Thanks to its dramatic cliffs, glittering turquoise waters, and more than 1,600 limestone islands and islets, beautiful Halong Bay is one of the most popular sites to visit in northern Vietnam and is best seen on a cruise. Here are your options for Halong Bay cruises from Hanoi.
Hanoi Ancient House
87 Ma May Street, Hanoi, Hanoi
Typical of the traditional architecture of the time in the Old Quarter, the Ancient House is what’s known as a “tube-house,” with a narrow facade and a series of buildings and courtyards. There are two stories: The ground floor features a street-front room, which was used for selling goods, as well as the kitchen and bathroom, while the living quarters were located on the upper floor, which also has a balcony. Don’t miss the antique furnishings, artifacts, and photographs throughout the house.
Explore independently or as part of a guided tour and take in other area highlights, including Hoan Kiem Lake, Ngoc Son Temple, and the Museum of History.
So much fun
Crystal and Harvey treated our family including 2 tertiary students to a wonderful, informative day out. They both had a fabulous knowledge of history and Harvey's charisma and Crystal's professionalism made for a sensational day.
Susanne_H, Aug 2019
Things to Know Before You Go
There is an admission fee to enter the Ancient House.
Be careful of the high steps between rooms.
Expect to spend less than 30 minutes here.
The on-site gift shop sells maps, crafts, trinkets, and artwork.
How to Get There
The Ancient House is located in the Hanoi Old Quarter, about a 10-minute walk from Hoan Kiem Lake. Taxis are an easy way to get there for those coming from farther afield.
When to Get There
The Ancient House is open daily, with a break for lunch. At night, it often becomes a venue for ca tru song and other performances by students from local schools. The house also hosts a number of folk performances during the Mid Autumn Festival.
There are a number of popular attractions near the Ancient House. Don’t miss Hoan Kiem Lake, where you can find Ngoc Son Temple and Turtle Tower. Also nearby are Bach Ma Temple and Dong Xuan Market.
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- Hanoi Old Quarter
- Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre
- Temple of the Jade Mountain (Ngoc Son Temple)
- Dong Xuan Market
- Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake)
- Long Bien Bridge (Cau Long Bien)
- St Joseph’s Cathedral (Nha Tho Lon)
- Vietnam Museum of Revolution
- Hanoi Opera House (Nha Hat Lon)
- Hoa Lo Prison
- Vietnamese Women’s Museum
- Vietnam National Museum of History
- Vietnam Military History Museum
- Ambassador’s Pagoda (Chua Quan Su)
- Hanoi Cooking Centre (HCC)