While Hanoi may not be synonymous with luxury, the city is packed with hidden gems which offer a high-end experience. A unique and dynamic city, Hanoi has preserved the exquisite French-colonial architecture of its past, while offering all of the modern developments you’d expect today. Whether you want to experience the very best of Vietnamese cuisine in a high-end setting, explore historic landmarks, or go designer shopping, you’ll find this and more in Hanoi.
Flying in luxury
Even if you’re in economy seats, there are ways to feel like you’re flying first class. Planning your travels in advance, in terms of choosing your seats and ensuring that you’re fully covered for the trip, will give you peace of mind and you’ll arrive in Hanoi relaxed, rested, and ready to explore — and not stiff and tired. If you want to sleep on the plane, reserve a window seat near the front for maximum peace and quiet. Aisle seats are best if you like legroom. Sit near the back near the flight attendants if you want quick service. Wind down with noise-cancelling headphones and an eye-mask to tune out background noise.
Visit Red Bean Restaurant near the Old Quarter to experience the finer side of authentic Vietnamese cuisine. Sample local dishes like bún chả and phở along with a freshly-made cocktail. Or, if you fancy a taste of the finest seafood in the city, head to Home Hanoi Restaurant — a celebrity hotspot nicknamed “The Jewel of Chau Long”. It’s a classic French villa with a calm and sophisticated atmosphere. The menu is varied and you can even eat outside under the shade of a canopy, away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Where to visit?
A luxury trip to Hanoi must include a visit to the neoclassical Opera House. Built in the French Quarter in 1911, the Hanoi Opera House was inspired by the glorious Palais Garnier in Paris. Learn about its history on a guided city tour or view an evening performance to see the house lit up in all its glory. When you want peace and quiet, head to the ancient Temple of Literature. Built to honor Confucius, the temple has five peaceful gardens to stroll around. You can also escape the city by visiting Halong Bay where you can explore the caves, scuba dive in the turquoise ocean, or simply sunbathe on the beach.
And when you’re ready for a spot of shopping, the famous Trang Tien shopping mall in the French Quarter has all your favorite high-end brands. Boasting six floors, you’ll find Louis Vuitton, Cartier, Bulgari, and Dior, as well as a choice of restaurants on the top floor. With this guide, you’ll be all set to experience the very best of Hanoi.