Where to stay in Hanoi
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.
Morning traffic on Lo Duc Street
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.
St Joseph's Cathedral in Hanoi
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.
Pagoda on Hoan Kiem Lake
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.
Aerial view of Lang Ha Street at sunset
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.
Tran Quoc Pagoda at sunset