Steeped in history, Hanoi offers many museums to share its culture. Wander through replicas of traditional Vietnamese homes at the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology. The museum displays costumes and artifacts from the country's 54 officially recognized ethnic groups. When walking through the area, be sure to explore the winding streets of Hanoi's historic Old Quarter.
Discover the beauty of unique Vietnam traditional performance art at the must-see Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre. World-class puppeteers perform traditional folk tales in a water-based arena, and a Vietnamese orchestra plays at each performance. This unique experience has delighted audiences for centuries.
Experience new Korean flavors at the K-Food Fair, which takes place in September. Located in Thong Nhat Park, the festival delights with cooking classes, traditional Korean games and K-Pop performances.
In October, check out the Vietnamese and international performers at the Monsoon Music Festival. The eclectic festival spans four days and includes multiple stages for its featured artists.
Don't Go Home Without
Visit Bat Trang Ceramic Village: This traditional pottery-making village is an hour from Hanoi. Visitors can participate in pottery-making workshops and purchase already-made goods from local artisans.
Visit Duong Lam Village: This birthplace of two Vietnamese kings 60 kilometers west of Hanoi features preserved architecture and relics of a 1200 year old Vietnamese Village.
Hanoi is a shopper's paradise; for high-end designer goods, check out the shops near the city's Opera House. Order custom-made silk clothing from one of the many tailors in Hang Bong, a street in the Old Quarter.
While you're in Hanoi, enjoy a tasty traditional lunch of Bun Cha or Vietnamese Pho. These popular local dishes are the flavours of Hanoi and the essence of Vietnamese cuisine.