Things to do in Hanoi and Halong Bay

Hanoi – see Halong Bay and a Fascinating Blend of East and West

Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, is a city with over a thousand years of rich history from Chinese occupation to the capital of French Indochina. Hanoi is now full of historical and cultural attractions which make it a fascinating place for holidaymakers to visit.


Things to do in Hanoi


There are so many attractions and things to do in Hanoi. The city has lots of museums and also temples, including the Hani Temple which worships the Vietnamese Goddess of beauty & love, and the Temple of Literature, Vietnam’s first university founded in 1070.


Hanoi Old Quarter

The Old Quarter is a really fascinating part of Hanoi to visit, consisting of approximately 36 streets which made up the city in the early 20th century. Each street had merchants specialising in a particular trade, such as silk traders or jewellery. Today the area is famous for its small artisans and many fine silk shops.


Hanoi Nightlife

As well as the cultural and scenic activities, Hanoi is a great place to visit for the nightlife.


Hanoi Restaurants

Hanoi is known worldwide for its amazing food and there are many excellent restaurants and bars in the city. If you want fine dining it could be good to book a table in advance but otherwise just stroll down the streets and stop at one of the cozy places you pass by.


Hanoi Opera House

If your tastes run to fine music, then a visit to the Hanoi Opera House should be scheduled into your stay. The opera house that was built between 1901 and 1911 is located in central Hanoi.


Halong Bay

Halong Bay is also definitely worth a visit. The name Halong Bay literally translates to ‘where the dragon descends into the sea’; The area is dotted with an immense number of limestone islets and is incredibly beautiful. You can take boat trips around the bay and go on excursions to explore the many caves. Halong Bay also boast some fantastic beaches and is said to be one of the best places in Vietnam for swimming.


When to go to Hanoi

Hanoi is a great place to visit all year round, but if you don’t like the heat then try and avoid the summer months of June to August as it tends to get extremely hot.



If you like hot, then August can be a good time to go as the International Circus Festival is on with all sorts of circus entertainers performing in the streets.

Other good times to visit include September for the Mid-Autumn Festival, an important children’s festival (also known as the Moon Festival), and the Vietnam International Film Festival in October each year.


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Hanoi and Halong Bay Facts

Population2 668 000
CurrencyVietnamese dong
AirportNoibai Intl, Vietnam (HAN)

Hanoi and Halong Bay average temperatures

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UNESCO World Heritage Sites Hanoi and Ha Long Bay - Central Sector of the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long – Hanoi

Built during the 11th century on the remains of a 7th–century Chinese fortress, the Thang Long Imperial Citadel was the political centre of the Dai Viet, in the centre of Hanoi. Since the area has been the centre of power for over 13 centuries without interruption, the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long contains monuments from many periods. This witnessing of history is the main reason why the citadel is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Ha Long Bay

The scenery of Ha Long Bay is something you’ve most probably never experienced before visiting it. 165 km from Hanoi, more than 1600 islands with this characteristic peculiar pillar shape create a spectacular landscape listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The most common way to visit Ha Long Bay is to book a cruise, although you may want to do some research previously to avoid any scams and make sure the activities organised are to your liking!

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Hanoi Opera House

The Hanoi Opera House

Designed by architect Broyer Harley and Francois Lagisquet during the time of French colonization in Vietnam, this Neo-classical opera house was founded in December 1911. At the time, the performances were exclusively done by French artists for a French audience. After the French left Vietnam, the locals could assume control over the building and make it into their own venue for performance arts. Today this Vietnamese opera house see contributions from local talents as well as European classical works.

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Golf in Hanoi and Halong Bay

There are many great golf courses in the Hanoi and Halong Bay area. The Chi Linh Star Golf & Country Club is one of them, located within a beautiful valley protecting golfers from too distracting winds. A little bit north of Hanoi you will find Dai Lai Star Golf & Country Club and Hanoi Golf Club, both great courses that aims to give a challenge to advanced players as well as novices. If you are going to Halong Bay, you will find probably what is the most spectacular course in all of Vietnam in Phoenix Golf Resort. It is a golf club that features 54 holes and three courses, each with its own personality. Don't miss it!

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