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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

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

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

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

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

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.

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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

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.

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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

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
  • Currency
    Vietnamese Dong (VND)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+07:00)
  • Country Code
  • 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

We love how the tour was organized with a great guide!

We had a very good and enjoYable time! Although it was just a 1-day trip, we got the best out of it, seeing Halong Bay and the Dong Thiên Cave. We were picked up and along the way fed many interesting facts and culture by our guide, David Hèng. Weather was good and we took a lot of nice photos. The bamboo boat ride was nice and relaxing and we had a very engaging row-lady. The ended happily with all us tired and satisfied on the bus. Thank you David for making it memorable!

Well organised tour, but Sa Pa a disappointment.

We did the two day tour. The mini bus was very comfortable and driver was on time and a good driver. Hospitality at the hotel (Kevin at Legend hotel) was excellent. Their food was superb. We were disappointed in Sa Pa which is over commercialised, crowded and built out. There is no charm left to the place. We only did the first day "trek" which is basically a walk through shops masquerading as a village. We opted out of the second day.

Loved it! Taste the local places not the touristy places

We loved our walking tour with Mia. She was very friendly, knowledgeable and a joy to have conversations with throughout the evening. The tour started at a delicious Banh Mi (Vietnamese Roll) local favourite- they were freshly baked and so delicious! ( I bought two!), Then we were shown the most unassuming corner store that I would have normally walked straight past and enjoyed one of the best refreshing drinks and sticky rice dessert I have had. I won't spoil the rest, but can share that the places we got taken to were very local, and absolutely delicious and authentic (I think!). Do highly recommend it if you are a foodie. Wear comfortable walking shoes and clothes. (And don't eat much before the tour!)

Great tour, highly recommend especially our guide, Cong

Wonderful organised tour, we especially liked our tour guide, Cong. He made everyone feel special and have good information about the tour and area. Highly recommend this to people short on time, if you cannot stay in Halong Bay.

EXCELLENT tour, tour guide, bus driver and activities.

The only downside of the tour was the aggressive ladies at the third of the Tam Coc caves. Their pushy approach demanding 100,000 dong for a drink for the boat man and yelling at us took away from the beauty and ambience of the river and caves. For the caves and river were the high light of the day.

Full-Day Hoa Lu & Tam Coc Tour with Entrance Fees & Lunch Reviewed by Frederick A, 10/01/2017