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Is a Short Term Rental in Hanoi Right For You?
Hanoi is a cultural melting pot of south-east Asian, Chinese and French influences. A vibrant city that pulsates to the beat of scooters horns intertwined with markets buzz. While the Old Quarter holds rows of shops arranged by trade and an occasional temple in-between. Hoan Kiem Lake bubbles with activity in the morning as groups practice their tái chi moves or simply take a morning stroll.
Where to stay on your vacation to Hanoi?
With over 300 vacation rentals across Hanoi, HomeAway offers a property to suit any holiday. A stay in the Hoan Kiem district will keep you in easy reach of an abundance of restaurants, shopping streets and markets. Or feel like you’ve gone back in time with a stay in Hanoi’s Old Quarter. Here you can enjoy old world charm and plenty of impressive architecture. If you have cash to splash, go upmarket and stay in the West Lake area, with its exclusive apartments and day spas.
Top Things to do in Hanoi
Take time to get lost walking around the Old Quarter, where rustic buildings bear the names of goods traded back in a different era. There are also many beautiful temples scattered throughout the city, with Bach Ma being one of the most visited. After a day sightseeing, visit the night market to pick up souvenirs and sample the local street food.
Transport in Hanoi
If your legs are feeling tired hop onto one of the electric buses which wind their way through 14 stops across the city. For quick journeys hail down a motorcycle taxi and hang onto your hat as they speed you to your destination. For a more leisurely ride, take a ‘cyclo’ which usually can be found in the old quarter. Scooters and cars can be hired if you’re brave enough from many travel agencies dotted around Hanoi city centre.
Natural Attractions in Hanoi
Get out into nature at the Ba Vi National Park. Here you can hike around the trails with views of a dramatic 3-peaked mountain and tropical rainforest. Take a cruise over to Quan Lan Beach where you can stay over or return the same day. The Nung Hill are a hill tribe group of Vietnam and trips can be arranged to learn about their daily life.
What to eat in Hanoi?
Steamed Pork Wraps (banh cuon) are crepes with pork and vegetables inside. The crepe is extremely thin making a delicious, light snack. Sticky Rice (xoi xeo) is a popular breakfast dish due to its low price and fulfillment. False dog dish (Bun gia cay) is actually pork but gained its name by the way its cooked - apparently, dog is prepared in a similar manner!
Family Vacations in Hanoi
The Hanoi Circus runs Tuesday to Sunday, 8-10pm, with a special earlier performance on Sundays for younger children. For an authentic night out, head for a traditional Water Puppet Show. Or if the challenging Hanoi heat has got little heads all in a spin head on over to the Westlake Water Park. The megastar complex has all the latest big screen films showing plus a massive gaming arcade.