Nam Tu Liem District in Hanoi is one of the newest districts of the city. It is now known for a collection of skyscrapers and urban developments, alongside imprints of cultural heritage. Scroll down for what you need to know about this lively district.
Overview of Nam Tu Liem District in Hanoi
- Location: to the West of the Hanoi city center; adjacent to Bac Tu Liem District (North), Cau Giay District (East), Thanh Xuan District (Southeast), Ha Dong District (South), and Hoai Duc District (West)
- Area: 32,27 square kilometers
- Has 10 wards: Cau Dien, My Dinh 1, My Dinh 2, Trung Van, Dai Mo, Tay Mo, Me Tri, Phu Do, Phuong Canh, Xuan Phuong
- Established on December 27, 2003, when the rural district of Tu Liem was split into Bac Tu Liem District and Nam Tu Liem District in Hanoi
- Major constructions: My Dinh National Stadium, National Convention Center, Hanoi Museum, and Keangnam Hanoi Landmark Tower
Map of Nam Tu Liem District in Hanoi
- Has 27 intangible cultural heritages: 22 festivals, 4 traditional handicraft villages, and 1 folk knowledge
- The most well-known souvenir from Nam Tu Liem District in Hanoi is Com Me Tri (Me Tri Green Rice Flakes). Com is a traditional rice snack in Hanoi. It has a sweet, delicate taste and a strong yet elegant smell of young green rice. In Vietnam, the most famous “brands” of Com are Com Vong and Com Me Tri. They’re so good that even Vietnamese locals seek them on trips to the country’s capital city. We recommend you buy Green Rice Cake for easier transportation.
Nam Tu Liem’s signature cake has a distinctive green color and an aromatic smell
How to Get to Nam Tu Liem District in Hanoi
From the Old Quarter, get on bus number 22A or number 50 and they’ll take you straight to the National Convention Center. To find bus routes in Hanoi, you can check out the BusMapHN app or directly buy tickets on 12go.asia for convenience.
If you want to travel here by motorbike taxis, Grab and GoViet are prevalent choices. For those who want to drive themselves, here are our take on motorbike rental in Hanoi and some precautions for driving in Vietnam.
Tips: My Dinh is a major bus station which has long-distance buses to provinces North and Northwest of the city such as Ha Giang, Sa Pa, or Ninh Binh.
Where to Visit in Nam Tu Liem District in Hanoi
Address: Pham Hung Street, Nam Tu Liem District, Hanoi
Opening hours: 8 AM – 11:30 AM; 1:30 PM – 5 PM daily
Entrance fee: VND 40,000
Hanoi Museum has an unconventional design of an inverted pyramid
If you want to learn more about the city but don’t enjoy venturing out to common attractions in Hanoi, try Hanoi Museum! The museum’s main purpose is to honor Hanoi’s 1000-year history so there are all kinds of artifacts you can expect. In fact, the Hanoi Museum houses over 10,000 items on the history, culture, and education relating to Vietnam’s capital city. It is also a must-visit for all culture vultures as it’s one of the most beautiful museums in the world (according to Business Insider).
Keangnam Hanoi Landmark Tower (Landmark 72)
Address: Plot E6, Cau Giay Urban Area, Nam Tu Liem District, Hanoi
Keangnam Hanoi Landmark Tower, or commonly known as Landmark 72, is the tallest building in Hanoi and the second tallest of all skyscrapers in Vietnam. Here are some interesting activities that you can try out within the premises:
Fee for weekday (the weekend: VND 20,000 extra):
- Observatory ticket: VND 180,000 (adult) – VND 100,000 (child) (excluding the 5D Cinema)
- Sky72 package: VND 220,000 (adult) – VND 140,000 (child) (all access)
Sky 72 is a great alternative to the Lotte observation deck in Nam Tu Liem District in Hanoi. What’s more romantic than standing hundreds of meters above the ground, looking at the perfect mix of modern structures and ancient sites that is Hanoi?
Landmark 72 at night
The ticket also grants access to a 3D Museum and another museum of arts from Vietnamese artists. Additionally, there’s a 5D Cinema where you can pay an extra VND 40,000 to watch a 15-minute 5D film.
Opening hours: 6 PM to 2 PM (closed on Sundays)
Landmark 72 is also home to one of Hanoi’s top-rated bars – Q Bar. At 300 meters above the ground, enjoy locally-inspired premium cocktails that come with a glittering view of Hanoi.
Words that best describe Q Bar: welcoming, attentive, comfortable, and charming
The Garden Shopping Center
Address: The Manor Urban Area, Me Tri Street, Nam Tu Liem District, Hanoi
The Garden Shopping Center (or Garden Mall) is a popular destination for people in Hanoi when they need to buy something or to hang out at weekends. Garden Mall’s six floors are filled with various local and international brands (clothing stores, supermarkets, the cinema…) that can keep you entertained for a whole day!
What to Eat in Nam Tu Liem District in Hanoi
Baek Jeong BBQ
Address: 5 Lot TT3, Song Da My Dinh Urban Area, Nam Tu Liem District, Hanoi
Price: VND 150,000 – VND 500,000
Baek Jeong’s a little bit on the expensive side but its quality is out of this world
Try how locals spend night outs at the famous Baek Jeong BBQ. The service is fast, the food tastes authentic and high-quality, and the restaurant is famous among both Korean and Vietnamese celebrities.
French Grill Restaurant
Address: JW Marriott Hotel Hanoi, 8 Do Duc Duc Road, Nam Tu Liem District, Hanoi
Price: VND 500,000 – VND 1,000,000
The posh interior is suitable for romantic date night or business lunch and dinner
French Grill was voted as the best French restaurant in Hanoi so there’s no doubt about its quality. The restaurant uses the best ingredients, pairs them with the most intricate platings, and serves them in a lush setting. If you want to spend a lavish night, spend it here.
Where to Stay in Nam Tu Liem District in Hanoi
JW Marriott Hotel Hanoi
JW Marriott Hanoi has an airy and distinctive design with a lake view (See the best price here)
Being an international brand, JW Marriott ensures you a high-quality experience with every booking. The hotel’s newly constructed so all the facilities are well-kempt and convenient.
InterContinental Hanoi Landmark 72
Located on the 62nd – 71st floor of Landmark 72, the hotel offers a city view like no others (See the best price here)
InterContinental Hanoi Landmark 72 is currently the highest hotel in Vietnam, with a unique location at Vietnam’s second-highest building. This location also makes it suitable for MICE tourism and business guests.
Ping Hotel Hanoi
Ping Hotel has a favorable location in the center of Nam Tu Liem District in Hanoi (See the best price here)
Need a more budget-friendly option? Book a stay at Ping Hotel Hanoi to experience ultimate comfort without hurting your pocket. You’ll surely be satisfied the with 24-hour service and their commanding position right in the district center. There’s even a mini-golf course to entertain guests!
Final Words on Nam Tu Liem District in Hanoi
Nam Tu Liem District in Hanoi has a favorable location between the city center and the airport which makes any transportation easy. It is also the business center and development of Hanoi so finding entertainment and high-end facilities here will be a piece of cake. We hope that this article has given you useful information on making the best out of Nam Tu Liem District in Hanoi. For further information on Vietnam and other districts in Hanoi, check out our blog!