Tran Quoc Pagoda. Buy plane tickets to Hanoi
Hoan Kiem Lake. Buy plane tickets to Hanoi
St. Joseph's Cathedral. Buy plane tickets to Hanoi
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. Buy plane tickets to Hanoi
One Pillar Pagoda. Buy plane tickets to Hanoi
Tran Quoc Pagoda
Hoan Kiem Lake
St. Joseph's Cathedral
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum
One Pillar Pagoda

During imperial times, the city of Hanoi was called Thăng Long, which means City of the Soaring Dragon;  its name changed only in 1831.  The modern toponym of Hanoi is a reference to its location and can be translated as ‘River Interior’, as the city is situated between the Red River and the Nhue River.

Until the middle of the 20th century, Hanoi was the centre of French-Indochina relations. In 1976, it became the capital of a reunited Vietnam. Today’s Hanoi is a beautiful mixture of unique Chinese traditions and French architecture.

The most convenient way to get to Vietnam’s capital is to buy a ticket for a direct Moscow-Hanoi flight landing at Hanoi Nội Bài International Airport. Flight time averages nine hours. The most affordable option is to buy a round-trip ticket to Hanoi.

We recommend that you book your flights well in advance, as the best deals sell out quickly.

General flight information Moscow  → Hanoi

Distance between cities

6 736 km

Time difference in winter

+4 h

Time difference in summer

+4 h

Average direct flight time

9 h 05 m

What to see

A good starting point for tourists is Hồ Hoàn Kiếm Lake (Lake of the Returned Sword). It makes up part of the historical and cultural heart of Hanoi. This is a focal point and popular place of recreation for residents, and you can really get a feel of the city’s atmosphere here.

To the north, you will find one of the city’s most remarkable districts, the Old Quarter, or the ‘Quarter of 36 Streets’.  It has long been inhabited by artists and merchants, as the names of individual streets attest: Sugar, Silk and Paper, for instance. Trade flourishes in this area, and you can purchase just about anything here - from coffee to sandals.

After learning a bit about how locals live, head to Nha Chung Street to see St. Joseph’s Cathedral. This is the oldest Catholic Church and reflects the legacy of the French period in Hanoi’s history. The dark stone cathedral was part of the late Gothic Revival and built in Neo-Gothic Style, with a strong resemblance to Notre Dame de Paris. Once inside, take in the vibrant and cheerful colours of the Vietnamese-style interior.

Another iconic landmark is Chùa Một Cột (the One Pillar Pagoda), which is said to represent a lotus flower rising from the centre of the pond. Inside is the altar of the goddess of mercy, Quan Am. Locals believe you can turn to her with your deepest desires, and they will be fulfilled!

Also worth visiting is another of Hanoi’s historic landmarks, the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, located not far from the Pagoda.

Additionally, make sure to check out the National Museum of Vietnamese History (Viện Bảo tàng Lịch sử Việt Nam), the Temple of Literature, and the Vietnam Military History Museum, which showcases military machinery and weapons.

Vietnam is just as much of a paradise for flavour as it is for tradition. Hanoi is full of cafes, restaurants, markets and bars, so there’s no way you can miss out. Make sure to try some street food. There’s purple rice with yoghurt, soup with peanuts, baguettes with a variety of fillings, and other delicacies waiting to be discovered.