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Hanoi
The charming Vietnamese capital has aged well, preserving the Old Quarter, monuments and colonial architecture, while making room for modern developments alongside. Hanoi may have shrugged off several former names, including Thang Long, or "ascending dragon," but it hasn't forgotten its past, as sites such as Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum and Hoa Lo Prison attest. Lakes, parks, shady boulevards and more than 600 temples and pagodas add to the appeal of this city, which is easily explored by taxi.

All things to do » Things to do

Old Quarter
Old Quarter
Hanoi’s lively Old Quarter comprises nearly 40 streets packed with shops selling all kinds of goods, each street named for its primary good or service.
Attraction type: Historic walking areas; Neighborhoods
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Vietnam Museum of Ethnology
Vietnam Museum of Ethnology
Owner description: Vietnam Museum of Ethnology is a unit under Vietnam Academy of Scocial Sciences. Vietnam Museum of Ethnology is both a research centre and a public museum exhibiting the ethnic... more Owner description: Vietnam Museum of Ethnology is a unit under Vietnam Academy of Scocial Sciences. Vietnam Museum of Ethnology is both a research centre and a public museum exhibiting the ethnic groups of Vietnam. The mission of the Museum is scientific research, collection, documentation, conservation, exhibition and preserving the cultural and historic patrimony of the nation's different ethnic groups. The museum also serves to guide research, conservation, and technology that are specific to the work of an ethnographic museum. less
Attraction type: History museums
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Vietnamese Women's Museum
Vietnamese Women's Museum
Owner description: Focused on the contribution of women to Vietnam's history and culture, this museum highlights their roles in Vietnam's many military conflicts as well as in commerce, including... more Owner description: Focused on the contribution of women to Vietnam's history and culture, this museum highlights their roles in Vietnam's many military conflicts as well as in commerce, including features on female street vendors, women's role in the family, and more recently, single mothers in Vietnam. less
Attraction type: Specialty museums
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Temple of Literature & National University
Temple of Literature & National University
Owner description: The Temple of Literature (Văn Miếu, 文廟) is a temple of Confucius in Hanoi, northern Vietnam. The temple hosts the "Imperial Academy" (Quốc Tử Giám, 國子監), Vietnam's first national... more Owner description: The Temple of Literature (Văn Miếu, 文廟) is a temple of Confucius in Hanoi, northern Vietnam. The temple hosts the "Imperial Academy" (Quốc Tử Giám, 國子監), Vietnam's first national university. The temple was built in 1070 at the time of King Lý Nhân Tông. It is one of several temples in Vietnam which are dedicated to Confucius, sages and scholars. The Temple is located to the south of Thang Long Citadel. The various pavilions, halls, statues and stelae of doctors are places where offering ceremonies, study sessions and the strict exams of the Dai Viet took place. The temple is featured on the back of the 100,000 Vietnamese đồng banknote. Just before the Vietnamese New Year celebration Tết, calligraphists will assemble outside the temple and write wishes in Hán characters. The art works are given as gifts or are used as home decorations for special occasions. less
Attraction type: Religious sites; Colleges & universities; History museums
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Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake)
Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake)
Owner description: A rare breed of turtle enjoys this popular lake almost as much as countless locals and tourists. Hoan Kiem Lake is a dynamic daily tableau, from morning walks amid locals doing... more Owner description: A rare breed of turtle enjoys this popular lake almost as much as countless locals and tourists. Hoan Kiem Lake is a dynamic daily tableau, from morning walks amid locals doing exercises on the shore, to young couples water-gazing on park benches, to the multiple shopping and sight-seeing opportunities in the vicinity. 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. less
Attraction type: Bodies of water
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All places to eat » Places to eat

Banh Mi 25
Banh Mi 25
Ranked #1 of 1,065 Restaurants in Hanoi
Cuisines: Bakery, Vietnamese, Sandwiches, Street Food
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Takeout, Street Food
Gia Ngu Restaurant
Gia Ngu Restaurant
Ranked #2 of 1,065 Restaurants in Hanoi
Price: $5 - $20
Cuisines: Vietnamese, Continental, Asian fusion
Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
RED BEAN RESTAURANT
RED BEAN RESTAURANT
Ranked #3 of 1,065 Restaurants in Hanoi
Price: $5 - $50
Cuisines: Asian, Vietnamese, International, Asian fusion
Dining options: Dinner, Dessert
French Grill
French Grill
Ranked #4 of 1,065 Restaurants in Hanoi
Cuisines: French, Seafood, Steakhouse, Grill
Good for: Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Essence Restaurant
Essence Restaurant
Ranked #5 of 1,065 Restaurants in Hanoi
Price: $5 - $20
Cuisines: Diner, Dessert, Vietnamese, International, Fusion, Asian fusion
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

Hanoi Charming Hotel
3.0 of 5
Hanoi Charming Hotel
$13 - $22
Ranked #34 of 510 Hotels in Hanoi
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Cheering Hotel
Cheering Hotel
$14 - $17
Ranked #57 of 510 Hotels in Hanoi
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Ngoc Diep Asia Hotel
Ngoc Diep Asia Hotel
$10 - $17
Ranked #84 of 510 Hotels in Hanoi
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

Hanoi Holiday Diamond Hotel
3.0 of 5
Hanoi Holiday Diamond Hotel
$24 - $35
Ranked #19 of 510 Hotels in Hanoi
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Tu Linh Legend Hotel
3.0 of 5
Tu Linh Legend Hotel
$21 - $32
Ranked #23 of 510 Hotels in Hanoi
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Tu Linh Palace Hotel
3.0 of 5
Tu Linh Palace Hotel
$22 - $27
Ranked #26 of 510 Hotels in Hanoi
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Luxury

Hanoi La Siesta Hotel & Spa
4.0 of 5
Hanoi La Siesta Hotel & Spa
$50 - $111
Ranked #2 of 510 Hotels in Hanoi
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JW Marriott Hotel Hanoi
5.0 of 5
JW Marriott Hotel Hanoi
$147 - $307
Ranked #21 of 510 Hotels in Hanoi
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Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi
5.0 of 5
Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi
$202 - $375
Ranked #24 of 510 Hotels in Hanoi
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