Hanoi is always an attractive destination because of its gentle beauty. Not only that, but the lifestyle of many cultural values is also clearly shown here. Let’s check out the list of 10 things to do when visiting Hanoi!
When to Go to Hanoi
The best time to visit Hanoi is in the fall, around August, September, and October. It is ideal to go to Hanoi in September or October. At this time, the rainy season in Hanoi is usually ended. The weather is dry but the sunlight is not too strong. The temperature is moderate and the air is cool. All of the above factors create the best conditions for travelers to book a great trip to explore Hanoi.
But for travelers who prefer cold, the last months of the year like November and December will be a not bad suggestion for traveling to Hanoi. Coming to Hanoi around this time, visitors can also enjoy many delicious winter specialties in Hanoi.
Where to Go and What to Do
Walking around Sword Lake (Hồ Gươm) early in the morning
Ho Guom in the early morning is the best place to visit. Tourists not only enjoy the gentle, charming beauty of nature but also the daily routine of Hanoi people who love exercising, regardless of winter or summer. Visitors can stroll by the lake to enjoy the fresh, cool air or rest on a stone chair to observe and even blend in with the exercising people.
Having some street food right at the sidewalk food stores
Hanoi is famous for its hawkers and street vendors. Everyone who comes to this capital is usually surprised by the variety of food and drinks here. From bowls of Vietnamese-flavored Phở to playful dishes like fried spring rolls, iced tea or sugarcane juice, and even dishes that present the soul of this land such as Bánh cuốn Thanh Tri or Bún chả Hanoi. Be observant looking for seasonal delicacies to feel the full range of Hanoi cuisine on the sidewalk bars.
Going to the market early
Quang Ba Flower Market and Long Bien Wholesale Market are two places tourists should visit once when visiting Hanoi. The food and flowers are the main product here. The market is open almost all night. Visiting these two markets, there are not only buyers and sellers but also many tourists who want to find a different perspective on the special culture in the life of Hanoi people.
Observe Hanoi from above
Tourists visiting Hanoi should not forget to find yourself a convenient place to observe the city from above. This is not a new way but it will bring interesting surprises to each person. Depending on the time or place chosen, visitors can observe the city during the day or in the evening. We suggest you try both times at the same place to see the differences.
Strolling around Hanoi at night
During the day is a vibrant and bustling city, but Hanoi’s night is a completely opposite picture. The colorful daytime streets of souvenir shops are replaced by silence, the bustling downtown is also covered rare tranquility. Visitors can walk along the streets, along with some places that are super busy at daytime to enjoy another space of Hanoi.bv
Visiting on Long Bien Bridge
Not merely crossing the Red River, Long Bien Bridge is a historical witness of Hanoi, visited by many tourists when they first come to this capital. This bridge was built in 1898 with 3 lanes, the middle lane for trains.
Bearing an ancient and impressive appearance by architecture, Long Bien Bridge has appeared in the works of a number of foreign artists as well as some projects of young Vietnamese people. To Hanoi, try walking on the bridge early in the morning or late afternoon. It will be an unforgettable experience.
Traveling around the city by bus
As mentioned above, beside trams and cyclos, buses are the next options that visitors should try once when being in Hanoi. Not only getting points for the cheap cost, but the bus is also attractive by the diverse route, passing through most of the famous tourist attractions of Hanoi. With two eye-catching colors, red and yellow, buses can also contribute to the highlight of each person’s travel photos.
Taking part in the flag-lowering ceremony at Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum
If you cannot get up early to witness the flag-raising ceremony (6 am), it is nice to take part in the flag-lowering ceremony at Uncle Ho’s mausoleum at 9 pm daily. This is a sacred ritual that is awaited by many domestic and foreign tourists, even Hanoi people. The national flag will be lowered by an army of 34 soldiers who step steadily from the right of the mausoleum in the background music about Uncle Ho. Many tourists visiting Hanoi were really surprised to witness a lot of people standing around it solemnly, watching the flag slowly being lowered.
Taking a walk around the old town
Hanoi Old Quarter or “36 streets of Hanoi” is always the most attractive place for tourists. Despite the chessboard design, the streets are parallel to each other, but not everyone can easily find their way out when they have lost in this “maze”.
Walking around the busy small streets or visiting the souvenir shops hidden deep in the alley will be a unique experience for any visitors coming here. If you feel tired, let’s find a cafe on the balcony of an old house to observe the bustling life underneath a bold Hanoi flavor.
Watch the sunset in West Lake (Hồ Tây)
Located in the Northwest of Hanoi, West Lake is also attractive to visitors who love peaceful space. Many people often come here to enjoy specialties which are only sold here, meanwhile, others come to immerse themselves in a very large and peaceful space. Especially in the afternoon, the West Lake becomes fanciful in the orange color, dyed to the horizon. Visitors can stop and take some impressive memories.
How to Go
- Motorbike: Renting a motorbike or grab is a great choice if you can drive well. The rent fee is around 200,000VND/day depending on the type of motorbike.
- Taxi: If you go in a group or have your kids or parents with you, getting a taxi is good. The price may be a bit higher than a motorbike, but it helps you get to any place you want safely and quickly. It costs about 10,000 to 15,000VND/km depending on how far you go.
- Cyclo (xích lô): You can also travel by cyclo to visit many old towns. Most tourists come here choose it to travel. You can contact the rider directly by the lake area. Taking a round trip around a lake, the fee may range from 50,000 to 150,000VND depending on the road segment and the bargaining skill of passengers.
- Bus: This type of public transport is extremely familiar to residents as well as visitors to Hanoi. The ticket price for each trip is quite cheap, only 7,000 – 9,000VND. You can view the route and map the bus routes.
- Tram: It is a new green tourist means of Hanoi. You can also choose the tram to move to attractions to fully explore a civilized Hanoi, modern and ancient taciturn. The price for a tour to visit Hoan Kiem Lake and the old town area is 200,000VND / 7 people / 35 ‘ and 300,000 VND / 7 people / 60 ‘ (Free for children under 3 years old).
Top 10 things to do in Hanoi is like a list to remind visitors where to go, it is wonderful to enjoy a city with a unique lifestyle, before moving to some other cities in the Middle and the South.