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Hanoi Travel Experience from A to Z

Hanoi Travel Experience from A to Z

Hanoi Travel introduction:

Hanoi is a capital of thousand years of civilization with ancient relics and peaceful life. If you had visited Hanoi once before, surely you can not forget the typical atmosphere here, like Hoan Kiem Lake, West Lake, quiet cafés, small streets as well as street vendors.

Bus: Hanoi currently has four bus routes running downtown to Noi Bai International Airport, including three subsidized fares and one high-quality bus service.

Bus No 7: Depart from Cau Giay station, run through Nguyen Van Huyen, Hoang Quoc Viet, Pham Van Dong, Thang Long, Vo Van Kiet, T1 and back. The bus departs from Cau Giay at 5 am and the last time from Noi Bai airport is at 22.30 pm.

The time is about 60 minutes. The limitation of this bus is that the bus stops many stations and it is very crowded so you might not have seats. Ticket price: 8,000 VND.

Bus No 17: Depart from Long Bien station (Tran Nhat Duat street), pass Chuong Duong bridge, Nguyen Van Cu, Ngo Gia Tu, Duong bridge, through Dong Anh, national highway No.2, Vo Van Kiet, Vo. Nguyen Giap, park at the T1 and back. Bus departs from Long Bien at 5am and the last from Noi Bai airport at 22h.

The running time of the bus from starting point to stopping point is about 1 hour 45 minutes. The advantage of this route is not crowded so passengers usually have full seats. Ticket price: 9,000 VND.

– Bus number 90: From 1 Kim Ma, running through Nui Truc, Lieu Giai, Thuy Khue, Lac Long Quan, Nhat Tan, Vo Nguyen Giap, T1 ), T2 international station, back to parking lot. The schedule of driving at Kim Ma bus stop from 5:30 to 21:10 and at Noi Bai airport is 6h40 to 22h30.

Frequency of bus runs from 20 to 30 minutes /trip, duration is 50 to 60 minutes; the number of passengers is not too crowded, depending on the time of day. Ticket price: 9,000 VND.

Bus No. 86: Depart from Hanoi Railway Station, passing Nguyen Du, Tran Hung Dao, Da Tuong, Ly Thuong Kiet, Hang Bai, Hoan Kiem Lake, Hang Tre, Long Bien, Yen Phu, Nghi Tam, Au Co, Nhat Tan, Vo Nguyen Giap, T1 (2nd floor), T2 (2nd floor), T1 parking lot. Bus runs at Hanoi Railway Station (5h05 to 21h40), Noi Bai (from 6h18 to 22h58).

Running time is about 60 minutes; frequency is 25-30 minutes / trip. This is a high quality bus service, with big space for lugguage for passengers, Vietnamese and English audio system, LED display, free wifi. The bus is not crowded, but it should be noted that only 25 seats. Ticket price: Transportation: means of transportation when traveling in Hanoi

Plane: Because of being the capital of the country, so there are many daily flights from other cities to Hanoi. You can take a look at the fares of airlines such as Jetstar Pacific, Vietjet Air or Vietnam Airlines.

How to move from Noi Bai airport to the city center

Taxi: To move from Noi Bai International Airport to Hanoi city center you can choose taxi with the price range from 350,000 – 450,000 VND or it is about 150,000 to 250,000 for traditional price of private taxi company.

Bus of the airlines

Domestic airlines such as Vietnam Airlines, Jetstar or Vietjet Air have passenger cars from the airport to Hanoi, usually 16 seats or 45 seats. Even if you do not fly these airlines, you can still take the bus. Vehicles often park at the airport door for passengers to easily see. You need to ask price and route before you go. Usually, these vehicles will have fixed routes, but it can be flexible depending on the passenger.

The price of these buses is usually 40,000 VND / person. The bus will have the last stop in the city at 1 Quang Trung Street, Hoan Kiem District, 204 Tran Quang Khai Street, 69 Tran Nhan Tong Street (near the central circus).

Train: The price of the North-South trains is from 1,166,000 VND / one – way to 1,246,000 VND / one – way. From Hanoi Railway Station on Le Duan Street to the city center takes about 10 to 15 minutes by taxi

In Hanoi: One of the unique features of Hanoi tourism is the old town cyclo. Many visitors come to Hanoi choose this transportation to transfer, explore the ancient beauty on every busy street in Hanoi. If cyclo carries an antique look, then electric cars are a means of “green tourism” modern and very new tourism of Hanoi. You will discover a civilized, polite Hanoi with modern pace.

Tourisit destination to visit when it comes to Hanoi Travel:


Hoan Kiem Lake: A special feature of Hanoi is that in the city there are many lakes and the city is surrounded by big rivers. Hoan Kiem Lake is located in the heart of the city with an ancient turtle lying on a small peninsula in the middle of the lake. Next to Hoan Kiem Lake are impressive architectural works and valuable treasures of the city: Pen Tower, Radio Tower, The Huc Bridge leading to Dac Nguyet or Tran Ba Temple … on the way to Ngoc Son Temple. 

Photo: Baomoi

One Pillar Pagoda: Hanoi is the religious center and Buddhist temple of Vietnam so there are many temples in the inner city with hundreds of years old. The most famous is the One Pillar Pagoda, which is said to be one of the most unique in Vietnam. It is also a must-visit place when traveling to Hanoi. There is also Tran Quoc Pagoda, a long ancient pagoda built from the reign of King Ly Nam De (6th century).

Temple of Literature: Temple of Confucius, the first doctoral institution in Vietnam. Today, Van Mieu – Quoc Tu has become a popular tourist destination of Ha Noi, which is the place of awarding certificates of merit to students with outstanding achievements. The students before the exam often come here to pray.

Hanoi Cathedral: typical architecture of Hanoi. The scene is airy and pleasant, making it an attractive destination for the young people of Hanoi as well as those who travel to Hanoi. Sitting on the sidewalk pavement features to taste of the cold weather of Hanoi sky. In the evening, you can gather together to chat and enjoy the glass of lemon tea.

Hanoi Cathedral. Photo: Minh Quan

Old Quarter: this is the Highlights of Hanoi tourism. Hanoi 36 streets with old houses and streets still retain their appearance from the 19th century. You can wander all day on the old streets, explore the peaceful and casual place in Hanoi. Go to this place you can feel the beauty of Hanoi people, familiar and friendly.

Hanoi Opera House: this is a smaller version of Opéra Garnier in Paris, located on No. 1 Trang Tien, the central street of the city. The Grand Theater is also home to many of the great events of the country.

Ba Dinh Square – President Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum: you should not miss the political center of Vietnam with the National Assembly, the Presidential Palace, the historic Ba Dinh Square where Uncle Ho has read the manifesto give the birth of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is the place where Uncle Ho’s body is located and kept. Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is open five days a week, on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays. Visitors are bound to comply with requirements such as dress code, do not bring self-recording devices and keep order in the mausoleum.

Presidential vestiges

Behind the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is a modest stilts , where President Ho Chi Minh lived in the 1960s. The stilted house resembles a traditional country house, lush garden as well as carp pond. This monumental complex also includes the Presidential Palace, which was built for the French Governor during the colonial period in the early 1900s. This building is now used to host important international delegations and not open to the public on sightseeing.

Tran Quoc Pagoda

Its architecture is like a lotus flowers are blooming. The pagoda is located on the western peninsula of West Lake, Hanoi, built from the reign of King Ly Nam De. In the pagoda, there are many historical and cultural relics, such as the statue of Buddha worshiping in the upper court, especially the statue of Shakyamuni. The temple is an attractive destination, attracting many Buddhists and visitors to visit.

West Lake

It located not far from the city center, West Lake is the largest lake in Hanoi. You can rent a water bike or take a boat trip around the West Lake. The best time to get to this place is at sunset to watch the sunset. Next to the West Lake is the ancient village of Nghi Tam, where it still retains the elegant entertainment of the old Hanoi people. Nghi Tam is also known as flower village, when spring comes, this village will be filled with fresh flowers. Near West Lake area is Ngu Xa village with traditional bronze casting, Yen Phu village, are all places to visit when traveling to Hanoi.

Thang Long Puppet Theater

Traveling to Hanoi, one of the destinations not to be missed by many domestic and international tourists is Thang Long Puppet Theater, right near Hoan Kiem Lake. Puppies play on the water and are controlled by artisans behind the curtain. The stories in the water puppet show clearly the life and culture of the Vietnamese people, especially foreign tourists love.

Vietnam Museum of Ethnology

Here, visitors are welcome to visit, study ethnology from religious events to the symbolic ceremonies of 54 ethnic groups in Vietnam. The museum has three main areas: an exhibition area, an office and research facility, a library … The second area is the outdoor exhibition area and the third is to introduce the culture of ethnic groups as well as foreign culture, mostly ethnic groups in the Southeast Asia.


Bat Trang Pottery Village

Located 20km far away from the center of Hanoi, on the left bank of the Red River, you can go by motorbike or bus to get there. Bat Trang is the place where ceramics production is famous throughout the country. You can walk around the village, there are many pottery workshops, roads around the village which are the walls exposed or unique rustic houses. If you come here, you can walk out near the riverside, there is a unique means to help you discover Bat Trang as the “buffalo car”. In small pottery workshops, you can create your own pottery products or draw mugs, ceramic souvenirs for your friends and relatives. The price of a ceramic product is about 10,000 VND to 30,000 VND.

Duong Lam Ancient Village

The ancient Vietnamese village still retains the material and non-material value of the ancient way of living. Visitors can also enjoy a traditional lunch in the courtyard of an ancient house, or hear stories, visit the wall covered with moss. The most interesting is renting a bike and riding around the village. This is also the place where many beautiful photos are kept and captured.

Viet Thanh Chuong

Located at the foot of Soc Son Mountain in Hien Ninh Commune, Viet Thanh Chuong is the destination you can go in one day. This is an ancient house, reflecting the ancient space of the Vietnamese in the old time. The world of Thanh Chuong is the opposite of noisy streets. Come here, you can mix in the fresh nature, sitting on the couch or bamboo on the porch of three houses. This place is not the shadow of modern things but rather a journey to find the memory of the ancient traveler. Some of the most attractive stops here are Son Statue, Thien Huong Pagoda…

Ba Vi National Park

The first interesting for this place is the fresh, fresh nature with shady trees. You can walk around the cactus park, small sanctuary or visit the ancient buildings built by the French. There is also the temple of President Ho Chi Minh, the Temple of St. Vien. You can also climb to the peak of Vong Canh to see the panorama of the surrounding mountains.

Nui Tram

Nui Tram is located in Phung Chau commune, Chuong My district, less than 30km from Hanoi center. It takes about 45 minutes – 1 hour if you ride a motorbike. The mountain is not too high, but it has extremely beautiful terrain, with many caves, and winding trails in flat valleys, where you can camp, BBQ party. Nearby there are several temples that you can visit such as Tram Pagoda, Vo Vi Pagoda, Long Tien Pagoda.

Village of ethnic cultures of Vietnam,

If you want to experience many cultures without having to travel far, the culture – tourism of ethnic groups in Vietnam in Dong Mo is the ideal choice. Covering an area of 198.61 ha, the ethnic minority villages are characterized by hills, mountains, valleys and intertwined lakes, and the traditional village model of ethnic minority people in order to reproduce the natural and cultural landscape with four village clusters across the country. Here, the ethnic” tour guide” people help you to discover the main subjects of culture and directly introduce the traditional beauty and guidance to experience their cultural life.

Quan Son Lake, located about 50 km from Hanoi, Quan Son Lake is a popular destination. With an area of 850 hectares and more than 100 small mountains leaning against the lake, this place is also known as Ha Long on land. You should start the morning tour to enjoy the fresh and airy atmosphere. Boater  will take you to the mountains of Hon Me, Moi Nghe, Da Bac, Gua Son or Thung Voi Water … In some mountains, you can also climb to view the vast Quan Son lake.

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Cousine: food, local food, street food and specialties in Hanoi

Hanoi cuisine is always attractive with distinct flavor.

Some must-try dishes when visiting Hanoi:

1. Pho (Noodle):

Pho is not to be missed when traveling in Hanoi. Hang Trong noodle soup is a small store on the sidewalk, guests can eat without tables, only on the small stool, enjoy a tasty bowl of Pho. Especially, this noodles are only available for in the afternoon, for a long time, and the prices can not be changed at 15,000 VND. The famous beef noodle soup is Ly Quoc Su noodle soup. If you want to eat chicken noodle, you go to chicken noodle soup on Quan Thanh Street. Also, you can eat pho which is sweet and sour mix noodles in Pho Hanh Lan He Street or noodles on Luong Van Can Street or saute Pho on Bat Dan Street. If you haven’t tried Pho, it means youhavent discovered Hanoi.

2. La Vong fish fry:

Fish is fried on a small oil pan, each table will have a small charcoal pan with fish pan placed above. Fish is served with many baked bread, noodles, along with roasted peanuts, coriander, basil, dill, fresh onion with small shrimp sauce. Shrimp paste is prepared by squeezing fresh lime, adding chilli, sparingly and adding a little bit of essential oil, adding a few drops of white wine, some water and sugar. The food is sweet, fatty.

3. Bun noodle:

A small piece of grilled chopped pineapple with spicy aromas of marinated spices, served with sweet and sour sauce with vinegar, garlic, chili, scented pepper mixed with green papaya cut into pieces small. Accompanying it is the noodles, bar and other fresh vegetables, especially noodles which are an indispensable vegetable to eat with.

4. Rice noodle:

It is a dish that contains the essence of Ha Thanh cuisine. Rice noodles include a lot of materials such as chicken tossing milling, fried eggs, silk yarn spinning … The water must be water from the bones and shrimp, a good pot of water must be real and aromatic mild, can not be ignored a little spice up the shrimp sauce.

5. Com cake (your rice cake):

The best nutcracker for sale in Nguyen Ninh, home of 11 Hang Than. Up to now, Nguyen Ninh rice cake still sells rice noodles with traditional methods of making cakes. Freshly baked croissants, lightly crunchy, you can even see the yellowish inner core. The smell of delicious rice mixed with the smell of coconut and green beans, smelt only love.

6. Stuffed pancake:

Hanoi people often prefer delicacies, low fat fried cakes that are a typical delicacy of Ha Thanh land. Rice must be carefully selected and then grind into flour mixed with water and then coated on the kitchen thin layers of cake. The owner quickly grab the hot cake to disk then sprinkle the pork roasted with mushrooms and roll the last one sprinkle a layer of shrimp up. Serve with fish sauce and basil and cinnamon rolls.

7. Bun dau mam tom:

It seems to have become a dish that any Hanoi tourist wants to try once. People can eat this dish in every season. Hot bean sprouts are cut into slices of white soybeans cooked in soy sauce. The most important is shrimp sauce, shrimp sauce is delicious when the whip to beat the right cotton, sprinkle a bit of hot fat with beans and noodles which are really nothing to compare with.

Best places for taking pictures in Hanoi

Nhat Tan flower garden

Located on Au Co street in Tay Ho district, not only during Tet to spring, Nhat Tan flower garden attracts young people to take photos, admire the colorful flower gardens on any day of the year. This is also one of the most beautiful photography sites that young people enjoy.

West Lake

Located at the end of To Ngoc Van Street in Tay Ho district, Tay Ho Lake ( west lake) is an ideal place for young people to come to take photos when the lotus season hatch.

Every time the lotus blossom, young people, especially the girlfs flock to the West Lake lagoon to capture beautiful photos in traditional costumes.

Rock filed in Hong River

The cool red rocky beach is located right on the banks of the Hong River. The sandy beach stretches out and wide. This is a nice place to take pictures in Hanoi. It is ideal for couples, especially couples who are getting married to take romantic wedding photos with chariots, hanging chair, swing, wooden bridge, flower field …

In order to get to the rock field, you go to 264 Au Co alley and go straight through the garden to reach the destination.

Temple of Liturature (Văn Mieu Quoc Tu Giam)

Temple of Literature is the first university in Vietnam and also the only feudal university still exists in our country. This is a good place to take pictures in Hanoi for students who want to save impressive images  to keep students memories at school.

Photo: Lao Dong

Thang Long Citadel

Located on Hoang Dieu Street, Thang Long Citadel along with Van Mieu Quoc Tu Giam are places in Hanoi which are always attractive to visitors.

With a spacious space with cool grass green, the historic sites in Hanoi is a wonderful scene for you to record the beautiful moments in Hanoi.

Tay Tuu flower village

Located in Tu Liem district, Hanoi, near Hanoi University of Industry, Tay Tuu flower village is known as the largest flower village in Hanoi, this is a beautiful photo shoot in Hanoi which is famous for its vast field of land with enough flowers such as roses, chrysanthemums, flowers… as picturesque. You will be happy to take photos without paying, so as not to damage the flowers of the households here.

Photo: Anninhthudo

Come to Tay Tuu flower village, you can feel the fresh air, colorful scenery full of resin of countless kinds of flowers. Especially the price of fresh flowers sold in the garden should be very cheap, you can also buy for planting or decorating.

Long Bien Bridge

Not only is it a historical witness which connects the two banks of Hong River, Long Bien Bridge is also a bridge between the peaceful life of people in the middle of the Hong River with the bustle of the city.

With an ancient, idyllic look, Long Bien Bridge has become one of the most beautiful places in Hanoi for young people, especially wedding couples.

The middle field of Hong River

This is the familiar name of the fertile alluvial soils floating in the middle of Hong River, and the river flows through Hanoi. This is a nice place to take pictures in Hanoi which is very popular with young people.

From Long Bien Bridge, looking down, you will see a completely different Hanoi with the bustle of the city.  There are sandy beaches stretching alongside white cotton reeds gently swinging in the wind, green banana leaves on the margins to create a rustic feeling of freshness and tranquility.

Hoan Kiem Lake and Old Quarter

Hoan Kiem Lake and Old Quarter are all places that can not be missed when it comes to beautiful photo shoots in Hanoi.

The area of Hoan Kiem Lake is not only a famous tourist destination of Vietnam, but also an ideal place chose by both domestic as well as international young people to come and save the moment of the capital Hanoi thousand years of culture, And there are many couples who choose to take wedding photos.

The Old Quarter is not only a popular tourist destination in Hanoi, but also a place where young people from all over the world come to enjoy the ancient, rustic and gentle features of Hanoi.

Yen Vien Station

Located less than 15km from the center of Hanoi, Yen Vien Station is a great location for taking pictures in Hanoi.

The specialties of Yen Vien station are rails, and the long trains are smoked, creating a scene that is both romantic and unique.

Some of the well-known hotels in Hanoi 

  1. Hanoi Somerset Grand Hotel

49 Hai Ba Trung, Hoan Kiem District

  1. Muong Thanh Grand Hanoi 

CC2, Bac Linh Dam,  Hoang Mai District, Vietnam

  1. Novotel Suites Hanoi

5 Duy Tan, Cau Giay district, Hanoi

  1. Hanoi 3B Hotel

99 Ma May Street, Old Quarter

  1. Indochina Queen II Hanoi

67 Thuoc Bac, Hoan Kiem District

Some of the coffee shops in Hanoi

Giang cafe

Beside many cafés in Hanoi, Giang Giang coffee brings old space that makes guests think of the treasure. The shop is located in a small alley and deep on Nguyen Huu Huan Street, but is a special meeting place for egg coffee lovers.


Opened in 2008, Tadioto Cafe & Bar until 2014 moves to its current location on Tong Dan Street, near the Opera House and the Metropole Hotel. It is highly appreciated by foreign guests, the bar is a combination of a café and cocktail bar in a cozy interior.


Like the name “Tranquil” (meaning peace), the restaurant is located in a small alley, with space separate from the bustling streets outside of Hanoi. Inside the restaurant on Nguyen Quang Bich Street there are many books, suitable for those who want to find a place to read and enjoy drinks. If you want to have fun, comfortable, this restaurant is the ideal stop for you.


Opened in mid-2015, Xofa has gradually gained a place in the community cafe in Hanoi, for young people by young space, there are many angles of art. Housed in a large villa on Tong Duy Tan Road, the restaurant offers a wide selection of seating, from the balcony to the cozy lounge chair. Especially, it is open 24/24 so restaurant offers a great experience for those who are wishing to stay in Hanoi.


This is a tea and coffee shop with plenty of space, making it easy to find your own place. The shop is located in the corner of Tran Quoc Toan, which has romantic balcony with many white interior, diners can watch the street. The restaurant serves a variety of drinks, but most prominently is tea and cakes at reasonable prices.

Cong Trang Tien

One of the most prominent café chains is located on Trang Tien Street, a prime location in the heart of the capital. It is Open until 22 pm daily, guests may have to wait to have a seat on the second floor with spacious balcony in order to look at the streets and view the Opera House.

Cabine Hanoi

Starting from the base in Hang Ga, Cabine is faithful to the rustic style, but does not pay much attention to the design of the table and chairs, keeping the original brick of the house – another nostalgic feature of Hanoi subsidy years. The facilities in Doi Can and Hang Bai have more modern style with wide view, suitable for young people.



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