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  • Hoan Kiem Lake, Hanoi, Vietnam
  • Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Hanoi, Vietnam
  • Traditional cyclos, Hanoi, Vietnam
  • Bustling street in the old quarter, Hanoi, Vietnam
  • Temple of Literature, Hanoi, Vietnam
  • Water puppet performance, Hanoi, Vietnam
  • Lady cycling through the streets, Hanoi, Vietnam



A relaxed city of lakes, parks, tree lined avenues, villas and mansions and the infamous Old French Quarter, Hanoi is quite simply one of the most interesting and atmospheric large cities in Asia! The city has been influential in the region from as far back as circa 1010 and some of the cities fabulous attractions such as The One Pillar Pagoda and the spectacular Temple of Literature (one of the regions first Universities) are a must see. The eerie Mausoleum of “Uncle Ho”, where Ho Chi Minh lies in state in a glass coffin and the many art galleries and museums are also on most tourist itineraries. Hoan Kiem Lake is the focal point of the city and a great way to get your bearings in Hanoi is to make a quick circuit of the lake, a pleasant 30 minute walk, which is stunning in June and July when the flame trees flower. Hanoi is the only major city to retain its ancient merchants' quarter, a congested square kilometre where the streets are named after what is sold on them including Gold Street, Sugar Street and even Fried Fish Street. These 36 streets were closed behind massive ramparts and heavy wooden gates until well into the 19th-century. The best approach is just to lose yourself and explore the colourful stalls and street vendors.

Hanoi Hotels

$$$$ Sofitel Metropole Hanoi

Directors favourites, Luxury, Historic Hotel

If you are the type of person that loves the old grandeur of colonial hotels then you will love Sofitel Metropole Hanoi.  Arriving at this hotel is like arriving on to a movie set.  The lobby with...

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$$$$ Hotel de l'Opera Hanoi

Modern Chic, Directors favourites

Hotel de l’Opera is located just a few steps away from Hanoi’s beautiful Opera House. The hotel gleans the best of Hanoi – colonial accents in the architecture and theatrical design with contemporary...

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$$ Maison d'Hanoi Hanoi

Character Boutique

Maison d'Hanoi Hanova Hotel is conveniently located within 3 minutes walk of the famous Hoan Kiem Lake in the bustling “old quarter”, with its maze of wonderful back streets and colonial architecture...

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$$ The Medallion Hanoi

This small boutique hotel is centrally located in the heart of Hanoi's Old Quarter where you are surrounded by ancient narrow streets, pagodas, theaters, restaurants and numerous shops. Possibly the...

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$$ La Siesta Hanoi

Located on Ma May Street in the very heart of Hanoi’s vibrant old quarter amongst local shops and restaurants, La Siesta is the city’s newest edition of the renowned Elegance group. There are just...

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