Travelers interested in preparing for their trip to Hanoi by reading about the area may be interested in the following books:

  • Fire in the Lake: The Vietnamese and the Americans in Vietnam is a book written by the American journalist Frances FitzGerald and published in 1972. It provides a long view context for understanding Vietnam, that gives contest to the 'american war' period, and helps understand the engagement future orientation that you will find in thepeople.
  • "The City That Never Sleeps In" (http://www.thecitythatneversleepsin.com) is a popular blog by writer Tabitha Carvan about the experiences of foreigners in Hanoi
  • "Single White Female in Hanoi" by Carolyn Shine is a light-hearted memoir about looking for love in Hanoi
  • “Hanoi Stories” by Pamela Scott is the true story of a woman who fell in love with Hanoi when she traveled there and ultimately decided to move there.  The stories are described with such passion for the area that visitors who read this can’t help but be excited about their trip to the area.
  • "Vietnam: rising dragon" is a 2010 book by former BBC Vietnam reporter Bill Hayton which lifts the lid on how modern Vietnam works, going behind the scenes to explore how and why life is changing in Hanoi and beyond.
  • “Hanoi: City of the Rising Dragon” by Boudarel Georges is a historical account of Hanoi up to the present time written in easy-to-read language.  
  • Insight Pocket Guide Hanoi and Northern Vietnam” by Samantha Coomber is a travel guide which can be carried with the traveler for convenience during the trip.
  • “Lonely Planet Vietnam” by Ray, St. Louis & Dragicevich  is a comprehensive travel guide for the area. 
  • Painters in Hanoi: An Ethnography of Vietnamese Art” by Nora Annesley Taylor is excellent for fans of art who are traveling to Hanoi and want to know more about the history of art there.
  • Utopia Guide to Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam: The Gay and Lesbian Scene in Southeast Asia including Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Angkor” by John Goss.  This guide is helpful for visitors interested in the alternative lifestyle options in the area.