Being one of the new districts, Hoang Mai District in Hanoi has the fastest rate of urbanization and infrastructure development. Thanks to this, it’s now a residential area that’s full of upscale apartments (Gamuda City, The Manor Central Park…), business districts, and urban areas (Linh Dam, Den Lu, Hoang Van Thu…). In Hoang Mai District, the hustle and bustle of city life are replaced by many amenities for modern living, which makes it most suitable for ex-pats to settle down.
Introduction to Hoang Mai District in Hanoi
- Location: Southeast Hanoi; adjacent to Gia Lam District (East) and Long Bien District (Northeast) through the Red River, Thanh Tri District (West and South), Hai Ba Trung District (South), Thanh Xuan District (Southwest)
- Total area: 41.04 square kilometers (the 4th largest district in Hanoi)
- Has the highest population in all districts in Hanoi
- Established on November 6, 2003
- Has 14 wards: Dai Kim, Dinh Cong, Giap Bat, Hoang Liet, Hoang Van Thu, Linh Nam, Mai Dong, Tan Mai, Thanh Tri, Thinh Liet, Tran Phu, Tuong Mai, Vinh Hung, and Yen So
- Famous for many traditional culinary villages: Thanh Tri Banh Cuon Village (Thanh Tri Ward), Tu Ky Noodle Village, Phap Van Snail Noodle Soup Village (Hoang Liet Ward), Mo Tofu Village (Mai Dong Ward).
Map of Hoang Mai District
How to Get to Hoang Mai District in Hanoi
If you’re in the Old Quarter area, the easiest ways to get to Hoang Mai District are:
- Motorbike taxi/taxi: This method is quite straightforward. All you need is a useful ride-hailing mobile app in Vietnam and an address. But before hopping on your ride, don’t forget these precautions on taking motorbike taxis in Vietnam.
- Bus: You can take either bus number 42 to Giap Bat bus station or number 08ACT and then transfer to number 26 or 38 to Mai Dong bus station in Hoang Mai District.
To find bus routes in Hanoi, you can check out the BusMapHN app or directly buying tickets on 12go.asia is also a great way to save you time and effort:
What to Do in Hoang Mai District in Hanoi
Take a Stroll at Yen So Park
Once the biggest public park in Hanoi, Yen So park caters for all gatherings and outdoor activities. Locals love to have BBQ parties and bike around and take in the charming surroundings here.
A peaceful corner at Yen So park
Experience the Wet Market Culture at So Thuong Village Fish Market
If you don’t mind getting down and dirty to satisfy the curiosity about the wet market culture in Asia, then So Thuong village fish market is a great market in Vietnam to start exploring! Starting as a famed fish farming village, now it’s the biggest wholesale market for seafood in Northern Vietnam.
The typical business scene at So Thuong village fish market
You may like Top Local Markets in Hanoi.
Visit Nam Du Church and Thinh Liet Cathedral
Not as well-known as the St.Joseph’s Cathedral but Nam Du Church and Thinh Liet Cathedral are still two small but beautiful architectures worth checking out in Hoang Mai District in Hanoi. While Nam Du Church has a modern design with an expansive ground, Thinh Liet Cathedral (constructed in 1911) has a historic look with the highlights being its twin towers and the statues of Jesus and his Twelve Disciples.
Nam Du church has a striking pink color
Other names for Thinh Liet Cathedral is Giap Bat/Ke Sao/Lang Tam Cathedral
What to Eat in Hoang Mai District in Hanoi
Banh Cuon Co Lan – Banh Cuon Thanh Tri
Banh Cuon is thin sheets of steamed rice batter, filled with minced and stir-fried pork and wood ear mushrooms and fried shallots. It goes with fresh herbs, fish sauce, and Vietnamese pork sausage.
Even though the ingredients are simple, the taste has proved to be divine through hundreds of years. In Hanoi, the oldest and most famous traditional village for Banh Cuon is Thanh Tri. Their Banh Cuon is said to be as thin as paper, as transparent and soft as silk, and so chewy and aromatic that no other can beat.
Experience Hanoi’s street-side culture at Banh Cuon Co Lan
Address: 30 Thanh Dam Street, Hoang Mai District, Hanoi
Opening hours: 6:30 AM – 5 PM
Price: VND 20,000
Kumo BBQ serves Korean-style BBQ and hotpot. Even though they’re not traditional, these dishes are perfect for weekend get-togethers of families and friends.
The ingredients are fresh and of high quality
Address: 14 Thinh Liet Street, Hoang Mai District, Hanoi
Opening hours: 10 AM – 11 PM
Price: VND 50,000 – VND 300,000
Where to Stay in Hoang Mai District in Hanoi
Deluxe hotels in Hanoi are easy to find but not in Hoang Mai District because it isn’t a touristy area. However, you can find a lot of good mid-range accommodations for your trip:
Muong Thanh Grand Hanoi Hotel
Muong Thanh is a household name when it comes to high-end stay in Vietnam (Check price and availability)
Just 10 minutes away from the National Convention Center, Muong Thanh Grand Hanoi Hotel is perfect for business travelers. Guests love their high-standard rooms and value-for-money services.
OYO 317 Kim Cuong Hotel 2
OYO’s rooms are known for being spacious and clean (Check price and availability)
OYO is a well-known chain of budget hotels worldwide. At OYO 317, guests love its cleanliness, hospitality, and location in a quiet villa compound that’s suitable for relaxation.
Look for more accommodations in Hoang Mai District in Hanoi:
Final Words on Hoang Mai District in Hanoi
Blessed with a slower pace of life than the rest of Vietnam’s capital city and an interesting combination of modernity and traditions, Hoang Mai District in Hanoi is a worthwhile destination for both exploration and settlement. Hopefully, after reading our article, you’ve gained an insight into what this district has to offer.
Looking for more information about Hanoi? Don’t forget to read our other guides on districts in Hanoi and Vietnam Travel!