Unless you live underground, you’ve noticed it’s been pretty hot lately. Summer is in full swing, which means it’s the perfect time to compile a list of some of the best green and blue sanctuaries Hanoi has to offer.
Sao Mai Swimming Pool
Open from 5.30am until 8pm. For the best chance of getting a quiet soak or no child-shaped obstacles during your 20 lengths, head there between 11am and 2pm. For an adult day ticket, it’s VND80,000, or VND1.3 million for 30 days. Children go a bit cheaper.
Located at 98 Quang An, Tay Ho, Hanoi. Contact 0904 616688
Trill Rooftop Café and Bistro
Not only do you get access to food and drinks, but the rooftop swimming pool comes with spectacular views and a cool breeze. It’s open every day from 6.30am until 7.30pm, and costs VND80,000 for children and VND100,000 for adults per daily visit.
Located at 26th Floor, Hei Tower, 1 Nguy Nhu Kon Tum, Thanh Xuan, Hanoi. Contact on 0916 733838
The pool area at Thang Loi Hotel in West Lake
Thang Loi Hotel
Another West Lake-adjacent pool, it’s open from 6am until 9pm, and costs VND80,000 for a day ticket. With decent views of West Lake, the pool is a good size and is surrounded by reclining beds, umbrellas and palm trees. It’s a great place to chill out.
Located at 200 Yen Phu, Tay Ho, Hanoi. Contact on (024) 3829 0145
For a more luxurious option, try the pool at the Daewoo Hotel. At VND580,000 for one day, it’s not somewhere for a regular swim, but as it includes unlimited access to the sauna and gym, it’s a more complete experience. Open from 6am until 9pm.
Located at 360 Kim Ma, Ba Dinh, Hanoi. Contact on (024) 3831 5000
Bach Thao Park - the Botanical Gardens - has a number of different spaces for different park user needs
Bach Thao Park
Also known as Hanoi Botanical Gardens, this park is modest in size but a nice place for a stroll and a sitdown. It has a lake, a hill and well-maintained paths, which wind around a large variety of trees and plants. There’s also a small play area for kids.
Located at 3 Hoang Hoa Tham, Ba Dinh, Hanoi
Thong Nhat Park
Reunification Park is one of the biggest in the city, and contains Bay Mau Lake as well as a restaurant (Nha Hang Gio Moi). There aren’t many other facilities on-site, so the park is more popular for exercising and chilling out, rather than playtime.
Located between Le Duan, Tran Nhan Tong and Dai Co Viet, with entrances on all sides
Nghia Do Park
A great place to take the family, the park contains a well-equipped playground as well as Nghia Tan Lake. Expect it to be busy on weekends, and beware of how hot the artificial ground in the playground gets on the hottest days.
Located at 64 Nguyen Van Huyen, Cau Giay, Hanoi
Mua Ha Park
Summer Park is one of four adjacent parks named for the seasons in the EcoPark complex. Between them there are lakes, children’s play areas and large swathes of grass for chilling out or kicking a ball around. Gets busy at weekends. Watch out for the smelly gifts left behind by rich people’s dogs.
Located at Rung Co, inside EcoPark, Xuan Quan, Hung Yen
Other parks worth looking into include Thu Le Park (Ba Dinh), Cau Giay Park (Cau Giay) and Gia Lam Park (Long Bien).
For more swimming pool options, check out Thai Ha Swimming Pool, La Thanh Swimming Pool, Khan Quang Do Swimming Pool as well as the full-size swimming pool in My Dinh.
Photos by Sasha Arefieva