Travel

Hanoi (Vietnamese:Thành phố Hà Nội) is the capital of Vietnam with histories and cultures of thousands of years and it is the country’s second largest city. The city is enriched by the Chinese,French and traditional Vietnamese cultures and life styles.

Climate

Hanoi features a warm humid subtropical climate with plentiful precipitation, Summer, from May until August, is characterized by hot and humid weather with abundant rainfall.September to October is fall, characterized by a decrease in temperature and precipitation. Winter, from November to January, is dry and cool by national standards.The city is usually cloudy and foggy in winter, averaging only 1.5 hours of sunshine per day in February.

Famous Attractions

Ha Long Bay

Ha Long Bay which is the popular travel destination in Quảng Ninh Province, Vietnam. Administratively, the bay belongs to Hạ Long City. Because it is near to Hanoi, people can travel to Ha Long Bay easily from Hanoi.

Visiting Halong Bay you can experience very diverse natural landscape, varying from long sandy beach to thousand-year-old-lime karst. Halong Bay covers nearly 1900 islets of different size, some very large such as Thien Cung Cave or Surprise Cave, others as small as a few meters wide. 

Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum

In the tradition of Lenin, Stalin and Mao, Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum is a monumental marble edifice.
Contrary to his desire for a simple cremation, the mausoleum was constructed from materials gathered from all over Vietnam between 1973 and 1975.

For visitors, a trip to Uncle Ho’s final resting place can be an extraordinary experience as it is not just an average attraction; it’s a part of a unique history.
Sometimes, you can see the changing of the guard outside Ho’s mausoleum – the pomp and ceremony displayed here rivals the British equivalent at Buckingham Palace.

One Pillar Pagoda (Chùa Một Cột )

The One Pillar Pagoda (Vietnamese: Chùa Một Cột ,formally Diên Hựu tự or Liên Hoa Đài is a historic Buddhist temple in Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam. It is regarded alongside the Perfume Temple, as one of Vietnam's two most iconic temples.

Hoan Kiem Lake & Ngoc Son Temple

When seeking a place to get away from the crowd of the city, Hoan Kiem Lake is a great choice. Peaceful and quiet, the lake surrounds Ngoc Son Temple, a pagoda sitting in the centre on a small island.

Ngoc Son Temple was built in the 18th century on Jade Island in the centre of the ‘Lake of the Returned Sword’ or Hoan Kiem Lake. Legend describes how an emperor was once given a magical sword which helped him defeat the Chinese Ming Dynasty and in doing so saw the return of the Golden Turtle God to the lake.

The temple attracts many visitors and was built in commemoration of the 13th century military leader Tran Hung Dao who was renowned for his bravery in the battle against the Yuan Dynasty.

Hanoi Opera House

The Hanoi Opera House is the biggest theatre in Vietnam and speaks volumes as historical and cultural evidence of Vietnam under French rule. The interior is even more magnificent than the exterior with many arguing it is aesthetically even more appealing than the Paris Opera House. Visitors today will be entertained at this architectural landmark which features a range of events including local Vietnamese opera, traditional folk music, ballets and many international concerts.

Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre

The world-famous Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre in Hanoi has its roots in an art form that dates back to the 11th century. The tradition of water puppet theatre stems from a time when rice paddy fields were flooded and villagers would make entertainment by standing in the waist-deep water with the puppets performing over the water.

Using large rods to support the puppets it appeared as if they were moving across the water with the puppeteers hidden behind a screen.

Hanoi Old Quarter

One of Hanoi’s most common sights is that of streets packed with scooters, bicycles and cars swarming around pedestrians like a school of fish. Then there are the many sidewalk vendors and people simply out for a stroll and the popular Old Quarter is no exception so walking around this district is distinct from a leisurely stroll in the park. The Old Quarter, located near Hoan Kiem Lake in Hoan Kiem District, is Hanoi’s major commercial district. Visitors have no choice but to face the traffic in the local style but the experience of exploring the historical area is a must-do and truly well worth it.