Where is the best place to stay in Hanoi?
Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, is located in the northern part of the country and is the second largest city, surpassed only by Ho Chi Minh City.
During your visit to Hanoi, we recommend you to stay in the central Old Town , north of Hoan Kiem Lake, a maze of traditional streets in the heart of the Vietnamese capital with more than 2,000 years old.In this area of Hanoi you can enjoy a varied local cuisine and the most emblematic tourist attractions of the city such as the Bach Ma Temple and the St. Joseph’s Cathedral. The streets of the Old Town have also become a shopping paradise, highlighting the Dong Xuan and Hang Da markets.
Enjoy your stay in the epicenter of Hanoi and do not miss the opportunity to learn about the lifestyle of the Vietnamese, an authentic experience full of culture, entertainment and passion for shopping.
If you are interested in knowing where to stay in Hanoi , you may also be interested in knowing where to stay in Ho Chi Minh, where to stay in Hoi An, where to stay in Siem Reap and where to stay in Rangoon.
Old Town, the best area to stay in Hanoi
North of Hoan Kiem Lake, in the homonymous district, is the Old Town, also known as the historical centre of Hanoi, the most symbolic and crowded area of the city, characterized by its many streets, alleys and traditional markets, as well as architecture that mixes Asian and European styles.It is the oldest area of the Vietnamese capital where you can enjoy its historical sites, a wide variety of shops to buy souvenirs and an intense nightlife; you can also learn about the daily life of the locals as the typical street vendors who walk around with conical hats made of leaves. In the Old Town you can find many restaurants that offer a diverse local cuisine ranging from dishes with snake meat, various species of insects to the famous ant eggs.Among the best known dishes is the Pho, a rice noodle soup that is traditionally served for breakfast in Vietnamese homes and can also be enjoyed in restaurants and street food stalls. The Old Town is well connected, thanks to the variety of bus lines, but the best recommendation is to walk around the area so you do not miss any details and do not get stuck in the hectic traffic, characterized by many motorcycles.
For those who love shopping, the Old Town has a large number of markets, in fact, around the Hoan Kiem Lake are the most important commercial streets, among them are: Hang Gai, Hang Be, Hang Bong and Hang Giay streets.It’s a huge building full of small corridors with five arched roofs and an area of over 6,500 square meters. Visiting the Dong Xuan Market is a real experience for tourists because they can learn about the daily rhythm of the Vietnamese.If you are looking for world-class shops, you can find the most exclusive international brands on Ly Thai To Street.
Most of Hanoi’s tourist attractions are located in the Old Town.Walking west from Lake Hoan Kiem, you can reach the historic St. Joseph’s Cathedral, the seat of the Archdiocese of Hanoi, which attracts large numbers of Catholics throughout the year and was built in 1886, inspired by Notre Dame de Paris, showing a European style with elements of Vietnamese tradition.
In the Old Town, on Hang Buom Street, there is a true historical icon: the Bach Ma or White Horse Temple, one of the four guardians of Hanoi, built since the 9th century in honour of Long Do, considered the founder of the capital of Vietnam.This temple is visited by tourists for its attractiveness and by the locals, who consider it a sacred place to pray for prosperity and health, especially in the first days of the new lunar year. On the other hand, if you want to enjoy a Vietnamese cultural experience, you must visit the Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre, one of the best places to appreciate the art of puppetry in Vietnam.It is famous for its comic performances, live orchestra and lacquered wooden puppets.
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Other areas to stay in Hanoi
It is one of the districts of Hanoi, located a few minutes from the Old Town.Ba Dinh Square, located in the heart of the district, with important government buildings. Ba Dinh is also the imperial citadel of Thang Long, an ancient place where many Vietnamese dynasties built their palaces, was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2010.
Among the main tourist attractions in the area is the Ho Chi Minh Museum, dedicated to the life and legacy of the former president of North Vietnam, as well as the struggle for Vietnam’s independence.It is located in Ba Dinh Square, next to the mausoleum that protects the embalmed body of the former leader, a place much visited by tourists and also by the Vietnamese because of its historical importance. To reach the square you can take a bus or a taxi from the Old Town of Hanoi.
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