Hanoi, one of the most ancient capitals in the world, is a must-see destination in Vietnam to discover well-preserved colonial buildings, ancient pagodas, and unique museums within the city centre.
- The best time to visit Hanoi:
Because of typical humid tropical monsoon climate, Hanoi has two apparent differences between hot and winter seasons or summer and winter. The cool but usually dry winters last from November to April, and coldest one is from January to March. May to October is summer time with hot and humid weather, while June to August are the most challenging months each year. Hence, the best time to visit Hanoi is during March-April or October-November period. Then you can choose to travelling in winter season from November to March with warm clothing.
Airplane: Hanoi with the biggest airport in Northern Vietnam – Noi Bai International Airport. There are a lot of regular daily flights in and out Hanoi, both internationally and domestically.
Train: Hanoi Railway Station is one of the main stations in Vietnam. You can travel to Hanoi from every main corners of Vietnam such as Ho Chi Minh, Sapa, Hue, Dong Hoi by train with reasonable tickets and certainly it is an exciting experience.
Bus: From/to Hanoi, there are a lot of daily buses for adventurous travellers, especially Ha Long, Ninh Binh, Sapa, Da Nang, even Laos.
Hoan Kiem Lake: it is a popular spot in Hanoi with short walking distance from Old Quarters. It is also famous for Turtle Tower, Ngoc Son Temple and red The Huc Bridge.
Dong Xuan Market: is one of the biggest night local market in Hanoi, located in the heart of Old Quarter. Built in the end of 19th century by French, it continuously sells a wide range of goods, from household products to souvenirs, groceries, clothing and accessories with good prices.
St. Joseph Church: is a spiritual historical witness , built on the model of Paris Notre Dame in 19th century. This still maintains impressive architecture and attracts millions of visitors per year.
Water Puppet Theater: it is one of the Vietnamese traditional art, dating back from 11th century. With wooden dolls, professional artisans describe Vietnamese life, history and cultures in a pool of water in a humor way.
Temple of Literature: the first university in Vietnam, built from Ly Dynasty in 1070, Temple of Literature still preserve traditional Values and ancient architecture.