Hanoi City Guide

Hanoi is rich in cultural and political history and referred to by some as "the Paris of the Orient" with its broad tree lined boulevards, many lakes and parks, belle-epoque villas and over 600 pagodas and temples that reflect a unique blend of Indo-Chinese and French colonial influences. Hanoi is the capital of Vietnam and has a population of nearly 3 million and covers an area of more than 2000 sq.km.

Weather: Sub-tropical climate with four distinct seasons, with the following average temperatures 17'C (Nov.-Jan.), 20'C (Feb.-Apr.) and 30-35'C(May.-Oct.). Light and informal clothing is recommended and smart casual in Hotel's dining rooms

Languages: Vietnamese is the national language. English is spoken mainly by the younger educated and French by the elder educated generations. At the Meliã Hanoi Hotel language assistance is currently available in Vietnamese, English, French, German, Spanish, Swedish, Czech, Thai, Bahasa, Malay, Mandarin, Cantonese and Japanese.


Local currency: The Vietnamese currency is Dong however US dollars are widely accepted.

International Scheduled Airline Services to Hanoi (HAN): Air France (AF), Aeroflot (SU), Cathay Pacific (CX), China Airlines (CI), China Southern Airlines (CZ), Malaysia Airlines (MH), Singapore Airlines (SQ), Thai Airways International (TG), Vietnam Airlines (VN).

Immigration: Most of visitors to Vietnam require a visa, including Nationals from ASEAN countries. Please contact your travel planner.

Places of interest:

Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum and Museum
One Pillar Pagoda (Chua Mot Cot)
Hanoi Opera House
Dong Xuan Market
West Lake
Tran Quoc Pagoda
Temple Phu Tay Ho
Temple of Literature, built 1070 A.D. Vietnam's first University dedicated to Confucius
Water Puppets Theatre
Lake of the Restored
Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake)
Ngoc Son Temple
Old quarter
Maison Centrale