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

    Walk around the Hoan Kiem Lake. This lake is in the center of town just by the old quarter. It is excellent place to take a break from the chaotic traffic of the city, here you can walk peacefully...

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  • 3. Water Puppet Show

    4 out of 5 stars

    I enjoyed very much ths show in this theater. The shows refered to Vietnamese traditions by means of water puppets, like daily life of Vietnamese farmers (cultivating, tending buffalo, catching...

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  • 4. Temple of Literature

    4 out of 5 stars

    Visit the Temple of Literature. This is located not far from the old quarter and not far from the Hoan Kiem lake. This temple is about 1000 years old and it is also Vietnam's first university. It cost...

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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

    I came to Ha long bay 2 years ago and slept overnight on cruise. It was amazing to watch the sunrise on the bay from the sun deck after finishing the practice of Tai Chi class. The bay was so peaceful...

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  • 7. 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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  • 8. The Museum of Ethnology

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Visit the Vietnam Museum of Ethology where you can see and learn a lot about Vietnam as a nation and of its people, ethnics and minorities. At the time of my visit there was bonus exhibition by the...

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  • 9. West Lake

    4 out of 5 stars

    On a few day trip in Hanoi, we were so lucky to visit there in May when the lotus flowers in West Lake were in blossom. The newly open flowers among wide greenish leaves cover lake surface. Late...

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  • 10. 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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  • 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. 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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  • 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...

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  • 18. 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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  • 19. 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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  • 20. 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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  • 21. 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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  • 22. 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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  • 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. 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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  • 25. 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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