Hanoi Things to Do

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  • 1. Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

    Ho Chi Minh was at first the Prime Minister of Vietnam and later on he was chosen by his own people as a president of the country, before he was death he's requested to be cremated and embalmed he...

  • 2. Hoan Kiem Lake

    The lake is one of the major scenic spots in the city and serves as a focal point for its public life. Near the northern shore of the lake lies Jade Island on which the Temple of the Jade Mountain...

  • 3. Water Puppet Show

    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...

  • 4. Temple of Literature

    The landmark contains numerous courtyards and pavilions, here, you will see the courtyards has good maintenance. This ancient Confucian sanctuary is now considered one of Hanoi's finest historical and...

  • 5. 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...

  • 6. The Museum of Ethnology

    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...

  • 7. Old Quarter

    A mazes of alleyways, lanes, street eateries, bars and local vendors. Even if you don’t shop, simply walking through the Old Quarter in Hanoi is an exotic treat for the senses. Just wandering around,...

  • 8. One Pillar Pagoda

    The One-Pillar Pagoda (Chua Mot Cot) is located between the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and the Ho Chi Minh Museum. The pagoda was built in 1049 (uncertain) and resembles a giant lotus blossom. According to...

  • 9. West Lake

    The enigma of Hanoi is that looking at the housing in general there seems to be no discrepancies in income. Majority of the houses are three to four story structures so thin that it is difficult to...

  • 10. Hoa Lo Prison

    I was originally hesitant to enter the Hoa Lo Prison (known to most Americans as the "Hanoi Hilton" due to personal reasons but as I was one of the first Americans to be able to experience this place,...

  • 11. Army Museum

    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...

  • 12. Presidential Palace

    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...

  • 13. Opera House

    The Hanoi Opera is a stunningly beautiful building, and one of the few positive things that ever came out of French colonialism. It was built by the French in 1911 and modelled on Paris' famed Palais...

  • 14. 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...

  • 15. St Joseph Cathedral

    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...

  • 16. Perfume Pagoda

    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...

  • 17. 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...

  • 18. 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...

  • 19. Ngoc Son Temple

    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...

  • 20. Ho Chi Minh Museum

    The ho Chi Minh museum is located in a large nuilding right behind the mausoleum and next to the one pillar pagoda. If you can live with the museum being very political in a communist way then it's...

  • 21. 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...

  • 22. 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....

  • 23. 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....

  • 24. Truc Bach Lake

    There are lots of restaurants around this small lake, on the southern eastern and northern sides, all local, ranging from the little food stalls to quite cosy ones apparently. The most interesting is...

  • 25. Dong Xuan Market

    This large three-storey market in the north of Hanoi's Old Quarter offers a varied cornucopia of goods of all sorts. Hundreds of stalls, with thousands of workers, trade extremely fresh produce, dried...

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