View of Voi Phuc temple in Hanoi, Vietnam


A millenial city shaped by ancient traditions and a historic past

Hanoi has been the political capital of the country since its founding in 1010 by Emperor Ly Thai To. Dotted by lakes and parks, the city is lined with well-preserved French colonial villas, many of which have found new lives as stately embassies or fine dining restaurants. The Old Quarter in the heart of the city retains its trade traditions on the bustling ’36 Streets of 36 Wares’.

In contrast, travel outside the city centre to witness urban development evidenced by skyscrapers and shopping malls defining modern Hanoi.


  • The Old Quarter of '36 streets of 36 wares' is a fascinating part of Hanoi offering a glimpse into an unchanged way of life
  • Beautifully-preserved colonial villas and tree-lined boulevards characterise the French influence
  • Ancient temples, pagodas, and monuments are dotted throughout the city, a testimony to its thousand-year-old history
Within Easy Reach Of...
Halong Bay 3hr 35min drive
Mai Chau / Hoa Binh 4hr drive
Sapa 6hr drive / 10hr overnight train
Danang 1hr 20min flight
Ho Chi Minh City 2hr flight
Travel Tips
  • Stroll through the Old Quarter and witness a myriad of different trades and bustling activities
  • Rise early and head to Hoan Kiem Lake, the site of lively morning activities including aerobics, tai chi, and ballroom dancing
  • Explore the wide variety of street foods and Hanoi specialities including ‘pho’ noodle soup and ‘bun cha’ (chargrilled pork over vermicelli noodles)
  • Head out of Hanoi to explore nearby craft villages specialising in pottery, traditional folk art, and basket weaving

Hotels We Recommend

Capella Hanoi

Hanoi, Vietnam

Suitable for:
Business, Couples, Families, MICE

Silk Path Hotel Hanoi

Hanoi, Vietnam

Suitable for:
Business, Culture Buffs, Families, Groups

Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi

Hanoi, Vietnam

Suitable for:
Business, Families, MICE

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