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Vietnam's historic and chaotic capital is a frenzied fusion of French colonial architecture, delectable cuisine, colourful markets and a labyrinth of old world streets all jostling for space and attention.

Hanoi Map

“The beauty of Hanoi is watching everyday life played out on the streets: Open-air hair salons, roadside food stalls and whole families perched on doorsteps drinking coffee. It makes Vietnamese culture feel both vibrant and instantly accessible!”

Ruth Hubbard, Product Manager

Many Vietnamese journeys begin here, in Hanoi, a city of lakes and distinct districts that reflect the diverse influences that have shaped the city over the centuries. Admire the faded glory of the architecture and wide boulevards of the French Quarter, or delve into the cafes, markets, trinket shops and art galleries of the narrow Old Quarter lanes. At first glance the never-ending flow of motorbike traffic can feel intimidating, but you'll soon realise that happy-go-lucky Hanoians are not in a rush, so grab an iced coffee from a streetside stall and watch Vietnamese life unfold around you.

Hanoi is home to many of the country's most iconic sites, including the complex that houses the Stalinist mausoleum to Ho Chi Minh, father of the modern Vietnamese state, the Presidential Palace and Ho Chi Minh's more humble private residence. The Temple of Literature, Vietnam's first university constructed in 1070, boasts lovely gardens and well-preserved architecture. You may also like to stop in at one of the city's excellent museums - the recently-opened Ethnology Museum, where Vietnam's diverse minority cultures are explained in a thoughtful and hands-on manner, and the Women's Museum are both highly recommended.

Recommended Accommodation in Hanoi

The following are some of our favourite accommodation options in Hanoi.

Weather in Hanoi

The Climate Guide for Hanoi is perfect for planning your holiday. Monthly weather averages give the best indication of what the weather is usually like for every month of the year including figures for temperature, rainfall and sunshine.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Max Daytime Temperature (°C) 20 20 23 27 32 33 33 32 31 29 25 22
Min Night-time Temperature (°C) 14 15 18 21 25 26 26 26 25 22 19 15
Hours of Sunshine (Daily) 3 2 2 4 6 6 6 6 6 5 5 4
Hours of Daylight (Daily) 11 11 12 13 13 13 13 13 12 12 11 11
Heat and Humidity Discomfort None None None Moderate Very High Extreme Extreme Very High Very High High Low None
Days with some Rainfall 11 12 15 14 14 15 16 17 14 11 8 5
Monthly Rainfall (mm) 22 28 42 97 181 242 258 297 225 125 57 19
UV Index (Maximum) 7 10 11+ 11+ 11+ 11+ 11+ 11+ 11 10 8 7