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Top 10 things to do in Hanoi

With so much to see and do in the Vietnamese capital, it can be difficult to know where to start. Here are our top tips to help make sure you find the best things to do in the city when you visit.

Cat Ba National Park

Cat Ba National Park

Interested in the local wildlife? Then take a trip to Cat Ba National Park. And a tour will certainly help you see more of the animal and plant life in detail.

Trấn Quốc Pagode

Trấn Quốc Pagode

High on the list of city sightseeing is the oldest Buddhist temple Trấn Quốc Pagode in Hanoi. A visit at sunset is advised for a view you'll remember for the rest for your life.

Hoan Kiem Lake

Hoan Kiem Lake

Shrouded in mystery and legend, "the lake of the returned sword" is a tourist hotspot on any visit to the city. You can sometimes also spot turtles swimming in the water!

West Lake

West Lake

An idyllic spot to stop for a a rest while sightseeing, West Lake is the largest lake in Hanoi and its shores and surrounding gardens provide a blissful recreation spot.

One Pillar Pagoda

One Pillar Pagoda

Built to embody the image of a lotus blossom, even the sight of this Buddhist temple may bring you inner peace. One Pillar Pagoda is definitely one of the top things to see in the city.

Vietnam Museum of Ethnology

The Vietnam Museum of Ethnology is a popular tourist attraction in Hanoi and widely regarded as the finest modern museum in Vietnam, make sure you allow time to stop by for a tour when you visit the city.

Ho Chi Minh Museum
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Ho Chi Minh Museum

If you're looking to learn more about Vietnam's past and its revolutionary struggle against foreign powers, then a tour of the Ho Chi Minh Museum will satisfy your needs.

Vietnam Military History Museum

Vietnam Military History Museum

Like guns and tanks? Look no further. Come and explore the wide range of historic weaponry on display at the Vietnam Military History Museum or take a tour to learn more.

Huong Tich Cave
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Huong Tich Cave

Just seeing this magical spot is worth a trip to Hanoi. The cave is the inner temple of the Perfume Pagoda and the Huong Tich Cave entrance is wonderfully carved to resemble a dragons mouth.

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

The Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is an impressive monument in the center of Ba Dinh Square. The towering stone building is essential on any sightseeing tour for its important role in the country's history.

Planning Your Hanoi Visit

How many days to spend in Hanoi?

Three to five days is a perfect length of time to visit the city and see all the main attractions and sights, while still having time to relax and soak up some of the local culture and cuisine!

Where to stay?

The Old Quarter and and Cathedral District are two of the most interesting parts of the city to stay during your visit. They also allow you easy access to tourist sites and good local bars and restaurants.

Good to know

  • Language
    Vietnamese
  • Currency
    Vietnamese Dong (VND)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+07:00)
  • Country Code
    +84
  • Best time to visit
    To avoid the colder winter, hot summer, and rainy season, Hanoi is best experienced in April and May, but be prepared for occasional drizzle!

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What people are saying about Hanoi

Excellent tour. Genesis is such a great tour company.

The tour is excellent and our tour guy Cong has a lot of knowledge about the whole tour. Timing is perfect, food is excellent and best of all the limousine van is so comfy! We had a great time. Thank you Cong for a memorable trip to Hanoi! Trang an is so beautiful, the boat ride is so relaxing and we get to see the movie set Kong - the skull!

Lovely people well organised great places to stop off chosen

Picked up on time by driver in comfortable air conditioned car. Same driver was there to take us home as boat docked. 2 1/2 hours little quicker coming back. Much better than the 4 hours other companies were taking. Boat was lovely good buffet lunch on arrival . Spacious comfortable roof top seating to enjoy the views whilst soaking in the sun. A must do extra is the option to kayak in a cove . Was lots of fun cost very little. Stopped to swim at a beach and look around a vast cave was interesting and enjoyable. Afternoon tea served on way back. The crew were really helpful and our guide talked us through the sights on the tour. The prices on board the boat were not inflated just a little more than you would pay in Hanoi. Halong bay its self was beautiful. A must see

Comfortable trip but could do with more leg room!

Nice and comfortable trip back, Julia was also very good; her travel game made all the guests laugh as well as provide ideas for activities in Hanoi.

Good content. Good use of a day out of the city.

Guide was entertaining. Boat ride was interesting and enjoyable. Too bad there was a large tour group racing their boats and yelling, disturbing and disrespecting the place and the peace. Some also smoked while going through the grottoes. But these are things that Tour Operators can’t control if the boat rowers and security staff of the site themselves were not willing to put an end to the uncouth behaviour of these morons.

Lucy was a great guide that showed us thing we never would have found

All three of us loved our experience, this tour put the cherry on top of our Vietnam trip. Street food culture in Hanoi is unlike anywhere else in the world and Lucy took us for all the essential bites and then some. She is sweet, knowledgeable, and you get to learn a bit about the history and what goes into the food you’re eating. We booked ridiculously last minute and Lucy took care of us, even after the tour Lucy she took us to the night market and bartered prices which was amazing. I reccomend this trip to everyone. Go into the tour with an empty stomach! You definitely get your money’s worth and will leave with a happy belly and happy heart. 10/10

Hanoi Street Food: Small Group Walking Tour Reviewed by Braden, 10/29/2018