Last week we announced the results of our annual TripIndex Cities cost comparison study which revealed that for those budget conscious travellers planning a holiday this year, Hanoi in Vietnam is the place where you’ll get most bang for your buck on a city break:
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Now you’ve seen how much it’ll cost you to visit this cities, here is the lowdown on the best rated places to see, dine and sleep, according to TripAdvisor travellers:
What to see
Vietnam Museum of Ethnology – A unit under the Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences, Vietnam Museum of Ethnology is both a research centre and a public museum, exhibiting the ethnic groups of Vietnam.
Thang Long Ca Tru Theatre – This theatre is the setting for a show of Vietnamese ca tru (ceremonial singing) traditional music. The concert is very intimate seating about 40 persons and the theatre is located in the old quarter of Hanoi.
Temple of Literature National University – The temple hosts the ‘Imperial Academy’, Vietnam’s first national university. Built in 1070 at the time of King Lý Nhân Tông, it is one of several temples in Vietnam which are dedicated to Confucius, sages and scholars. The Temple is located to the south of Thang Long Citadel.
Where to eat
French Grill – A modern European seafood restaurant located inside the JW Marriott Hanoi hotel. The restaurant offers 82 seats in a simplistic modern design and lively setting.
The Gourmet Corner Restaurant – Located on the top floor of Elegance Diamond hotel, the Gourmet Corner restaurant and terrace bar boasts fantastic views of Hanoi from the 12th floor, overlooking Hoan Kiem Lake, the Red River and the ever-growing skyline of Hanoi the restaurant serves a selected menu of authentic Vietnamese food.
Essence Restaurant – Located on the ground floor of the Essence Hanoi hotel, the artfully designed Essence restaurant offers authentic Vietnamese dishes and as well as a standard Western menu for lunch and dinner.
Where to sleep
Essence Hanoi Hotel – This luxury boutique hotel is located just steps away from the Lake of the Restored Sword and nestled in the centre of Hanoi’s most historic location – the Old Quarter.
Hanoi Elegance Ruby – This hotel is also located in the very heart of the historic Hanoi Old Quarter, on a quiet and peaceful corner of Yen Thai street which is linked to the bustling Hang Manh street.
Oriental Central Hotel – A luxury boutique hotel in the Old Quarter, Oriental Central Hotel boasts French architechture and is decorated in the colours red and white. The hotels is just minutes away from Hoan Kiem Lake, water puppet theatre and the night market, Dong Xuan market.