Take a private guided tour of the city’s main sights, including temples, museums of the country’s recent and ancient history, traditional old quarters and more recent tree-lined boulevards with their French colonial architecture.

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Key Stats

Best Time To Visit

May - Jul

Flight from London London

11:30 hrs

Time Difference

GMT +7 hrs

The merchant district is the only remaining version in the whole country. This densely populated corner of the city was once a centre of commerce where goods were sold under the street name of a particular guild. Still a thriving community of sellers today, you will see street names such as Sugar Street, Tin Street and Paper Street.

Ancient homes and temples are interspersed with excellent shops. Wander further south and you reach the wide tree-lined avenues of the former colonial capital. Judging by some of the architecture (and particularly the opera house), you might be forgiven for thinking you'd been whisked off to Paris - except for the erratic driving. Come to think of it, that makes it even more like Paris.

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Where to stay

Halong Jasmine

Halong Jasmine

Launched in late 2007, the Halong Jasmine is all about attention to detail and quality of design.

Halong Ginger

Halong Ginger

Launched in mid 2006, this wooden junk combines old school elegance with modern comfort for the ideal exploration of Halong Bay.

M/V Emeraude

M/V Emeraude

The Emeraude cruises amid the scenic beauty of Halong Bay at a stately 10 knots.

Restaurant

Sofitel Metropole

Built in 1901, the hotel has a rich history, having witnessed the turbulent 20th century history of Vietnam, and occupies a landmark French colonial building next to the Opera House in the heart of Hanoi.

Deluxe Room bed at La Siesta Trendy

La Siesta Trendy Hotel and Spa

Just outside of Hanoi’s old town, La Siesta Trendy Hotel and Spa is a stylish and contemporary hotel alternative in the city centre.

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