Best Things To Do in Hanoi, Vietnam

The city of Hanoi is the capital of Vietnam and can be considered as Asia's most charming capital city. The city boasts a fascinating blend of east and west, combining traditional Sino-Vietnamese motifs with French flair, elegant French Villas, colonial-era structures, tree-lined boulevards, parks, lakes, museums, art galleries, temples, museums and a historic Old Quarter, that attract tourists from all across the globe to come and experience the preserved vibrant culture of Vietnam.

The best way to get a full experience of this 1000-year-old city is to indulge in some of the best things to do in Hanoi, which include taking a tour of one of its many museums like Ho Chi Minh Museum, Fine Arts Museum and the National Museum of Vietnamese History; its beautiful temples like the Temple of Literature, Ngoc Son Temple, Bach Ma Temple and the Hani Temple and its many parks like the Lenin Statue and Park, Ly Thai To Statue and Park and the Ho Tay - West Lake. Other top attractions in Hanoi include historic wartime sites like B-52 Lake and the Hoa Lo Prison. There are various amusement opportunities as well like the Water Puppet Theater, Kinder Park and Ha Noi circus. One can even indulge in various activities in Hanoi which include motorbike tours and food tours. The city also offers significant shopping opportunities like the Old Quarter, which is lined with various fashion stores, souvenir stalls, snack and trinket sellers and malls like Vincom City Towers where one can find luxury brands, a cinema and a colourful gaming area. With such an infinite list of activities and things to do, one is definitely going to fall short of time in this city. Hanoi promises to give you a peaceful, relaxed and a memorable vacation.

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Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Hanoi

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  1. #1 of 360 Things To Do in Hanoi
    - Used in 4114 itineraries
    Old Quarter

    Tags: Restaurant, Leisure, Market, Shopping Center

    Address: Hanoi, Vietnam

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    Wander along the streets of Old Quarter to really experience the inherent charm of Hanoi. The pulse of the city, the Old quarter is full of typical Vietnamese sights and scenes. It is an area well-kno...Read more

  2. #2 of 360 Things To Do in Hanoi
    - Used in 3739 itineraries
    Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre

    Tags: Art And Culture, Entertainment, Performance, Theatre

    Address: 57b Dinh Tien Hoang, Hoan Kiem, Ha Noi, Vietnam

    Timings: 03:30 pm - 08:00 pm Details

    Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre is a familiar address for both domestic tourists and foreign ones, who want to enjoy water puppet shows and discover the beauty of this unique Vietnam traditional art. ...Read more

  3. #3 of 360 Things To Do in Hanoi
    - Used in 3969 itineraries
    Hoan Kiem Lake

    Tags: Water Body, Lake, Nature

    Address: Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi, Vietnam

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    The Hoan Keim lake offers endless opportunities for people watching and recreation. A daily tableau for morning walkers and star-gazed couples, it’s interesting to witness the flurry of activity...Read more

  4. #4 of 360 Things To Do in Hanoi
    Temple Of Literature And National University

    Tags: Art And Culture, Monument, Nature, University

    Address: Van Mieu, Dong Da, Ha Noi, Vietnam

    Timings: 07:30 am - 05:30 pm Details

    Also know as Van Mieu, The Temple of Literature is one of the oldest major monuments of Vietnam. It’s home to remnants of Vietnam's pre 19th and 20th century history.. Founded by King Ly Thanh T...Read more

  5. #5 of 360 Things To Do in Hanoi
    - Used in 1883 itineraries
    Ho Chi Minh Museum

    Tags: Art And Culture, Museum

    Address: Chua Mot Cot, Doi Can, Ba Dinh, Ha Noi, Vietnam

    Timings: 08:00 am - 04:30 pm Details

    The Ho Chi Minh Museum explains the life and times of Ho Cho Minh, perhaps the most celebrated human being in Vietnam. There are a number of interesting photos, manuscripts and translations of Ho&rsqu...Read more

  6. #6 of 360 Things To Do in Hanoi
    - Used in 2351 itineraries
    Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

    Tags: Art And Culture, Museum, Landmark, Square

    Address: Hung Vuong, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi, Vietnam

    Timings: 09:00 am - 12:00 pm Details

    The Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum holds the embalmed remains of Ho Chi Minh; this larger than life granite structure stands in over Ba Dinh Square in Hanoi, Vietnam. The Ba Dinh Square which is situated ...Read more

  7. #7 of 360 Things To Do in Hanoi
    - Used in 1259 itineraries
    Hoa Lo Prison

    Tags: Art And Culture, River, Nature

    Address: Hoa Lo, Tran Hung Dao, Hoan Kiem, Ha Noi, Vietnam

    Timings: 08:00 am - 05:00 pm Details

    The Hao Lo Prison was a prison used by the French colonists in Vietnam for political prisoners, and later by North Vietnam for prisoners of war&n...Read more

  8. #8 of 360 Things To Do in Hanoi
    - Used in 3156 itineraries
    Vietnamese Women's Museum

    Tags: Art And Culture, Art Museum, Museum, History Museum

    Address: 36 Ly Thuong Kiet, Hang Bai ward, Hoan Kiem, Ha Noi, Vietnam

    Timings: 08:00 am - 05:00 pm Details

    The Vietnamese women’s museum highlights the heroic struggles and contribution of Vietnamese women in the society and culture. It holds an incredible collection of posters, fabrics and tribal ar...Read more

  9. #9 of 360 Things To Do in Hanoi
    - Used in 2611 itineraries
    Vietnam Museum Of Ethnology

    Tags: Art And Culture, Museum

    Address: Nguyen Van Huyen, Nghia Do, Cau Giay, Ha Noi, Vietnam

    Timings: 08:30 am - 05:30 pm Details

    Vietnam Museum of Ethnology exhibits objects of interest and information from the indigenous ethnic groups in Vietnam. It’s a fascinating visit where one can learn about interesting facts relate...Read more

  10. #10 of 360 Things To Do in Hanoi
    - Used in 2163 itineraries
    Ho Chi Minh's Residence

    Tags: Art And Culture, Museum, Estate, Lake

    Address: Ngoc Ha, Ba Dinh, Ha Noi, Vietnam

    Timings: 08:00 am - 04:30 pm Details

    Ho's residence, the well-known house on stilts, is behind the Presidential Palace, a magnificent French colonial building built in 1901 for the resident French governor. Instead of the glorious struct...Read more

  11. #11 of 360 Things To Do in Hanoi
    - Used in 3313 itineraries
    West Lake

    Tags: Waterfront, Walking Area, Lake, Picnic Spot

    Address: Ba Dinh District, Hanoi, Vietnam

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    The largest lake n Hanoi is a popular spot for gathering, surrounded by many shops, restaurants, gardens, and hotels. It features the Tran Quoc Pagoda, Vietnamese for ‘Stabilizing the Nation&rsq...Read more

  12. #12 of 360 Things To Do in Hanoi
    - Used in 3037 itineraries
    St Joseph's Cathedral

    Tags: Art And Culture, Church, Religious Site, Cathedral

    Address: 40 Nha Chung, Hang Trong, Hoan Kiem, Ha Noi, Vietnam

    Timings: 05:00 am - 07:30 pm Details

    Entering this majestic church is like walking into 1886, as little has changed since it first opened its doors. The centre of Catholicism in Hanoi is the beautifully decrepit neo-Gothic, St Joseph&rsq...Read more

  13. #13 of 360 Things To Do in Hanoi
    - Used in 2156 itineraries
    Fine Arts Museum

    Tags: Art And Culture, Art Museum, Museum

    Address: 66 Nguyen Thai Hoc, Ba Dinh, Ha Noi, Vietnam

    Timings: 09:15 am - 05:00 pm Details

    Housed in a recently renovated colonial building, this museum contains the finest display of artwork in all the country, and so is a must do for anyone interested in art. Its three floors contain exam...Read more

  14. #14 of 360 Things To Do in Hanoi
    - Used in 3140 itineraries
    Hang Gai Street

    Tags: Walking Area, Market

    Address: Hang Gai Street, Hanoi, Vietnam

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    This is one of the better streets in the old quarter though there are several other good ones like Dinh Liet, Hang Dao, and several others. If you are in the old quarter you will probably eventually w...Read more

  15. #15 of 360 Things To Do in Hanoi
    - Used in 2118 itineraries
    Vietnam Military History Museum

    Tags: Museum, Military Museum, History Museum, Educational Site

    Address: 28A Dien Bien Phu, Dien Bien, Ba Dinh, Ha Noi, Vietnam

    Timings: 08:00 am - 04:30 pm Details

    The museum makes for an interesting visit, especially it’s display of Vietnam’s struggle for independence and the ensuing historic war. The museum has indoor and outdoor exhibits that high...Read more

Activities And Tours

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