While staying in your Hanoi hotel, you must visit the important landmark of the city, the Old Quarter. Each of the 36 little streets represents the guilds that were established here from the 13th century; it’s the oldest part of the city and still retains its original layout and architecture. With its labyrinth of narrow streets, food stalls, and rich, frenetic street life, it remains the soul of Hanoi.
The city boasts a number of beautiful and fascinating pagodas that are worth visiting when staying in your hotel in Hanoi. Chua Mot Cot (One Pillar Pagoda), Quan Thanh Pagoda and Ngoc Son Pagoda shouldn’t be missed. Make your way to Hoan Kiem Lake and experience the area central to Hanoian folklore. The lake's name, Hoan Kiem, means "restored sword" and comes from a 15th century legend that tells of a magic sword that was presented to Emperor Le Loi by a giant turtle, to defeat the Chinese invaders. After his victory, in accordance with their pact, the Emperor returned the sword to the turtle.
While staying in our Hanoi hotels make sure you visit one of Vietnam's most revered places, the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. The Mausoleum is located on the edge of Ba Dinh Square, where, in 1945, Ho Chi Minh delivered the Declaration of Independence of the Republic of Vietnam to half a million people. You’ll feel a wave of awe and ideology pass over you when you visit the Mausoleum. Although Ho Chi Minh requested to be cremated, like other communist leaders he was embalmed and is now on display in the Mausoleum. Also worth a visit is Ho Chi Minh’s House on Stilts, located just behind the Mausoleum. Built of teak, the house is where he lived and worked from 1958 to 1969.
Another sight not to miss? The Temple of Literature. The temple was founded by King Ly Thanh Tong in 1070, to pay tribute to education, becoming home to Hanoi's first university. You’ll love the peace and tranquillity at the temple... you’ll walk past beautiful ancient pools filled with Lotus blossoms and come to the Sanctuary - dedicated to Confucius - filled with Chinese relics and live performances of traditional folk music.
Last, but not least, you simply must experience the Vietnamese cuisine, a delightful creation of local delicacies infused with worldly flavours. Visit the famous eating street of Tong Duy Tan and indulge in a classic pho (rice noodle soup) or mi xao (crispy noodles). A trip to Trieu Viet Vuong is a must for coffee lovers, reputed to have the best Vietnamese coffee - intense and dark - served in traditional cup set. There is so much to see and experience in Hanoi, make sure that you give yourself plenty of time to explore when staying in your Hanoi hotel. Don't forget to book your flight to Hanoi!