Things to do in

Hanoi

In Vietnam’s cultural capital you'll try shrimp pancakes, see the Ho Chi Minh mausoleum, and cruise Ha Long Bay.

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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.

Frequently asked questions about Hanoi

What top attractions are a must-see in Hanoi?

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

  • 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

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 5,736 reviews

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