Updated: 09 Sep 2021

Virtual Tour Of Hanoi Old Quarter - Introduction

Virtual Around Hanoi Old Quarter is a new kind of tour which allows you to visit Hanoi Capital from home with live video, local guide.

Travel seems like a distant dream to so many at the moment, with plans being disrupted and holidays cut short or cancelled. If you’re stuck inside right now, there’s still a chance to plan a future trip or revisit some old haunts. So get comfy, and let me guide you through the best virtual tours of Vietnam’s bustling, vibrant, irrepressibly noisy capital city, Hanoi.

It can be hard to get a real sense of a foreign culture or city from the confines of a computer screen, but there are a whole lot of fantastic resources out there, from virtual-reality experiences to POV walking tours. A virtual trip to Hanoi could satisfy you and give you a taste of what to expect when you do make the trip to Vietnam’s capital.

Here is the sample tour plan i suggest for our guests: Online Experience of Hanoi Capital.

Hanoi Capital - Why we call Hanoi?

Hanoi means: City inside rivers, it is officially our capital of Vietnam from 1976.

First name: Thang Long - Mean: Ascending Dragon

Reason:  When the king came here in 1010, he saw the dragon ascending and dragon is symbol for the king.

Q&A: So where is Descending Dragon?

A: Halong Bay

Today, we have a short virtual tour around Hanoi Old Quarter.

So what we will visit?

1. French Quarter:

2. Hoan Kiem Lake:

3. Old Quarter:

Hanoi Old Quarter, Vietnam

 NOW LET START: What to do in details


- Why we call French Quarter?

In the late 19th century, French occupied Hanoi and replaced many of the old Vietnamese buildings

with impressive and stunning French-style houses and villas in this area.

The war ended but left behind many French traits in this area. That’s why it is called French Quarter. 


- What to see: Opera House - Same like Paris Opera House.

- 10 years for building from 1901 to 1911.

- 2600 square meters and 34 meters high on average.

- A cultural center for French and Vietnamese Elite. Music Performance.

- Capacity: 589 seats for.

  • Now: Big Day, Big Events for Music Performance and Exibitions.

Hanoi Opera House in Hanoi


- Built in 1993 - Reopen: 1999 - Five star hotel with french artiture: Eric De Charbure and Philippe Pascal designed.

- 269 deluxe rooms and luxury apartments - overview to Opera House.

- Operated by Hilton Group - Internation Hotel Operation in the world.


-Q&A: How many ML hotels in the world?

A: Only 2. Another in Brasil.

  - Can you guess: How much per night?

A: Cheapest room: 400-500 USD

- Five-star historic luxury hotel, opened in 1901 as Grand Métropole Hotel

- 1950: Renamed: Thong Nhat Hotel ( Reunification Hotel) - the official Vietnamese government guest house.

- Used to be home for several embassies and UN agencies.

- 1992 after renovation. Renamed:Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi.

- 364 rooms and suites.

- Welcome a lof of writers, politicians, actors, singers.. Especially the meeting between Donald Trum and Kim Jong Un.


 - Name: Lake of the return sword.

- Story: According to the legend, after defeating the Ming China. In early 1428, Emperor Lê Lợi was boating on the lake when a Golden Turtle God (Kim Qui) surfaced and asked for his magic sword, Heaven's Will. Lợi concluded that Kim Quy had come to reclaim the sword that its master, a local God, the Dragon King (Long Vương) had given Lợi sometime earlier to defeat Ming China. Later, the Emperor gave the sword back to the turtle after he finished fighting off the Chinese. Emperor Lợi renamed the lake to commemorate this event, from its former name Luc Thuy meaning "Green Water".

 The Turtle Tower (Tháp Rùa) standing on a small island near the centre of the lake is linked to the legend. The first name of Hoàn Kiếm lake is Tả Vọng, when the King hadn't given the Magical Sword back to the Golden Turtle God (Cụ Rùa). - Ngoc Son Temple:  Temple of the Jade Mountain (Ngoc Son Temple) stands. The temple was erected in the 18th century.  It honours the 13th-century military leader Tran Hung Dao who distinguished himself in defeating the Mongol invasions of Vietnam thrice; the classic scholar Van Xuong; and Nguyen Van Sieu, a famous writer and official who undertook repairs of the temple in 1864. Jade Island is connected to the shore by the wooden Thê Húc Bridge, painted vermillion red. The bridge's  name is poetically translated as "Perch of the Morning Sunlight".

Hoan Kiem Lake

 3. HANOI OLD QUARTER - Pho Co Ha Noi - How to say?

 - Old Quarter famous with 36 streets. Old: Mean: Long time before ( More than 1000 years)

- The best tourist spot in the city

- Street name called after the products they sell ( 500 years before). In facts, now more than 70 streets.

- Hang Be Market : Market For the rich. High quality products.

- Long time before.

- Sell everything to midnight.

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