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The city has a more than thousand years old. Hanoi city has an extremely rich and diverse of history and traditional culture. Hanoi is truly a major tourist center of Vietnam, it is always one of the attractions of many domestic and international tourists. Hanoi has an area of 3,324.5 km² and population of 7,216,000 people (2015). Hanoi is located in the Northern Delta (Red River Delta), adjacent to the provinces of Thai Nguyen, Vinh Phuc in the north; Ha Nam and Hoa Binh to the south; Bac Giang, Bac Ninh and Hung Yen are bordered on the east; Hoa Binh and Phu Tho provinces in the west.

There are so many things to do in Hanoi. Travel to Hanoi you will the opportunity to explore many architect culture buildings which built since feudal time to colonial time. Beautiful landscapes of nature, unique craft villages existed for hundreds of years, interesting traditional cultural festivals, all will attract you during your stay in Hanoi. Really, are you interested in local Asian culture? Or history? Or nature? Or war ruins relics? You will always find something to do for your holiday to Hanoi.  View All Tours in Hanoi >>

Top Hanoi Attractions  and Recommended Things to Do

HANOI OLD QUARTER – Hanoi Attractions

hanoi attractions - old quarter

Hanoi Old Quarter is one of the tourist attractions can not be ignored when traveling Ha Thanh (Hanoi city) land. Go to Old Quarter you will have the opportunity to learn about the life, culture, people of Hanoi in history and everyday life, in addition, you also enjoy and discover the unique cuisine of Hanoi.

Hanoi Water Puppets

Hanoi Water Puppets (3)Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre is the ideal cultural place for visitors. It offers the “unique” water puppet program which is the extremely attractive spiritual “speciality”. For many last years, the brand name Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre has been known as an exploit which possesses a specially “uncanny” attraction, becomes a destination which is fonded of by many domestic and foreign visitors and tourists.

TEMPLE OF LITERATURE – Hanoi Attractions 

hanoi attractions - literature temple

Temple of literature (Van Mieu – Quoc Tu Giam) is an ancient school of the Thang Long capital and the first university in Southeast Asia. The Temple of Literature is not only a historical relic but also a place to organize cultural activities which are full of the national identity of Hanoi capital.


thang long citadel

Thang Long Imperial Citadel is a relic complex associated with the history of Thang Long – Hanoi from the beginning of the prior Thang Long (An Nam Dynasty of the VII century) through the Dinh – Tien Le, thriving under Ly, Tran, Le and Hanoi under the Nguyen Dynasty. This is a huge architectural work, built by the kings during many historical periods and became the most important monument in the system of Vietnamese monuments.

HO CHI MINH MAUSOLEUM – Hanoi Attractions

hanoi attractions - ho chi minh complex

The Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum was inaugurated on August 29, 1975. The mausoleum consists of three layers with the height of 21.6 meters, the lower layer forms the three steps, the middle layer is the central structure of the mausoleum including the chamber to keep his body and the corridors and the stairs up and down. Around the four sides are the square pillars made of marble, the top layer is the 3-steps shaped roof.

HOAN KIEM LAKE (SWORD LAKE) – Hanoi Attractions

hanoi attractions - guom lake

Hoan Kiem Lake is located in the heart of Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi. It is the location connecting the old town, such as Hang Ngang, Hang Dao, Cau Go, Luong Van Can, Lo Su … with the French Quarter planned more than a century ago such as Bao Khanh, House Tho, Trang Thi, Hang Bai, Dinh Tien Hoang, Trang Tien, Hang Khay, Ba Trieu …


hanoi ethnology museum

The Vietnam Museum of Ethnology is a museum in Hanoi, Vietnam, which focuses on the 54 officially recognized ethnic groups in Vietnam. It is located in the Cau Giay District, about 8 km from the city center. TripAdvisor has chosen Vietnam’s Museum of Ethnology as the fourth most attractive museum in Asia in 2014.

NGOC SON TEMPLE  – Hanoi Attractions

hanoi attractions - ngoc son temple

Ngoc Son Temple is a temple located on Ngoc Island of Hoan Kiem Lake, Hanoi. Ngoc Son Temple is a highlight of Hoan Kiem Lake. The temple was built on the foundation of the Khanh Thuy Palace, built by the emperor Trinh Giang (XVII century) in the ancient land called Ngoc Island, where the princesses came to worship in the summer.

 WEST LAKE – Hanoi Attractions

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West Lake is formerly known as Fox Body Lake, Golden Buffalo Lake. West Lake is the largest natural lake in the inner city of Hanoi, covering an area of over 500 hectares and a path running 21 kilometers around the lake. The lake is located in the northwest of central Hanoi.

 TRAN QUOC PAGODA – Hanoi Attractions

hanoi attractions - tran quoc pagoda

Tran Quoc Pagoda is one of the oldest pagodas in Hanoi and Vietnam, located on a south of the West Lake, near the end of Thanh Nien Street, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi. Once it was the Buddhist center of the Thang Long citadel in the Ly and Tran dynasties with historical and architectural values, Tran Quoc Pagoda is famous for its sacred Buddha’s door, which attracts many Buddhists and both domestic and foreign tourists.

 HOA LO PRISON – Hanoi Attractions

hoa lo prison

Hoa Lo Prison is located in the heart of Hanoi. French colonists built the prison in 1896 to detain those who fought against the French colonial regime, which was called the Maison Centrale, but due to the prison built on the land of the village of Phu Khanh, Hanoi, which is a village specializing in producing pottery, the fire burning day and night, so the village also called Hoa Lo and the prison here is also called Hoa Lo.


hanoi military museum


The Military History Museum of Vietnam, formerly known as the Military Museum, is a museum of Vietnamese military history, located at 28A Dien Bien Phu, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi. The museum was first opened on the occasion of the 15th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Army of Vietnam on December 22, 1959.


duong lam village


Duong Lam is a commune in Son Tay town, Hanoi. Duong Lam became the first ancient village in Vietnam to be granted the National Cultural and Historical Relics Certificate by the State on May 19, 2006. Duong Lam Village is about 50 km far from Hanoi. Travelers can walk on their own to discover the ancient Vietnamese village.

HUONG PAGODA – Hanoi Attractions

hanoi attactions - perfume pagoda


Huong Pagoda is located in Huong Son Mountain, in My Duc – Hanoi. It is about 65 km from Hanoi city center. Traveling to Huong Son Scenic Area is the journey to the land of Buddha – where Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara monks practice. Along with Yen Tu festival in Quang Ninh, Bai Dinh Pagoda festival in Ninh Binh … Huong pagoda festival every year welcomes millions of people to visit in the spring and pray for a new year with much good luck and happiness.

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