Hanoi travel guide

Telephone Code: 04 (844)

Hanoi is Vietnam's capital and the country's second largest city. The city is a fascinating blend of east and west, with Chinese influence from centuries of dominance, and French design from its colonial past.


    Hanoi  will celebrate its 1000th  anniversary in 2010.
    The city population: 3,145,300 (2005)
    The Hanoi’s  Hoan Kiem Lake literally meaning "Lake of the Returned Sword"
    Hanoi has nine inner districts (Ba Dinh, Cau Giay, Dong Da, Hai Ba Trung, Hoan Kiem, Hoang Mai, Long Bien, Tay Ho, Thanh Xuan)
    The Hanoi Tourist Information Center  located on Dinh Tien Hoang Street, - tel: (84-4) 926 3366
    There were no five-star hotels in Hanoi in 1994.
    There are 8 five star, 6 four star and 20 three star hotels in the city.
    There are total 181 hotels with 8,562 rooms in Hanoi (first quarter of 2007)

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When to go

Perfect weather in Hanoi is the autumn, less humid and cool. It is recommended that you make your trip to Hanoi between September and November. This time also offers you opportunity to join the joyful Mid Autumn festival. However, many tourists make their choice of coming in Spring (Feb-Apr) to enjoy a warmer weather despite drizzle may come in order to experience Tet, the traditional Vietnamese lunar new year. Summer time (May-Sep) is quite hot ( 30-36°C; 86-97°F ) and sticky, but great to travel to beaches around Hanoi including: Ha long bay, Cat Ba island, Do Son Beach (Hai Phong)., Tay Thien Mau, Khoang Xanh, etc…

Getting there

By flight: Most visitors will arrive at Noi bai international airport – one of the largest airports serving both international and internal flights. Airlines that operate flights from/to Noi bai includes Vietnam Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Tiger Airways, Thai Airways and many others.

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