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Located in the North of the country, Vietnam’s capital city, Hanoi, is full of charm. Influenced by the French colonial past, the city not only has unique character and architecture but also has managed to preserve its cultural heritage. You’ll undoubtedly find it a real delight to stroll through its streets! Discover our selection of the 5 best places to visit for a wonderful weekend in the Vietnamese capital.
The Temple of Literature
This is our favorite place in Hanoi! Built in 1070, this historic site has been an intellectual and spiritual center since its construction. Enjoy a walk through the five courtyards and gardens of this peaceful and delightful place. The Temple of Literature, Vietnam’s first national university, is one of the few remains of the royal era that remains in good condition today.
The old quarter 36 streets
Lose yourself in the oldest shopping district of Hanoi, and feel the unique atmosphere of this place. Originally, each street was dedicated to the trading of handicraft products from the villages around Hanoi. Today, the streets are still specialized. The atmosphere of this district promises an exceptional experience.
Hoan Kiem Lake
A “must-see” in Hanoi! Located in the heart of the city, this lake is the scene of one of the most famous myths of Vietnam: the magic sword of Hoan Kiem Lake. All around, a lively site is worthy of a glance, and this is one of the favorite walks of the young lovers at sunset. In the middle of the lake lies the island of Tortuga, featuring a square-shaped stupa. Also, don’t miss the Ngoc Son Temple (Temple of the Jade Mountain) accessible through a lovely red bridge over the lake.
The Imperial Citadel of Thang Long
Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site since 2010, this ancient Forbidden City is one of the most beautiful monuments of the Vietnamese capital. Covering an area of more than 18,000m2, the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long was built in the eleventh century by the Ly dynasty and left an amazing cultural and historical legacy.
The colonial quarters (or called the European City)
The ancient city of French Indochina, Hanoi is a testimony of the colonial architectural beauty. Do not hesitate to go to the colonial district to admire the well-preserved structures, including the Opera House, the History and Fine Arts Museums, the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hotel, and also all the embassies. Take in these real architectural jewels and experience a journey back in time!
After Hanoi, you can continue your trip to Sapa by night train or visit the magnificent Halong Bay!
How to get there? Hanoi has an international and domestic airport; plan for about a 45 minute trip to the city center.
Available in : Vietnamese