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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

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

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

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

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

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.

Photo: Adam Jones @Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

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

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.

Photo: mayanais @Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

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

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

Absolutely stunning scenery and a great guide!

That's what we would call an out of this world natural wonder. Our guide was absolutely brilliant. He paced his presentation throughout the long to and fro journey with an excellent command of the English language. We strongly recommend taking the tour.
Hanoi: Full-Day Halong Bay Islands and Cave Tour Reviewed by Markus, 04/25/2016

Very reliable & professional transfer service

Highly recommended This services.We used YIT Transfer services Five times during our recent trip to Vietnam, for airport services to/from Hanoi,halong, Danang,hoian, and Ho Chi Minh. Every single time the driver was waiting for us, was pleasant, was a safe driver, and because the first booking was so successful we used them on every single leg of the trip where we needed a drive. Bookings were super easy and efficient via email, and our last booking in Ho Cho Minh we arranged over the phone with no trouble at all. We would highly recommend their services!
Noi Bai Airport Private Car Transfer Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 04/13/2016

A great way to orientate yourself with the city

Hannah was an excellent guide and the food was great, even going into places I wondered about - no ill affects at all. Finished off with the cycle tour which gets you right amongst the traffic and you don't have to make a decision! Excellent value and could even pass on some of the things I learnt to my fellow travellers I met up with.
Hanoi Bike and Street Food Tour Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 04/04/2016

Excellent tour of the bay. Glad to have a great guide.

Nam was an excellent guide for our tour. He taught us some basic Vietnamese phrases and explained a lot of the local culture to us.
Spectacular Halong Bay 2-Day Tour Reviewed by David, 03/27/2016

Great experience. Would recommend to others

The trip had everything in it. With cost etc it covered off a lot. A look inside a rural dwelling to see how the people sleep cook and eat would again add even more value, however I appreciate this could be an invasion of their personal space. Tony was fantastic as a guide and had answers for all the questions we threw at him Thanks again

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