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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

Excellent comunication, seamless organisation and a fantastic guide

Organisation and communication were excellent. Our guide was absolutely fantastic: friendly, experienced, knowledgeable and really took care of members of our group who struggled and needed alternative arrangements to be made. Sapa is beautiful and this trek gives you a great experience of the region. They did an awesome job of avoiding the most touristy routes, so we mostly felt like we had the trails to ourselves. This is totally doable for anyone with a semi-decent level if fitness and a pair of trainers. The homestay even had wifi and hot water! The only thing that needs to be improved is the provision of drinking water: The only option was to buy plastic bottles, sometimes only small ones so we had to buy multiple. This was despite the fact that other drinking water was available (a couple of members of out group were allowed to have this, but only after threatening to complain). Overall a fantastic experience that I would highly recommend

Sapa 3-Night Trek & Homestay with Overnight Train Reviewed by Anonymous, 10/13/2019

Incredible service, flexible schedule, breathless location

We originally booked the 3-day/2-night cruise but unfortunately, because there was a huge typhoon the first day, the cruise had to cancel. Fortunately, we did make it for a 2-day/1-night cruise which was still perfect. The entire experience was amazing - breathless views, great activities, and really amazing service. However, I think what I want to emphasize in this review is how great the company handled the cancellation. We still wanted to stay around Ha Long City the day of our cruise because we saw no point staying in Ha Noi when we had to do the 2-hour drive anyways. They were accommodating and dropped us right in front of the last-minute AirBNB we booked. Everything was just really awesome. Also, for what it's worth, there are a lot of cruises offering similar, but taking part in the higher starred-rated cruises is worth it - less people, more freedom, and just all around better service.

Halong Bay: Amazing 3-Day 2-Night with Aphrodite Cruise Reviewed by Christopher, 10/22/2019

Great trip for the price. Recommending it if you have one full day.

The trip was excellent. The ride in the river for almost 1.5 hours was amazing. It was really a talent to see most of the women paddling the boat by their feet. It was hot and very humid. Little bit disappointed where our bus driver took 15 minutes break on way back leaving all the passengers without air conditioner running in bus. No one wanted to take a break except the bus driver. Food was great at Long’s restaurant in Tam Coc. Great vegetarian and vegan options too.

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.

Relaxed, informative and made to feel very welcome

Highly recommend this tour. The guide wss very knowledgeable and obviously very proud, and passionate of his country. The crew were extremely polite and attentive, nothing was to much trouble. The intinery was well planned, giving you time to relax and enjoy your surroundings between stops.