Top Tours & Activities 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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
- CurrencyVietnamese Dong (VND)
- Time ZoneUTC (+07:00)
- Country Code+84
- Best time to visitTo avoid the colder winter, hot summer, and rainy season, Hanoi is best experienced in April and May, but be prepared for occasional drizzle!
Things to Do in Hanoi
Top Attractions in Hanoi
- 1Hanoi Old Quarter
- 2Cat Ba National Park
- 3Hoan Kiem Lake
- 4Museum of Hanoi
- 5Hanoi Opera House
- 6Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum
- 7Temple of Literature
- 8Fine Arts Museum, Hanoi
- 9West Lake, Hanoi
- 10Huong Tich Cave
- 11Perfume Pagoda
- 12Vietnam Museum of Ethnology
- 13Ngoc Son Temple
- 14Bat Trang Ceramic Village
- 15Long Bien Bridge
- 16Presidential Palace, Hanoi
- 17Ho Chi Minh Museum
- 18Dong Xuan Market
- 19One Pillar Pagoda
- 20Tran Quoc Pagoda
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What People Are Saying About Hanoi
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.
Lovely leisurely boat ride but a sore butt after sitting on hard metal benches with no back support either for 1.5 hrs
Booked the night before my arrival to Hanoi and was a bit concerned that get your guide wold not have someone waiting on me. My driver was waiting just beyond customs with a sign with my name. Clean car with AC. Great price about $20 USD.
We really enjoyed our tour- especially the boat trip. Be sure to take water on the boat ride as well as sunscreen and maybe and maybe an umbrella.
A beautiful day with cycling amidst ricefields, a boat tour, mountains, lotusflowers in bloom. With an experienced guide (Heui) and a small group. Delicious buffet lunch. JUst a wonderful and very relaxing day with Go Asia Travel agency.