If you’re after the best Hanoi views overlooking the city then the Lotte Observation Deck Hanoi is where you’ll want to go. The observation deck is on the 65th floor of the Lotte Centre. There is also a section with glass bottom floors for those who want to view the city from underneath their feet.
How to get to Lotte Observation Deck Hanoi
If you’re staying in the Old Quarter it’s a little too far to walk. The easiest way to get around Hanoi is by taxi or Uber which is not too expensive. From our accommodation in the Old Quarter, we took a taxi to Lotte Centre which will cost you around 80,000 – 100,000 VND ($4.50 – $6 AUD). Once at Lotte Centre, just outside you’ll see an escalator going down with signs indicating the way to the Lotte Observation Deck. You’ll have to pay the entrance fee at the ticket booth before getting into the lift which will take you up to the observation deck.
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Where to stay in Hanoi
Hanoi is a very large city, although you’ll find most tourist accommodation in one area called the Old Quarter. A popular hostel located right in the Old Quarter is Little Charm Hanoi Hostel. It even has its own pool and looks more like a hotel than a budget hostel. A popular mid range option is Hanoi Buddy Inn & Travel which is also close by.
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Entrance for the Lotte Observation Deck Hanoi costs 230,000 VND per person ($15 AUD). Additionally, children under the age of 12 receive a discount.
What to Expect
As soon as you step off the elevator you’ll be greeted by incredible views stretching out over the city skyline. The Lotte Observation Deck Hanoi offers 360 degree views of the city. You can take your time and walk around the deck as it loops back around.
There are also a few photo opportunities as you make your way around the loop. The most incredible one is the glass bottom floor that stretches out over the ground below. There are actually two of these located opposite each other. If you find that one is too busy, you can try your luck at the other one. We visited at around 9.30am and it was fairly quiet. We were able to take some photos without having to wait long at all. However, as we left we noticed more people arriving so it’s best to get there earlier to avoid the crowds.
You’ll also find a cafe and a fast food restaurant selling burgers for a decent price. The observation deck has a quiet and relaxing atmosphere with plenty of seats and tables to sit back and admire the incredible view.
For something more crazy and unique, be sure to check out Hanoi Train Street.