All you need to know about Hanoi

Whether you’re relocating or looking for a short stay apartment in Hanoi, there are plenty of reasons to make a visit to this fascinating city. Hanoi is the Vietnamese capital and second-largest city in the country, making it both a popular business and leisure travel destination. With several museums, historical sites from the Vietnamese imperial eras and well-preserved French colonial buildings as well as plenty of contemporary destinations, Hanoi is bustling with locals and visitors alike. Due to its French roots, the city is frequently referred to as "Paris of the East," and with 10.6 million people visiting each year, the demand and usage of serviced apartments in Hanoi has grown.

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Transport in Hanoi

There are four airports in Hanoi, the most widely used of which being Noi Bai International Airport, making domestic and international travel into the city simple. Getting around is easy once you know how so, once you've settled into your Hanoi serviced accommodation, make sure to set aside some time for urban exploration. The city can feel quite spread out but many tourist attractions, dining establishments, and retail hotspots are all located within walking distance. Although motorbike taxis are the primary method used by locals to move about Hanoi, there are alternative options if you don't want to hire a bike. There are no Ubers in Hanoi, but Grab provides a very similar service and is the easiest way to get around the city by car and moped if you're travelling solo or in a group.

Shopping in Hanoi

A positive about shopping in Hanoi is that you can do much of the process on foot because so many streets are devoted to particular trades. Known for cheap tailoring, Hanoi has plenty of tailors able to make custom outfits virtually overnight so if you’re after a workwear wardrobe upgrade, Hanoi is the city for it. One fantastic spot to find stylish, high-quality clothing is Hang Gai Street. The whole 300 metre length of the popular street, also known as Silk Street, is lined with fashion stores, tailors, a few art galleries, and gift shops. On the other hand, you may enjoy the entertainment and street cuisine on offer at the Hanoi Weekend Night Market. The buzzing market moves through the Old Quarter on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. so clear some space in your Hanoi serviced apartment for your haul of souvenirs.

Things to do in Hanoi

While residing in an apartment in Hanoi, there are countless things to do. You might attend a performance at the Thang Long Water Puppet theatre, or take a 50-minute tour of the Hanoi Opera House. With its Gothic pillars and domes, this magnificent neoclassical centrepiece of Hanoi's French Quarter is not to be missed. The French-colonial 900-seat venue was constructed in 1911, and most weekends, you'll see couples having their wedding pictures taken on its opulent front steps. Embark on a full-day trip to rural Vietnam to get away from the busy crowds of Hanoi and breathe in some fresh air. After a traditional meal of goat meat, fried rice, and local fruits you'll be well-fuelled for an afternoon of adventure, taking in the scenery by both bamboo boats and mountain bikes. To make the most of your trip to Hanoi, explore the Hoan Kiem Lake: popularly known as the Returned “Sword Lake”, this ia the perfect spot to watch the sunset and take some breath-taking photos.

Facts about Hanoi

  • Hanoi was the only Asia-Pacific locality to be granted the “City of Peace” title by UNESCO in 1999.
  • The biggest mosaic in the world is located in Hanoi.
  • Hanoi, which was established on the banks of the Red River, can be translated to the "City of Lakes."
  • The designer of the Eiffel Tower and the Statue of Liberty, Alexandre Gustave Eiffel, also created the Long Bien Bridge in Hanoi.

What is a serviced apartment?

Serviced apartments are essentially homes away from home. Boasting plenty of private space, your Hanoi serviced apartment offers separate living areas, a fully-equipped kitchen and regular housekeeping services to promote healthy routines whilst away on business in this Vietnamese city. You could also have access to facilities like a gym, swimming pool, meeting space, on-site parking, spa, and many other amenities while living in a serviced apartment in Hanoi.

Why choose a serviced apartment in Hanoi with SilverDoor?

With a 99% client retention record, SilverDoor Apartments' serviced apartments are chosen by thousands of business travellers from across the world. Our specialists research the market and browse our extensive portfolio to identify extended or  short stay apartments in Hanoi that meet your specific requirements and budget. We can provide a range of options, anywhere in the world you require a serviced apartment, thanks to our trusted partnerships with more than 1600 property operators.

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