Hanoi Attractions

What To See In Hanoi

Hanoi attractions are breath-taking remnants of its 1,000-year history, including ornate Buddhist temples, ancient citadels, unique theatres, and French colonial architecture, as well as traditional villages and tranquil parks set just outside the city. One of the loveliest features to this French-colonial city is its many lakes, offering beautiful stops to rest in between venturing out in the capital’s bustling streets.

Travellers will never be stuck for something to do in Hanoi, as they can find authentic markets and Vietnamese culture coexist harmoniously with the city’s rapid urbanization of international hotel brands, sleek office towers, and massive shopping malls. To help you get started on your sightseeing adventures in the capital of Vietnam, we’ve compiled an extensive guide on what to see in Hanoi.

Best of Hanoi

Top 10 Things to Do in Hanoi

You will never be stuck for something to do in Hanoi, where ancient and proudly preserved Vietnamese culture is felt most keenly by visitors, and progress wrestles with tradition in different districts of
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Hanoi Old Quarter

Packed with charming colonial architecture, Buddhist temples and pagodas, the Old Quarter, located near Hoan Kiem Lake in Hoan Kiem
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Hoan Kiem Lake & Ngoc Son

Hanoi tourists and locals alike head to Hoan Kiem Lake when seeking a place to get away from the noise of the city. Peaceful and quiet, the lake surrounds Ngoc Son Temple.
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Most Popular Museum in Hanoi

Museum of Trade Ceramics

Built in 1858, the building housing the Museum of Trade Ceramics is an elegant example of traditional Vietnamese workmanship which has been kept in first-class condition.
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Vietnam Women’s Museum

The Vietnam Women’s Museum delivers a beautifully presented tribute to the women of Vietnam. There are plenty of historical contexts alongside a wealth of information.
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Vietnam Museum of Ethnology

Vietnam Museum of Ethnology in Hanoi offers an insight into the 54 different ethnic groups of Vietnam in an effort to preserve cultural heritage and promote socio-cultural diversity.
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Best Things to Do in Hanoi

5 Best Activities in Hanoi

The best activities in Hanoi are great for exploring a different side of the city, where you get to experience the traditional Vietnamese lifestyle. If you’re a first-time visitor to Hanoi, it’s Read more

Hanoi Countryside Bike Tour

Hanoi countryside bike tours give you a unique look at how the locals live in rural parts of Hanoi, with a wide array of routes offered by tour operators within the city. Exploring a foreign destination by Read more

Hanoi Bowling Alleys

Bowling alleys are popular places for young Vietnamese to hang out at and usually offer fast food diners, karaoke rooms and pool tables. Read more

Hanoi Fitness Centres

Good fitness centres in Hanoi are limited to those at hotels catering to a predominantly tourist market. Most of the hotel centres offer day rates for non-guests. Read more

Hanoi Golf Courses

Hanoi offers golfers of all abilities plenty of choice with day passes and equipment rental available at all courses. Some clubs located just outside of Hanoi are of a very high standard. Read more

Hanoi Spas & Massages

Pampering in Hanoi is available at most five-star hotels frequented by affluent Vietnamese and tourists alike. This growth has led to some competition amongst the day spas. Read more

Most Popular Attractions in Hanoi

All Attractions A to Z

This section is a detailed list of attractions in Hanoi by alphabetical order, so you don’t miss out on the best things to see during your holiday. If you’re a culture vulture, no trip to Hanoi is Read more

Ba Vi National Park

Ba Vi National Park is one of Vietnam’s most famous areas of outstanding natural beauty, and is centered around a three-peaked mountain jutting steeply out of the landscape. Read more

One Pillar Pagoda

Bowling alleys are popular places for young Vietnamese to hang out at and usually offer fast food diners, karaoke rooms and pool tables. Read more

Temple of Literature

The Temple of Literature is often cited as one of Hanoi’s most picturesque tourist attractions. Originally built as a university in 1070 dedicated to Confucius, scholars and sages Read more

Hanoi Zoo

Formerly known as Bachthao Gardens, Hanoi Zoo is home to about 800 animals with over 90 different species on exhibition, including big cats, monkeys and reptiles. Read more

Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum

Ho Chi Minh is probably the most popular leader of Vietnam and known to his people as ‘Uncle Ho’. His body is preserved here in a glass case at the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum in central Hanoi. Read more