Travel Guide


While exploring Hanoi, a city where the exotic chic of old Asia blends with the dynamic face of new Asia, visitors will be surprised by a mass of motorbikes swarms through the tangled web-like streets that is the Old Quarter. Hanoi has it all: the antique and modern co-exist, from the local street shops to modern shopping centers, from local coffee or beer stalls to fine-dining restaurants. Even those familiar with Ha Noi will discover new places they have never encountered before and gain wider understanding of the capital city of 1,000 years.


Born of the flooded rice paddies of the Red River Delta around Hanoi, water puppets swap the traditional performance stage for water. The puppets perform classic Vietnamese folk tales and stories, and the performances are accompanied by traditional music. Be sure to check out a water puppet show when you are in Hanoi.

57B Dinh Tien Hoang, Hoan Kiem Dist

VND 60,000 – VND 100,000

Opening Hours:
Mondays – Saturdays: 3.00 pm; 4.10 pm; 5.20 pm ; 6.30 pm ; 8.00 pm Sundays: 9.30 am

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Source: the City Pass Guide, Vietnam Online


Located in the busy Old Quarter; inside a beautifully restored ancient home, the performances, part of UNESCO cultural heritage. Ca Tru has existed for over 10 centuries; at its base are poetry and music comprised of many melodies sung in a singing and reciting style. Initially Ca Tru served royal and religious functions but was later prominent in weddings, banquets and informal gatherings.

87 Ma May, Hoan Kiem Dist

Travel Tips:
US$ 10

Opening hours:
Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays | 08 pm – 09 pm

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Night market

The night market runs from Hang Dao street right up to Dong Xuan market. It’s crowded, noisy and brightly lit — a real assault on the sense, but in a good way. You won’t be jostled by motorbikes as the market is pedestrianized.

Hang Dao street, Hoan Kiem Dist

Free entrance

Opening Hours:
Fridays – Sundays: 6pm to late

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Nau’s artworks in this series introduce a new art practices of many emerging contemporary artists now to portray concepts of the past, present and future: very curious and experimental, research based and artistic intuitive.

CUC Gallery | 5th F, 36 Ly Thuong Kiet, Hoan Kiem Dist.

Free of charge

Opening Hours:
2015, March 15 – April 30

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Source: hanoi grapvine


The Drops is a young trio of three rising stars from France. Their first album “Falling from the sky” has created their name and unique style.

Address:L’espace | 24 Trang Tien, Hoan Kiem Dist.

Ticket:VND 160,000

Opening Hours:8 pm 2015, April 18

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Source: hanoi grapvine


Located within Hanoi Old Quarter, the ancient house at 87 Ma May street which was built at the late of the Twentieth century, is quite intact with typical architecture of ancient houses on Hanoi street.

87 Ma May, Hoan Kiem Dist.

Free of Charge

Opening Hours:
8.30 am – 5 pm

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Organized 40 years after the war ended, this exhibition offers the rare opportunity to see the photos by the 4 Vietnamese photographers. This is also a remarkable event during The International Photojournalism Festival of Perpignan founded by Patrick Chauvel. The exhibition will undoubtedly offer the audience new insights to the Vietnam war.

Address:L’Espace | 24 Trang Tien, Hoan Kiem Dist.

Ticket:Free of Charge

Opening Hours:April 14 – May 10

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You are invited to Norway Concert 2015 with the performance of: Thomas Rimul – Conductor, Nguyen Thien Minh – Violin, Dao To Loan – Soprano, Halvor F. Melien – Baritoner.

Address:Hanoi Opera House | 01 Trang Tien, Hoan Kiem Dist.

Ticket:VND 200,000 VND 350,000 VND 500,000

Opening Hours:8pm, April 17 – 18

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Hanoi Sound Stuff Festival aspires to create a unique world of quality electronic and experimental music and art with boundary-pushing sounds, creative performances and collaborations between International and Vietnamese artists to spur an interest among young Vietnamese audiences.

Address:Various venues in Hanoi

Ticket:VND 50,000

Opening Hours:April 9 – 11

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Known as Vietnam’s first university, Hanoi’s Temple of Literature was built in the early 11th century in honour of Confucius, his followers and Chu Van An, an ethical scholar in Vietnamese tuition. The temple features five courtyards, of which the third courtyard is home to 82 preserved stone slabs etched with the names of 1,307 graduates of 82 triennial royal exams. Check out the stone stelae where those who passed the notoriously difficult exams have had their names carved for eternity. The stone turtles are well-rubbed as they offer good luck to those in need of knowledge.

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The Women’s Museum is located in Hanoi in its Old Quarter and was opened in 1995 with some major renovations during 2006 and 2010. This museum has been rated among the Top 25 Museums in Asia. It hosts 28,000 unique items collected by the Vietnamese Women’s Union to research, preserve and display the rich history and celebrate the strength of women from the 70s till modern day. The Museum in divided into 4 sections, Permanent Exhibition which cover the 2nd, 3rd and 4th floors of the museum, Special Exhibitions, Discovery Corner and the museum shop. The Permanent Exhibition has three main themes, Women in Family, Women in History and Women’s Fashion.

Address: 36 Ly Thuong Kiet, Hoan Kiem Dist.

Open every day from 8 am to 5 pm

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Referred to ironically as the ‘Hanoi Hilton’ by American POWs, Hoa Lo Prison was built by the French in 1896 and used to house Vietnamese political prisoners. The prison was just one in a series of northern incarceration centers. By 1954 there were over 2000 inmates within the cold, damp walls of Hoa Lo and the jail had become, in the eyes of the Vietnamese, an emblem of colonialist abuse and betrayal. Chilling displays include nasty instruments of torture and restored prison cells

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Like the Minotaur’s maze, the 36 streets that make up Hanoi’s Old Quarter are famously difficult to navigate. This section of the city has a 1,000-year-old history of commerce and though much has changed, items are still sold by category with entire streets dedicated to single items. Get lost on purpose in its labyrinth of streets, chow down on fabulous street food such as Pho and shop until your credit card cries uncle in the Old Quarter’s multitude of shops

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The One Pillar Pagoda is a temple devoted to Buddha and is built to look like a lotus flower -a symbol of purity in the Buddhist tradition. During the Ly Dynasty the temple hosted Vesak, which is the birthday of Gautama Buddha. Also an annual Buddha statue bathing ceremony was hosted at the temple by the monarch. After the ceremony was completed the monarch would free a bird. This ceremony was attended by all, even laymen.

The history of the temple begins with the Emperor Ly Thai Tong who ruled from 1028 till 1054. Before this time the Emperor was childless. In a dream the bodhisattiva Avalokiteshvara presented the Emperor with a son while seated on a lotus flower. Ly Thai Tong then took a wife who in turn gave him a son. In gratitude for his son and for the dream in which he was presented the Emperor built the temple in the middle of a lotus pond.

Unfortunately during the war with the French Union in 1954 the temple had been destroyed. It was later rebuilt to be an exact replica of its original glory.

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The Long Bien Bridge was built from 1899 to 1902 to span the famous Red River which makes its journey through Vietnam. The bridge allows people to travel between Hoan Kiem and Long Bien districts. It was originally named Paul-Doumer Bridge after then Governor General of French Indochina and the French President.

Some of this historical bride’s structure remains original from the time of Vietnam’s colonization, while other parts were built afterwards to repair large holes in the structure. The defense of the Long Bien Bridge is a large part of Hanoian self image and has been immortalized in songs and poetry. It can be seen as a symbol of their resiliency and determination.

Currently the Vietnamese Government is working with France on a loan to restore the Long Bien Bridge to its original shape and glory. Now only trains, mopeds, bicycles and pedestrians use the bridge with all other traffic diverted to the other newly built bridges.

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Silence reigns as visitors file by the preserved body of Vietnam’s revered leader, Ho Chi Minh. Although the embalming was against the former leader’s wishes, it still makes for an interesting yet gruesome morning tour. Modeled after the Mausoleum of Lenin in Russia, Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is one-of-its kind in the world. Built over 2 years from 1973 to 1975, the Mausoleum is also a lively illustrator of national unity. The materials that constitute the building, from exterior granite to interior wood, were contributed by people from all over the country

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The beautiful Hanoi Opera House was built in 1911 by the ruling French. It’s a phenomenal piece of neo-classical French architecture featuring Gothic themes on the doors and domes with pillars, shuttered windows, balconies and a glass room. Musicians, actors and dancers play to a 600-strong audience delivering powerful operatic and classical performances, making it a very popular theatrical attraction.

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Chùa Trấn Quốc (or Tran Quoc Pagoda) is located beside the dazzling West Lake, on Thanh Nien Road, Hanoi. Particularly, it is seated on an island linked by a bridge to the causeway between the two most romantic lakes of Hanoi: West Lake and Truc Bach Lake.
Location Thanh Nien, Ba Dinh Dist.
Ticket Free Entrance
Opening hours 11am-11.30am & 01pm-06pm on Monday-Saturday |07am -06pm on Sunday and holidays

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Ngọc Sơn Temple is in the center of Hà Nội on a small island in the middle of Hoàn Kiếm Lake. Being built on the Jade Islet and dedicated to Confucian and Taoist philosophers and the national hero, Trần Hưng Đạo, the small temple was expanded in 1865. From the shore, the Welcoming Morning Sunlight Bridge (Cầu Thê Húc) leads to the island. Buildings of the temple include the Pen Tower (Thap But), the ink-slab (Dai Nghien), the Moon Contemplation Pavilion (Dac Nguyet) and the Pavilion against Waves (Đình Trấn Ba), all of which have symbolic meaning.
Location Hoan Kiem Lake, Hoan Kiem Dist.
Ticket At Door
Opening hours 7.30 – 17.30

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