Thu Do Ha Noi Things to Do

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    Overview
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  • The presidential palace in Hanoi.
    The presidential palace in Hanoi.
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  • The Ho Chi Minh museum.
    The Ho Chi Minh museum.
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Thu Do Ha Noi Things to Do

  • Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

    Hanoi Things to Do

    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 wants his body placed in the Mauseleum, probably its a strange situation to see himself lying in one of the place inside, but for the people of Vietnam...

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  • Hoan Kiem Lake

    Hanoi Things to Do

    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 (Ngoc Son Temple) stands. The temple was erected in the 18th century A pleasant park in the centre of town, within easy walking distance from anywhere...

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  • Water Puppet Show

    Hanoi Things to Do

    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 must admit that they are very skilful, but water puppet theatre never caught my interest. I think it is one of those things that you either love or...

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  • Temple of Literature

    Hanoi Things to Do

    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 cultural sites Though having gone through lots of restoration work, the temple still retains its very first original shape, to be one of the visit...

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  • Ha Long Bay

    Hanoi Things to Do

    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 opportunities to discover the mysterious haven in there. Kayaking is very popular in Ha long and attracts a lot of travelers all over the world. It is...

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  • The Museum of Ethnology

    Hanoi Things to Do

    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 of an indoor exhibition and a huge open-air exhibition. The indoor section has exhibitions of clothes, agricultural tools, fishing instruments,...

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  • Old Quarter

    Hanoi Things to Do

    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, discovering what the city has to offer. Everything north of the Hoam Kiem Lake is the Old Quarter, and just following your inquisitiveness is the...

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  • One Pillar Pagoda

    Hanoi Things to Do

    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 a legend, King Ly Thai To was childless and dreamt one night that he met the bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara (Goddess of Compassion), who handed him a...

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  • West Lake

    Hanoi Things to Do

    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 imagine that they are anything else but single family homes. Despite the clouds of dust and general pollution of all, land, water and air, there are no...

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  • Hoa Lo Prison

    Hanoi Things to Do

    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, I could not resist. What remains of the original prison is now a Museum, Much of the original prison was destroyed in the mid-1990s but the "Maison...

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  • Army Museum

    Hanoi Things to Do

    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 wreckage contained the remains of a shot down American B-52 bomber, a US F111 Aardvark bomber and a French transport plane.

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  • Presidential Palace

    Hanoi Things to Do

    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 president and and build a little wooden house on stilts in the garden instead but these days the president of Vietnam has no problem living a luxury...

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  • Opera House

    Hanoi Things to Do

    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 Garnier. We stayed at the Hilton Opera, directly adjacent to the Opera itself, and our room had a great view of the building. But the highlight came...

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  • Perfume Pagoda

    Hanoi Things to Do

    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 leave your transport and go by iron boat for approx one hour, where you alight and make your way to the temple. The boat trip is beautiful, so peaceful,...

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  • Ho Chi Minh House

    Hanoi Things to Do

    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 lived here between May 1958 and August 1969 and so it's become a national symbol. Set in a stretch of mango-filled parkland around a small pond, this...

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  • St Joseph Cathedral

    Hanoi Things to Do

    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 place in France, with its unmistakable French-influenced architecture, especially the square towers.

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  • The French Quarter

    Hanoi Things to Do

    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 Opera House, based on the neo-Baroque Paris Opera, east of the Opera House is Hanoi's Museum of History, an elaborate blend of Vietnamese palace and...

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  • Tam Coc

    Hanoi Things to Do

    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 south from Hanoi to Hao Lu ancient citadel for about 2 hours. We arrived at Hao Lu, and visited two old temples, Denh and Le King Temple. This area...

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  • Walking

    Hanoi Things to Do

    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. In the street, you’ll see someone wanting to sell you food, that's an old woman carrying a “yoke” (two baskets slung from each end of a wooden pole)...

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  • Bach Ma Temple

    Hanoi Things to Do

    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 and there were plenty of religious offerings of food and flowers inside. Legend has it that in the ninth century, King Ly Thai To was trying to build...

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  • Hoa Lu

    Hanoi Things to Do

    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. Going up, you will reach Hoa Lu where placing the pagoda of King of Le dynasty and Dinh Dynasty. Near Tam Coc, there is Bich Dong which is also nice!

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  • Ngoc Son Temple

    Hanoi Things to Do

    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 temple is a good place to relax and cool down in the soft breeze over the lake. The temple is dedicated to Van Xuong (a wise man), Tran Hung Dao (a...

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  • Ho Chi Minh Museum

    Hanoi Things to Do

    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 actually a really good museum with focus on Ho Chi Minh and his life and struggle for vietnamese independence. The entry to the museum is just over one...

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  • Dong Xuan Market

    Hanoi Things to Do

    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 foods, household goods, appliances and more. The market has an interesting history. It saw fierce fighting between Vietnamese resistance units and...

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  • Truc Bach Lake

    Hanoi Things to Do

    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 the eastern side (Tran Vu street) where the restaurants are on one side of the street and tables are on the other side on the shore of the lake; if...

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  • Tran Quoc Pagoda

    Hanoi Things to Do

    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 "national defense." Much of the current architecture at the site dates from 1815.

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  • Ly Thai To

    Hanoi Things to Do

    When walking around the Hoan Kiem Lake you might notice the statue of King Ly Thai To. The statue is located at Indira Gandhi Park and is a memorial to the founder and first king of the Ly Dynasty. The Ly Dynasty began in 1009 when Ly Thai To overthrow the Prior Le Dynasty. The era ended in 1225 when Tran Canh married the last queen of the Ly...

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  • Museum of Vietnamese Revolution

    Hanoi Things to Do

    This museum is located over the road from the National Museum of Vietnamese History and was established in August 1959 in a building that was formerly used by the Trade Department of Vietnam. It was redesigned into 29 galleries and as of 2008 contains in excess of 40,000 historical exhibits. Topics covered are the National liberation movements of...

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  • Memorial House

    Hanoi Things to Do

    This old wooden house was located just down the road from where I was staying in the Old Quarter, to the north of Hoan Kiem Lake and also, simply, goes by the name of Ancient House. Dating back to the end of the 19th century, this very special house is a stunning example of the type of architecture that once prevailed throughout Hanoi but it's the...

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  • Ngoc Son Pagoda

    Hanoi Things to Do

    The pagoda is on what looks like a small island connected by an attractive old wooden red bridge. Entrance fee is about 3,000 VND (which was about 60c in our money, almost nothing at all) There were a lot of people here when we visited, but very few westerners, and it wasn't too touristy as it seemed a lot were there to pay their respects and do a...

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  • Quan Su Pagoda

    Hanoi Things to Do

    Quan Su is one of the most important temples in the country. Constructed in the 15th century along with a small house for visiting Buddhist ambassadors, in 1934 it became the headquarters of the Tonkin Buddhist Association and today it is headquarters for the Vietnam Central Buddhist Congregation. It's an active pagoda and usually thronged with...

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  • Ba Dinh Square

    Hanoi Things to Do

    These attractions can be grouped together in that Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum is situated on the edge of the Ba Dinh Square. The square itself is a wide open and paved space and the focal point is of course the mausoleum and a giant flag of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. There is a large grassy area with pathways separating Hung Vuong Street and...

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  • Cyclo Tour

    Hanoi Things to Do

    I’m very keen on taking cyclo ride when I was in Hanoi last year, and I think it’s worth taking a cyclo for an hour only or at the start time of your visit in Hanoi. Some friend advise me walking will be better, but I think the perspective you get from a cyclo ride is worth seeing — plus it’s far easier to look around and take photos if you’re not...

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  • Women's Museum

    Hanoi Things to Do

    This interesting exhibition on Hanoi’s street vendors was on display, upstairs, at the Women’s Museum and is well worthy of a visit even if the main museum part, downstairs, isn’t! It exhibits many photos of the different type of street vendor that ply Hanoi’s streets along with real case accounts from the women themselves. I think this is only a...

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  • Quan Thanh Temple

    Hanoi Things to Do

    Located just to the south of the huge West Lake, directly north of Uncle Ho’s Mausoleum, lies this delightful temple. Legend has it the temple was established during the reign of Emperor Ly Thai To (reigned 1010–1028) and was dedicated to Tran Vu, Deity of the North in Taoism, whose symbols of power are the serpent and turtle. It is one of the Four...

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  • Quan Chuong Gate

    Hanoi Things to Do

    Quan Chuong Gate, the only ancient gate that remains in Hanoi, was built in 1749 during the Le Dynasty. It’s located in the eastern part of the Old Quarter and has suffered from the ravages of time, neglect, war, and urban expansion that destroyed the other 15 original city gates.

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  • Golden Bell Theater

    I had the chance to watch a traditional Vietnamese folk arts show at Golden Bell Theater during the time when I was in Hanoi. The show had 8 performances consisting of various traditional folk art styles in just an hour. This show has started performing for a month now and I think it is every exciting since it offers you a closest look on each and...

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