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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
  • Currency
    Vietnamese Dong (VND)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+07:00)
  • Country Code
  • 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

Interesting event about vietnamesian culture

For those who are interested in asian culture it's a "must-have-seen". Nice performance, original musicians with traditional instruments - all well organised.

Water Puppet Theatre Skip-the-Line Entry Ticket Reviewed by Marlis, 02/18/2019

The instructor was really friendly and fun to learn from.

Enjoyed going to the market and buying the ingredients. The venue was clean and very nice. She made us feel comfortable. It was a very relaxed setting in which we could have a great conversation about what we were doing. Would love for my family to try this out one day.

Local Market Tour & Cooking Class in a Local Villa Reviewed by a GetYourGuide customer, 02/13/2019

Tour guide is friendly and resourceful in Vietnam history

Our guides were amiable and they looked after everyone in the tour. Experience guide who will show us around to make sure we enjoy every part of this serene village and its history. highly recommend.

Hoa Lu, Tam Coc, Mua Cave w/ Amazing View- All Inclusive Reviewed by a GetYourGuide customer, 12/16/2018

Fun and cool way to experience village life in Hanoi

I were the only one who booked so I ended up getting a private tour. It was really fun experiencing the traffic of Hanoi on a bike and learn that it’s not that dangerous and difficult to bike around as you might think. The guide takes you to a lot of places you wouldn’t find by yourself.

Thomas was fantastic and showed us great places

Thomas was always making sure we are safe and that we did not miss out on something. Great guide and very good english and german too. Only i had to call to find out departure time! This was not very professional but this 7s the organisation not the guide!

Amazing Morning Hanoi Biking Tour Reviewed by Charlotte, 11/21/2018