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Hanoi provides a rich blend of new and old Vietnam, from the thousands of young workers on scooters streaking down the wide Parisian-style boulevards, to the chic fusion restaurants housed in former colonial buildings.

Settled since prehistoric times, Hanoi has been an important city throughout Vietnamese history, serving as the capital of a number of Vietnamese dynasties. Following the end of the Vietnam War, Hanoi became the capital of the country. Today, Hanoi provides a rich blend of new and old Vietnam, from the thousands of young workers on scooters streaking down the wide Parisian-style boulevards, to the chic fusion restaurants housed in former colonial buildings. Even as the city buzzes with heavy development and modernization, it retains its idyllic charm. Enjoy Hanoi’s tranquil parks and lakes, peruse galleries filled with emerging Vietnamese artists and fashion designers, and sample the city’s amazing cuisine and bustling street life.

Region

Ha Noi

language

Vietnamese

capital

Hanoi

population

6,448,837

area

3,358 km²

currency

Vietnamese Dong

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Inspiration

Locally based with in-country expertise means our Destination Experience Designers can curate exceptional activities and experiences for you that are beyond the reach of the average traveller. We piece these together as a framework for your own bespoke adventure, you can find it in our featured journeys or speak to our travel advisors.

DEEP INTO HANOI’S FASHIONABLE EGG COFFEE CULTURE

Second only to Brazil, Vietnam is one of the world’s leading coffee growers. In Ho Chi Minh City, meet local coffee shop owners, baristas and coffee aficionados, learning the nuances of Vietnam’s bold local beans. Delve deeper into the city’s hip coffee culture with a hands-on preparation of a local caffeinated speciality and savour the taste of your special brew.

UNEARTH SECRET BEAUTY OF NINH BINH

Delve into preserved sections of the vast underground Cu Chi tunnels used by the Vietcong forces during the war in a sobering experience which illuminates what life was like for the Vietnamese during the conflict. Be led by a war veteran through this landmark site, learning how the war changed the lives of millions.

SEE HA LONG BAY BY SEAPLANE

Make the most of your time in northern Vietnam with an exciting seaplane ride from Hanoi to Ha Long Bay. Soaring through the sky above the towering limestone islands, clear waters, shimmering beaches and green rainforests is easily one of the most exhilarating ways to experience the UNESCO-listed landscape.

TASTE OF HANOI

Savour Hanoi specialties like banh cuon (steamed rice paper rolls), bun cha (rice vermicelli with grilled pork broth) and more on an insider’s journey to discover the city’s best street eats and authentic restaurants that only the locals know about.

SEE THE HANOI COUNTRYSIDE BY BIKE

EXPLORE the fertile countryside surrounding Hanoi and its enduring agrarian way of life. Pedal a scenic route of local farms, markets and temples, passing rolling rice paddies as you cycle through the remote countryside, meeting welcoming local families along the way.

EXPLORE THE ENCHANTING LANDSCAPES OF HA LONG BAY

MARKED by towering limestone karsts, wave-eroded grottoes and over 3,000 forested islets, Vietnam’s hauntingly beautiful Ha Long Bay brims with hidden coves, secluded caves, captivating national parks and pristine beaches — all just waiting to be discovered.

SEE HANOI BY VINTAGE VESPA

Enjoy a night on the town and a culinary adventure as you explore Ho Chi Minh City from the back of a vintage Vespa scooter. Buzz through neon-lit streets en route to lively District 4, where you experience the local nightlife, cuisine and café culture rarely glimpsed by other travellers.

DISCOVER HANOI ON U.S MILITARY JEEP

Be guided by a local expert on an exploration of Hoi An’s boutiques, designer craft stores and social enterprises that are putting Vietnamese artisans in the spotlight. The streets are brimming with innovative locally-made products, from tailor-made fashion to handmade wood and leather crafts, fine silks spun in Vietnam’s central highlands and fair-trade tea from village plantations.

DISCOVER THE INSIDER’S HANOI

Obscured by the city’s neon flash, discover a secret world of hidden gems waiting to be explored on this unique exploration. Stop for coffee in a park where locals congregate to show off their prized pet birds, shop in a fragrant flower market and delve into the city’s wartime history as you uncover a secret weapons depot. No day is complete without a bowl of pho from a favourite local haunt.

When to go

In general, Vietnam has a tropical climate with average annual temperatures ranging from 22°C to 34°C. Although temperatures are consistent year round, various parts of the country, at certain times of the year, can be affected by unpredictable storms which may cause flooding. From May to November, most of the country is affected by south-western monsoons. The rains, which tend to be concentrated in the late afternoons, provide welcome relief from the heat. The heaviest rainfall tends to occur between July and August in the north; June to October in the south; and October to December in Central Vietnam.

December to March is a pleasant time to visit the southern city of Ho Chi Minh City and the Mekong Delta, although temperatures in Hanoi and northern regions tend to be cooler during those months. In the mountainous regions in the far north such as Sapa, the temperature can at times drop below zero. The best time to visit the north is between September and December when there’s a good chance of clear skies and low humidity, while March to September is an ideal time to enjoy the beaches and attractions of Central Vietnam. Beach destinations in the south such as Nha Trang, Phu Quoc and Con Dao Island are warm and sunny most of the year. However, the rainy season varies for each destination: Nha Trang (October to December); Phu Quoc (June to September) and Con Dao (November to January).

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