Top sights in Hanoi
Our most recommended things to do in Hanoi
1. Hanoi: Private Mausoleum and Ethnology Museum Tour
At around 8:00AM, your guide will pick you up from your the hotel and transfer you to the Tran Quoc Pagoda. The Tran Quoc Pagoda is a Buddhist relic, and national heritage lying on the west lake. Following the pagoda, you will continue to visit Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum and House on Stilts. The Mausoleum is the final resting place of Viet Nam’s greatest father, Ho Chi Minh. You can feel his modesty when visiting the House on Stilts, where Ho Chi Minh lived and worked from 1958 to 1969. Next, you will be impressed by a one-pillar pagoda’s special architecture, and the old tale hidden behind its construction. The Ethnology Museum is considered one of the largest museums in Vietnam, reflecting the diversity of 54 ethnic groups of Vietnam. At around 1:00PM, you will enjoy lunch at a local restaurant in the old quarter. Following this, you will visit the Temple of Literature Imperial Academy,...
2. From Hanoi: 2-Day Ha Long Bay Cruise with Activities
Day 1 After getting picked up from your hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter, head to Halong Bay for check-in at noon. Enjoy a welcome drink and onboard lunch before heading to Canh Son Cave where you can admire uniquely shaped limestone formations. Afterward, return to the cruise ship and enjoy some free time to relax or sunbathe. Later, kayak through the picturesque landscapes of Bai Tu Long Bay, followed by a cooking class with the onboard chef. Sit down to a delicious Vietnamese dinner before doing a spot of fishing or grabbing a drink at the bar. Day 2 After breakfast on board, watch the sunrise over the bay before heading to the ancient Vung Vieng floating village. Soak up the village's quiet and peaceful atmosphere and admire the surrounding rocky mountains as you float around on a traditional bamboo boat. When you get back to the boat, have lunch as you ...
3. Hanoi Old Quarter: 1-Hour Cyclo Tour
After departure from the meeting point, which heads out once every hour, sit back and relax with your driver pedaling you from behind. Enjoy an unobstructed view, and take plenty of photos. The Old Quarter, with its unique architecture from the French colonial times, is the heart of Hanoi and is home to many city highlights. Observe the Dong Xuan Wholesale Market, Joseph Cathedral Church and the Opera House. Take in the beautiful view from Hoan Kiem Lake for the perfect photographs of the city. Ride with the cyclo at the perfect pace to enjoy some of the 36 shaded streets of this historic district. Admire the products made and sold on each street, such as sugar, bamboo, leather or silver.
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4. Dong Ho Village, But Thap & Dau Pagodas Full-Day Tour
Experience the ancient wood block paintings of Dong Ho and visit two magnificent pagodas on this culturally and spiritually-enriching one day tour. You leave Hanoi for the village of Dong Ho, famous for the ancient painting technique of wood block printing. Folk painting is one of the special cultural features of Vietnam. Prints are made on paper produced from local trees, and paints made from natural materials like clay and rocks, gardenia flowers, and charred bamboo leaves. See these beautiful paintings for yourself, spend some time with local villagers and learn about the fascinating techniques and materials used. Next you drive to But Thap Pagoda where you will find one of the finest pagodas in all of Vietnam and known as Vietnam's first Buddhist center. Spend some time exploring the pagoda and look out for the Avalokitesvara or Goddess of Mercy statue. With no fewer than 11 faces,...
5. From Hanoi: All-Inclusive Overnight Ha Long Bay Cruise
Day 1 After getting picked up from your hotel in Hanoi, enjoy a relaxing 3-hour journey to Hai Phong. Upon arrival onboard the ship, enjoy a welcome drink and listen to your cruise safety briefing as you cruise past Da Chong islet, where you can see a lighthouse built by the French over 100 years ago. Later, sit down to a traditional Vietnamese lunch and get the opportunity to sample some local dishes while you sail through the Con Vit and Gia Luan islets, admiring the beauty of the extraordinary Cua Van area along the way. Stop to explore Ba Trai Beach or go for a swim in the crystal-clear waters of the bay. In the evening, enjoy a complimentary sunset party on the sundeck with local wine and fresh fruits. For dinner, sit down to a delicious local meal then feel free to join in one of the nighttime activities. You could do some squid fishing, watch a movie, have a dri...
6. From Hanoi: 2-Day Lan Ha Bay 5-Star Cruise
Day 1 Kick off your cruise in style with a limousine transfer from your hotel in Hanoi to Halong Bay. Upon arrival at Tuan Chau harbor, get transferred by speedboat to your cruise ship. Enjoy a welcome drink, meet the captain and get a brief introduction to cruise safety guidelines before check-in. After check-in, sit down to a delicious Vietnamese lunch as you cruise through Halong Bay, admiring the fascinating rock formations along the way. Continue cruising through Con Vit islet, Thumb islet, and Gia Luan Harbor to reach a natural lagoon where you can enjoy a dip in crystal-clear waters or simply sunbathe on the private deck. Later, enjoy another opportunity to swim or even kayak at Ba Trai Dao Islet before participating in a sunset party with fruit, cake, and wine. In the evening, brush up your Vietnamese cooking skills with an onboard cooking lesson. Learn how t...
7. Lan Ha Bay to Halong Bay: 2-Day 5-Star Cruise from Hanoi
Day one: Hanoi - Halong - Lan Ha • Lunch and dinner included Begin with pickup from your hotel in the Hanoi Old Quarter by limousine. Set off toward Halong Bay on a 2.5-hour ride, arriving in Hai Duong province for a 20-minute break. Get to the Tuan Chau Harbor at around 11:30 AM and then transfer by speedboat to the cruise ship. Enjoy a welcome drink upon embarkation and meet the captain and crew for a brief introduction about the cruise and safety guidelines. Check in to your cabin. Settle in for Vietnamese seafood and a vegetarian set menu lunch while cruising in the magnificent Halong Bay, admiring the fascinating rock formations along the way. Continue cruising through Con Vit Islet (Duck Islet), Thumb Islet, and Gia Luan Harbor, part of the Cat Ba area. Discover the natural lagoon area within Lan Ha Bay. Drop anchor for swimming or just simply sunbathe on on the deck. Head bac...
8. Hanoi: Street Food Walking Tour
Meet your English-speaking guide in your hotel lobby and set out on a local food and lifestyle tour of Hanoi. Wander the streets of the Hanoi Old Quarter and experience the pulsing evening rhythm of an area renowned for its street food and lively atmosphere. Your first course will be Nom Bo Kho (dry beef salad), a tasty Hanoian favorite. Then, follow your guide to a spot that serves Nem Ran (fried spring roll), voted as one of the top ten greatest street foods in Hanoi. As you taste these local dishes, learn about the ingredients and instructions for preparing them on your own. Continue to explore the street cuisine of Hanoi by walking to Ma May to try Banh Cuon (stuffed pancake). Visit the nearby Hai Thuong Lan Ong Street and learn how traditional medicine was made and used there. Hear more about Hanoi nightlife as you enjoy a steaming bowl of Pho, perhaps the most famous Vietnames...
9. Hanoi: Traditional Ao Dai Dress and Non La Hat Rental
If you are looking for an authentic experience in Hanoi, don't miss out on this Ao Dai rental service. Immerse yourself in the Vietnamese culture wearing a beautiful Ao Dai of your choice strolling through the scenic streets of Hanoi. Wear your Ao Dai along with a Non La conical hat and get ready for a one-of-a-kind experience. The Ao Dai is a deeply ingrained part of Vietnamese culture and mind. Seize the opportunity to wear an Ao Dai that has carried its national identity and spirit since its creation. An outstanding work of art, the Ao Dai is also popular in modern culture and worn by flight attendants, teachers, bankers, and students. Embark on a self-guided photo tour in your Ao Dai and take stunning pictures in front of famous monuments such as the Hoan Kiem Lake, Opera House, Cathedral or the Long Bien Bridge. Make your stay in Vietnam unique and memorable.
Ao dai interests me to try it in one day in Hanoi . I took many photos in most of major sites with this Ao dai. It was also good point when a staff here helped me to choose suitable ao dai and also spoke very good English . This is very great for everybody to keep memory in Hanoi with ao dai.
10. Halong Bay: 2 Days 1 Night - Rosa Boutique 4-Star Cruise
On day 1, you will depart from your hotel in Hanoi Old Quarter after an early morning pick-up. You will then drive to Halong Bay, the beautiful UNESCO world heritage site. Board the cruise at Tuan Chau Harbor and sip a welcome drink before checking into your cabin. Enjoy a Vietnamese seafood or vegetarian lunch, while cruising the magnificent Halong Bay and admiring the limestone rock formations. Then, visit Halong pearl farm village before exploring Sung Sot, also called Surprise Cave, the bay’s largest and most spectacular cave. Later in the day, relax on-board and marvel at your amazing surroundings, before a delicious dinner is served and the evening entertainment begins. Enjoy an overnight stay on the boat in your luxurious cabin. Day 2 begins with an invigorating Tai-Chi class on deck before breakfast. Partake in a cooking class with the cruise's chef and learn to prepare traditi...
People was very kindly. That was well organised. Everything was so as in the program. I offer this tour for everybody
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Planning Your 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
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- 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
I was looking for a course on tea techniques and was happy to find one in Hanoi. The reviews were also positive. Indeed I highly enjoyed this course on tea&coffee practices. The guide was happy to teach, had a really good sense of humour in english, patient and easily responded to my questions. And I liked knowing more about vietnamese culture, daily life. I highly recommend.
The two day cruise in Halong Bay was one of the best things we did in Vietnam. The boat was very nice. The cabins had dark wood and big windows. We also enjoyed the balcony where we took a lot of photos from. After our kajak tour we went in the hot tup and drank some happy hour drinks. The staff was very friendly without being too much.
Great friendly guide who speaks very good English. Good food and apart from that lots of useful information about Hanoi and Vietnam. Gladly again
Doan was very friendly and enthusiastic. I enjoyed the conversation as much as the tea and coffee. This was the highlight of my trip to Hanoi!
Best time to travel during pandemic. Very little tourist. Less stressful and frustration. Bad for tourist companies but it was great for me