Attractions in Hanoi
FLIGHTS, ACCOMMODATION AND MOVEMENT IN FAUCETS
According to DigoPaul, Hanoi is a bustling metropolis whose chaotic traffic may surprise the tourist.
Flying to your destination in one shift
There are no direct flights from Finland to Hanoi, but alternative flights can be reached via many European and Asian cities. For example, Vietnam Airlines flies from Paris, London and Frankfurt to Hanoi several times a week throughout the year.
During the winter season, Finnair operates direct flights from Helsinki to Ho Chi Minh City in South Vietnam, from where the journey to Hanoi can be continued on domestic flights. Hanoi can also be conveniently reached via Bangkok and Singapore, for example.
Hanoi Airport Noi Bai is located about 45 kilometers outside the city. In addition to taxis, connections to the city center are also available by local buses and airport minibuses.
The full spectrum of accommodation is on display
Hanoi offers a full range of accommodation. An affordable hotel room can be obtained for $ 10, while in international luxury hotels, prices hurt higher. Hanoi also has hostels and dormitory accommodations that are popular with backpackers.
The most affordable accommodation options are usually found in the atmospheric Old Quarter of Hanoi.
Moving can bring challenges
Hanoi’s traffic is very chaotic. The city can be reached on foot by equipping yourself with good shoes and a map – however, you should be prepared for the fact that navigation is sometimes difficult due to the maze of streets and frequently changing street names.
Crossing the street in a Vietnamese metropolis can be an exciting experience for a first-timer. Hectic traffic doesn’t seem to pause for a moment, but moving over a guardrail slowly but surely is usually the best way to get to the other side of the road. In the wake of the locals, the crossing is probably easiest.
Car rental is not recommended in a big city like Hanoi. Taxis and mopeds are common in Hanoi. While traffic may seem threatening, locals are accustomed to moving around in the hustle and bustle of the city. The price can be agreed with the driver in advance.
A calmer way to see the city is to hop on a cyclone .
SIGHTS OF HANOI
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum
Ho Chi Minh, who died in 1969, was a revolutionary leader in Vietnam who once served as both the prime minister and president of the country. Ho Chi Minh, acting according to Marxist-Leninist teachings, was a beloved figure whose embalmed body rests in a mausoleum in Hanoi.
When visiting the Mausoleum, it is worth remembering that the place is a real place of pilgrimage for Vietnamese and should be respected. Keep quiet during the lap and do not raise your hands above the waist. Cameras must not be taken on site. The tour around Ho Chi Minh’s coffin is quite fast, so there is time for other surrounding attractions as well.
Tours of the mausoleum are only held in the mornings, so it’s worth arriving on time. The tomb building is closed from September to early December.
There are many other buildings worth seeing in the area, such as the One Pillar Pagoda and the Dien Huu Pagoda. You should also visit the Ho Chi Minh Museum.
Museum of Ethnology
For those interested in Vietnamese culture and history, the absolute destination is the Museum of Ethnology. There is an extensive collection of art and local artefacts on display, and visitors can also see the homes of mountain tribes in the area.
The museum is located about seven kilometers from the center of Hanoi.
Temple of Literature
Van Mieu, or Hanoi Temple of Literature, is one of the city’s most picturesque attractions to visit with time. The temple area is like a peaceful oasis in a chaotic city. In the same courtyard you will find beautiful buildings and pavilions with plenty to admire. The temple also served as the first university in Vietnam.
Hoa Lo Prison Museum
Hoa Lo Prison was renamed the Hanoi Hilton during the American War. Former Hoa Lo prisoners include Senator John McCain. The Prison Museum offers an interesting albeit perhaps somewhat shocking overview of Vietnam’s military history. In the museum you can see the relevant props from the barren cells to the prisoners’ clothes and belongings.
St Joseph’s Cathedral
St Joseph’s Cathedral is an interesting sight in Hanoi. In the middle of the hectic hustle and bustle of the Asian city, a medieval cathedral opens in front, which would be better suited to the European landscape. The historic building can be found in the old town.
I HAVE THE BEST
From Hanoi you can make an excursion to the famous Halong Bay.
Experience these in Hanoi
- Tour the main attractions from the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum to the Prison Museum.
- Take a trip to the scenery of Halong Bay.
- Relax on the shores of Hoan Kiem Lake with Vietnamese delicacies.
- See a traditional Vietnamese water marionette show.
- Walk along the red Huc Bridge to the tiny island of Jade Island.