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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

If you only have a day, this is a good option. Van is a squeeze!

This tour was one of the cheaper ones to book but covered everything we wanted/needed without any additional costs. Pros: Hotel pick up and drop off. Got to see the caves, eat lunch (they cater for vegetarians), go kayaking or bamboo boating, good & knowledgable guide (Victor) with good English, good amount of time in bay if you haven’t seen limestone karsts before. Con: The van was a real squeeze, especially if you’re stuck at the back. There is pretty much no leg room and nothing fancy there, just a seat. Our driver was also not great (he got us safely there and back) as he seemed to be in too high a gear throughout the journey, making the van judder loudly constantly. He also seemed to use the throttle as of it were an on/off switch causing the van to serve back and forth. Pretty sure I had motion sickness from the driving after the day had finished (I never get sick from a boat). The journey felt long and some you’re the new express way but you get what you pay for I guess!

It was so cute - Amazing stunning beautiful Perfomance

I really really loved the show. The water puppets were so cute and the scenery was so sooo beautiful. I enjoyed the traditional Vietnamese music and you really can't say anything bad about the theater. I think it's totally worth it to visit the show. Ich fand die Show super. Die kleinen Wasserpuppen sind so niedlich und die effekte und das Puppenspiel ist unglaublich süß. Das Bühnenbild war sehr hübsch und die traditionelle vietnamesische Musikuntermalung hat mir auch sehr gut gefallen. Allgemein kann ich wirklich nichts schlechtes über das Theater oder die Vorstellung sagen. Bitte beachtet die Show ist in Vietnamesisch, aber durch das Puppenspiel einfach verständlich und wundervoll anzusehen. Die Show bekommt eine definitive Empfehlung von mir.

Excellent and very well organized trip. We went on September 6.

This trip was very well planned and organized. Our guide ‘Man’ was very nice and helpful. Hotel pick and drop off in old quarter. Food was OK on the boat, nothing out of ordinary. The mini boat rides were well arranged in the Halong bay. It is a MUST See in Vietnam tour. Just amazing. Remember, it will get really hot and humid. There in no air conditioner anywhere except on the use. But still worth it. I highly recommend this tour.

Excellent tour, Jack was outstanding tour guide

Halong Bay is a must see if you're in Vietnam! This was a great tour. The caves were amazing! The only negative I can think of is that the lady who was our guide on the bamboo boat paddled us way out into the water and then demanded a tip. I generally prefer to tip someone at the end of a service commensurate with the service they provide, and not feel basically trapped into providing a tip while in the middle of the water.

Fantastic way to experience great food .

Our host, Jenny, guided our small group walking through the streets of Hanoi old quarter to venues that we would never find on our own. Each dish was representative of the specific venue and their specialism. The evening culminated in a short cyclo tour around the local streets to experience the night life of the area, finishing in the area around lake Hoan Kiem. Agreat experience to be recommended.

Hanoi Walking Street Food Tour & Cyclo Reviewed by Brian, 08/01/2019