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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

Amazing experience with interesting informations!

Perfect tour for the first or second day in the noisy Hanoi with the best guide we could imagine: Dan (people call him Andy, too). He was so nice, gave us interesting informations and showed us great, hidden spots to eat local street food. We had a wonderful afternoon with him. I totally recommend the street food tour! An amazing opportunity to taste the delicious food of the city!

Hanoi Street Food: Small-Group Walking Tour Reviewed by Laurie, 05/21/2019

Unforgettable experiences with Overnight stay with local family

This is my most memorable tour during 2 weeks in Vietnam. I had chance to experience Overnight stay with local family which I have never had when traveling. Everything was so perfect! Jenny was my guide - very knowledgeable and kind. The host was also very friendly. I learned to make many Vietnamese foods, explored daily life of local people by visiting village market and ancient houses with traditional making. In addition, I visited Hanoi City which guided by Jenny and very skillful driver. I had Private car during 2 Days and picked up at the airport which was so wonderful. Thank you so much Jenny and Crossing Vietnam tour for great tour !

Hanoi: Overnight Stay with Local Family Reviewed by Sara, 05/20/2019

Really enjoyed this tour - Alex was a great guide

We were so happy to go on this tour with Alex, he was a great guide! Very glad we upgraded to a private tour as well. Hanoi is a really busy place which is hard to navigate if you're not used to it - that's why it was brilliant to see it from another perspective. My only suggestion would be to ask if there was anything in particular we wanted to try - for example we would have loved to try the pho instead of the banh mi but understand that might be hard to organise.

Hanoi Street Food: Small-Group Walking Tour Reviewed by Jennifer, 05/12/2019

Our Guide was wonderful and the food was delicious.

My wife and I had a wonderful time on this tour. We never would have found or tried the restaurants we went to. Phoenix was a wonderful guide who had lots of stories and knew just where to go.

Hanoi Street Food: Small-Group Walking Tour Reviewed by Eric, 05/08/2019

Amazing Streetfood-Tour getting lost in the wonderful alleys of Hanoi

There are many different tour operators in Hanoi offering a "Streetfood Experience" in Hanoi. I would definitely choose this company again. I was the only one on this tour and got a private pick-up by Hoang Loc on his motorbike getting to experience the authentic hustle and bustle of Hanoi's busy traffic. Loc is an experienced guide showing me all the hidden and not so hidden eateries of Hanoi's old quarter "36 streets". If you love Vietnamese food, it's a delicious experience for your taste buds - ricepaper pancakes, spicy beef & papaya salad, sticky rice with coconut icecream and and many other dishes. There is no way one can finished on his own. If you are looking for an authentic foodie experience, you don't need to look for it any longer. Thank you guys for this great experience!

Hanoi Street Food: Small-Group Walking Tour Reviewed by Sonja, 05/04/2019