Autumn Adventures: Top Things to Do in Vietnam Hanoi

Autumn Adventures: Top Things to Do in Vietnam Hanoi

Hanoi is in the autumn weather - the season is considered the most beautiful of the year with a cool climate, peaceful and romantic scenery. The attraction of Hanoi's autumn makes not only the people of the capital but also tourists from near and far excited.

In the fall, Hanoi makes people fall in love with its strange beauty in every corner of the old town, on the banks of the rippling lake, on the streets full of yellow leaves, the chilly winds make the air cool and comfortable. Autumn is also the best time to travel the capital of Vietnam.

Autumn in Hanoi and other parts of Vietnam starts from early September to November. Take advantage of this time to visit the beauty of Hanoi - Vietnam autumn!
So, if you want to fully explore the unique beauty of Hanoi's autumn, which destinations should you visit?

List of destinations for you:

1. Hanoi's Old Quarter

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Address: Ta Hien Quarter, Old Quarter, Hoàn Kiếm, Hanoi, Vietnam.

The Old Quarter is one of the city's famous historical landmarks. Its winding streets are bustling with classical architecture and vendors' stalls, adding to the charm with their constant calls.

In the 13th century, Hanoi had 36 streets. Today, the Old Quarter has grown to over 50 streets. The street names are intriguing, often reflecting the trades conducted by the residents. For instance, Hang Gai is known for silk, and Hang Hom used to sell wooden chests – although many streets no longer trade these goods.

Exploring the maze-like Old Quarter on foot is a delightful experience for tourists. Many streets are interconnected, and while traditional houses were once one to two stories high, modern high-rises have been incorporated while maintaining a reasonable height.

2. Imperial Citadel of Thang Long

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Address: 19C Hoang Dieu Street, Dien Bien Ward, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi, Vietnam.

Imperial citadel complex with 11th-century buildings & sculptures, including a tower & stone dragon. This grand architectural work was built by different kings throughout history and is the most significant heritage site in Vietnam. It retains only a few structures today, including the North Gate, Hau Lau Pavilion, Kinh Thien Foundation, Doan Mon Gate, and Flag Tower. The Hanoi Ancient Citadel has been recognized by UNESCO as a World Cultural Heritage Site.

3. Temple of Literature, Hanoi

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Address: 58 Quoc Tu Giam Street, Van Mieu Ward, Dong Da District, Hanoi, Vietnam.

Located about 2km west of Hoan Kiem Lake, this complex consists of five courtyards, seemingly secluded from the bustle of Hanoi. Founded by King Ly Thanh Tong in 1070, the Temple of Literature honors Confucius and distinguished scholars of ancient times. Vietnam's first university was established here in 1076. The temple complex still holds 82 stelae honoring scholars.

4. Hanoi Opera House

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Address: 1 Trang Tien Street, Phan Chu Trinh Ward, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi, Vietnam.

Situated on CMT8 Square, at the intersection of Trang Tien - Phan Chu Trinh - Ly Thai To - Le Thanh Tong streets, close to Hoan Kiem Lake and the Vietnamese History Museum, this building is a smaller version of the Paris National Opera House. It was constructed between 1901-1911 and serves as a cultural hub, hosting regular artistic performances, concerts, and events.

5. St. Joseph's Cathedral

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Address: 40 Nhà Chung Street, Hang Trong Ward, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi, Vietnam.

Built on the site of the famous Bao Thien tower of Thang Long dating back to the Ly Thanh Tong dynasty (1054-1072), St. Joseph's Cathedral was inaugurated on Christmas Eve in the year Dinh Hoi (1887). The architecture is imposing, featuring two 30-meter-high bell towers with massive stone pillars at the corners. The cathedral's design follows the Gothic architectural style and serves as a religious focal point in the city.

These are just a few highlights of Hanoi's attractions. If you're interested, you can also explore other famous spots such as the West Lake, Quan Thanh Temple, Tran Quoc Pagoda, and Truc Bach Lake. The city offers a blend of history, culture, and serenity that captivates both locals and tourists.

6. Ancient House at 87 Mã Mây Street

Built in the early 19th century, this house has witnessed the ups and downs of history while maintaining its original ancient architecture. Before 1945, its owner was a famous rice merchant in Hanoi, and the house welcomed many traders from all over the country. After 1945, the ownership was transferred to a wealthy Chinese family involved in business and opium trading. The new owner had only been connected to the house for less than 10 years before relocating to the South, leaving the house vacant for a long time. In 1999, the house underwent restoration under the "Conservation and Preservation of Hanoi's Old Quarter" program. Today, the house is a popular attraction for both domestic and international tourists, showcasing the vibrant scene of trade and commerce in the "36 streets and guilds" of old Hanoi.

7. Hoan Kiem Lake

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Address: Hang Trong Ward, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi, Vietnam.

As a focal point of Hanoi, Hoan Kiem Lake exudes an enchanting and mystical beauty that captivates people's hearts. According to legend, in the mid-15th century, the Golden Turtle God gave a precious sword to King Lê Lợi to drive away the Ming invaders. After successfully repelling the northern invaders, while boating on the lake, King Lê Thái Tổ returned the sword to the Turtle God. Hence, the lake is also called Hoan Kiem, meaning "Lake of the Restored Sword."

Hoan Kiem Lake is poetic with its willow trees casting shadows on the shores and the ancient Turtle Tower covered in moss. Taking a stroll by the lake in the morning, you'll easily spot locals engaging in group exercises, walking, playing chess, or badminton, creating a tranquil and gentle scene.

Within the landscape of Hoan Kiem Lake, there's Ngoc Son Temple located on a small, lush island. The temple is accessed via the red-painted curved Thê Húc Bridge, resembling a shrimp. Surrounded by lush trees amidst the vast water, the temple is a place of worship for the revered Trần Hưng Đạo. Inside the temple, there's a relic: the giant carcass of the "Great Turtle," weighing nearly 250 kg.

Around the lake, there are numerous cafes where you can stop, relax, enjoy a drink, and admire the scenery. Café Nhà Tròn - Hapro Bốn Mùa, located beside Hoan Kiem Lake, on Lê Thái Tổ Street, is unique as it's designed like a small circular kiosk with a bar counter, and tables and chairs surrounding it. Most visitors to the café are foreigners and tourists visiting Hoan Kiem Lake. With its spacious and airy setting, any seat in the café offers a panoramic view of the lake. On weekends, families often come here to rest and unwind with their children.

8. West Lake (Hồ Tây)

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Address: Address: West Lake in Tay Ho District, Hanoi city, about 11km from the city center, bringing convenience to visitors when moving here.

West Lake is the largest freshwater lake among the city's ponds and lakes. Surrounding the lake are numerous temples, pagodas, and luxurious villas, creating a blend of diverse and uniquely charming scenery. Along Xuân Diệu Street, on the western side of the lake, is a continuous line of elegant European-style restaurants, cafes, shops, and spas. Alongside West Lake is where some of the most luxurious hotels in Hanoi are situated, along with upscale villas.

West Lake is a place for relaxation for Hanoi residents and is also an ideal living place for expatriates working and living in the capital. While there are numerous pagodas and temples, people from Hanoi and tourists often visit Quán Thánh Temple, Trấn Quốc Pagoda, and the West Lake Palace not just to admire the beauty of ancient architecture but also to seek blessings.

You can also visit two famous ancient temples while exploring West Lake: Phủ Tây Hồ and Trấn Quốc Pagoda.

A portion of West Lake, Phủ Tây Hồ, is one of the top spiritual spots in Hanoi. Every month, on the 1st and 15th days of the lunar calendar, Phủ Tây Hồ is filled with pilgrims. The scenery within the temple is serene and tranquil, making it a place to experience a sense of purity and tranquility, feeling the subtle movement of the universe.

Trấn Quốc Pagoda, located on Thanh Niên Street, is the oldest pagoda in Vietnam. Inside the pagoda is an ancient stele dating back to 1639 that narrates the pagoda's history. Built in the 15th century and restored in 1842, the pagoda houses many relics of venerable monks.

Quán Thánh Temple, established during the Lý Dynasty, is dedicated to the Northern Deity, symbolizing power through the images of a turtle and snake. The massive statue and large bell inside the temple were cast from black bronze in 1677. 

Additionally, Hanoi also captivates visitors with its unique streets that showcase the beauty of each season's falling leaves. Streets like Trần Phú, the section of Ngô Quyền near the Metropole Hotel, Hoàng Diệu Street, Kim Mã Street, Điện Biên Phủ Street, Phan Đình Phùng Street, and Nguyễn Du Street, which is filled with the fragrance of milk flower blossoms, all contribute to the city's charm.

Explore the enchanting autumn beauty of Hanoi as you discover the must-visit destinations during this season. Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of Hanoi's historic streets, such as 19C Hoàng Diệu, 58 P. Quốc Tử Giám, 1 Tràng Tiền, and 40 P. Nhà Chung. Experience the rich culture and colors of fall in Vietnam's capital city.

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