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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

The best Hanoi trip is not to miss Ha Long Bay!!!

A literally full day tour of the Ha Long Bay. Don’t schedule anything at night because you might come back from this trip as late at 9pm. The bus who picked us up was late, the tour info said pick up will be at 8am but the shuttle arrived at past 9am. The tour guide was just ok, the bus ride was so bumpy! Don’t ever sit at the back if you want to enjoy the 8 hour (back and forth) road trip. At the Ha Long Bay, you’ll be amazed, will take your breath away! The itinerary was good, tour of the bay, hiking in the wonderful cave and bamboo/kayaking! I highly recommend to do the bamboo boat for a more relaxing feel.. We left late because the tour guides were looking for 2 people “missing” but they were not really missing. They were in the boat and tour guides just didn’t know how to do head counting and panicked to looked for then using a kayak. Overall, the trip was the best, staff and tour guide were courteous, the bus was clean but not comfortable, the itinerary was perfect!

Great day out but a long way on that bus

We had a great day but the 2.5 hour bus trip each way would have been much better if the bus had been more comfortable. That said Tam Coc was amazing and I think the value for money was great. I am very happy that we went and experienced this amazing part of the country.

Fun and easy to get to know authentic Hanoi

Taste the bust bum cha in town, sip some egg coffee, visit the temples and in between enjoy the crazy Hanoi traffic on a bike. Highly recommended as the best way to get to know this great city.

Dont miss this very friendly, indidual, warm hearted tour.

All my scepsis was gone after the first special location. The “restaurant” obama visited to meet anthony bourdane. Every location was special and i would never been there if we hadnt this guide. I recommend (and also my stomace) this tour.

Hanoi: Special Street Food Tour w/ Expert Tour Guide Reviewed by Burkhard, 10/24/2017

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!