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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
    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

Well worth doing if you want an overview of Vietnamese food.

Jenny our guide was fantastic. Took us to all the back streets and explained all the food before we arrived at the restaurants. Would definitely recommend it.

Hanoi Evening Street Food Tour Reviewed by Ann-Maree, 02/20/2017

Was a very well organized trip,with lots of information

I'm very happy that booked this trip .Our guide Hien "pretty girl"was excellent with knowledge of history ,and her English was very very good. Made this trip more enjoyable

From Hanoi: Perfume Pagoda Full-Day Guided Tour Reviewed by Ildiko, 02/17/2017

we really felt that we were brought close with the cities night life

We had a great night experiencing the night life in the streets of the old city sharing simple food and drink with fun and good humor from our excellent guide who also told us much about the culture customs and heritage of the history of Vietnam. We would be happy to recommend 'GetYourGuide' to our friends and family. Best wishes Bryon and Winifred

Hanoi: Half-Day Old Quarter Food Tasting Tour Reviewed by Winifred, 02/14/2017

The whole trip was incredible and what an experience it was!

Our guide was amazing, the home stay was great with incredible food and overall it was so well organised and I would highly recommended everyone to go to sapa and do it!

From Hanoi: 2-Day Sapa Trekking and Bus Tour Reviewed by Mark, 02/09/2017

Direct bus and tour to/from Sapa, Highly recommend

Limousine mini van tranfer was excellent. Hotel location great. Meals at Panorama Hotel yummy. Our private tour guide professional. The itineraries good. We love the package tour.

From Hanoi: 2-Day Sapa Trekking and Bus Tour Reviewed by Catherine, 02/07/2017

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