Hanoi,Vietnam’s capital races to make up for time lost to the ravages of war and a government that as recently as the 1990s kept the outside world at bay. Its streets surge with scooters vying for right of way amid the din of constantly blaring horns, and all around layers of history reveal periods of French and Chinese occupation – offering a glimpse into the resilience of ambitious, proud Hanoians.

Negotiate a passage past the ubiquitous knock-off merchants and you’ll find the original streets of the Old Quarter. Defiant real-deal farmers hawk their wares, while city folk breakfast on noodles, practise t’ai chi at dawn on the shores of Hoan Kiem Lake, or play chess with goateed grandfathers.
Hanoi is undergoing a rapid transformation. You can dine on the wild and wonderful at every corner, sample market wares, uncover an evolving arts scene, then sleep soundly in a little luxury for very little cost. Meet the people, delve into the past and witness the awakening of a Hanoi on the move.

See by location

Bat Trang – Dong Ho – But Thap Pagoda – Dau Pagoda full day
  • Visit handicraft villages and learning about Vietnamese pottery
  • Take a visit to But Thap Pagoda and Dau Pagoda , among the finest pagodas in the country’s north and known as Vietnam’s first Buddhist centre

Price from $54
Thanh Chuong Palace – Giong Temple half day
  • Take a short distance to Giong Temple
  • Visit Thanh Chuong Palace-an architectural gem showcasing traditional cultural objects, exquisite antiques

Price from $38
Kenh Ga Hot Spring – Phat Diem Cathedral full day
  • Visiting Kenh Ga Hot Spring with its limestone mountains
  • Exploring numerous stone sculptures which are on the inside and outside walls
  • Discovering the center of Catholicism, Phat Diem Cathedral with its unique features

Price from $55
Cuc Phuong National Park full day
  • Visit the dense, grass jungle valley
  • See the giant ancient tree and various fauna and flora

Price from $54
Traditional villages around Hanoi full day (private)
  • Visit exciting points of culture(handicraft villages)
  • Learn how to make Vietnamese traditional handicraft products such as pottery, silk and paint

Price from $44