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What to do in Hanoi?

Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, is a city of interference between different countries and cultures, as well as rich in the heroic history of the nation. If you are a foreigner, you will love Hanoi with its friendly people, traditional dishes and relics associated with an interesting historical story. At the mention of Hanoi, one can immediately think of the famous Phở - Vietnamese noodle soup. However in this city, there are many more delicious dishes waiting to be explored such as Bún Chả - Kebab noodles, Bánh mì - Vietnamese baguette or Bún riêu - Crab noodles. Most Vietnamese dishes are eaten at all meals, breakfast, lunch, dinner or even as a snack. A typical Hanoian breakfast consists of Bánh mì or Xôi - sticky rice, with a cup of sweet Vietnamese iced coffee.

Fall (around September to November) and spring (March and April) are the two best seasons to visit Hanoi. Winter in Hanoi is cold and the temperature can drop under 10 degrees, while from May to August are the hottest months.

Hanoi is also home to many historical sites, ancient temples and interesting workshops. The top historical sights in Hanoi are Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Hoa Lo Prison Relic and Temple of Literature. If you're into arts and crafts, there are also places where we can learn more about Vietnamese culture and art such as Bat Trang Ceramic Village, Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre and many traditional villages.

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, where everyone pays their respects and gratitude to President Ho Chi Minh.

The first university in Vietnam - Temple of Literature, this is the place where excellent talents were educated and trained to join the government, and today it is still the most popular spot for students of all ages to come and pray for academic success.

For me, a child of Hanoi, a walk around the old quarter of Hanoi in the afternoon, watching the Hanoi Street Train, enjoying street food and watching the sunrise in the romantic neighborhoods are my favorite leisure activities.

Hoàn Kiếm Lake, home to Ngọc Sơn Pagoda with the beautiful scenery, has become a symbol of Hanoi.

One place that brings out a lot of emotions from visitors is Hoả Lò Prison Relic. It was a prison in Hanoi originally used by the French colonists in Indochina for political prisoners, and later by North Vietnam for U.S. prisoners of war during the Vietnam War. During this later period, it was known to American POWs as the "Hanoi Hilton". The prison was demolished during the 1990s, although the gatehouse remains as a museum.

In addition to the ancient historical sites in Hanoi, there are also plenty of workshops and socializing events for everyone. If you’re looking for something spontaneous and fun, where you can practice Vietnamese and explore Vietnamese street food, come to our Vietnamese - English Language Exchange event on August 20, 2023! There will be plenty of interesting activities and games for you to discover unique information about Vietnam, and at the same time delicious food from Vietnam for you to make and enjoy. Want to know more?

No matter who you are, you can always find something to love in Hanoi. If you have questions about what to do in Hanoi and/or Vietnamese courses, don't hesitate to contact us at


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