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Hanoi City

In Vietnamese, Hanoi means the hinterland between the rivers. Hanoi's territory is washed by the Red River (with the portion of the Red River embracing Hanoi is about 40km long) and its tributaries, and some other rivers.

Imagine a city where the medieval and modern co-exist. A city with an architectural museum piece evolving in harmony with its history, rather than bulldozing through like many of the region’s capitals. Throughout the thousand years of its eventful history, marked by destruction, wars and natural calamities, Hanoi still preserves many ancient architectural works including the Old Quarter and over 600 pagodas and temples.

A mass of motorbikes swarms through the streets that is the Old Quarter, a cauldron of commerce for almost 1000 years and still the best place to check the pulse of this resurgent city. Hawkers in conical hats ply their wares, locals sip coffee and bia hoi (beer) watching life.

Hanoi also characteristically contains 18 beautiful lakes which are the lungs of the city, with their surrounding gardens and trees providing a vital source of energy. Witness synchronised at dawn on the shores of Hoan Kiem Lake, while grandfathers tug at their wisps over the next chess move. See the bold and beautiful dine at designer restaurants and cut the latest moves on the dance floor.

In addition, many traditional handicrafts are also practiced in Hanoi including bronze molding, silver carving, lacquer, and embroidery. Hanoi has it all: the ancient history, a colonial legacy and a modern outlook.

Attractions in Hanoi

Hoan Kiem lake Hoan Kiem lake

Hoan Kiem Lake is an enchanting body of water, willows hang over the lake and reflect in the rippling light of dusk. Centrally located in the city, Hoan Kiem Lake serves as a massive home base, and provides endless people-watching and recreational opportunities on the edge of the Old Quarter...
Dong Xuan market Dong Xuan market

Dong Xuan Market will give you a glimpse of the real Vietnamese life in Hanoi, with its colors and flavors. Dong Xuan Market, Hanoi’s biggest marketplace, is a cavernous building full of tiny aisles. The market has stalls selling anything from household items and food, to clothes and shoes. Dong Xuan also runs a night market that spills out onto the streets around it on Friday, Saturday or Sunday evenings...
Bat Trang ceramic village Bat Trang ceramic village

The Bat Trang village provides outstanding products and it's an ideal place for watching the progress of making pottery or making terra-cotta products by yourself. In addition, you’ll have an opportunity to visit the family factories all over the village to find a special piece to take home...
Chuong conical hat village Chuong conical hat village

Chuong Village in Hanoi’s outlying district of Thanh Oai is famous across Vietnam for making conical hats. Local villagers have preserved the craft for more than three centuries. If you’d like to buy some as souvenirs or witness the villagers create them in front of your eyes, you should take a day trip to Chuong Village - A lovely day trip into Vietnamese culture...
Van Phuc traditional silk weaving village Van Phuc traditional silk weaving village

The Van Phuc village is Vietnam’s oldest silk village dating back more than a thousand years and it's the best known traditional silk weaving village in Vietnam, and one of the best developed and most visited craft villages near Hanoi. A highlight of a visit to Van Phuc will be an opportunity to see the old looms in operation...

Climate of Hanoi

Hanoi is situated in a tropical monsoon zone with two main seasons:

- During the dry season, which lasts from October to April, it is cold and there is very little rainfall, except from January to March, when the weather is still cold but there is some light rain.

- The wet season, from May to September, is hot with heavy rains and storms.

In addition, one of the big prides of Hanoi people, the Autumn is very well known as the most beautiful season of the city, that has been reflected in many beautiful poems and songs of Hanoi.

Hanoi people sleep early but wake up also very early. The city is getting quiet after 10 PM, but in the summer, at 4:30 AM, you already can see some local people woke up already for doing exercise around the lakes or many different parks in the city.


Ha Noi travel
          - Hoan Kiem lake
          - Dong Xuan market
          - Bat Trang ceramic village
          - Chuong conical hat village
          - Van Phuc traditional silk weaving village
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