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Top Tours & Activities in Hanoi

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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

Must go see the scenery.Best value for money !

This was a spur of the moment tour and just getting out of Hanoi and spending hours on the river was relaxing even though it rained the whole time. We visited a temple as part of the tour which was informative, then took in a few other stops with the usual gift factories and toilet stops. The tour down and back up the river paddling though caves that almost touched the water with the majestic cliffs spanning the sides of the river was breath taking. You can not visit Hanoi and not do this tour. It is the land locked version of Halong Bay.
Hoa Lu and Tam Coc: Full-Day Tour with Lunch Reviewed by david, 12/02/2015

Absolutely outstanding and professional!

This trip was one of our highlights. The crew was very professional and came close to perfection. Very very good.
3-Day Ha Long Bay Cruise with Hanoi Transfers Reviewed by Tobias, 11/20/2015

Very fun, different way to see the city.

This was great, it was just long enough to see some of the main highlights; and, since it's one on one, you could easily move between locations.
Hanoi City Tours by Motorbike Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 11/15/2015

One of the best sights in Northern Vietnam

I visited Hoa Lu first before Bich Dong Temple and Tam Coc. The temple at Hoa Lu was fascinating, both in views and architecture. The temple grounds was just as lovely with limestone mountains in the distance. It has a lot of history concerning the Dinh and Le dynasties. I then visited Bich Dong Temple after lunch. The place has three temples, each dedicated to the Past, Present and Future and there is a short climb before visiting each one. Tam Coc was like love at first sight. Me and my guide had fun singing old English hits while the sampan was cruising through the river and the caves. Was truly a wonderful experience witnessing Halong on land:)
Hanoi: Eco Tour and Biking to Hoa Lu and Tam Coc Reviewed by Rahel, 11/09/2015

A fantastic 2 days on Halong Bay. Everything met expectations!

Had a tremendous time on Halong Bay on the Margueritte. We enjoyed the friendly company of both the guide, staff of the boat and the other travellers. It is a very comfortable boat with excellent cabins and facilities. The food on board was excellent quality.
Spectacular Halong Bay 2-Day Tour Reviewed by Robert, 10/12/2015

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