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Bus/private car tours

A bus tour, or hiring the services of an English-speaking guide with car and driver, is the best way to explore Hanoi as many areas of interest are rather spread out. A typical tour takes in Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum, One Pillar Pagoda, Temple of Literature and Tran Quoc Pagoda. You can book tours through Exotissimo Travel.

Tel: +84 4 3828 2150.
Website: http://www.exotissimo.com

Walking tours

Hidden Hanoi offers two-hour walking tours with themes such as the 'Old Quarter', 'Street Food' and the 'French Quarter'. Delve into the labyrinth of streets that make up the Old Quarter, discover the heritage of the immaculate French colonial architecture or head into Cho Hom market to sample street food.

Tel: +84 91 225 4045.
Website: http://www.hiddenhanoi.com.vn

Hanoi excursions

Halong Bay

In the Gulf of Tonkin, the iconic Halong Bay is made up of over 1,600 lush, precipitous islands and islets that form a seascape of limestone pillars jutting out of the sea. As well as the floating islands and diverse vegetation, there are many caves, which visitors typically explore by a one or two-day cruise.

Tel: +84 33 382 4867.
Website: http://halong.org.vn

Cuc Phuong National Park

Cuc Phuong is the oldest national park in Vietnam, located 120km (75 miles) southwest of Hanoi. Its stunning limestone mountains emerge from the rice paddies and are covered in dense forests which are home to clouded leopards, Delacour's langurs and Asian black bears. It is also the location of the Endangered Primate Rescue Center.

Tel: +84 30 384 8006.
Website: http://www.cucphuongtourism.com

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La Dolce Vita

Located in the Old Quarter, La Dolce Vita is a good base from which to explore the city at an excellent price. The rooms are large, bright and comfortable, decorated in traditional Vietnamese style and with good facilities. The hotel's restaurant and lobby bar serve Vietnamese and Western food.

Zéphyr Hotel

Located right by Hoan Kiem Lake, and within walking distance of the Old Quarter, this classy hotel offers good value. The rooms are smart and well-maintained, while the restaurant serves both Vietnamese and Western cuisine. The rooftop bar, with panoramic views across the city, is a great place for a drink.

Flower Garden Hotel

This stylish hotel on the edge of the Old Quarter has large, well-lit rooms decorated in Vietnamese style. There are two restaurants serving Western and a fusion of Asian food, one being on the top floor with great views across the city. There’s also a fitness centre and spa, including a sauna and Jacuzzi.

Maison d'Hanoi Hanova Hotel

The narrow entrance is barely noticeable, but this boutique hotel is well known for its stylish combination of colonial and art deco design. It’s within walking distance of Hoan Kiem Lake and ideal for exploring the Old Quarter. With its own restaurant and spa, this is a real find in an excellent location.

Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi

An old colonial hotel steeped in history, the Sofitel isn’t called ‘legend’ for nothing. With three excellent restaurants (Vietnamese, French and Italian), as well as bars, swimming pool and gym, it’s the most prized luxury choice of the city. Rooms in the historical Metropole Wing have maintained the original features, while the Opera Wing has rooms designed in classic French style.

InterContinental Hanoi Westlake

This is one of the best 5-star business hotels in Hanoi, built entirely over the West Lake, featuring large rooms, restaurants and bars, swimming pool and spa facilities. The hotel's Vietnamese, Italian and French restaurants all have good reputations. Rooms overlook the lake or the Hanoi skyline and are stylishly Vietnamese.