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Halong Bay Vietnam - Hanoi

Nikita Anand

23 Followers, 50 Reviews


karolina patryk

2 Followers, 2 Reviews


We took a 1 day tour to Halong Bay. In my opinion it was over-rated.. Basically the tour bus picked us up from the hotel in the morning and it was a 5 hour bus ride to the area to board the junk. Cruising along the junk took about 2 hours where lunch was served on board and they also took us to visit a cave. After which, we were cruising along the bay and then it was back to the tour bus to take us back to Hanoi city. Perhaps it was because it was a 1 day tour, that we did not take in enough sites of Halong Bay which did not made it that enjoyable. If you have the time to spare, you might want to opt for a 2 day Halong Bay tour. Taking a 1 day tour was exhausting, considering you spent about 10 hours travelling to and fro to Halong Bay.
A.T

229 Followers, 74 Reviews


Temple of Literature - Hanoi

$2 admission This beautifully preserved temple is a great place to observe Vietnamese architecture and sit in a sunny courtyard to rest your weary feet.
Camille Willemain

264 Followers, 31 Reviews


One morning we walked to the Temple of Literature, a Confucian Temple that used to hold the most ancient university in Vietnam. It's about a ten minute walk from the Old Quarter, and one of the most popular tourist sites in Hanoi. The beautiful grounds are within an enclosed stone wall, and you only have to pay $1 for an entrance fee. It was lovely to stroll around on a crisp and bright morning.
Molly

297 Followers, 18 Reviews


This first university of Vietnam educated the country's nobles, royalty, mandarins and other elite. Those who graduated were effective candidates who later grew to become mandarins within the Emperor's court and had their names engrave on the stone stele that sit on large stone turtles in the temple. Within the temple grounds you can see these steles on big stone turtles. In Vietnam's culture, the turtle signifies durability. The temple consists of 5 courtyards. The first two are gardens. The third one has a lotus pond and the stele. The final courtyard holds the shrine to Confucius.
Thien Anh

128 Followers, 12 Reviews


Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum - Hanoi

The Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum Complex is home to Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum, Ho Chi Minh’s Stilt House, the Presidential Palace and the Ho Chi Minh Museum. The Mausoleum is actually quite an eyesore, but is a grand concrete structure that houses the pale, delicate body of Ho Chi Minh. It is built along the lines of the tombs of Lenin, Stalin and Mao. The atmosphere reeks of authoritarian ideals with the guards in white military uniforms and the constant need for disciplined behaviour from the tourists. If you notice the locals, they revere their leader like a God. You are expected to dress modestly, photography is absolutely prohibited and your bags will be screened before you enter. If luck is on your side, you will be able to witness the changing of the guards outside the edifice. Do note that the mausoleum is shut for two months every year for Ho Chi Minh's embalmed body to go to Russia for maintenance. The entry is free but check for the timings in advance.
Sumedha Bharpilania

1k+ Followers, 140 Reviews


Nothing much here, just a picture spot when you are walking past this monument.
A.T

229 Followers, 74 Reviews


Another very popular sightseeing spot is the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. Ho Chi Minh's body is embalmed and on display, similar to Mao's body in China's Tiananmen Square. The Mausoleum is only open until 11:30am every morning, and apparently there is a very long line of people wanting to catch a glimpse of his body. We skipped the viewing, choosing instead to explore the grounds behind the mausoleum, where we saw the presidential palace and other historic sights like Ho Chi Minh's old residence and the One Pillar Pagoda.
Molly

297 Followers, 18 Reviews


Hoan Kiem Lake - Hanoi

Hoan Kiem lake is a picture spot... you may choose to visit the Ngoc Son Temple which is located along the lake or you could just stroll along the lake. It gets pretty crowded along the lake at night.
A.T

229 Followers, 74 Reviews


This was hands down my favorite place in Hanoi. To my fellow Seattleites it reminds me a lot of Greenlake. I went there every day I was Hanoi to escape the stimulation of the city and stare at the beautiful temple. The lake is the best place for people watching. Joggers make their laps, older women do tai chi, and men lift weights and do pull ups. At sunset couples line the lake taking photos of one another. The temple on the bridge at the North end of the lake is a peaceful place to sit and ponder.
Camille Willemain

264 Followers, 31 Reviews


Several times during our trip we visited Hoan Kiem Lake in the Old Quarter. There are a lot of nice cafes overlooking the water, and it's a nice walk around the shores as well, during the day or night. Many locals come here to exercise and do calisthenics - I frequently saw people, especially older folks, strolling around while swinging their arms and pumping their legs vigorously. There is a pagoda in the middle of the lake that can't be reached, as well as a temple that one can get to by crossing a bridge.
Molly

297 Followers, 18 Reviews


One Pillar Pagoda - Hanoi

Constructed with a very unique design, it can be seen truly distinctive off any pagodas you might have seen. The One Pillar Pagoda, as the locals will tell you, was entirely rebuilt after the French destroyed it before they fled the country. Locals believe that offering prayers here will bring forth fertility and good health.
Travel Authentic Asia

221 Followers, 3 Reviews


With a distinctive design, setting it apart from any pagodas you might have seen, the One Pillar Pagoda was completely rebuilt after the French destroyed it before they left the country. Locals believe that praying here brings one fertility and good health.
Ngọc Linh

115 Followers, 5 Reviews


The One Pillar Pagoda is one of the most iconic Buddhist temples in Vietnam. It was built out of gratitude on the birth of his son by Emperor Ly Thai Tong (He dreamed of a Goddess blessing him with a son) and was the center for celebrations each year on the birthday of Gautam Budhha. Carved delicately in wood on top of a single stone, this temple marks the beauty of Vietnamese architecture. In 1954, the pagoda was destroyed by the French before their withdrawal. After taking over the city on October 10th, 1954, Vietnam Ministry of Culture restored the pagoda. The pagoda of today has remained since this restoration.
Tiến Đoàn

144 Followers, 8 Reviews


Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum - Hanoi

It is one of the historic places in Vietnam. Few know that Ho Chi Minh desired a simple cremation. But in honor of his dedication to the country, his body is kept here so that many Vietnamese generations can come and visit him. The museum was inaugurated on August 29, 1975. The mausoleum is built in the Ba Dinh Square, where he read the Independence Declaration on September 2nd, 1945. The Mausoleum is a three-storey structure and is made of marble and granite. In the second storey lies the famous President’s body, in a glass coffin and dim lights. In front of the mausoleum there are many cycad trees. The mausoleum is closed occasionally for restoration and preservation work of the body. Opening time: 5 days per week, except Monday and Friday Travel tip- Ensure you are fully clothed. Camera, cell phone, eating, smoking, drinking are not allowed inside. Hands must not be in pockets, nor arms crossed. It goes without saying that you try your best to not be impudent when here.
Thien Anh

128 Followers, 12 Reviews


The communist revolutionary leader Ho Chi Minh is much revered by the Vietnamese. His mausoleum is as grand as his image demands. Established in the place where Ho Chi Minh read the Declaration of Independence, the mausoleum is built of marble, much in the style of those of Stalin and Lenin. The embalmed body of the leader was laid to rest here and the whole structure was erected keeping in mind the traditional Vietnamese motifs. There are guards all over the place, which signifies the respect this place demands from the locals as well as the tourists. Along with the Mausoleum, we also visit his (Ho Chi Minh's) house on stilt, the botanical garden and the Presidential palace, which used to be the residence of the Governor of Indochina. After 1954, it was named the Presidential Palace and became the place where Ho Chi Minh lived and worked until he passed away in 1969.
Tiến Đoàn

144 Followers, 8 Reviews


Ethnic Museum - Hanoi

The Vietnam Ethnology Museum is renowned for its researches and exhibits on varied ethnic groups of Vietnam. Having exhibited more than 50 ethnic groups, it is considered to have been one of the finest and most interestingly organized museums in Vietnam. A top-rated spot for any tourist or traveler, its modern architecture in co-existence with the ancient culture and tradition it resides is a true marvel in itself!
Travel Authentic Asia

221 Followers, 3 Reviews


The Ethnology Museum in Hanoi researches and exhibits various ethnic groups of Vietnam. It includes around 54 ethnic groups and is considered to be one of the finest museums in Vietnam. It is rated as a top spot by various experts and travelers in Vietnam. A reflection of modern architecture this museum was opened in 1995. The museum includes elaborate and colorful hill-tribe costumes, weaving designs, musical instruments, fishing implements, work tools and other functional objects. The display continues on to the garden outside with fascinating examples of minority housing from the King’s to the ones of the ethnic groups in Central Highlands.
Tiến Đoàn

144 Followers, 8 Reviews


Tran Quoc Pagoda - Hanoi

It is considered a cultural symbol of Vietnamese Buddhism partly since it is the oldest pagodas in the country. Spend some time appreciating its tranquil beauty. The construction of the pagoda started in 541 and was completed in 545 under the reign of King Ly Nam De. Today it is a religious relic and is surrounded by wonderful backdrop which no one should miss.
Thien Anh

128 Followers, 12 Reviews


Located in Hanoi's mammoth West Lake, this pagoda, unlike the One Pillar pagoda, has a traditional pagoda design and is the oldest pagoda in Hanoi. The surrounding area is very peaceful and is ideal for a languid walk along the lake's banks.
Ngọc Linh

115 Followers, 5 Reviews


Huế - Hanoi

t was really peaceful being away from the traffic, and the grounds within the walls were beautiful; filled with bonsai trees and gorgeous palatial buildings. Many of them were covered in mosaic made from smashed up crockery. In most places the architecture had been restored to its former glory but there were still some buildings in ruins, and big craters in some of the walls where gunfire had damaged the brickwork, which Pete obviously found fascinating. We spent the remainder of the day wandering back through the streets of Hue, crossing the bridge over the perfume river just before sunset.
Jane Cook

245 Followers, 10 Reviews


Quán Ăn Ngon - Hanoi

$2 to $5 This restaurant seems too good to be true. The enormous menu features Vietnamese specialties from all over the country in an open, airy, beautiful space and it costs next to nothing. Different cooking stations line the restaurant so you can walk around the perimeter for a food tour of Vietnam. My favorite dishes I tried here were the green papaya salad and the ban xeo (crispy fried crepe stuffed with shrimp, pork, and bean sprouts served with rice paper, fresh herbs, and lettuce).
Camille Willemain

264 Followers, 31 Reviews


Nhà Hàng Hải Cảng - Hanoi

The streets of Hanoi are quite chaotic, full of honking motorists carrying everything from cartons of eggs to tourists, lumbering cars and trucks, bikes, and pedestrians who stroll confidently through the melee. It's quite hard to get used to walking around without feeling like you will get run over at any second, but I've learned it's all about being aware of the flow of traffic, and stepping in with composure and assurance. Motorists will avoid you, as long as you keep moving forward at a steady pace. At nights the streets grow even livelier. People gather in large groups to dine communally at large eateries, where the stools spill out onto the sidewalks. Offering no frills at all, each eating hub serves a few special dishes. Rarely is one presented with some sort of menu; for outsiders such as myself, the best strategy is to watch what the locals are eating and point. At other street corners, groups of people hunch over hot lemon tea, cheap beer, and munch sunflower seeds, holding lively conversations and watching interesting happenings on the streets.
Molly

297 Followers, 18 Reviews


Hotel de l'Opera Hanoi - MGallery Collection - Hanoi

A part of the Accor group of hotels, Hanoi's newest luxury boutique hotel is possibly one of the nicest places to stay in. With a sophisticated modern design that has elements of Hanoi's French colonial past, the interiors are theatrical more than anything else. With large, comfortable, tastefully decorated rooms and equally fancy bathrooms, this stylish place comes at a price but is worth every penny. The location is perfect too - it is nestled between the Opera House and the Hoan Kiem Lake. The excellent service is the icing on the cake. The rates begin from about 150 USD for a night and WiFi is complimentary (and fast). Visit www.mgallery.com for more information and bookings.
Sumedha Bharpilania

1k+ Followers, 140 Reviews


Hoa Lo Prison - Hanoi

Hoa Lo Prison has an interesting history. The French used the prison to detain Vietnamese political prisoners during their era of rule, and then Hoa Lo was used for captured American POWs during the Vietnam War. Only part of the building is still intact, and preserved as a historical site; sadly, much of the space has been taken over to build new high-rise buildings. The prison tour was quite an interesting experience, seeing how the government presents its historical perspectives. For one, it focuses mostly on the French brutal treatment of Vietnamese prisoners, and only dedicates the last part of the tour to the American experience. Additionally, it tries to claim that the Americans experienced benevolent treatment in the prison, showing videos of POWs laughing, playing games, eating good meals, and even celebrating Christmas. You would think from their claims that the Americans were honored guests rather than enemy soldiers. Indeed, there is a bit of irony in the nickname "Hanoi Hilton," created by the Americans. They chose this nickname ironically, yet the description in the prison uses this American nickname as literal proof of the fine experience that the Americans received. Yet I'm sure there must be some grain of truth to their claims. There always exist multiple histories amongst all the sides of any conflict, and I'm aware that I've only grown up with the American one.
Molly

297 Followers, 18 Reviews


Hoả Lò - Hanoi

$1 admission An excellent museum for any city in the world, the Women’s Museum houses a large collection of traditional costumes, jewelry, and housewares to demonstrate life and customs for women in Vietnam. They currently have an exhibition dedicated to the Mother Goddess religion in Vietnam.
Camille Willemain

264 Followers, 31 Reviews


Sofitel Metropole Hanoi Hotel - Hanoi

A beautiful colonial building with three restaurants. It’s split across two wings, my preference being the Opera wing as I feel it has more of the French colonial atmosphere.
Tsai Wharton

339 Followers, 61 Reviews


Tamarind Café - Hanoi

$3 to $7 Hanoi is a city that loves its meat, so it was nice for me to find a place with a vegetarian menu. The space is really cozy, the perfect spot to chill with a book or do some blogging. I had an amazing juice that was reasonably priced for less than $3 with beets, carrots, and ginger. They also had a wide selection of salads and other healthy meals.
Camille Willemain

264 Followers, 31 Reviews


Zenith Cafe - Hanoi

$4 to $8 This is the one truly healthy place I found to eat in Hanoi. It’s definitely pricier than other restaurants and cafes, but it’s totally worth it for truly organic whole food. I had a pot of fresh, hot ginger tea with lime and honey, a green super smoothie, and a pumpkin chia seed burger on whole grain bread. All were amazing. The café is also connected to a yoga studio which offers daily classes.
Camille Willemain

264 Followers, 31 Reviews


Hoàn Kiếm - Hanoi

The Hoan Kiem distict is where the old quarter is located. You are able to explore the area by foot but I would strongly recommend you have a map on hand because we got lost several times as the streets look the same. If you are looking for food, cafes, shopping and the night market, this is the place to be. Our hotel was located in this district and it was so convenient because you can get food pretty much at your door step.
A.T

229 Followers, 74 Reviews


St. Joseph's Cathedral - Hanoi

St. Joseph's Cathedral is another point on the map that was marked for sightseeing. When we walked over one Monday morning it appeared that the building was closed, though when we walked over to one side we found an open door and got to peek inside. The neighborhood surrounding the cathedral is quite nice, with lots of little cafes and shops. I found this place called Joma Bakery Cafe that I immediately fell in love with and went back 3 separate times! They make their own bread and it's divine.
Molly

297 Followers, 18 Reviews


The Hanoi Social Club - Hanoi

$3 to $7 This darling little café is definitely a tourist/expat spot but we all need these meccas when traveling. The menu has a selection of salads and other healthy dishes, including energy balls, and this is the only place I’ve found in Vietnam with brown rice. Check their schedule for nights when they have live music.
Camille Willemain

264 Followers, 31 Reviews


Hotel Bodega - Hanoi

With basic rooms and a central location in the Old Quarter, Hotel Bodega is a solid choice. The staff is unerringly pleasant and went out of their way to help us with everything we could have needed. They also book tours from their desk, but if you step out on your own and scout around a little, you are more likely to get a sightly better deal. Overall, if you are looking for a little quiet at hostel prices, this is definitely the place for you.
Arundhati Sridhar

1k+ Followers, 89 Reviews


Hanoi Backpackers Hostel the Original - Hanoi

$7.50 for a dorm bed, $25 for a private room If you’re traveling solo and hoping to meet other backpackers, this is the place to stay. Nightly events, pub crawls, high quality tours, and an Australian staff make it an approachable place to begin your travels. They have a new hostel with great facilities smack dab in the old quarter with an onsite bar and restaurant. If you’re looking for peace and quiet, the original location is much more chill. The price includes a small breakfast of either eggs or fruit salad.
Camille Willemain

264 Followers, 31 Reviews


Old Hanoi Restaurant - Hanoi

It's located in the old quarters of Hanoi with French architecture style
Thien Anh

128 Followers, 12 Reviews


Ngoc Son Temple - Hanoi

On as island at the northern part of the lake stands Ngoc Son or Jade Mountain temple, one of the most beautiful and religious sites in the capital. It is one of the most visited temples in Hanoi. The temple was established by a mandarin named Nguyen Van Sieu and is dedicated to the spirits of the soil, medicine, literature, and also to Tran Hung Dao, the general who defeated the Mongols in the 13th century. A beautiful symbol of Vietnamese architecture, the well lit scarlet bridge joins the island to the shore. This temple was worshipped by the people to gain victory over the Yuan. There is also a martyrs' monument nearby built as an ode to the people who died fighting in the Vietnam War.
Tiến Đoàn

144 Followers, 8 Reviews


Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre - Hanoi

Popped by the famous Thang Long Water puppet show located at 57B Dinh Tien Hoang, an enchanting puppet show showcasing historical legends and tales from the past. Many traditional old Vietnamese speak French, and I see french scattered all around. Marionnettes sur eau du Vietnam can be translated to mean 'Water puppetry of Vietnam'. It's a fascinating cultural experience if you want to get to know more about traditional Vietnam.
Yanting Chan

216 Followers, 31 Reviews


Water Puppet Theater - Hanoi

The water puppet theater performance truly exceeded my expectations. Water puppetry originated in Northern Vietnam by villagers living in the rice fields. Hanoi’s water puppet theater has stage filled with water to replicate the tradition. While the performance is done in Vietnamese, the artistry and music is stunning and entertaining without words. The theater is quite small, so even the cheap seats are good.
Camille Willemain

264 Followers, 31 Reviews


Vietnam Military History Museum - Hanoi

The museum has a number of artifacts on display from the conflict with the colonialists to the violence that the country saw in recent years. The outdoor area is littered with a number of plans and tanks used during the Vietnam-US conflict.
Ngọc Linh

115 Followers, 5 Reviews


Ho Chi Minh's Residence - Hanoi

Ho Chi Minh chose not to live in the luxurious looking French Palace but a simple wooden house with gardens, trees overlooking a small pond. He moved into this nature-oriented house constructed in a corner of the Presidential Palace's gardens in 1958 and it has been preserved since his death in 1969. The house has two floors and also contains his personal belongings like his bed, clock, desk, typewriter and some books.
Thien Anh

128 Followers, 12 Reviews


Vega Travel - Hanoi

Don't want to get ripped off for your tour to Ha Long Bay? Try Vega Travel in Hanoi's Old Quarter -- they're not perfect, but they're certainly legit.
Matthew Crompton

447 Followers, 37 Reviews


Little Hanoi Hostel - Hanoi

$6 for a dorm bed, $18 for a private room Little Hanoi quickly felt like home. The staff speaks excellent English and is so nice and accommodating, the rooms are as nice as a high end hotel, and they offer free coffee, tea, and fruit all day. The breakfast is satisfying with fruit, made to order omelets, bread, rice, noodles, and veggies. They also have a great location in the Old Quarter.
Camille Willemain

264 Followers, 31 Reviews


Hanoi Old Quarter Hotel - Hanoi

A maze of over 50 streets, the Old Quarter is busy, noisy and a colourful assault on your senses and reflects the true spirit of Hanoi. With hawkers selling the most inviting fare, the scent of which will reach you even from a distance, this place is a paradise for food lovers and shoppers alike. From clothes, cosmetics, perfumes, handicrafts, medicines, jewellery to religious offerings and spices - you can find practically everything here. The traffic is disorderly and there is a good chance that you will get lost if you don't follow a map, so keep your eyes open and bargain as much as you can. It is also the right place to sample local beer, coffee and traditional Vietnamese food. Getting there: Walking is a pleasant experience in Hanoi because the public transport isn't really great; however, if in case your legs are not up to it, you can always take a taxi but beware of faulty meters (the flag fall is around 20,000 VND for about 2km). Additionally, you could take the electric train for a journey around the Old Quarter. Hailing a cyclo is a good idea only if you can bargain and decide on a price before getting on because the drivers grossly overcharge.
Sumedha Bharpilania

1k+ Followers, 140 Reviews


Ho Chi Minh Museum - Hanoi

Dedicated to the life and achievements of Ho Chi Minh, the founder of present day Vietnam, this museum celebrates the many facets of Socialism and the defeat of the French at the hands of the Vietnamese. Built in a traditional Soviet style, the museum houses a collection of photographs, documents and artefacts relating to the rise of Communism. Admission charges are 25,000 VND and guided tours are available for about 100,000 VND. Getting there: Asking your hotel to call you a taxi is the best way to get to the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum Complex. The flag fall is around 20,000 VND for about 2km. Beware of faulty metres if in case you are flagging a taxi.
Sumedha Bharpilania

1k+ Followers, 140 Reviews


Hanoi Backpackers' Hostel on Ma May - Hanoi

This is one for gap-year students and party fanatics. I walked-in to painted faces and loud Beer-pong contests. You know you are going to have a hungover morning when you are hanging at the bar and your backpack is at the reception within five minutes of checking in. There is a Doner Kebab stall right next to the hostel for curing drunk, late-night munchies.
Mayank Shrivastava

313 Followers, 33 Reviews


Văn phòng Chủ tịch nước - Hanoi

Moving a few steps ahead, right next to the mausoleum is the Presidential Palace (Văn phòng Chủ tịch nước). It was built by the French colonialists as a palace of the General Indochina Governor. You will be able to see the beautiful French architecture that it has. Since 1954, the Vietnamese Government has taken over this Palace to house the President. But because of the painful past that this place has witnessed, Ho Chi Minh refused to live here. So, it was used as the Presidential Palace for high-ranking level diplomatic meetings.
Thien Anh

128 Followers, 12 Reviews


Đồng Xuân - Hanoi

If you are planning to do some shopping in Dong Xuan market... you will be disappointed. This market is more of a textile market. If you are interested in buying shoes, it is located at level 1. Other than that, this market generally sells textiles and dry goods. You are better off doing your cheap shopping at the Old Quarters night market.
A.T

229 Followers, 74 Reviews


Museum of Ethnology - Hanoi

This museum showcases a collection of tribal art, artifacts and everyday objects gathered from across Vietnam. This is the best place to get to know the Vietnamese minorities better. The museum was opened to the public in 1997 and can be visited between 8:30 am to 5:30 pm, Tuesday to Sunday. A craft show sells an assortment of books, gorgeous postcards, and arts and crafts from these communities.
Thien Anh

128 Followers, 12 Reviews


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