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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

Flowed very well and it was totally informative.

It was an excellent primer on Vietnamese history and culture. It is a must if it is your first time to Hanoi or Vietnam. A great value.
Hanoi Guided Full-Day City Tour with Lunch Reviewed by Robert, 05/24/2016

Great scenic tour, wish we had more time!

Our crew was fantastic, Nam was our guide and couldn't have been nicer. Our cruise was through White Dolphin Cruises. While the schedule was structured, it allowed us to see the beauty of HaLong Bay. They tried to avoid tourist crowds as much as possible, though this was nearly impossible. They did not cancel our cruise despite the fact that we were the only 2 people on the 8 person cruise. The food was excellent and the crew could not have been more attentive.
Spectacular Halong Bay 2-Day Tour Reviewed by Megan, 05/18/2016

An excellent cruise with lots of variety

The 2 day cruise around Halong Bay was excellent. The service was good, the food delicious, there was a good variety of events and of course the views were spectacular.

We love Hanoi City with Hanoi City Tour!

Booked with Small group but we have a private tour! This tour is a must do in Hanoi, love, love, loved this tour! We had a fantastic day and an excellent way to get a taste of "Hanoi" and all it has to offer. Our guide was very friendly, helpful and extremely knowledgable. A definite must for all first time visitors to Hanoi - highly recommended

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

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