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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

Wonderful experience. Totally worth the money

I had the most wonderful experience on this trip. We managed to cover quite a bit of Trang An in a day. We guys were the first to get on the bus, and for an hour we were roaming around in the old quarters picking up fellow passengers. Some people might get irritated for travelling around for an hour doing nothing, but for me it was an great experience as i got a city tour of the old quarters (that too on a bus!). The Pagoda we visited was beautiful. The lunch was also great (that too with a view). It was nice to see a lot of vegetarian options for a change :p There was a cycle ride in the Vietnamese countryside (across great landscapes). This was followed by a 1 1/2 hour boat ride which was the highlight of the trip. We had a great tour guide in Trung who made an effort to interact with each tourist in addition to the group as a whole. This trip is totally worth the money

Excellent tour, really enjoyed it, so much food!

Mia was a great guide and she introduced us to the city and gave us confidence to try the street foods which carried us for our entire trip. There was so much food from bahn mi, pho, satay, local specialty drinks. Delicious. Mia was knowledgeable and fun and her English was excellent. We would highly recommend Mia and this tour, especially if you are just starting your trip in Vietnam

Great live music and brilliant puppetry!

Highly recommend the performance, but get seats in the first few rows, otherwise you can’t see through all the recording devices people are holding up!

Unique, authentic, really enjoyable taste of Vietnam

At 50 mins, this was a perfect short activity which was a great reflection of real Vietnamese historical culture. The music and singing accompaniment was beautifully done with instruments that you won’t see anywhere else. Great for all ages and very good price

Water Puppet Theatre Skip-the-Line Entry Ticket Reviewed by Susan, 09/22/2018

Fantastic experience and as it says a really AMAZING VIEW

Our tour guide was very informative and helpful and the tour was just fantastic. Nice lunch, a bit of bicycle ride (if you want to) and an amazing view at the end of the tour.