Hanoi – the capital of Vietnam.

Hanoi is the capital of Vietnam.

Overview of Hanoi

• It is the country’s second largest city.
• The city is located on the right bank of the Red River.
• Hanoi is located at:
– 1,760 km (1,090 mi) north of Ho Chi Minh City
– at 120 km (75 mi) west of Hai Phong city

Landmarks in Hanoi

1. Old Quarter
• The Old Quarter is near Hoan Kiem Lake.
• It has the original street layout and architecture of old Hanoi.
• At the beginning of the 20th century the city consisted of only about 36 streets.
• Now they are part of the old quarter.
• Each street then had merchants and households specialized in a particular trade.
• These include silk traders, jewelery, etc.
• The area is popular for its small artisans and merchants.
• There are many silk shops.
• Local cuisine specialties, several clubs and bars can be found here.
• A night market is in the heart of the district.
• It opens for business every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evening.
• There are many clothing, souvenirs and food shops here.
Some others prominent places are:
– The Temple of Literature (Van Mieu), site of the oldest university in Vietnam 1010
– One Pillar Pagoda (Chua Mot Cot)
– Flag Tower of Hanoi (Cot co Ha Noi).
– 900 year old Hanoi Citadel was discovered in central Hanoi, near the site of Ba Dinh Square

2. Lakes
• Hoan Kiem Lake
• West Lake
• Halais Lake
• Bay Mau Lake
• Hoan Kiem Lake, also known as Sword Lake (largest lake in Hanoi)

3. Museums
Hanoi is also a home to a number of museums:
• National Museum of Vietnamese History
• Vietnam National Museum of Fine Arts
• Vietnam Museum of Ethnology
• Vietnam Museum of Revolution
• Hanoi Hilton (Hoa Lo Prison)
• Ho Chi Minh Museum
• Contemporary Arts Centre
• Vietnam Military History Museum
• The Hanoi Museum (currently under construction until 2010)

4. Shopping
Major centers include:
• Trang Tien Plaza, Hoan Kiem District
• Vincom City Towers, Ba Trieu Street, Hai Ba Trung District
• Parkson Department Store, Tay S?n Street, Viet Tower, Dong Da District
• The new Parkson Department Store at Vietnam’s tallest building
• Hanoi Landmark Tower (Pham Hung Road)
• The Garden Shopping Center, Me Tri – My Dinh, Tu Liem District
• Pico Mall, MIPEC Tower, Tay Son Street, Dong Da District

5. Temples
• Temple of Literature – V?n Mi?u, Quoc Tu Giam St(south of the Mausoleum)
• Ngoc Son Temple
• Bach Ma Temple

6. Wartime sites
• Hoa Lo Prison (The Hanoi Hilton), 1 Hoa Lo, Hoan Kiem. 8:30AM-11:30AM, 1:30PM-4:30PM.
• B-52 Lake – Huu Tiep Lake, Ngoc Ha Precinct, Ba Dinh District.
• Downed Aircraft Memorial
• Army Museum, (Dien Bien Phu street, across from the Lenin Statue mini-park and is in the area of embassies).

Activities in Hanoi

1. Gym
2. Rock climbing
3. VietClimb
• So 40 Ngo 76 An Duong
• ? +84 914 548 903
• Opening hours: Tu-Su 14:00-20:00
• 200 m² climbing surface

4. Running
• Landmark 72 Hanoi Vertical Run
• Landmark 72, Pham Hung, Hanoi.
• Landmark 72 Tower will be the site of Vietnam’s highest stair climbing race
• The “Vietnam Landmark 72 Hanoi Vertical Run”.

5. Hanoi Free Tour Guides
• Hanoi free tour guides are a social non-profit organization.
• It was founded and run by a group of students and ex-students since January 2010.

Best time to visit / climate

• Hanoi features a warm humid subtropical climate (Koppen Cwa) with plentiful precipitation.
• The city experiences the typical climate of northern Vietnam.
• Summers are hot and humid.
• Winters are relatively cold and dry.
• Summers, lasting from May to September, are hot and humid.
• The winters, lasting from November to March, are relatively mild, dry or humid.
• Autumn (October) is the best time of year in term of weather.
• The city is usually cloudy and foggy in the winter time.
• Monthly sunshine hours for February are only 1.8 h/day.
• Extreme temperatures have ranged from 2.7 °C (36.9 °F) to 40.4 °C (105 °F).

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How to get there?

1. By plane
• People arrive at the Noi Bai International Airport (HAN), 35 km to the north of the city.
• Several airlines run flights from Noi Bai, including:
– Aeroflot (Moscow-Sheremetyevo)
– AirAsia +60 3 2171 9222)
– Asiana Airlines (Seoul-Incheon)
– Cebu Pacific (Manila)
– China Airlines (Taipei)
– China Southern Airlines (Beijing, Guangzhou)
– Dragon Air (Hong Kong)
– EVA Air (Taipei)
– Hong Kong Airlines (Hong Kong)
– Indochina Airlines 63 Ly Thuong Kiet St. – Tran Hung ?ao Ward – Hoan Kiem District. +84 4 3941 1411
– Japan Airlines (Kansai, Tokyo-Narita)
– JetStar Asia/Pacific Airlines +84 4 955 0550
– Korean Air (Busan, Seoul-Incheon)
– Lao Airlines
– Lot Polish Airlines (Warsaw)
– Malaysia Airlines +60 3 7843 3000)
– PMTair (Phnom Penh, Siem Reap)
– Qatar Airways (Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi, Doha)
– Shanghai Airlines (Shanghai)
– Singapore Airlines +84 4 3826 8888
– Thai Airways International
– Tiger Airways (Singapore) +84 4 94 54565)
– Uni Air (Kaohsiung)
– Vietnam Airlines – 25 Trang Thi (corner of Quang Trung) +84 4 934 9660 fax: +84 4 934 9620
– Vladivostok Air (Vladivostok)

2. By train
• Trains to Nanning, China depart from Gia Lam Station.
• This is about 5km north-east of Hanoi Station.
• Tickets can be purchased from Hanoi Station.
• A ticket for a soft sleeper compartment (4-berth compartment) costs 568,000 dong per person.
• All other trains use the main Hanoi train station for daily services from cities in the south including Hue and Nha Trang.
• The Reunification Express goes all the way to Ho Chi Minh City.
• There are also train services to the north-west
• To board trains enter the railway station compound through the “backdoor” at Tran Quy Cap station.
• Tickets for all destinations are sold in the main station.
• There are two counter halls, north and south, serving the respective destinations.

3. By bus
• Public buses serving southern destinations leave from Giap Bat bus station.
• To get from the Giap Bat bus station to the old quarter and Hoan Kiem Lake, take public bus number 8 towards Dong My.
• Many of the same companies also sell tickets to Vientiane and Savannakhet in Laos (US$16-18).

Some Travel Books on Vietnam

Vietnam (Country Travel Guide) DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Vietnam and Angkor Wat To Vietnam With Love

Places to stay (hotels / restaurants along with website / contact numbers)

Hotels at tripadvisor.com
Hotels at agoda.com
Hotels at wikitravel.org

Blogs / Sites about Hanoi – Vietnam

blogs at wikipedia.org
blogs at vietnamonline.com
blogs at tripadvisor.com
blogs and reviews at frommers.com

Images and photos of Hanoi – Vietnam

images at google.com
images at wikipedia.org
images at vietnamonline.com
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Videos of Hanoi – Vietnam

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