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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

Very Good! if you've a nice weather: Hot is killing; Rain is slippery.

Beautiful Rice field landscapes! On the road too many young Kids trying To sell bracelets and or handmade bags.

Good tour, efficient timings, knowledgeable tour guide.

We had a great time on this tour. The tour guide Quang was great, informative and helpful. Very friendly. Group size was good, not too big. Only negative was the bus was a bit cramped and uncomfortable but it was air conditioned and the driver drove very well.

Full-Day Hoa Lu & Tam Coc Tour with Entrance Fees & Lunch Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 08/09/2017

Amazing! Best place to visit around Hanoi!

Personally I found this place nicer than Halong Bay. The scenery was amazing and the temples we visited are great as well, quite different than the pagadas you ser around the country. Overall it was really well organized and the guide was great! The only downside was the food which was not so great, but fine enough for the day trip.

Hoa Lu - Tam Coc History and Eco Day tour from Hanoi Reviewed by Joao Marcelo, 07/15/2017

Great tour with amazing views and fun homestay

I really enjoyed this tour. The views in sapa are amazing even though the hike itself was very slippery and a little challenging but still fun. Our tour guide Sung was very friendly and funny and told us interesting things about the village and it's people and the culture. Homestay was a lot nicer than I expected and the hosts very nice. In the evening they ate and drunk together with us and the other guests and played games. Good times! I really recommend this tour.

Food recommended were absolutely delicious!

Anna was amazing. She was very friendly and would recommend food to you based on your preference or the duration you have been staying in hanoi. I had a great time with her.

Street Food Tour with Water Puppet Show in Hanoi Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 06/19/2017