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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

Great Private hanoi evening with Delicious food & cultural experience

We spent a great night with our guide, Dragon, touring Hanoi and sampling many different Vietnamese dishes. Dragon picked us up at our hotel and quickly learned all of our names. He spoke great English and checked to determine if we had any food allergies. One person in our group does not eat gluten so he was very careful to make sure our friend had substitutes when needed and catered to his allergy well.Highly recommended this tour for onyone visit hanoi .
Hanoi: Private Full-Day Evening City Tour Reviewed by Caroline, 10/15/2016

Ha Long Bay Tour - a very impressive day - well organized!

Small group, comfortable ride, a good driver and a nice and competent tour guide, who gave many information about life in Vietnam, History etc. When we arrived in HaLong Bay, the boat was ready to leave and to cruise to the rocks, while the excellent and sufficient food was served. We landed on a swimming ponton, where we could have the choice for kajaking by our own (always two people in one kajak) or in a rowing boat for four people, rowed by a man or woman. The impression of the rocks the tunnels and the land shape was fantastic. Returned from this excursion, the big boat cruised to a landing bridge, where we left the boat to visit a cave with different chambers. We left the cave on the opposite side of the rock and went by boat back to the starting point and went by bus back to Hanoi. The excursion is a must for tourists being in North Vietnam. The company, which organized the tour is a good choise.

Perfect Hanoi City private Full Day Tour

My tour guide was amazing in explaining all the sights and was very good about taking photos all over Hanoi. Very enthusiastic guide. I highly do recommend this tour for anybody wanting to get the best out of Hanoi in a day!

Authentic homestay & medium trekking level

Well-organzided tour. I wasn't expected like this in the very beginning, it was hard, especially the way to go to Ta Van village, anyway, you will get used to it after awhile. Amazing experience of homestay, good food, amazing company. Something you must to try in Sapa : - Herb bath - Happy water (rice wine) - Honey wine During the night it was beautiful, full of stars. Just I don't like when they burn the rice field. The person from the villages are very helpful, they helped me through all those difficulties. The only problem is, they always ask you to buy things from them after you arrived another village. (I will not buy things that I don't need, rather give tips) Amazing SAPA, you will never get bored of taking pictures, even most of them are similar. Highly recommended! #Onceinalifeexperience

Highlight for Sapa if you have a chance to visit Vietnam.

A trekking tour in Sapa is a unique experience and it was an wonderful trip in our life. Thank you for the very well organized tour.
From Hanoi: 2-Day Sapa Trekking and Bus Tour Reviewed by Caitlin, 10/04/2016

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