoi. The 36 bustling streets, marked with a certain French colonial style, are lined with lively market stalls, locals sipping coffee and goateed grandfathers brooding over chess moves. Notably, the area has had a long connection with silk traders, and you'll still find plentiful stocks of this famous fabric today, along with some of Hanoi's best food stalls and kitsch collections of local products.

Ho Chi Minh Quarter

The famous father of the Socialist Republic, Ho Chi Minh, was embalmed on his death in 1969, as is the tradition for many former leaders of the communist world. His body lies in a grand, granite mausoleum, surrounded by the Presidential Palace, the Ho Chi Minh Museum and the modest stilt house he lived in while president. One of Vietnam's most iconic temples, the One Pillar Pagoda, is also situated nearby. Originally built in the 11th century and perhaps symbolic of Vietnam's tumultuous history, it's been destroyed and rebuilt several times since.

Hoa Lo Prison Museum

Famously dubbed the Hanoi Hilton by American POWs during the Vietnam War, Hoa Lo Prison has long been considered by its former inmates as one of the most notorious POW camps of the war. It's a touchy subject and the Vietnamese government continues to deny the claims that the use of torture, a major breach in international law, was the central reason for the prison's notoriety. Despite the fact that the museum has been spruced up over the years to reflect a certain pro-government stance, it makes for an interesting tour, no matter which side of the fence you sit.

Temple of Literature

The site of Vietnam's first university, opened in the 11th century by Emperor Ly Thanh Tong, the Temple of Literature is perhaps the most important temple in the capital, functioning as a centre of learning for centuries. Its numerous courtyards and grand gateways, quiet temples and smooth marble corridors prove a quiet, thoughtful haven from the busy streets of Hanoi.


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Top itineraries in Hanoi

Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Best of Vietnam & Cambodia

17-day tailor-made holiday from £3,425 pp incl. flights

From its great cities and iconic temples to off-the-beaten-track gems, this tour takes in the must-see highlights of two Asian heavyweights – Vietnam and Cambodia.

Halong Bay, Vietnam

Highlights of Vietnam

13-day tailor-made holiday from £3,230 pp incl. flights

Discover the best of Vietnam, taking in the country's vibrant northern capital Hanoi, the emerald waters of Halong Bay and the historically rich central coastal towns of Hue and Hoi An. Then, fly south Ho Chi Minh City and the magic of the Mekong Delta and the infamous Cu Chi Tunnels.

Fishing Boat, Mekong River, Vietnam

Vietnam & the Mekong

14-day tailor-made holiday from £2,650 pp incl. flights

The Mekong Delta is often referred to as 'Vietnam's rice bowl'. This rich agricultural land supports a thriving population of farmers, who make their living amidst the abundant waterways that form the mouth of the mighty Mekong River, one of the world's great waterways.

Orchid cruise, Halong Bay

Northern Vietnam Explorer

13-day tailor-made holiday from £2,550 pp incl. flights

With everything from private tours and luxury stays to indulgent dining and the services of a private driver included throughout, this is a full examination of northern Vietnam’s delighta. Think cyclo rides through Hanoi, a thatched-bungalow mountain retreat and a three-day cruise on Halong Bay.

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Top places to stay in Hanoi

Room, Mövenpick Hotel Hanoi, Vietnam

Mövenpick Hotel Hanoi

Contemporary hotel

A great value hotel located in the business district, close to the attractive French Quarter of Hanoi.

Pool, Sofitel Legend, Hanoi, Vietnam

Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi

Historic hotel

The Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi is the place to stay in the capital of Vietnam. An old-school 5-star hotel, harking back to the French colonial days of the early twentieth century it is located in right in the centre of Hanoi.

Hotel De l'Opera, Hanoi

Hotel De l’Opera, Hanoi

Contemporary hotel

Hotel De l'Opera is located in the stylish French Quarter of Hanoi, and has a rich history spanning back to 1911. Visit for boutique exclusivity and bohemian glamour.

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