Hanoi Things to Do

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  • 1. Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

    4 out of 5 stars

    Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is the most important site in Hanoi for all loyal Vietnamese people. Ho Chi Minh, the nation's hero, is laid out there (against his will, by the way - he wanted to be cremated...

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  • 2. Hoan Kiem Lake

    4 out of 5 stars

    Ho Hoan Kiem means "lake of the returned sword". The story behind the name is a legend. In 1418, the Vietnamese emperor Le Loi fought a war against the Chinese. It wasn't going too well for him so...

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  • 3. Water Puppet Show

    4 out of 5 stars

    Water puppet theatre is a traditional art form in Vietnam, and has existed for more than 1000 years. The Puppeteers use bamboo poles to move their puppets around the small pond that forms the stage. I...

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  • 4. Temple of Literature

    4 out of 5 stars

    Van Mieu, the Temple of Literature, is Hanoi's oldest university. Or rather: it was a university. Founded in 1070 (!) and dedicated to Confucius, Van Mieu was the main centre of education for...

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  • 5. Old Quarter

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Definitely the number 1 sight in Hanoi, its Old Town is a place to spend days and days and days. Just wandering through the streets, you will discover so many different things - ranging from hectic...

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  • 6. Ha Long Bay

    Kayaking This is the best way for you to explore the breathtaking scenery in Ha Long Bay with the six hundred square miles of paradise in the north East of Vietnam, offer the visitor many exciting...

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  • 7. The Museum of Ethnology

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    The Museum of Ethnology is a great museum, and If you only are going to visit one museum in Hanoi this is the one…! The museum covers the culture of the various ethnic groups in Vietnam and consists...

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  • 8. West Lake

    4 out of 5 stars

    Ho Tay, the West Lake, is Hanoi's biggest lake. According to a legend, it was created when a Chinese buffalo mistook the sound of a bell of a pagoda for its mother's voice and ran away, creating the...

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  • 9. Army Museum

    4 out of 5 stars

    This museum was interesting and not as disturbing as the War Remnants Museum in Ho Chi Minh. The most memorable part were the wrecked tanks and military vehicles placed outside. A huge heap of...

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  • 10. One Pillar Pagoda

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    The One Pillar Pagoda is often mentioned to be one of Hanoi's most beautiful pagodas. Every tourist guidebook mentions it as a must-see. It's more or less the number one sight in Hanoi. You HAVE to...

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  • 11. Hoa Lo Prison

    4 out of 5 stars

    The name Hoa Lo, commonly translated as "fiery furnace" or even "Hell's hole", also means "stove". The name originated from the street name "Pho Hoa Lo", due to the concentration of stores selling...

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  • 12. Presidential Palace

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    The presidential palace is located right next to the Ho Chi Minh mausoleum and the little house on stilts that Ho Chi minh lived in. Ho chi Minh refused to live in the presidential palace when he was...

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  • 13. Opera House

    4 out of 5 stars

    Hanoi's opera house is well worth a short visit because of its impressive outside. It looks like a giant French colonial mansion and is really a beautiful building. The building was constructed to...

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  • 14. Perfume Pagoda

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    About a 2hour or 70ks drive from Hanoi, it gives you a chance to see the countryside, and perhaps, breathe in a little cleaner air, although there is smog still here. At the town of Ben Duc, you...

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  • 15. St Joseph Cathedral

    4 out of 5 stars

    This neo-gothic cathedral built in the late-1800s is situated in the city's Old Quarter. If only the church has been well maintained and perhaps given a fresh coat of paint, it may not look out of...

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  • 16. Ho Chi Minh House

    Located within the grounds of the Presidential Palace, to the north of his mausoleum is a simple wooden house on stilts which Uncle Ho lived and worked at instead of the Presidential Palace itself. He...

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  • 17. Tam Coc

    We booked a trip with Vega Travel to "HANOI– HOA LU– TAM COC" in 2009. Less than US$10, you can travel outside of Hanoi to visit ancient temples and ride boat along the river at Tam Coc. We traveled...

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  • 18. Dong Xuan Market

    3 out of 5 stars

    One of the most enjoyable things to do in Hanoi is visiting the city's markets. Among the most interesting ones is Dong Xuan market in the northern part of the Old Quarter. The first thing you'll...

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  • 19. The French Quarter

    The French Quarter is a lovely part of Hanoi to wander around. It is located to the south and east of Hoan Kiem Lake, and has grand boulevards and elegant French colonial buildings. There is the...

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  • 20. Tran Quoc Pagoda

    Tran Quoc Pagoda is the oldest of Hanoi's pagodas. Originally established around 548AD along the Red River, it was moved to the present location around the year 1600AD. The name Tran Quoc means...

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  • 21. Walking

    There are many famous places in Hanoi, but I like the streets best. Walking in the streets is the best way to experience the hustle and bustle of Hanoi. But there are some problems if you walk alone....

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  • 22. Ngoc Son Temple

    4 out of 5 stars

    Ngoc Son Temple is the spot where you can see the tortoise found in Hoan Kiem Lake in 1968 - the one that is said to be the one from the legend. Located on a small island at Hoan Kiem's upper end, the...

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  • 23. Bach Ma Temple

    This lovely, small temple lies right in the heart of the bustling Old Quarter and was a short walk away from where I was staying. I came here just before Tet (Vietnamese lunar New Year) celebrations...

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  • 24. Ho Chi Minh Museum

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    This museum provides you with a lot of information about Vietnam's national hero Ho Chi Minh and his life. Ho Chi Minh, in English "Light Bringer", was actually called Nguyen Tat Thanh - but hardly...

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  • 25. Hoa Lu

    Hoa Lu-Tam Coc belongs to Ninh Binh provice which is 100 km away from Hanoi city. Coming here, you have chane to explore beautiful canals, 3 caves and beautiful field. It likely Halong Bay on land....

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