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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

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The trecking tourin sapa was very very god.specielly the tourguide,learnt a LOT of the black perplex culturre

2-Day Overnight Sapa Tour by Bus from Hanoi Reviewed by Lars, 03/07/2018

Phuong our guide was very friendly, knowledgeable and entertaining.

Instead of the bicycle ride through Trang An village, I opted to climb up the Praying Altar bridge along the mountain in Trang An Co (less than 5 minute walk from the restaurant stop), the view was amazing!

Organized, fun, knowledgeable guide who spoke excellent English!

Food was very good with many stops in places that only locals would know the quality of. All was new to me and a couple of dishes were adventurous. Very enjoyable!

Hanoi 2.5-Hour Street Food Walking Tour By Night Reviewed by Elizabeth, 02/27/2018

A must do activity while in Vietnam. Absolutely mind blowing

We loved our tour into sapa. We were blown away with the culture of the people up there and the experience that we had. Without tellling you everything and spoiling it, I highly recommend this activity and think that you would feel disappointed if you don’t do it! The trekking is fairly easy and they have made the tracks accessible to almost anyone. The transfer from Hanoi to sapa is efficient and the hotel was elegant. Not to mention the food!! The food is amazing! All was amazing. Our tour guide could have spoke English a bit better so we could learn more about the places we visited but we asked questions and found the answers ourselves. All in all a once in a life time opportunity not to miss!

From Hanoi: 3-Day Sapa Trekking and Bus Tour Reviewed by Sophie, 02/25/2018

Great, entertaining and just long enough

We had a wonderful time watching the water puppets. We loved the traditional live music that accompanied the water puppets. We thought that it was a very suitable length of time, not once did we get bored or did we think it was too short. Just right. Highly recommend

Water Puppet Theatre Skip-the-Line Entry Ticket Reviewed by Sophie, 02/25/2018