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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

Thanks all crews , all good service and nice cruise

Just we book for 2 days 1 night cruise and we had a great stay and really enjoyed the hospitality. We were lucky enough to catch some great weather. Mr Nam looked after our group and was very funny. and professional, the food very good and a lot, we love kayaking to much and would love more time for kayak. I will take my family come back next month. thanks all again

From Hanoi: 2-Day Cruise in Bai Tu Long Bay Reviewed by CATHERIN, 21/04/2019

Great introduction to Vietnam, brilliant food and lovely tour guide.

Great to try new, authentic foods. Lovely guide. Fun afternoon. Bit scared by the water puppet show - but a good cultural experience.

Great insight in Vietnamese culinary culture with Rosie

We loved food and culinary culture in general during our stay in Vietnam – we tried many things based on our own research, but during our last days we felt that there are still things we did not try, so we signed up for this street food tour in Hanoi. Our guide Rosie was really nice, she took us to places serving excellent food we haven't tried yet (our favourite being mien noodles with eel and Saigon style sea snails) and explained context and background information about everything, which we really enjoyed. One of us being pescetarian was no problem. Thank you Rosie!

Hanoi Street Food: Small-Group Walking Tour Reviewed by Aljaž, 17/04/2019

Amazing cruise on ha Long bay & Lan Ha Bay

I booked a 2 days 1 night Cruise with many activities on Lan Ha Bay . We were picked up in Hanoi and brought right to the habour. The stuff greeted us with friendly smiles and gave us a short briefing. The rooms were very luxurious and spacious. I had an amazing time in Viet Hai Village with Tour guide, and enjoyed a cooking class and squids fishing with Chef in the evening. He was very funny and friendly, beside that, both of them helped me and my friend know more about VNese people and their Culture. Thank you all crew so much. Overall I had a great trip on the la Regina cruise and would recommend it to everyone.

Hanoi: 2-Day 5-Star Lan Ha Bay Cruise Reviewed by niall, 17/04/2019

Loc was brilliant and very helpful and made sure we ate full

Highly recommend getting a food tour when you first arrive in Hanoi to get a taste of everything local in Vietnam. Not only you get to try a variety local dishes you get a 4 hour tour of the city and get familiar with the area. At the end of the tour you get a 30min cyclo tour of the city allowing you to rest your foot. After the tour ended I was confident enough to browse around Hanoi and explore myself. If you go on the weekend you get to see the centre area better as no cars are allowed in and it is lively with people and the families out on the walk path with alit of local street performances.

Hanoi Private Street Food Tour by Cyclo Reviewed by Kelvin, 17/04/2019