Top Tours & Activities 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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
- CurrencyVietnamese Dong (VND)
- Time ZoneUTC (+07:00)
- Country Code+84
- Best time to visitTo avoid the colder winter, hot summer, and rainy season, Hanoi is best experienced in April and May, but be prepared for occasional drizzle!
Things to Do in Hanoi
Top Attractions in Hanoi
- 1Hanoi Old Quarter
- 2Perfume Pagoda
- 3Huong Tich Cave
- 4Hoan Kiem Lake
- 5Cat Ba National Park
- 6The Museum of Hanoi
- 7Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum
- 8Temple of Literature
- 9Ngoc Son Temple
- 10One Pillar Pagoda
- 11West Lake, Hanoi
- 12Presidential Palace
- 13Hanoi Opera House
- 14Vietnam Museum of Ethnology
- 15Tran Quoc Pagoda
- 16Ho Chi Minh Museum
- 17Hanoi Ancient House
- 18Long Bien Bridge
- 19Quan Thanh Temple
- 20Hỏa Lò Prison
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What People Are Saying About Hanoi
Long pickup and journey time but worth the 2 x 4 hour bus journey. Guide was great. Boat was ok & food was exceptional. Halong Bay was everything we expected it to be: beautiful, stunning and magical. Our time there certainly made up for the long trip there and back which was broken up by a 25 minute stop at 2 great service stations with clean toilets and food, along with market stalls (high end souvenirs) galore. Amazing all round!
I must say it's one of the best decisions we've made this trip.The first day was exploring, swimming sea kayaking and visiting a local pearl farm, the second day we were the only 3 people that stayed the extra day and this was amazing. We went off on a day tour with our own guide and visited a private cave, the guide, Lucky spoke very good English and had a great sense of humour.After the cave we made our way back to the boat and continued sailing through this wonderful location to our next stop where we were served an awesome lunch, a complete smorgasbord cooked in front of us.After lunch we had our own time to go kayaking again and explore private beaches.I could go on and on about how fantastic this trip was but you really need to find out for your self.For what we paid and what we got is just brilliant an I can't rate it enough
Fantastic day trips organized by Peter of YIT tours. Everything was excellent, Drivers,Tours , general advice and professionalism was really marvelous and we saw things we would have missed on our own. Would confidently recommend their service to anyone travelling within Vietnam
From pick up to drop off everything ran very smoothly. The transfer from Hanoi was good, the driver excellent. We are group of 10 people so very easy to make friend. The tour guide for our group was most informative and friendly with very good English. We took the 4 hours cruise but it's enough for us to see how Ha Long is, it was wonderful and we have an amazing time for kayaking and caving though I still wish more. Last but not least, the food on the boat is so good.
Our guides were fantastic - friendly, funny and knowledgeable. The food and drink was great, and we got to see parts of Hanoi we would not otherwise have known about. Cannot recommend strongly enough.