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1. The origin of using ghost money:

Vietnamese spiritual life involves our belief on ghost and life in another world for dead people. The use of Ghost money or Spirit money is deeply rooted in Asian culture.

1.1 The definition of ghost money:

Ghost money (joss paper) traditionally made from bamboo, emits large quantities of carcinogenic chemicals such as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, carbonyls and benzene. Contemporary forms of joss money are rather different; they look more like the money from current times. Westernized varieties include copies of Bank notes (Chinese Yuan, Thai Baht, Vietnamese Dong, or even the US Dollar, cheques and paper credit cards. Some people even go as far as offering papier-mâché houses, cars, toilets, servants, passports, flight tickets, rice cookers and even flat-screen TVs. The bank notes are specifically meant for dead ancestors to give as a tribute to the God of Death for a short stay or to escape punishment. The bank note copies are often of outrageous denominations – they can range anywhere between $10,000 and $500,000. These notes carry an image of the ‘Bank of Hell’ on the back. ‘Hell’ in itself is not viewed as a place of torture, but a more neutral realm.

1.2 The belief of ghost money among the Vietnamese:

Burning ghost money and votive paper such as clothes, shoes, hats, toiletries and toys are popular among the Vietnamese. Exceptions to this tradition are Roman Catholics, Protestants and followers of other religions who account for less than 10% of the population.

The paper money is believed to be deposited in an afterlife bank of sorts, from which the deceased spirits can make withdrawals. The ritual is said to be derived from a mix of regional folklore and Taoism. The practice of ancestor worship is largely religious, stemming from the fact that the spirits of the deceased are still interested in the affairs of the world. Keeping them happy brings blessings from them for the living. Another explanation for the concept is that the living is allowed to ask spirits to fulfill their wishes, for which they are indebted. This debt cannot be entirely cleared off while alive, so the ghost money sent after death is used to repay whatever they owe the spirits.

1.3 The uses of ghost money in Vietnam

1.3.1 Symbol of transformation, payment of spiritual debts

Spirit money itself has many different uses; however, it is used generally as a symbol of transformation, payment of spiritual debts. The notes used as “money” are transformed to spirit money when they are used as symbolic offerings to ghosts, gods, and ancestors. The burning of spirit money allows it to be transferred to ghosts, gods, and ancestors to be used as real currency in the other world. Furthermore, spirit money serves a vital role in association with the offering of food to some ghosts, gods, and ancestors.

1.3.2 Bonding tool

The offering of food serves to bring our ancestors and other beings in the other world closer to us. It serves as a bonding tool to bring both worlds together. This can be seen in cultures all around the world where feasts, dinners, and other social events use money to bring the community together. Spirit money on the other hand serves to separate the living world from the world of ghosts, gods, and ancestors. It is not natural to have both of these worlds in close connection with each other. The use of spirit money is very similar to how we use money in our society today. It is generally used as a tool to maintain a certain level of distance between two parties during a transaction. The concepts of food and money correlate directly to the offerings to ghosts, gods, and ancestors. We use food to bring them close to us and money to separate them from us.

1.3.3 Time to celebrate spiritual practices

Locals in Vietnam celebrate spiritual practices on the first and fifteenth of every month based on the lunar calendar. They burn incense sticks and ghost money at home as offerings to Buddha, gods and the dead. They simply pray for good luck and pay homage to ancestors. Such rituals are also regularly performed at funerals and on the anniversaries of the deaths of family members and relatives throughout the year.

1.3.4 Others uses of ghost money

Spirit money is used in many differing activities. For example, the critical role of spirit money is to repay the debts of our ancestors. The spirit of the ancestor must obtain a body and a fate to pursue it karmic course. However, in order for it to do so, it must pay its mystical debt that accumulates over a person’s life. This rationale explains why people burn such large amounts of spirit money at funerals, for no one ever complete succeeds in repaying his celestial debt. His descendants must pay for him. The living person attempts to pay off this debt by praying and making monetary donations to the gods and temples. However, no one pays off their debts entirely while alive, so their remaining family burns spirit money which is transmitted to their deceased family member. The deceased family member uses this money to pay down the remainder of his debt and embarks on his karmic journey.

Vietnamese people have been burning money since they were kids. They throw the money into it a big cylinder, heavy, and made of metal or something like that and put that outside the house and burn the paper money and paper clothes. Inside the house they have the altar where we burn incense, and pray to the dead. T

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8 Best Hanoi Travel Agencies | Top Vietnam Travel Agencies

It is normal for foreign tourists to encounter complex situations in Vietnam even when they are well-prepared. Being unfamiliar to the people, the weather, the food, the traffic, etc. may cause many difficulties and inconveniences. As a matter of fact, a large number opt for tour booking with a local travel agent.

The list of best Hanoi tour agencies in Vietnam below will help you deal with your upcoming trip

Notes: Because lots of travelers asking for Halong Bay Travel Agency and Ninh Binh Travel Agency so we also did some research and give you the list to consider, you also can Google the words “…. Travel Agency ” for example: “Halong Bay Travel Agency”

Yes, there are a bunch of reputable tour companies around Hanoi, which makes it really challenging to decide. Concerning tourists’ worries, we, traveling enthusiasts, are glad to put together a list of greatest holiday agencies in town

Top. 1 would be AZ Local Trip (they offer many tours for more than 100.000 Travelers every year)

List 11 of Travel Agency in Hanoi 

1. AZ Local Trip

AZ Local Trip is Top.1 experienced Hanoi-based tour company producing local package tours (Hanoi Tour Packages from 3- 15 days: hand-picked accommodation, quality transportations, or Halong Bay, Ninh Binh, Sapa Tours)

This agency provides an Amazing Free Itinerary Planning service by locals living in Hanoi for years, so you could save much time Planning.

Ask them to give you recommendations on Hotel, Tours or transportation

Remember, you do not have to pay money

  • 150,000 travelers using Az Local Trip
  • 750 Hanoi Tour Packages every year



Phone:(+84)965192251 (Whatsapp)

Az Local Trip Agency
Why Azlocal trip

As a team of passionate people, AZ Local Trip desires to bridge the cultural gap among international tourists. Visitors are sure to gain insights into Vietnamese people, culture, customs, lifestyle and history with tailor-made tours.

The eight listed travel agents are among the best Hanoi-based tour operators. For further information and details about services, please directly contact the company. We hope that every international visitor to Vietnam will have unforgettable memories with local buddies.

2. Hanoi Free Local Tours

Hanoi Free Local Tours is a non-profit organization providing travelers with many free tours in Hanoi, and Free Itinerary planning for your travel in Hanoi by travel experters living in Hanoi for years.

Hanoi Free Local Tours on CNN
Hanoi Free Local Tours on CNN

Student-led tours: Hanoi Free Local Tours offers a variety of city tours, all led by student volunteers. The group aims to provide visitors a better understanding of the city while giving Vietnamese students a chance to improve their English.



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3. Hanoi Explore Travel

Hanoi Explore TRavel was launched in 2015, now has become one of the Best, Largest and most Prestigious Travel Agent in Hanoi. The page – Tripadvisor evaluates it as the biggest Travel Service through the world today.

Hanoi Explore Travel mainly provides quality travel services and Package Tours in Vietnam

  • Address: 37 Ngo Huyen Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi, Vietnam.
  • Email:
  • Website:
  • Phone: + 84 974 805 797

4. Lily’s Travel Agency

Lily’s Travel Agency, established in 2007, has been efficiently delivering customers with quality service. The agent, based in the Old Quarter of Hanoi, provides customized tour packages. It specializes in North Vietnam, yet other tours packages to the South are offered as well.

Lily's travel team
Lily’s travel team took a picture together at their office located in the Old Quarter

Major products:

  • Beaches of Long BayBay, Bai Tu Long Bay, and Cat Ba island
  • Mountainous areas such as Sapa, Mai Chau, and Cao Bang
  • Vast complexes of Trang An – Bai Dinh and Hoa Lu – Tam Coc in Ninh Binh

The assistance with different means of transportations such as bus, train, and plane is provided. The agency can also cover the issue regarding visa application of the clients.

Lily’s travel agency receives lots of favorable reviews on TripAdvisor as a top-best travel agency in Hanoi The trustworthy staff is ready to respond at any time.

Address: No. 18 Ngo Huyen Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi, Viet Nam.

5. Tonkin Travel

Coming up next in the 8 – best – tour -agency – in – Hanoi, Tonkin Travel, established in 2001, is an experienced family company in tour operating. The agency is known for its professionalism in hospitality and commitment to customers.

Tonkin Travel core team
Tonkin Travel core team

Service includes:

  • Visa on arrival
  • Transportation
  • Accommodation
  • Tour Guides

Destinations include:

  • North/Central/South Vietnam
  • Indochina countries

For accommodation, train and tour booking, clients are charged 10% of total amount for cancellation of 15 days before departure date. The charge is higher and higher when you cancel shortly before the booking date.

Address: 164 Xuan Dieu Street, Tay Ho District, Hanoi, Vietnam.

6. Rose Travel Agency

Rose Travel Agency is a team of young and enthusiastic people who have experience in tourism. This travel agency in Hanoi Vietnam also supplies clients with tailor-made tour packages.

Rose Travel Agency with their customers
Rose Travel Agency with their customers

Products include:

  • Daily tours in the North
  • Tours in the South
  • Halong Bay tours
  • Sapa tours

Customers need to pay30% deposit on tour booking. Flight/train ticket and accommodation bookings demand 100% total payment in advance. You are charged for tour cancellation under cancellation policy of Rose Travel Agency.

Rose Travel Agency accept PayPal, Mastercard, Visa Card, Western Union and American Express as the payment method. Yet, you cannot make a payment for someone else using a credit card (name on the credit card must match the guest’s name).

Address: 15 Ngo Huyen Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi, Vietnam.



Hotline/WhatsApp: (+84) 1684159586

7. Vietnam Awesome Travel

With 8 years of experience in tour operating, private and customized tour packages are the highlight of Vietnam Awesome Travel. This Hanoi travel agent Company also combines group tours for independent budget travelers to Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia.

Vietnam Awesome Travel team
Vietnam Awesome Travel team

The product range in North Vietnam includes:

  • Holiday packages
  • Hanoi day trips
  • Halong Bay cruises / Halong day tours / Halong luxury van&car
  • Sapa Trekking

Vietnam Awesome Travel succeeded in receiving a recommendation from TripAdvisor and LonelyPlanet.

Head Office: 19B Hang Be Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi.

8. Dao’s Travel Agency

Dao’s Travel, located in Hanoi Old Quarter, is an inclusive travel agency. Speaking both fluent Vietnamese and English gives us the ability to work with you and provide you with the travel experience you are looking for.

Services offered are:

  • Visa services
  • Transportations
  • Customized package tours
  • Private / group tours

Dao’s Travel Agency in Hanoi Old Quarter

Address: 1A Ma May, Hang Buom Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi (8am – 9pm every day).

9. Hanoi Travel Agency

Hanoi Travel Agency mainly focuses on operating tours in North Vietnam. The company takes pride in its Private Street Food Tour of Hanoi, which takes tourists to every corner for Vietnamese authentic cuisine.

Main products include:

  • Vietnam package holidays / Luxury Vietnam holidays
  • North Vietnam: Ba Vi mountain, Halong Bay cruise, Sa Pa tours, Hanoi day trips, Mai Chau tours

10. Hanoi Tours Expert

Hanoi Tours Expert has been operating tours to many parts of Vietnam:

  • North Vietnam: Hanoi, Sapa, Halong Bay
  • South Vietnam: Hue, Hoi An, Nha Trang, Da Lat, Saigon

Customized tour itineraries enable tourists to explore diverse culture and wild nature of Vietnam.

Address: No 11, Lane 2, Hanoi University, Nguyen Trai Street, Thanh Xuan District, Hanoi.

11. AZ Hostel

AZ Hostel is your one stop, shop for all your accommodation and specialist travel needs from our organized tour packages to all major destinations from Hanoi, or if you wish to travel independently, we can support all your travels with great advice with bus, train or flight tickets to ensure your experience in Vietnam meets your expectations and more. We want you to love Vietnam as much as we do.

Our Service include:

  • Money exchange
  • Airport Transfer
  • Visa Applications
  • Bus Tickets
  • Train Tickets
  • Flight Tickets
  • Motorbike Rental
  • Laundry Service

Address: 27 Bat Dan, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi;  Email: ;

Hotline/Whatsup (+84) 947 340 847

Halong Bay Travel Agency 

the list of Travel Agency below would help, the more information about them will be updated soon,

  1. AZ Local Trip ( This agency provides the itinerary plan and get advice directly by travel consultants, ask them for any information before booking decision)
  2. Best Price (This is online travel agency sit, offering day trips at the low price that backpackers should think about- see the inclusion and exclusion)
  3. Blue Dragon (the same as best price)
  4. Indochina Junk (Indochina is more about Bai Tu Long Bay Cruise operators)
  5. Lily Travel Agency (if you are in the old quarter, you can go for this agency to get information)

Ninh Binh Travel Agency

  1. Original Hoa Lu Tam Coc:  Best Travel company in Vietnam for Hoa Lu – Tam Coc Tours and other tours to Ninh Binh from Hanoi
  2. AZ Local Trip ( this agency offer tour to Trang An, Bai Dinh, Hoa Lu Tam Coc, Mua Cave... and itinerary plan and get advice directly by travel consultants, ask them for any information before booking decision)
  3. Tommy’s Travel Service (This is online travel agency site for Halong Bay price – see the inclusion and exclusion)
  4. Tinny’s Travel Agency Motorbike tour in Ninh Binh if you think about this
  5. Dao’s Travel Agency (this agency is famous for organizing 3 days 2 nights tour in Ninh Binh)
  6. Lily Travel Agency (if you are in the old quarter, you can go for this agency to get information)

List 11 of Travel Agency in Ho Chi Minh Vietnam

  • 1 Buffalo Tours

The wife and I were going to do it on our own until Buffalo Tours was recommended to us by a friend. It was no mistake going with Buffalo. The guides and drivers were very well educated about the area that they covered and answered all our questions. I would recommend adding a “free” day here and there as they keep you quite busy going to all the best places. If we head over to S.E. Asia in the future, I would select Buffalo Tours to make my arrangements both for quality and price.

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  • 2 EXO Travel

We booked a trip through trailfinders who use this company for our own tour to Laos Vietnam and Cambodia.Could not fault them always there at airports.Always on time.Very caring and thoughtful guides with lots of knowledge.Helped you check in to hotels and airports and would not leave until you were happy.Well done very professional company.

Milton Keynes, Vương quốc Anh

  • Innoviet Budget travel agency

I had a fantastic two day tour through the Mekong with Huy. He is energetic, knowledgeable and offers interesting insight into Vietnamese culture. The homestay was clean and the food was delicious. I really enjoyed the boat tour in the morning and enjoying some pho and iced coffee…not to mention the delicious fruit along the way! The trip was packed with diverse activities and offers a real view into normal life in rural vietnam. I would recommend this trip and company to everyone visiting the mekong!

Rachel1111111 on Tripadvisor

  • Kim Tran Travel Day trips

We are very happy with the great tour we did. We visited Cai Rang floating market and Ben tre Island. Our guide Nick was perfect, he explained a lot, speaks good English, and was super kind. We booked the tour on HCMC. The office looked more professional than most of the others in the surrounding. We were picked up at 4am and spent our whole day at Mekong delta. Besides the 2 spots mentioned above, we did a cycling tour, visited fruit farm, coconut candy production , mat production, and brick factory. All the stops were informative and just the right among of time spent at each place. We used different types of boats on different channels of the Mekong. The driver was also good and we felt save all the time. We would always recommend, it’s definitely worth the money!

Laura_Grk tripadvisor

  • Sinh Tourist

Our family made a reservation for Halong bay in 2 days with Stellar of the Seas cruise, we was amazing about all services of cruise, room is so nice. There is swimming pool and mini golf course on cruise. So beautiful!


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Is it worth visiting Hanoi? 

Don’t come across Hanoi or rank it as one of spots in your extensive excursion, you should consider it as a true holiday for a couple of days, because Hanoi deserves to be the most impressive destination.

Things to do in Hanoi

Hanoi is really different and unique.  If you are expecting to see the animation of entertainment like Soul – capital of South Korea or the model development of skyscrapers and super-malls like Bangkok in Hanoi, you were wrong. Having undergone over 1000 years dominated under the Chinese invader and over 100 years struggling against the French colonist and the American empire, Vietnam has been developing and improving quickly. Through the length of history, the Vietnamese has still kept the true value of precious tradition and culture. Beside, a wide range of historical monuments or architectural structures were protected and restored with a view to preserving for the future generation. It is the reason why Hanoi puts on ancient and familiar appearance of heart-breaking but glorious past time. In a short interview with foreign tourists about “Is it worth visiting Hanoi?”, 9o percent of them told “Hanoi is really amazing. It is out of my expectation. I love the simple beauty of streets and moss pagoda and the hospitality of the Vietnamese and the nature and weather are great”.

So what makes millions of tourists strong impression on? And which fascinates you?

How many days in Hanoi and Halong Bay 

And what makes Hanoi worth visiting…

  • Culture
  • Traffic

Firstly, I swear that all tourists feel socked with the traffic in chaos and deafening horns. It comes as surprise that the population in Vietnam is more 90 million people whereas the number of scooters and motorbikes accounts for 50 percent of that amount. You might burst into tear when waiting for crossing street for a long time or find it difficult to walk on pavement. Although transportation works in weird and crazy way, they are humane engines and machines. In London or New York, when the traffic lights turn green color, all cars speed up automatically without noticing pedestrian or obstacle. It is very easy to crash or take after accident. But in Vietnam, crossing street is an art and you are brave artists. A tip for you: “Close your eyes – breathe deeply, go straight slowly with raising your hand”, the drivers avoid you cleverly by themselves. So it is not dangerous like you though. Keep calm and win all!

Another reason why you should pay Hanoi a visit is Religion

There is no official religion in Vietnam but Buddhism, Catholicism and Caodaism are the most popular ones. However, the number of Bud and Catholic is too small in comparison with Vietnam’s population. So you are not afraid whether your action is suitable for the rule of that religion or not. It is suggested that you should wear shirt with sleeves and trousers under knees, when you go into sacred places such as pagoda, church or temple. In majority of the Vietnamese’s thought, there are two worlds existing at the same time. It is indicated that when you pass away, you will never disappear or vanish. You only go to the other one and continue living. It explains for weird actions like burning votive paper on special days in a month or setting an ancestral altar in every house. Besides, thousands of pagodas was also built to express the strong belief in the law of causality and optimistic ideas like one good turn deserves another or curses come home to roost.

To have a deep insight in culture and belief of the Vietnamese, I recommend you some appealing sites: The Big Church, Tran Quoc Pagoda, Bach Ma Temple, Ngoc Son Temple. 

besides you can see top things to do in Hanoi recommended by Tripadvisor

+ The Big Church: It was erected by French in 1884 and opened for public in 1888. To build church for French Catholics to congregate, the French destroyed Bao Thien Pagoda – one of the most important pagodas at that time. But nowadays the image of it has attached to routine life of Hanoi residents and become symbol and pride of them as well. Located on 40 Nha Chung Street in the Old Quarter, you should spend a few minutes coming across to enjoy a lemon juice and contemplate its charming beauty at twilight.

+ Bach Ma Temple: It dates back to the XXI century and is considered being one of the oldest temples in the city. With a mysterious story, the temple is known as a sacred place to honor a white horse that guided Ly Thai To king to the site, where he chose to construct his citadel walls. Located right on Hang Buom, Bach Ma Temple attracts many tourists to tranquil space and scented incense.

+ Tran Quoc Pagoda: Going out of the hustle and bustle of city, you come into absolutely peaceful, quiet space with an unexpected spiritual aspect. Not only the oldest temple is but it also the most marvelous is in the city. Moreover, the façade of it directs to the West Lake – the biggest lake in Hanoi and absorbs in first sun lights in the early morning. Because it is quite far from the Old Quarter you should take a taxi to visit it at least one time.

+ One Pillar Pagoda: it is the symbol of Vietnam and ranked with Eiffle tower of France or Liberty Statue of America. Although One Pillar Pagoda isn’t a great structure, its historic meaning and cultural value is invaluable. Taking inspiration from a lotus blossom, it is a Buddhist temple with the origin from the dream of the King. With special architecture, a building stands on only one pillar in Thien Quang lake like transferring vitality and fertile for land. It’s very important for Vietnamese people because Vietnam was still an agricultural country at that time.

The diversity of groups makes a significant contribution to colorful national character. Because of the harmonious combination between Chinese, Indian and French culture and the unique features of Vietnam, it is easy to make visitors a feel curious and interesting. At present, there are 54 different ethnic minority groups inhabiting Vietnam, each of whom has own customs and habits which has still been respected and preserved up to now. Among them, the Kinh people account for nearly 90 percent of Vietnam’s total population. Should you not want to miss precious knowledge of groups, Vietnam Museum of Ethnology and Women’s Museum will be the best choices for you.

+ Vietnam Museum of Ethnology: With total area of more 2.000 m2, it is worth for you spending a half day to discover it. Coming here, you will be immerse in thousands of lively exhibits and fabulous information as well as cultural identity about 54 ethnic groups of Vietnam. Besides, it is very useful for researches and people to want to learn about historic value and ethnography.  

+ Vietnamese Women’s Museum: There are few museums on the world displaying and praising about women. But in Vietnam, the role of women in war as well as the great contributions to build country nowadays is indispensable. To express the gratitude to the dedicated services Vietnamese women have sacrificed for family and nation,  Vietnam Women’s Union decided to build the one. All document is disposed according to each of periods and topics to highlight the role of them as well as serve for  tourists visit more conveniently.

  • Holiday

Lunar New Year: It often happens in late January and early February and lasts for a half of one month. This is traditional holiday of nation because it contains a significant meaning. It is not only a period of transition from old year to New Year but also an opportunity for family reunion. On the last day of the year, everyone is exciting to clean their houses, go shopping to prepare to welcome to New Year. Besides, if you have chance to be invited to stay your Vietnamese friend’s home, you will be courteous about types of cake or fruit they lay on altar. “Chung” cake is the most popular with Vietnamese people because it is symbol of gathering and wealth.  To decorate house becoming colorful, the Vietnamese often buy kumquat or cherry blossom which represent for money and luck. Burning votive paper is also traditional to see 3 saints off returning sky. On these days, adults wish the old long life span and children wear pretty dress to ask for lucky money.

Mid-Autumn Festival – a happy day of children: It is held on August 15th of lunar calendar, corresponding to late September to early October. This is the day any child waits for because it is a good time for them to joy with interesting activities and receive a lot of presents from their parents. Star lanterns, funny masks and colorful toys are indispensable things to decorate street brighter than ever. Mooncakes have appeared in western countries as a form of delicacy on this day. If you are lucky to have chance to visit Hanoi in September, don’t miss joining with us to have funny memories.

Hanoi is worth visiting because of the war

It is sad that many people knew Vietnam as a nation of war or an aggressive country through two resistances against French colonists and American empires producing a stir in world. However, part of the truth is not the truth. There is nothing can compensate for what Vietnam has been through. Those were unjust wars full of blood and tears which dyed the color of national flag red. Do you know the meaning of the yellow star with 5 wings in the middle of flag? It symbolizes for undying confidence in day nation is totally independent.

There are some recommendations for war historical relics:

+ Hoa Lo Prison: Hoa Lo prison was constructed by French colonist in 1896 with a view to detaining Vietnam communists, patriotic soldiers and political prisoners. With the area of nearly 13.000 m2, Hoa Lo was one of the largest and most heavy-duty structures in Indochina at that time. Nowadays, people have known it as the hell on earth or Hanoi Hilton. So Why does it have two contrary names? At the same place, however, how the French treated Vietnamese prisoners and how the Vietnamese treated the American pilots were absolutely different. Two stages, two periods and unknown stories behind harsh war will come out when you spend a little time visiting it.

+ Vietnam Military History Museum: Visiting Vietnam Military History Museum, you contemplate the remains of war like airplanes, weapons, missiles,…on display. Besides, you will fascinate with brilliant tactics and strategies of Vietnam and understand why a poor nation struck against powerful enemies. It’s a shame that you miss such an attractive site.

+ Ho Chi Minh Complex: Including Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Ho Chi Minh Museum, presidential palace and historical relics, Ho Chi Minh complex covers the whole of Ho Chi Minh’s life and give us detail information about the process of finding the way to save Vietnam from the yoke of slavery of French colonists and American empires. Through the historic artifacts and document, we will have more understanding of the struggle of Vietnamese people and his great sacrifices for the independence and freedom of Vietnam’s country.

+ The Imperial of Citadel: For more 20 centuries of existing with under control of 13 dynasties, Thang Long Citadel has become one of the longest running continuous seats of power in the world. Have been listed in UNESCO’s World Heritage Site in 2010, the Imperial of Citadel becomes one of highlights in Hanoi. Visiting here, you will discover ancient royal palaces of the King and princesses, the ruins and secret tunnels. Besides, through contemplating exhibits both above and underground, you likely understand about striking strategies and tactics of leaders in the past. I believe keeps you exciting during 1 hour.

+ Flag Tower: It was used to be symbol of the city during the French colonial rule (1885 – 1954). Built in 1806, Flag Tower is a remaining relic without being devastated by French before withdrawing. Nowadays, it has stood there proudly with red flag and yellow star.

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Worthy city Hanoi to visit – Stunning Views

+ Long Bien Bridge – the oldest bridge in Vietnam: Getting out of the bustle of busy street in the Old Quarter, you will step in space of past and wild nature which makes tourists a strong impression on most. Built by the French at the end of 19th century, it has existed for thousands of years and witnessed the ups and downs of history of Vietnam nation. With the classic architecture of the west, the bridge is compared with Eiffel tower of France but in a different aspect. It may be the most beautiful at twilight when the whole city is lighted up, intensive heat of sun is less and everyone returns home in a hurry. Enjoy a beer can and take some memorial photos.

+ Temple of Literature: Built in 1076, Temple of Literature was the first national university in Vietnam to educate the King’s son and then extended to teach the nobles and royalties. With the peaceful and sacred atmosphere, Temple of Literature’s become an attractive site for both foreign tourists and Vietnamese people who want to learn about the origin of education as well as the fondness of study of Vietnam. If you visit Hanoi, you shouldn’t miss to touch the head of the turtle because it will bring luck to you during that year. Through 5 courtyards, you will feel be delighted as though each of history pages was opening ahead of your eyes.

The beauty of The Constellation of Literature pavilion (Khue Van Cac) – the symbol of Hanoi

+ The West Lake – the largest lake in Hanoi: There is a romantic street dividing the lake into two parts. At night, the lake becomes colorful and mysterious with floating restaurants on the water and entertainment activities. Along this street, there are several pagoda and church opening free for tourists, so you can do sightseeing without paying ticket. You will be in a good mood and fresh with breezing wind when walking with your partners in your trip and enjoy some ice-cream and street food.

Last but not least, AMAZING FOODS. Food Lovers should visit Hanoi.

  • Food
  • Street food

Coming to Hanoi, you will be satisfied the demand for food maximum because Hanoi is known as a paradise for cuisine. All first floors of houses in the Old Quarter sell something from dishes for breakfast and dinner or local specialities to nosh. Don’t worry about the shortage of fresh food since there are always small markets near eating places and residential areas. All ingredients are available and safe for hygiene. Specially, it is such the cheap street food that you can buy and eat many things with a tight budget. Night market, for example, is ideal place which only opens at every weekend nights. Beside the famous food like Pho, Bun Cha, Banh Mi, you can find local food such as mixed sweeten fruit, mixed ill noodle,…and many other unnamed food.

  • Drink  

How diverse beverage is! Just know that the Vietnamese are creative and eager to learn but the ability of creating beverage is surprising. There are some drinks with special flavor out of expectation which you only taste in Vietnam. Egg Coffee is a typical example of an idiom sentence: the difficulty emerges the wisdom. It is invented in late 19th century because of the shortage of sugar. So the makers used egg yolk instead for sugar to decrease strong flavor of coffee. Nowadays, it becomes one of best beverages any tourist should try at least one time in Vietnam.

  • Fruit

As far as you might know Vietnam is a tropical nation with monsoon climate, so there is a diversity of fruit. Having some kinds of fruit you have never seen before in any countries on the world. Each of seasons has typical kinds of fruits. For instance, in summer, we have longan, lychee, custard apple or mango, whereas in winter we have pomegranate, guava and orange. Fruit sometimes becomes a reason for your traveling in Vietnam.

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  • Local Experiences
  • The Old Quarter

With 36 streets designed chess model by French, nowadays the Old Quarter turns into the cultural center and a must-see place in Hanoi. When wandering around the Old Quarter, you will seem separated and exciting as though you went astray in maze of 100-year-old houses and a great variety of products, shops and hotels. Sometime, you are attracted by the dark and narrow alleys with 1 meter wide and wondering that why people can live cramped in such small space and insufficient light. But they don’t know that at the end of those alleys is an absolutely different world and how hard life of residents either. Sometime, you are into the way local people sitting on the short chairs to drink coffee in the morning or interested in routine activities around the lake. Behind houses you see, people you meet are stories interesting and moved which making you astonish.

  • The Sword Lake

The Sword Lake is home to legends dating back to thousands of years ago with aim to connecting people. It will be great if you have someone like a guide to tell you about all stories. They are sensational factors which fascinate you and keep you exciting all the time.  Also, thanks to tour guide you will gain useful knowledge of meaning of architecture, reliefs as well as Vietnamese’s history. It is said that the sword lake is a microcosm of the whole life of Hanoi people and contains soul of the Vietnamese. At the weekend, the street around the lake becomes a sidewalk for pedestrian and no traffic can annoy you. It means you are free to enjoy a good time with your buddies and participate in folk games which students organize to bring people closer as well as protect the cultural value wearing out by the time. Moreover, only in the weekend, night market is opened to welcome everyone to the world of food and souvenir. Join the line of crowded people, you will feel an animated night in Hanoi.

  • Water Puppetry

To end of your tour perfectly, watching a water puppet show is the best suggestion. It is a traditional art of Vietnam dating back as far as the 11th century. By clever hands and creative brain, artists make puppets up of wood or bamboo and control them at their discretion on water with colorful light system. A performance often presents in 2 hours but it reappear lively all activities of peasants happening in routine days. Sometime it gives negative problems in social, sometime praises or satirizes something or somebody. So it is necessary for you to learn a little about Vietnam culture before engaging in stories and rhythm of show.

  • Weather

There are four seasons in a year but fall is the best one. You will allergic to intensive heat of summer days in Hanoi. It is so hot that you will be lazy and only want to stay in your hotel or sweat profusely for walking tour. So it is quite uncomfortable for tourists getting used to cool climate like London or Paris to adapt it in a short time. About winter, it would be good for you if you come from chilly areas because Vietnam winter with wind freezes to the bone. It is suggested to bring several thick coats in order to enjoy your holiday without feeling ill at ease with hash weather. The reason I recommend you to visit Hanoi in fall is at that time both the weather and nature is great. You will feel


and It is totally worth visiting Hanoi, Vietnam