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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

Beautiful day out! Definitely recommend.

Picked up from hostel on time with no problems. The van/bus actually looked like the pictures for once which was great! Very very spacious-loads of leg room and very comfortable. Our guide was so great. Really funny friendly and very informative. Although we were supplied with water bottles it wasn’t enough, definitely recommend bringing one or two big bottles with you or just buy on the way round. Visited some temples in the morning before a little bike ride which was fun. Lunch was a bit disappointing (although we only ate vegetarian foods so can’t speak for the meat/fish). Tam coc boat ride was stunning. So beautiful-bring suncream though! You get given traditional conical vietnames hats which you can take home with you which is great! The people who take you on the boat stop you off before you come back and try and make you buy food / drinks for them and are quite pushy.. 500 steps up Mua Cave is very tough..but worth it for the unbelievable views. Definitely recommend.

Highly recommend! Super easy and great fun!

My friends and I booked this all together and loved every second. Our tour guide Wendy had the best energy the entire day (which is not easy to do given the length). She was very knowledgeable, answered all our questions, and felt like our cool aunt for the day. Pickup and drop off was very smooth, and we really didn't have to think about any of the logistics. Bai Dinh and Trang An were also beautiful and gave us a great taste of life outside the city.

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, 21/05/2019

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, 20/05/2019

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, 12/05/2019