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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

You need to do this when you go to Vietnam!

We loved our cruise! We loved our tour guide Lyn! She was so helpful and nice! We hope to bring our friends back and do the tour again!

Peter was an excellent guide, showing us the beautiful city of Hanoi!

This was an excellent tour. Peter was extremely knowledgeable and took us on a lovely tour of Hanoi. The half day was just enough to get the full flavor of the city and still have time to explore on our own. Would highly recommend to anyone visiting Hanoi!

Hanoi: Half-Day Small Group Tour Reviewed by Adrienne, 03/04/2019

Very enjoyable and entertaining and well worth the cost

We sat in the middle of the second row paying a premium for this selection- well worth it especially for snapping photos. Some of the characters and stories were surprising and funny. Even though the commentary was in Vietnamese it did not matter. Each of the 17 short segments were not generally tied together tightly so any story line from the narrator was not required to enjoy the performance. The show went for 50 minutes and there were some surprises in some of the segments. Overall well worth the time and effort to be brain good seating tickets.

Water Puppet Theatre Skip-the-Line Entry Ticket Reviewed by Philip, 03/02/2019

Amazing trip, great food and very nice and friendly guide

We had a great time on the Phoenix Cruiser with our guide TomTom and the other passangers. On the first day, we climed Ti Top island. The view from the top was amazing but there are thousands of other tourists going up there (quite crouded). Afterwards, we had a great experience kajaking and saw wild baby monkeys :) On the second day, we were guided through an amazing cave (again many many tourists but it is definitely worth it). The food that the staff prepared on the boat was tasty and plenty. In addition, we asked for vegetarian meals and always got an appropriate tasty replacement.

From Hanoi: 2-Day & 1 Night Halong Bay Tour Reviewed by David, 02/28/2019

Amazing! Great day from start to finish!

So much is packed into one day, it is perfect. I would highly recommend this day. I'm not a fan of organised tours but this one was great. Didn't feel herded around or bored and our guide was lovely. The place is by far the best we have visited in Vietnam.