Vietnam's capital and second largest city after Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi is an enchanting blend of East and West, ancient and modern, chaos and serenity. Ancient chinese influence mingles with the more recent French colonial impact to provide an idiosyncratic backdrop to the modernisation that is seeing skyscrapers and gleaming shopping centres compete with a wide range of golf courses for your attention.
The best place to get a feel for the place is in the tangled streets of the Old Quarter where you should be careful not to let the hawkers distract you as you navigate the mass of motorbikes that contribute to the city's reputation for horrendous traffic. There are dozens of museums, temples and parks to enjoy which provide some genuine oases of calm from the hustle and bustle of this non-stop city where you can wallow in the lap of 5-star luxury or stay in very cheap guesthouses. One thing certainly not to be missed is a surreal trip to the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum.
Hanoi has a deserved reputation as home to some of the world's best exotic food; if you're feeing adventurous, head down to Snake Village and order cobra wine blood. The waiter will kill a live cobra on the spot, drain the blood into a shot glass of rice wine and present you with a chaser of the snake's still beating heart. If that all sounds a bit much, simpler pleasures in the form of fresh baguettes and pastries (something of a staple here) are on offer, and there are hundreds of restaurants running the whole gamut from small kiosks in the sidewalk to expensive gourmet establishments, catering for every taste.
There's a vibrant nightlife too, with an endless array of bars and clubs where you can dance the night away with imported beer; a more authentic experience is to be had sitting on a plastic chair in the Old Quarter and enjoy 20c glasses of Bia Hoi, a preservative-free light beer that is the perfect accompaniment to watching the world go by.
With over ten golf courses within driving distance of the city (you need to allow more time that you think for travel, as the traffic is generally terrible), Hanoi is for good reason well on the way to becoming one of the top asian golfing destinations and makes an excellent choice for those looking to book a Vietnam golf holiday. From the island hoping round at the Lakeside Course at King's Island Golf Resort (which requires a speed boat ride to the 1st tee) to the 54 undulating holes of the dramatic and well regarded Phoenix Golf Resort, there really is more than enough to satisfy even the most ardent of golfers.
Play risk/reward golf at the excellent Van Tri Golf Club, or test your accuracy on the well guarded elevated greens at Tam Dao Golf Resort, whose mountain location ensures some refreshingly cool temperatures. The stunningly located and immaculately maintained King Hill Course at the Royal Golf Club Ninh Binh really whets the appetite for the two additional courses shortly to open at the club, and is certainly a must play.
Green fees in Hanoi are generally reasonable but tee times at the weekend can be difficult so we recommend that you play midweek but golf in Hanoi is definately worth experiencing.
We can help you design the perfect golf package in Hanoi so if you are planning a Hanoi golf holiday make sure you ask us for a quote as we have access to plenty of tee times in Hanoi and we can help you put together a memorable Hanoi golf package.
Due to our large volumes we can offer our clientele discounted Hanoi green fees on most golf tee times as well as all-inclusive golf holidays in Vietnam.
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