Self-sufficient travel experience in Hanoi from A-Z
doyen1988 8-07-2021, 15:39

What does Hanoi have that makes many people who come here once they come here passionately? Let’s find out “all” self-sufficient travel experiences in Hanoi through the detailed guide below to find yourself the answer!

I. When is the right time to travel to Hanoi?

The best time to go to Hanoi is in the fall, around August, September, and October. The best time to go to Hanoi is in September or October. Because at this time, the rainy season in Hanoi. usually ended. The weather is clear, the sun is not too strong. The temperature is average, the air is cool. All the above weather factors create the best conditions for visitors to have a wonderful journey to discover Hanoi.

Autumn in Hanoi, yellow cold rice tree, red leaf eagle tree..

As for tourists who like cold air, a bit chilly, the last months of the year like November and December will be a good suggestion to visit Hanoi. Coming to Hanoi around this time, besides visiting famous tourist sites, visitors can also enjoy many delicious winter specialties in Hanoi.

II. Instructions for transportation when traveling to Hanoi

Transportation to Hanoi

+ If you live far away and have plenty of money, the plane is the most appropriate means of transportation to Hanoi. Or you can choose the train to save money as well as conveniently visit other tourist attractions on the way. 

+ If you live in neighboring provinces, not too far from Hanoi, you can choose to go to the capital by bus or motorbike. In particular, motorbikes are the most popular means of transport because it is not only economical but also brings many interesting feelings.

Means of sightseeing in Hanoi

Coming to Hanoi, you can visit by some of the following popular means of transport:

  • Motorbike: You can explore the city by yourself by renting a motorbike or calling grab. The price of motorbike rental here ranges from 50k – 200k/day depending on the type of motorbike or scooter.
  • Taxi: If you go with a lot of people, you can choose a taxi. Although the price is quite high, but this vehicle will help you get anywhere you want safely and quickly.
  • Cyclo: You can travel by cyclo to visit the old town. Most tourists coming here choose cyclo to move to tourist attractions in Hanoi. You can directly call a car because in the lakeside area, the number of cyclos is a lot.
  • Bus : This is a type of public transport that is extremely familiar to locals and tourists when coming to Hanoi. The ticket price for each trip is quite cheap, only 7,000 – 9,000 VND. You can see the route and map of bus routes here .

Cyclo is quite popular means of transport in the center of Hanoi (collection source).

  • Tram: Is the new green tourist means of Hanoi. You can also choose a tram to move to attractions so that you can fully explore a civilized, modern and ancient Hanoi.

III. What Hanoi has: Famous tourist attractions in Hanoi

If anyone asks what is beautiful about Hanoi, it is easy to answer: Hanoi is beautiful because of the ancient Turtle tower, mossy roofs in the old town, the majestic Uncle Ho’s mausoleum, and the majestic West Lake. wind… Now let’s review with right away the beautiful places not to be missed when traveling to Hanoi capital:

1. Hoan Kiem Lake

Hoan Kiem Lake is a famous landscape in Hanoi, located at the connection between the Old Quarter including Hang Ngang , Hang Dao , Cau Go , Luong Van Can , Lo Su … with the Western Quarter planned by the French. more than a century ago are Bao Khanh , Church , Trang Thi , Hang Bai , Dinh Tien Hoang , Trang Tien , Hang Khay , Ba Trieu . Hoan Kiem Lake is the central area of ​​Hanoi capital, so you can come here easily by private or public transport.

Dubbed the heart of the Hanoi capital, under King Le, Hoan Kiem lake was named Thuy Quan lake. According to legend, at Thuy Quan lake, King Le returned the golden turtle sword, so Hoan Kiem lake got its name from there.

Hoan Kiem Lake is home to many long historical stories of the country. Photo: @meimeiontour

In the middle of the lake is the ancient Turtle Tower, surrounded by heritages of long cultural and historical significance such as Pen Tower, Ngoc Son Temple, The Huc Bridge leading to Dac Nguyet Floor, Dai Nghien … Those are the symbols. creating the beauty of the capital of thousands of years of civilization. With a clean and fresh space, this place is a popular spot for young people, chosen by couples as a place to take wedding photos. Not only that, Hoan Kiem Lake is one of the attractions for domestic and foreign tourists. 

In the morning, Hoan Kiem Lake often has a lot of people coming to exercise, talk, read newspapers as a unique culture of the capital. Photo: Tuan Dinh Van

2. Uncle Ho’s Mausoleum

The image of Uncle Ho’s mausoleum outside (collection source)

Where to go to Hanoi? Uncle Ho’s Mausoleum will definitely be a destination that you cannot ignore. Located on Hung Vuong – Dien Bien street, this is the place to keep the body of President Ho Chi Minh. When coming to Hanoi, everyone wants to visit Uncle Ho’s mausoleum once. In addition, there is Ba Dinh Square where Uncle Ho read the Declaration of Independence giving birth to the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. Here you can also visit the Ho Chi Minh Museum which keeps a lot of memorabilia about Uncle Ho. As a very meaningful sightseeing place for those who first come to Hanoi.

3. Tran Quoc Pagoda

Tran Quoc Pagoda is located on a small peninsula east of West Lake. The 1,500-year-old pagoda, considered the oldest in Hanoi, has recently entered the list of 16 most beautiful temples in the world voted by the Daily Mail (UK). The temple is a place to store religious and historical values ​​that attract many Buddhists and tourists to visit.

Tran Quoc Pagoda – the most beautiful ancient temple in Vietnam

4. Hanoi Cathedral

The Cathedral is located at 40 Nha Chung Street, Hang Trong, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi. In general, the building has European Gothic architectural style, but still has a combination with indigenous architecture shown in the terracotta tile roof system, the interior decoration is bold in Vietnamese tradition. Therefore, it is the product of a very unique East-West cultural exchange.

Hanoi Cathedral – majestic and ancient. Photo: @tinhvo97

Hanoi Cathedral is considered a typical church architecture and is one of the most beautiful Catholic churches in the capital and the whole country. Traveling to Hanoi, visitors will certainly not be able to ignore this attractive place.

5. Temple of Literature Quoc Tu Giam

Temple of Literature from the outside. Photo: ST

Dubbed the first university of Vietnam, the Temple of Literature is not only a famous historical relic of Hanoi but also a place containing the quintessence of the previous feudal history and preserving the traditional values ​​of Vietnam.

A corner of the Temple of Literature. Photo: @_hoangnhatanh

On each occasion of the Lunar New Year or important exams, many people come here to ask for good luck. Photo: @maianhdinh

Today, the Temple of Literature – Quoc Tu Giam is also a place to organize poetry festivals, a place to commend outstanding and outstanding students, and a famous tourist attraction attracting a large number of domestic and international tourists. At the same time, this is also the meeting place for “ask for words” of the people of Ha Thanh during the traditional New Year holidays with the wish of a peaceful new year or during the important exam seasons of the country with the belief of successful “soldiers”.

6. Opera House

The address of the Opera House is at 1 Trang Tien, Chuong Duong, Hoan Kiem.

Opera House – cultural symbol of the capital (collectible source)

This historic theater in the heart of Hanoi is the venue for major art shows by many of Vietnam’s top famous singers and artists. Visitors can admire the magnificent architecture of the Hanoi Opera House or buy tickets to one of the regularly held shows to see the magnificent interior of the theatre. 

7. West Lake

West Lake is located in the northwest of Hanoi’s inner city with an area of ​​about 500ha, the road around the lake is nearly 20km long. This place is the most romantic corner in the colorful painting of Hanoi, the world of clear breezes, liberal and poetic. West Lake is not only a fun place in Hanoi to attract tourists, but it also contains national cultural values. 

Around the lake, there are more than 20 communal houses, temples and pagodas that have been ranked with many famous relics with many valuable documents such as more than 100 stone steles, 165 couplets, 140 diaphragms, nearly 20 ancient bells, 60 colors deified, over 300 bronze, wooden and stone statues.

Self-sufficient travel experience in Hanoi from A-Z

West Lake seen from above (collection source)

West Lake sunset (collection source)

8. Hanoi Old Quarter

O Quan Chuong – Hang Chieu (collection source)

Tourists visit the old town by cyclo (collection source)

The old town is the streets, houses, and street corners with the bold architectural style of the French in the nineteenth century. Experiencing many ups and downs of history and changes of time, this place still retains its original architecture intact. It can be said that the old town is the soul and unique feature of Hanoi.

Especially in Hanoi Old Quarter, you can go for a walk day and night to experience all the human culture here, there are delicious dishes typical of Hanoi’s old town flavor. 

IV. Interesting tourist attractions near Hanoi

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Besides the famous scenic spots in the city, when traveling to Hanoi, you should not miss the following interesting suburban places:

1. Bat Trang Pottery Village

Hanoi 1 day tour in Bat Trang pottery village (collection source)

Bat Trang pottery village is located along the Red River in Gia Lam district, on the outskirts of Hanoi. Bat Trang Pottery Village produces a variety of products in both types and designs, including fine art items such as statues and reliefs, high technology, breeding animals, flower vases, wall plates, etc. The most interesting thing when visiting Bat Trang pottery village is to directly visit the artisans who make extremely delicate products, especially you can manually mold the products you love. 

Hand-made beautiful small ceramics. Photo: @Canary3010

2. Duong Lam Ancient Village

Located more than 50km from the capital,  Duong Lam ancient village  in Son Tay town is a famous tourist destination near Hanoi . This is the first ancient village in Vietnam to be awarded the National Historical and Cultural Relic by the State in 2006. 

Until now, Duong Lam’s ancient village is the only village in the country that still retains the ancient architecture and living habits of an ancient Vietnamese village 300 years ago. In addition, Duong Lam also has many valuable historical sites such as Phung Hung communal house, Ngo Quyen temple, Giang Van Minh flower temple… Visitors can take a bus from Hanoi city center to Son Tay, Then continue to take a taxi to the village gate. Entrance ticket: 20,000 – 25,000 VND/person.

Duong Lam ancient village gate (collection source)

3. Ba Vi National Park

The road in Ba Vi National Park like in Korean movies (Source: TuanDao)

About 60km from Hanoi, Ba Vi National Park belongs to Ba Vi district, Hanoi city. This is a complex of entertainment, discovery and relaxation resorts. This is the right place for you or your family to have fun and relax after a tiring day of studying and working. Coming to Ba Vi National Park , you can visit the cactus greenhouse, visit the ancient buildings built by the French. There is also a temple for President Ho Chi Minh and a temple for Saint Tan Vien. You can also climb to the top of Vong Canh for a panoramic view of the surrounding mountains. [/b]

[b]4. Dong Mo ethnic culture village of Vietnam

A place where unique cultural values ​​are reproduced (collection sources)

The Culture and Tourism Village of Vietnam’s Ethnic Minorities in Dong Mo – Ngai Son (Son Tay town), is a place to recreate the unique cultural values ​​of 54 ethnic groups in Vietnam. This is an ideal attraction for domestic people as well as international tourists and is a vivid symbol for countries around the world to understand Vietnam’s ethnic policy.

5. Tram Mountain

Tram mountain is not too high but extremely impressive. Photo: @thuyvivuu

Tram mountain belongs to Phung Chau Commune, Chuong My district; It is about 30 km from the center of Hanoi. To get here, you drive along Highway 6 in the direction of Hoa Binh, to Chuc Son Town, Chuong My district, there will be a sign to turn right to Tram pagoda. This is a beautiful place and very suitable for picnics during the day or camping overnight. If you stay overnight in Tram mountain , you will be immersed in the magical beauty at sunset or watch the white fog at dawn.

Tram Mountain is a suitable place for weekend camping. 

V. Delicious Hanoi specialties

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1. Hanoi Pho

Pho is the first dish that you should enjoy when coming to Hanoi. Famous pho shops such as Pho burden in Hang Trong, the shop is a small street vendor, located on the sidewalk, with only a small chair, the shop is only open in the afternoon. This is a restaurant that has been around for a long time, although there is no comfortable place to eat, but people come to the restaurant crowded, have to queue and wait for a long time.

Coming to Hanoi without eating pho would be too much of a pity. Photo: @halonngcruisecabin

There are also the best beef noodle soup shops, such as Pho Ly Quoc Su, the best chicken noodle soup located on Quan Thanh street, Hanh mixed sweet and sour pho on Lan Ong street, or Luong Van Can street, pan-fried pho on Bat Dan street… 

Some delicious pho addresses in Hanoi:

  • Pho Ly Quoc Su: No. 10 Ly Quoc Su, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi.
  • Pho Bat Dan: 49 Bat Dan, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi.
  • Pho Thin Lo Duc: No. 13 Lo Duc, Hai Ba Trung, Hanoi.

2. Bun Cha

The dish is made from minced lean meat and marinated with spices, then it is molded into round pieces and put on a charcoal grill until the patties are golden and fragrant. Hanoi bun cha dipping sauce is sweet and sour fish sauce with vinegar, garlic, chili, pepper mixed with sweet and sour sliced ​​green papaya. This dish is served with vermicelli and raw vegetables with perilla leaves. 

Bun cha Hanoi. Photo: @bachuaviahe

List of delicious places to eat that you can visit to enjoy:

  • Bun Cha Huong Lien: 24 Le Van Huu, Hai Ba Trung, Hanoi.
  • Bun Cha Dac Kim: No. 1 Hang Manh, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi.
  • Bun cha with bamboo sticks: the intersection of Nguyen Du – Ba Trieu intersection.

3. La Vong fish cake

La Vong grilled fish is a famous specialty of Hanoi, present in almost everywhere from small eateries to high-class hotel restaurants. This dish is prepared as follows: Fish is fried in a small oil pan. Served with grilled rice paper, vermicelli, with roasted peanuts, coriander, fresh basil, dill, chopped fresh onions dipped with shrimp paste. 

La Vong fish cake – a famous specialty of Hanoi. Photo: @hedinguyen1710

The fish sauce is made with lemon juice, sliced ​​chili, ca cuong essential oil, a few drops of white wine, a spoonful of fat and sugar, and then beaten until foamy. This dish is sweet, fleshy and fatty.

To enjoy La Vong grilled fish in the most “standard” way, you should go to 14 Cha Ca, Hoan Kiem.

4. Bun Thang

Bun thang is a dish containing many quintessential features of Hanoi cuisine. The ingredients for making bun thang include shredded chicken, fried eggs, and shredded pork rolls. The broth is cooked from bones, shrimp. The pot of good broth must be clear, with a slight aroma, and the smell of shrimp paste.

Bun Thang can only be found in Hanoi. Photo: @andreannguyen88 suggests you some delicious places to eat bun thang that is loved by many locals and tourists:

  • Bun thang Cau Go: address 48 Cau Go, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi.
  • Bun thang Hang Hom: No. 11 Hang Hom, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi.

5. Rice cake

Hang Than rice cake. ( Source: Collector)

So far, only Nguyen Ninh shop at 11 Hang Than still retains the traditional way of making handmade rice nuggets. The green rice cake is the innermost layer is the yellow-green bean paste, the cake has the greasy smell of coconut and green beans. And when you come to Hanoi, remember to buy rice cake as a gift.

6. Roll cake

Banh cuon is a traditional dish of the Ha Thanh people. The ingredients for making banh cuon are delicious rice that is ground into a powder, then mixed with water and then coated on the stove into thin sticky pieces. The filling is made from pork, shiitake mushrooms, when the cake is rolled up, sprinkled with a shrimp paste. This dish is served with fish sauce, ca cuong and cinnamon rolls.

Banh cuon is an indispensable Hanoi breakfast dish. Photo: @foodlifewitt

The best places to eat banh cuon in Hanoi are passed on by tourists:

  • Ba Hoanh roll cake: 66 To Hien Thanh.
  • Thanh Van roll cake: 81 Le Van Huu.

7. Noodles with bean paste and shrimp paste

When you come to Hanoi, you must definitely try the shrimp paste noodles.

It is a dish that everyone who comes to Hanoi wants to enjoy once. This vermicelli with shrimp paste is most delicious in the way of preparing shrimp paste, the chef must choose a delicious fish sauce, drizzle a little hot fat, add chili, squeeze kumquat and beat until the fish paste is up. A bowl of flavorful shrimp paste dipped with a piece of hot fried bean curd, a greasy fried rice nugget or a hot piece of bacon will melt your taste buds.

The most famous places to eat vermicelli with shrimp paste:

  • Hang Tray bean vermicelli: No. 31 Hang Khay.
  • Bean vermicelli Phan Huy Ich: 54 Phan Huy Ich.

9. Noodle rolls

The cool noodle soup with the white noodle soup wrapped with beef, herbs inside, and dipped with fish sauce mixed with the right taste is a Hanoi snack that is hard to resist. To enjoy this delicious dish, you can go to noodle shops in Ngu Xa or on Quan Thanh street. In addition to pho rolls, these shops also sell fried noodle soup, fried egg noodle, and delicious grilled pork belly.

Hanoi noodle soup. Photo: @simplycalledann

Above is the necessary information that you cannot ignore in your Hanoi travel guide. Hope this information will help you have a very interesting trip to discover the beautiful capital.