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Hanoi Area Guides

Everything You Need to Know About Hanoi Districts

Covering an area of more than 900sqkm and with a population of over six million (and countless motorbikes to match), Hanoi is the second largest city in Vietnam. Previously known as Thang Long, it was named Hanoi in 1831 at a time when Hue was the capital.

Large areas of present-day Hanoi were built during the French occupation and are reflected in its broad boulevards and French-inspired architecture, which bestows a unique charm on the city.

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Hanoi's Most Popular Districts

Hanoi Old Quarter

Hanoi Old Quarter

Packed with charming colonial architecture, Buddhist temples and pagodas, the Old Quarter, located near Hoan Kiem Lake Read More...

Ba Dinh District

Ba Dinh District is a big open space that’s accessible within a 15-minute drive from Hanoi's Old Quarter and Hoan Kiem Read More...

French Quarter Hanoi

Hanoi’s French Quarter is located on the south and eastern end of the popular Hoan Kiem Lake, housing most of the city’s Read More...

Hanoi West Lake

Hanoi’s largest freshwater lake, West Lake has a circumference of 17km and houses many of the city’s historic places of Read More...

Areas nearby Hanoi

Ha Long Bay

Ha Long Bay

Halong Bay is a beautiful natural wonder in northern Vietnam near the Chinese border. Designated a World Heritage Site Read More...

Mai Chau

Mai Chau is a vision in every season. In spring, it is a lush, bright green while in autumn, just before the rice Read More...

Sapa

Sapa is a town in Lao Cai Province in Northwest Vietnam close to the Chinese border. It is located about 350km Northwest Read More...

Areas around Hanoi

Ba Dinh District

Ba Dinh District is a big open space that’s accessible within a 15-minute drive from Hanoi's Old Quarter and Hoan Kiem Lake. It has been Vietnam’s political nucleus since the French occupation and was where Ho Chi Minh declared independence in 1945. There are many historic and important sights in and around the square, such as Read More...

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Hanoi’s City Centre (Hoan Kiem District)

Hoan Kiem District is the commercial centre of Hanoi with the Old Quarter as the main point of interest for travelers and Hoan Kiem Lake the main attraction for locals. Despite the radical economic growth and modernisation of the city you’ll still see women in coolie hats, shops with altars inside and families of four or Read More...

Hanoi Old Quarter

Hanoi, Vietnam’s capital lies in the North of the country and is one of the country’s top tourist hot spots. It offers French-colonial architecture, a rich food culture and a long history (the city celebrated its millennium in 2010.) The most well known and important districts in Hanoi are Ba Dinh District (aka the French Quarter) Read More...

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Hanoi West Lake

Hanoi’s largest freshwater lake, West Lake has a circumference of 17km and houses many of the city’s historic places of interest around its perimeter – including Vietnam’s oldest pagoda and one of Vietnam’s four sacred temples.

The lake attracts many locals and tourists seeking respite from the busy city, providing a sanctuary of great natural beauty Read More...

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The French Quarter of Hanoi

Located to the south and east of Hoan Kiem Lake, the French Quarter is where the government offices, embassies, desirable residences are located. It consists of shaded boulevards and elegantly restored homes and villas with French architectural influences.

Part of its main road – Trang Tien – is a busy shopping area, featuring up-market restaurants, Read More...

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