Exploring Hanoi: A Must-Visit Destination for Autumn Trips

As the Autumn chill starts to fill the air and a light wind begins to sweep through the bustling streets, it is the perfect time to experience the alluring charm of the capital city and all it has to offer.

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Autumn, widely regarded as the most enchanting season of the year, is characterized by stunning hues and a revitalizing atmosphere following the scorching heat of summer. Hanoi, with its vibrant ambiance and alluring attractions, consistently emerges as the top destination for travelers seeking an unforgettable autumn experience, both from within the country and from abroad.

 The nostalgic beauty of Hanoi in the autumn. Photo: Yeu Ha Noi

Booking.com, the renowned travel booking platform, has recently revealed the five most sought-after fall travel destinations in Vietnam. It is no surprise that Hanoi has emerged as the ultimate favorite among travelers.

Some other popular destinations in Vietnam include Lan Ha Bay in Hai Phong City, the Dong Van Karst Plateau in the northern province of Ha Giang, the picturesque city of Da Lat in the central highlands, and Phu Quoc Island in Kien Giang Province.

Delicious Cuisine of Hanoi

Autumn in Hanoi offers travelers a remarkable experience, as stated by the reputable travel website. The city undergoes a mesmerizing transformation into a captivating wonderland, boasting an enchanting and delightful atmosphere. Here, visitors can bask in the invigorating and pure air while being infused with the exquisite aroma of milkwood flowers, creating an indelible olfactory encounter.

Explore the quaint streets surrounding West Lake, including Phan Dinh Phung, Quan Thanh, and Quang Trung. Prepare to be captivated by the stunning allure of the milkwood flowers.”

Explore the maze of narrow streets in the historic Old Quarter and indulge in the seasonal delights of Hanoi. Discover local delicacies such as green rice flakes and ragworm fritters. For a leisurely and enjoyable experience, seek out a charming open-air cafe where you can savor a cup of Vietnamese egg coffee, all the while immersing yourself in the refreshing autumn ambiance.

Some of the delightful fall specialties in Hanoi include com, a type of young sticky rice, cha ruoi, which is a ragworm cake, che long nhan, a sweet longan soup, as well as seasonal fruits like sau chin, ripe dracontomelon, pomelo or Citrus maxima, and persimmon.

 Com or young sticky rice is a specialty of Hanoi Autumn. Photo: Hang Nguyen

Joyful Cultural Events

Exciting Cultural Events in Hanoi

Make the most of the season with a variety of cultural events happening in Hanoi.

With the theme “Hang Nhac Street” – drawing inspiration from the names of the renowned 36 streets in Hanoi – the Monsoon Music Festival 2023 is set to take place from October 14 to 22. This highly-anticipated event will be hosted at several esteemed venues within Hanoi’s Old Quarter, including the Cultural and Arts Center located at 22 Hang Buom, the Old Hanoi Street Cultural Exchange Center at 50 Dao Duy Tu, as well as the Golden Bell Theater, Nguy Nhu Kon Tum Auditorium, Dong Kinh Nghia Thuc Square, and other remarkable locations.

Experience the enchanting Thang Long Citadel Night on October 21 and 22, at the majestic Thang Long Imperial Citadel. Immerse yourself in mesmerizing musical performances and delight in captivating art exhibitions. Join us for a truly unforgettable evening.

The festival will showcase a stellar lineup of both Vietnamese and international artists and bands, comprising of 40 talented acts. Among the performers are renowned names like Buc Tuong, Ngot, Vu, Lope Dope, Meow Lac, Phao, and Suboi from Vietnam. Adding to the diverse array of artists are Xinh Xo and Forgotten Future from the United States, Sun Jun and Fergessen from France, Dust&Metal from the UK and US, Lydmor from Denmark, Andreas Tilliander from Sweden, Munan from Korea, Club Mild from Singapore, and Rome in Reverse from Italy. Prepare to be captivated by the remarkable musical talents on display at this festival.

 Hanoi girls show off their beauty in an Ao dai show at the Hanoi Tourism Ao Dai Festival 2022. Photo: Hang Nguyen 

The Hanoi Tourism Ao Dai Festival 2023 is scheduled to take place from October 13th to 15th. This exciting event will be held in the pedestrian area around Hoan Kiem Lake, and will feature the participation of renowned designers, leading ao dai brands, traditional craft villages, as well as prominent travel agencies from not only Hanoi but also other provinces and cities.

The opening ceremony of the festival is scheduled to take place on the evening of October 13 this year. This exciting event will be held in the pedestrian area surrounding the iconic Hoan Kiem Lake. Attendees can look forward to a stunning display of music, lights, and captivating performances, all highlighting the exquisite beauty of the traditional Vietnamese garment, the ao dai. Representing various regions of the country, these performances will showcase the distinct styles of the ao dai from the northern, central, and southern regions.

Ideal Destinations for a Memorable Day Out

In the autumn season, Hanoi transforms into a picturesque destination, adorned with clear blue skies, fluffy white clouds, and refreshing cool breezes, providing a stark contrast to the sweltering days of summer. This time of year presents the perfect opportunity for a delightful day trip to discover the enchanting charm of the capital city.

Start your day at the beautiful Hoan Kiem Lake in Hanoi. Afterward, make a stop at the historic Temple of Literature and the captivating Vietnam National Museum of Ethnology. To top off your day, indulge in the vibrant street food scene and enjoy a refreshing glass of bia hoi (draft beer) in the lively Old Quarter area.

Hoan Kiem Lake is situated in Hoan Kiem District, centrally located in Hanoi. This enchanting tourist destination is revered by both locals and visitors for its breathtaking natural beauty.

The vibrant emerald hue of Hoan Kiem Lake is a result of the distinctive green algae Chlorophyta, characteristic only to this area and nowhere else. This exquisite body of water acts as a reflective surface, casting a mirror-like image of the surrounding rows of lakeside trees. In the autumn season, the lake acquires a captivating charm, as falling willow leaves gracefully adorn its surface, creating an idyllic setting perfect for creating unforgettable photographs.

 Visiting the city these days, visitors will come across romantic images: lovely girls taking pictures with Hanoi flower vendors on the street. Photo: Yeu Ha Noi

Take a stroll along Trang Thi Street and discover the illustrious Temple of Literature, an esteemed landmark in Vietnam. Situated on Nguyen Thai Hoc Street, this historic site holds the distinction of being the country’s initial national university, established in 1070. Revered as a magnificent testament to Confucianism, the temple stands proudly among Vietnam’s revered shrines devoted to honoring esteemed scholars and sages.

Conclude your morning with a leisurely walk to the nearby Fine Arts Museum, where you will find an impressive exhibition featuring approximately 10,000 art pieces in various mediums. This comprehensive compilation provides a historical timeline of the nation’s arts from ancient eras to contemporary times. Additionally, the museum boasts an exceptional assortment of global artwork, ensuring a well-rounded cultural experience.

Following our lunch at the museum’s beautiful courtyard, we recommend visiting the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology located on Nguyen Van Huyen Street in Cau Giay District. This remarkable destination presents a captivating exploration of Vietnam’s diverse ethnic cultures and has become a popular tourist attraction in Hanoi. Within its walls, visitors are able to delve into the rich tapestry of Vietnam’s traditional way of life, immersing themselves in the religious events and symbolic rituals practiced by the various ethnic groups throughout the country.

After a fulfilling day, Hanoi’s Old Quarter welcomes you to indulge in a delightful dinner experience. The lively streets offer an array of culinary options, ranging from authentic Vietnamese street food to exquisite Western cuisine and even Michelin-starred establishments. There is something to satisfy every palate and create lasting memories of your dining experience in this vibrant district.

Join the post-dinner crowd on Hoan Kiem pedestrian street for an enjoyable evening of impromptu performances. The excitement continues late into the night with multiple nightclubs located in the vicinity.

Autumn is also the season of the fall foliage in Hanoi. Photo: Yeu Ha Noi