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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

Excellent tour in a truly beautiful place

Great tour, good guide and superb food. Nothing can quite match the beauty of Halong Bay. Only gripe was the cost of drinks on the boat (and corkage charge if you bring your own) and the long coach journey from Hanoi, but that couldn't be helped.

Spectacular Halong Bay 2-Day Tour Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 01/08/2017

A must in Vietnam!it was a very excetional experience

Everything worked out as discribed. We enjoyed the trip very much and ate glad to have come.

Hanoi: 2-Day-1-Night Ha Long Bay Cruise with meals Reviewed by Franziska Heidi, 01/04/2017

Charming driver-guides gave us superb Hanoi introduction

This is a great way to see the city, some of the most important sites, and meet an chat to some hilarious young Hanoiverians. Tailor the tour to you interests but let your guides choose your coffee and food stops; we ate superb food that we would never have found or been able to order on our own. And the 4 students who were our guides for the tour had us in stitches with their wickedly quick banter. Highly recommended.

Hanoi City Tours by Motorbike Reviewed by Daniel, 01/01/2017

Amazing experience, from a culinary and cultural pont of view.

Very interesting to get to know a local, cook with her, learn more about Vietnamese culture and about the lifestyle of locals. Our host was very kind and our interpreter was very nice. The logistics of the activity were perfect.

Cook a Typical Hanoian Meal With a Local Reviewed by Maria, 12/28/2016

An UNESCO world heritage site ! - must try

Lots of experiences for our traveling for this UNSECO World Heritage Halong Bay! Halong Bay is worthy to be recognized as a world heritage site. It's really marvellous and impressive with thousands of big and small islands. We took a cruise to experience our best moment in the bay.Everyone come to Vietnam must try one time here!

Daily Cruise to Halong Bay - Small Group Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 12/16/2016

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