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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
    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

Stunning location, great excursion with wonderful food.

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!

Excellent Luxury boat with superb rooms and food

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

Halong Bay Getaway 2 Days 1 Night on Viola Cruise 4**** Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 11/22/2016

Fantastic full day halong bay cruise trip

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

Daily Cruise to Halong Bay - Small Group Reviewed by jame, 11/18/2016

An amazing trip with breathtaking views and awesome fellow travelers!

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.

Halong Bay Small Group Adventure Tour from Hanoi Reviewed by Hazan, 11/18/2016

Fun and friendly guides, great food and drink.

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.

Hanoi Nightlife Motorbike Tour Reviewed by Daniel, 11/17/2016

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