Paul Fournier
By Paul Fournier

Hanoi, Vietnam: An In-Depth 5-Part Travel Guide

Hanoi is a charming city located on the banks of the Red River, which used to be a major trade route connecting Vietnam to China. To me, the city’s main attractions are hunting for delicious Northern Vietnamese cuisine, and hanging out at the vibrant late-night beer joints.

If you enjoy architecture, you’ll also like the beautifully preserved French colonial buildings throughout the city, as well as landmarks like the ancient Temple of Literature, Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, and Hoa Lo Prison.

That said, to help you on your way, I outline the essential things that you need to know below. And I link out to more in-depth articles on each topic covered.

About Hanoi & Why To Visit

Hanoi became the official capital of Vietnam in 1954 after years of French rule, and has quickly became one of the most vibrant cities in Southeast Asia. Although a lot of the city is dotted with modern skyscrapers, you’ll still find plenty of charm in the streets of the Old Quarter.

Apart from being home to many iconic attractions itself, Hanoi is also a popular base for travelers heading to other destinations like the iconic Ha Long Bay, or the Sapa Mountains.

The main reasons why I personally love Hanoi are the abundance of cheap and delicious street food, unique cultural attractions, as well as the colorful nightlife.

Things To Do

Quick info on things to do

Where To Stay & Getting There

Quick info on where to stay

Quick info on getting there

The Bottom Line

With its cheap and delicious food, colorful nightlife, and cultural attractions, Hanoi is a fascinating city that will give even travelers on a shoestring budget bang for their buck. I hope the linked guides will help you make the most out of your stay 🙂

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