Why has Hanoi long been a stunning tourist attraction?


You might know about Vietnam, which was voted as one of the best destinations for solo travelers (based on the safety and the friendliness of local people) by the Travel and Leisure (a reputable American magazine), by its UNESCO World Cultural Heritage – Halong Bay.

But Vietnam is not all about Halong. It is also home to Son Doong Cave – one of 12 most impressive caves in the world ranked by the Business Insider; the Mekong (Vietnam-Cambodia section) – one of 5 best river tours in Asia voted by the Telegraph, and especially, its capital city – Hanoi – voted by TripAdvisor as one of 10 world’s leading tourism centers in 2014. Why is Hanoi always a top tourist attraction?


Hanoi – the city of development

An increasing number of both domestic and international travelers to Hanoi every year is the clearest evidence that Vietnam’s capital city is always on top of the best tourist attractions.

The mellow charm of the city

Hanoi Opera House

Hanoi Opera House

In spite of many issues of a fast-paced tourism industry such as the bad condition of the transportation system, traffic chaos, Hanoi still preserves its own charm. The elegant beauty of this capital city lies in its breathtaking natural landscapes, long-standing historical sites, perpendicular tree-lined avenues of opera, churches as well as the intangible cultural heritage and exciting and vivid streets along with famous attractions such as Dong Xuan Market. Top Hanoi tourist attractions are Temple of Literature, Hanoi Old Quarter, Tran Quoc Pagoda, Saint Joseph Cathedral, Bat Trang Pottery Village, Hanoi Opera House, Vietnam women’s museum, Hanoi flag tower, Long Bien Bridge, etc.

The real charm of Hanoi is also found it its hospitable locals. Vietnamese in general and Hanoians in particular always welcome tourists with friendly and kind-hearted smiles. All of those elements have turned Hanoi into one of the most favorite tourist destinations in the world.

Various types of tourism

Duong Lam Ancient Village

Duong Lam Ancient Village

Hanoi has so much to offer to satisfy all kinds of travelers, from photographers, food connoisseur, Vietnamese culture lovers to Vietnamese history scholars and thriller-seekers. Some kinds of tourism to enjoy in Hanoi are Day trips & Short breaks (Hanoi foodie tour, Duong Lam Ancient Village & cooking class, Vegetable farm & Van Phuc Silk Village, Cycling & Charity tour, Early bird cycling tour, etc); Culture & History (Best of the North, North Vietnam In-depth, Villages of Red River Delta, etc); Culinary Tours (Northern Flavors, Cuisine of Vietnam, Taste of Vietnam); Adventure & Off the Beaten Track.

Hanoi focuses on not only developing tourism but also raising the awareness of people about the importance of heritage values and relic sites as well as environmental protection. Traveling is not only about the safety and happiness of tourists but also paying respect to nature and culture. Tourism development; national cultural values preservation and promotion, and landscapes and the environmental protection are inseparable.

Hanoi is a cheap place to visit

Hanoi street food tour

Hanoi street food tour

Even though Hanoi is the hub of international travelers and backpackers to Vietnam, this city is still a cheap place to visit compared with other capital cities and other cities in Vietnam.

Accommodation in Hanoi varies from a hostel or a bed in a dormitory – the most budget-friendly accommodation; homestay – an ideal way to get closer to the daily life of Hanoians and experience the most authentic trip to mid-range hotels and luxury international-class hotels. A new kind of accommodation in Hanoi is Airbnb rental. This kind of service is described as more space, less price. You will enjoy the privacy and freedom to its fullest. You can share the Airbnb property’s space with your friends or partners to split the cost and cook your own meals to slash your dining expenses. What can be better than practicing cooking Vietnamese dishes right after your cooking class?

Hanoi is also a paradise for food lovers. Hanoi cuisine, especially its street food can please even the pickiest ones. Pho, banh mi, bun cha (vermicelli with grilled pork), banh cuon (steamed roll cakes), cha ca La Vong, banh tom (shrimp cake), etc. are must-eat dishes in Hanoi.

With the cultivation of thousands of year history, Hanoi has become the heart and soul of Vietnam, a cultural center packed with rustic beauty, romance, and many attractions.

Author Since: Jan 16, 2019

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