Historic architecture, buzzing markets and the gateway to spectacular Halong Bay — Hanoi holidays are a whirlwind journey like no other
On the banks of Asia’s Red River you’ll find Hanoi, Vietnam’s capital and a must-visit destination. The city is known for its eclectic architecture, from French colonial buildings and well-preserved temples to towering skyscrapers, and a lively yet sophisticated vibe. Hop in a tuk-tuk and whizz around the city on a whistle-stop tour; get lost in a sea of colour, souvenirs and aromatic street food at one of the many markets; or just stretch your legs and watch the world go by on a wander around meandering Old Quarter streets. Get in touch with us and start planning your dream Hanoi holiday.
Best time to visit Hanoi
Northern areas are cooler and drier from January to May and September to December. June to August can be hot and humid with showers.
Hanoi holiday highlights
You’ll find an excellent mix of things to do on your holiday to Hanoi, with history and culture at every turn. The Old Quarter is a great place to start; hire a bicycle to get around quickly, and before you know it you’ll be passing colonial architecture, narrow streets, rickety stalls and eye-catching pagodas. Browse for bargains at Dong Xuan Market, Vietnam’s largest indoor market, visit the city’s famous Silk and Silver Streets, and stay out late to experience the neon buzz of the Weekend Night Market.
Catch a performance at the quirky Water Puppet Theatre, where puppets come to life on the water and retell Vietnamese folklore. Delve into Vietnam’s fascinating history by visiting the sacred Marble Mausoleum – here you’ll be able to honour Vietnam’s first president, Ho Chi Minh (known affectionately as Uncle Ho), before heading to his former residence nearby, the enchanting One Pillar Pagoda which rises out of the water like a lotus. Browse tree-lined boulevards and unwind at Hoan Kiem Lake, where you can enjoy a traditional t’ai chi lesson on the shores, and be sure to stop off at the capital’s stylish designer restaurants and bars.
Hanoi is also a gateway to some incredibly picturesque spots. We recommend hopping on a seaplane for a scenic 45-minute journey to breathtaking Halong Bay, where you can explore the rainforest-topped limestone islets on a day trip or by overnight cruise. If you’re willing to travel a bit further then take an overnight train to the hills of Sapa in the north west, not far from the Chinese border – the rolling green terrain is a popular hiking spot.