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

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 5,724 reviews

Booked for tight schedule collecting from Hanoi train station after taking overnight train from SaPa , collecting luggage from previous Hanoi hotel and going straight to the airport for an internal flight. All confirmed on email , including the addition of the luggage collection , with contact numbers you never know will work until you need them. Arranged collection point turned out to be the wrong exit from Hanoi station and with our schedule so tight I rang Anna on one of those numbers . This was 5.30am ..and she answered immediately and sorted it within 1 minute !

Our tour guide Alex took us to some of the local places vs the touristy one. He also gave some good history on the city. I feel like I have a better understanding and appreciation of the food culture here after taking this tour. Thank you!

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

We had a great time -Dan was an excellent guide, really informative. Would highly recommend