Solo Female Travel in Hanoi

Hanoi, the vibrant capital city of Vietnam, is a fascinating blend of East and West, combining traditional Sino-Vietnamese motifs with French flair. Nested in the northern region of the country, Hanoi is known for its centuries-old architecture and a rich culture with Southeast Asian, Chinese, and French influences. The heart of Hanoi, the Old Quarter, is a lively area buzzing with motorbikes, street vendors, and Bia Hoi bars serving local draft beer. Another iconic feature of this city is the tranquil Hoan Kiem Lake, surrounded by bustling streets and ancient temples. The Imperial Citadel of Thang Long, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the intricate Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum are other must-visit spots reflecting the city’s rich history. The culinary scene is also unrivaled, the city's street food being a highlight with popular dishes like Pho and Bun Cha making a strong representation.

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Is Hanoi good for solo travel?

Safety:

Safety:Safe

Hanoi is generally safe for solo female travelers. The residents are often friendly and willing to help, and crime rates are relatively low. Still, it's important to stay vigilant, especially at night, and keep an eye on your belongings at all times as petty theft can occur. Public transportation is reliable but can get crowded, which may lead to unwanted attention. Always be clear and firm with taxi drivers to avoid overcharging issues. Overall, most travelers have a positive and safe experience in Hanoi.
Transport:

Transport:Moderate

Hanoi provides an authentic cultural experience, but navigation might be challenging. The old historic districts entail tangled and bustling streets. However, the city is walkable, and the locals are generally happy to offer directions. Be wary of heavy traffic and remember that English is not widely spoken.
Things to do:

Things to do:Interesting

Hanoi offers a rich blend of eastern and western cultures, reflected in its architecture and lifestyle. You can explore its antique old quarter, visit Hoan Kiem Lake, or shop at Dong Xuan Market. Its culinary scene is unique and you can savor the world-renowned Pho and other local dishes. There is a multitude of museums and galleries to visit, as well as taking a leisurely stroll in many of its parks. Although generally safe, caution and common sense should prevail in crowded areas.
Food:

Food:Excellent

The food scene in Hanoi is incredibly diverse and enticing. The city is a culinary hub where traditional Vietnamese cuisine meets international flavors. You'll find various street foods ranging from mouth-watering Banh Mi, Pho to unique dishes like Bun Cha and Cha Ca. Vegetarian options are also plenty. Street food stalls, local markets, and upscale restaurants offer something for every palate. The city's food is not just about taste but also about the culture, making the dining experience worthwhile.
Budget:

Budget:Affordable

Hanoi is quite affordable for travelers. Accommodations, food, transportation, and attractions are all reasonably priced. You can find plenty of hostels, local eateries, and inexpensive recreational activities. However, local vendors might sometimes elevate prices for tourists, so bargaining is important. The cost of traveling could slightly increase if you opt for luxury services.

Is Hanoi worth visiting?

Overall rating

3.8 /5

based on 4 experiences

Things to do

4/5

Safety

3.8/5

Food

4/5

Budget-friendly

3.7/5

Solo travel experience

Hanoi was the first ever country I visited and I traveled solo. With this considered, I took all efforts in researching not only its accessibility (as a Philippine resident) but also its overall safety as a first time international traveler. I was told people there weren't as friendly than those in southern Vietnam but most locals I met are extremely nice if not a bit reserved. I felt safe even walking alone in their street market at night, but I only stuck to the walking street and avoided dark & quiet alleys. There are, however, a lot of scams especially around Hoan Kiem Lake so be extra careful and vigilant. I booked my tours via Klook and paid them in advance so I won't have to carry as much cash.

Posted: March 6, 2024
Things to do: 4/5Food: 4/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 4/5
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Maria

Maria

Romania

Solo travel experience

Hanoi is such a vibrant city! People here are friendly but also pretty chill compared to other places. Traffic is also not that crazy. The food is amazing and the city comes alive at night during weekends - especially in the old quarter area when they close some streets for vehicles. I strongly recommend checking out the French quarter as well and going further South to experience some local things. I went to Complex 1 for a watercolor workshop and open mic night where Vietnamese locals came together to sing. It was a truly amazing experience!

Posted: August 28, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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Hanoi is amazing. Allow yourself to get lost in the chaos and smells. Get to know as many locals as possible. Sit on small plastic stools and eat bun cha. Gain a higher perspective on popular intersections and watch as scooters pass by each other but never touch.

Posted: November 3, 2022
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 4/5Safety: 5/5
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Ninh Binh is wonderful. The Women's Museum was amazing, but very emotional. I love Mrs. Huong's cafe located nearby - it's like being in Paris. I highly recommend the coconut milk coffee. Lo Hoa prison is also very interesting. Walk around Hoan Kiem Lake at dawn to practice Tai Chi, and in the evening to the dance groups. Book food tours and hikes, as well as cooking courses in advance, because they fill up quickly. There are amazing places to eat here. Try Banh Mi. I recommend checking out Lonely Planet or Trip Advisor guides to get the most current information.

Posted: August 21, 2022
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 4/5Safety: 5/5
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Is Hanoi safe for women?

Luk

Luk

It’s better to have at least 1 male companion in your group rather than travel solo to this country. It’s not like you can’t, but if you decide to travel solo, better stick to big cities like Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh. If you decide to travel somewhere else, better research carefully and look for a local guide if needed.

Posted: June 10, 2024
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I’ve lived here for two years and have experienced sexual harassment by both local men and foreign men, but mostly by foreign men. However, this mostly began when I first moved here. After being a “familiar face” though, I don’t experience this anymore. I’ve walked home late at night before with no issues. There have definitely been some reports of men, local and foreign, who have sexually harassed or assaulted women who are typically by themselves. It goes without saying, unfortunately, but do not go to areas that you are unfamiliar with at night by yourself. I do feel that Hanoi, in general, is quite safe. My fear is much higher in other countries for sure.

Posted: June 1, 2024
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Meet locals in Hanoi

Meet local women in Hanoi who are open to meet up for a coffee or a drink, show you around, give local advice or practice a language with.
Tran

Tran

About Me

I’m Dung. I’m a nurse. I love traveling and exchange language

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Kim

Kim

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Hello! I am Kim. I am a Vietnamese American now living in Hanoi. In about a month, I will be relocating to Saigon and am happy to host you there. I enjoy rock climbing and baking. Recently, I’ve taken up crocheting! Sometimes I will drink but no smoking. I love animals though I am allergic, and of course, I’d still be happy to host you with a pet if the landlord allows it. Anyways, I’d be happy to meet up even if you end up staying with someone else :)

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Local tips

Luk

Luk

Finland

- How safe is it for women solo trip: 3/10. Better if you have male company or travel in group of more than 4. - Food is great everywhere but do check the restaurant review before you go. You don’t really need to make reservations except for fine dining, hot pot, or BBQ. - Crowded places is good for not being robbed. Pickpocket only happens when it’s overcrowded to the point you can’t walk easily. - Beware of tourist’s price tag. That doesn’t just happen in Old Quarter street but also any flea market. It’s good to have a local guide go with you for most your trip. - Most people here use bank’s QR code scanning for payment but prepare cash just in case. - Reliable sources for food review from locals are from tiktok and instagram.

Posted: June 10, 2024
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Stay with locals in Hanoi

Stay with local women in Hanoi who offer free accommodation as part of cultural exchange. Couch surfing is a great way to meet new people, learn more about new cultures and experience destinations like a local.
Tran

Tran

Hanoi

Can host for:

1 day

About me

I’m Dung. I’m a nurse. I love traveling and exchange language

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Nhi

Nhi

Hanoi

Can host for:

3 days

About me

Hello everyone! My name is Nhi. I enjoy traveling and learning about different cultures, languages, and cuisines, as well as establishing meaningful relationships with others. I presently work as a freelance tour guide in Hanoi as well. Travel, to me, means to experience a new land more pleasantly, with deeper insights, and from diverse points of view and perspectives, including the locality. I treasure the connections built along the way. So I very much hope to find people who are open to sharing and learning. I'm pretty busy working but happy to be a local ambassador, even just by giving you some recommendations on must-eat food as a little contribution to your local experiences in Vietnam. So don't hesitate to ping me to ask about any travel suggestions if you come over. (If you find it's not convenient to chat over this platform, we can switch over LinkedIn or Facebook or IG or WA, let me know!)

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Upcoming visitors to Hanoi

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Fatine

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My name is khaoula, I am from Morocco, I teach English for a living, and I love traveling, cooking, running and animals

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