Hanoi, Vietnam’s capital, is home to thousands of years of history. From the country’s time as a Chinese vassal state to being controlled by the French and later the Americans – Vietnam exists in the 21st century as a rich and fascinating country with a broad history and culture that is just waiting to be explored.

How to non-rev to Hanoi

Hanoi is the capital of Vietnam and has rich history from the area. There is only one major international airport and that is Nội Bài International Airport (or HAN) and fortunately it is the hub for Vietnam Airlines, the flag carrier of Vietnam. This makes HAN fairly accessible for staff travelers. You can see how to get to Hanoi from your location by checking through the app!

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The Imperial Citadel

Hanoi Imperial Citadel consists of the remains of three forts built by Emperor Ly Thai To in 1011. These were mostly torn down by the French in the 1800s, leaving a much smaller but still extremely impressive landmark. The remaining Citadel is now home to the Ministry of Defence, but there are still several areas open to the public. A fascinating area to explore on your trip, head to the Citadel’s perimeter to see the Forbidden City Wall and the eight gates of the Nguyen Dynasty. Pay just 30,000 VND (the equivalent of just 1.29 USD) to explore the Flag Tower and Kinh Thien Palace at your own pace.

Hanoi’s Four Sacred Temples

These four temples were constructed by ancient Emperors to block bad energy from flowing into the capital. Known as Thang Long Tu Tran, or the four guardians, they consist of Quan Thanh, Kim Lien, Voi Phuc and Bach Ma. Quan Thanh is located on the shore of West Lake to guard the north of the city; Kim Lien, despite being located in the north actually guards the south; Voi Phuc looks to the west and Bach Ma, the oldest of them all, guards the east.

Hanoi Temple

The Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre

Enjoy a spot of traditional entertainment with this one of a kind puppet show. This idea originated in Vietnam’s waterlogged rice paddies, which entertainers used as a stage for their shows. Puppeteers go unseen behind a dark curtain, while the operating mechanisms remain hidden beneath the water, as stories unfold to live traditional Vietnamese music. The Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre is a favourite spot for tourists and locals alike. This spot in the Old Quarter is open all year round, offering four shows every day.

Shopping in the Old Quarter

Hanoi’s Old Quarter is a fascinating and picturesque maze of winding roads, so expect unique bargain souvenirs, delicious street food and useful travel services. Each street in the Old Quarter is named after the goods it sells, making it easy to explore. Whether or not you’re looking to take home something to remember your trip, the Old Quarter is a great place to wander and absorb life in Hanoi.

Hoan Kiem Lake

A short stroll from the Old Quarter, Hoan Kiem Lake is a historic site and home to an ancient Vietnamese legend. The story goes that the emperor was given a sword by a magic turtle that appeared at the edge of the lake – a sword that later helped him drive the Chinese out of Vietnam. This area is now a picturesque location, perfect for relaxing and people watching during the afternoon.

We highly recommend Hanoi! Find the seat availablily for your non-rev flight to Hanoi today!

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