More traditional and steeped in nostalgia than Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam’s capital city of Hanoi is well worth a short visit. Hanoi has a scenic and surprisingly serene center in Hoan Kiem Lake, as well as historic neighborhoods with gorgeous colonial villas and a buzzing Old Quarter, whose streets are lined with small shops and food stalls.
Perfect forArt Lovers | Foodies | Intellectuals | Romantics | Families
When to goSeptember-November | December-February | March-May
Ideal length of stay1-2 Nights
Designing Your Journey
Work with Indagare to design the perfect itinerary for an immersive journey. Our travel experts know the destination inside and out, and they can make recommendations based on your travel needs and preferences.
3 Days: Essential Hanoi
Hanoi’s main sights can easily be explored in a half day, but it’s best to enlist an expert guide who can explain what you are seeing and keep track of the city’s ever-changing opening hours, as well as provide a good introduction to Vietnamese culture. Here is just one example of what our destination experts can create for you.
Day 1: Historic Hanoi
Spend your first day in Hanoi getting a sense of the city’s history. Tour the large compound of the Temple of Literature, where your guide can explain the symbolism behind the architectural details. Afterwards, see Hoa Lo Prison where American soldiers were held captive during the Vietnam War and Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum and nearby home.
Day 2: Food Tours
Those interested in the making (and eating) of authentic Vietnamese cuisine can attend an Indagare-arranged cooking class either at a culinary school or in a local home. Afterwards, experience a street food walking tour where a top guide is imperative for eating at the right stalls.
Day 3: Vietnamese Culture
For those with an interest in tribal cultures, Indagare can arrange for an expert guide to introduce you to the traditions of Hmong women, see demonstrations of Taoist and Buddhist rituals with shamans from the northern mountain groups as well as participate in batik workshops to learn about the wax and indigo patterns on hand-loomed cloth. We can also connect collectors with a specialist on ethnic arts and crafts.
Where To Stay
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