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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
    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

Beautiful Views, Modern Facilities & Superb Service

We booked a two day cruise while staying in Hanoi, and would highly recommend it. Our room on the ship was fantastic - modern, spacious, with a balcony which was a great spot to sit and admire the view. Meals were delicious & very generous (5 courses!). We really enjoyed the tours (kayaking, and to the Hospital Cave on Cat Ba) with our knowledgeable guide. The whole staff team were consummate professionals & also great company (the cooking competition with the Chef - who also happens to be a very good comedian - had me crying with laughter). We'd recommend taking part in as many of the activities as you can - squid fishing on the first evening was great, and a good chance to chat with one of the team.

Very relaxing experience! Perfect way to end my vacation!

Very satisfied with my 1 night stay in Rosa Cruise - good thing I booked overnight. Our guide, Vin, is very helpful and accomodating. Food served are delicious and people working in the cruise are nice. Thankful for this experience and will recommend to friends.

Halong Bay: 2-Day 1-Night 3-Star Rosa Cruise Reviewed by GRACE ANN, 05/20/2018

Perfect airport transfer service to the airport

We were picked up very punctually at our hotel. 40 minutes later our driver unloaded our suitcases and we were in the terminal. Perfect.

Except bad weather at Fancipan, I satisfied the itinerary.

Due to long holiday, I faced difficulty to book this tour, but tour agent also made best effort to arrange my trip. I want to use their tour again for my next trip.

From Hanoi: 2 Day Sapa Tour with Fansipan peak Reviewed by Takeshi, 05/01/2018

It was great to have my tickets without joining the queue.

We narrowly had time to get the tickets as I went to the wrong place. I thought the voucher meant that I go to the box office, but had to run around to find the office in another location not far from the venue. For a new comer the place is like a maze, but we found it just in time! We had great seats.

Water Puppet Theatre Skip-the-Line Entry Ticket Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 04/28/2018