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Where to stay in Hanoi

Choosing where to stay in Hanoi can be a challenge as this city has many character-filled districts. Stay in the historic Old Quarter with its French Colonial buildings and street-side cafes for a European flavour. Alternatively, you can relax around the Tay Ho district where five-star hotels line the shoreline.Flight Centre can help you find the best places to stay in Hanoi. You can choose from small bed and breakfasts to luxurious hotels and everything in between. All you'll need to do is to pack your bags and hop on your flight.

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  • Old Quarter

    If you intend on seeing all of the important landmarks in Hanoi, head towards the Old Quarter. Here you'll find attractions such as the Opera House, Dong Xuan Market, Bach Ma Temple, and much more. The Old Quarter is also the business district, so it's one of the best areas to stay in Hanoi for great modern shopping and creature comforts.

  • Cathedral District

    There are many places to stay around St. Joseph's Cathedral. This religious site is surrounded by shops that add to the bustling atmosphere of Hanoi. The cathedral is within walking distance of Hoan Kiem Lake and the Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre, among other attractions. This is the ideal location for crossing off the historic landmarks of Hanoi.

  • Hoan Kiem

    Hanoi's city centre is located around Hoan Kiem Lake. While this may be smaller than West Lake, it's an important historic location. Discover the Ngoc Son Temple pagoda on a small island in the middle of the lake, which is accessible by bridge. Hoan Kiem is close to other religious sites and Hanoi attractions to check out.

  • Ba Dinh District

    Formerly known as the French Quarter, the Ba Dinh District is one of the best areas to stay at in Hanoi. Expect high-end fare as this large area is full of foreign embassies, government buildings, and international schools. It also houses the Ho Chi Minh complex and other monuments relating to Vietnam's military past. There are many great restaurants, bars, and other establishments that stay up late in Ba Dinh.

  • Tay Ho (West Lake)

    If you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of Vietnam's capital without leaving Hanoi, stay in Tay Ho. This district is named after the large West Lake that provides a peaceful oasis 20 minutes away from the city centre. Tay Ho is also home to the Quan Thanh Temple, the oldest in Hanoi.

Frequently asked questions

Allow yourself at least three to four days to see Hanoi, and another two to three days to visit Halong Bay.


The nearest beaches to Hanoi are about two hours away. There are several beaches around Halong, including Tuan Chau, as well as Do Song to the south of Hanoi.


Visit from October through to April and you’ll avoid the rainy season. Vietnam is steamy all year round, but visiting during the dry season ought to keep at least some of the humidity at bay.


There is plenty to discover in the Hanoi Old Quarter and the nearby Hoan Kiem Lake, a big green space set among the chaotic city scene. Make sure you head out of the city and visit Halong Bay. You won’t regret it!


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Lose yourself in the labyrinth of the Hanoi Old Quarter, seek out the nearby Hoan Kiem Lake and spot the Turtle Tower and The Huc red wooden bridge, before heading out of the city to visit the iconic Halong Bay.


Comfortable walking shoes, sun protection and insect repellent are essentials for travelling to Hanoi.


Most visitors to Hanoi base themselves in the Old Quarter and venture out from there. If you’re planning on spending a few days in Hanoi, be sure to carve out some extra time to visit Halong Bay as well.


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