This list is ranked by priority from top to bottom. You should read the articles 12 Must-Visit Attractions in HanoiTop 8 Must-Try Foods in Hanoi, and download Hanoi Tourist Map before the trip.

1. Train Street

Due to safety reasons, visitors will temporarily not be able to access this area; we will update the information when there is a notice from the authorities.

Train street is the small road connecting Dien Bien Phu Street and Phung Hung Street, where train tracks run right down the middle, allowing trains to pass terrifyingly close to the houses. The people here trade directly on the tracks; they have to pack up many times a day when a train is scheduled to pass. It would be great if you enjoy an egg coffee in a coffee shop here, its price is about 35,000 VND.

Address: Tran Phu Street, Hoan Kiem District

Train timetable

Monday – Friday: 7 PM, 7:45 PM, 8:30 PM, 10 PM
Weekend: 6 AM, 9 AM, 11:20 AM, 3:20 PM, 5:30 PM, 6 PM, 7 PM, 7:45 PM, 8:30 PM, 9 PM, 11 PM

2. Walk around Hoan Kiem Lake

Hoan Kiem Lake is considered as the symbol of Hanoi, located in Hanoi Old Quarter, surrounded by three streets are Hang Khay – Le Thai To – Dinh Tien Hoang. Hoan Kiem Lake is associated with legends about Hanoi and many hundred-year-old monuments such as Ngoc Son Temple, The Huc Bridge, and Turtle Tower.

On weekends, the streets surrounding Hoan Kiem Lake will be walking streets with many exciting activities such as street music and folk games. Hoan Kiem Lake is a must-visit attraction in Hanoi because it is the soul of Hanoi.

Take a stroll around the lake, see hundreds of years old buildings and enjoy a peaceful moment in you!

3. Drink Beer on Ta Hien Street

Like Bui Vien Street in Ho Chi Minh City, Ta Hien is a street where many Western tourists choose to stay and relax. The road is only 200m long, but it is one of the most crowded streets in the Old Quarter particularly and in Hanoi generally. Ta Hien has the most specific features of both old Hanoi and modern Hanoi. Ta Hien is the multinational and multicultural place because of not only western tourists but also locals and foreigners.

This street is considered a paradise of beer and street food in Hanoi. Choose a street shop, enjoy a glass of Hanoi Beer, and watch the passersby, which is an interesting experience when coming to the capital.

4. Watch a performance at Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre

Thang Long Water Puppet Theater is one of the most famous water puppet shows in Vietnam. The fairy tales and historical legends are recreated by wooden puppets on the water which are extremely unique and lively. Watch a performance at Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre is an awesome thing to do in Hanoi for tourists.

Address: 49 Dinh Tien Hoang, the shore of Hoan Kiem Lake, Hanoi

Price: 100,000 VND/adult – 60,000 VND/child.

Hours:

+ From Monday to Saturday: 1 pm, 3 pm, 4 pm, 5 pm, 6:30 pm, 8 pm, 9:15 pm.
+ Sunday: 9:00 am, 1:30 pm, 3 pm, 4:10 pm, 5 pm, 6:30 pm, 8 pm, 9:15 pm.

5. Visit Imperial Citadel of Thang Long

Thang Long ancient citadel is a complex of historic imperial buildings located in the center of Hanoi and an important historical and cultural citadel of Vietnam and has been recognized by UNESCO as a world cultural heritage since 2010. Here was the political center of the country (feudal period) for 13 centuries, later Thang Long was renamed Hanoi. Visit Imperial Citadel is one of the things to do when coming to Hanoi.

Address: 19C Hoang Dieu, Ba Dinh, Hanoi

Hours: 8:00 am – 12:30 pm & 1:30 pm – 7:30 pm (From Tuesday to Sunday)

Price: 30 000 VND

6. Hanoi Old Quarter

The Old Quarter is the name commonly given to the historical civic urban core of Hanoi, located outside the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long. Another common name of the Hanoi Old Quarter is the 36 streets. In the past, Hanoi people were only around 36 streets, Hanoi later gradually expanded, but its soul was only in these 36 streets.

Come to the Old Quarter, visit hundred-year-old buildings such as Dong Xuan market, Shark Jaws and feel an ancient space around you.

7. Visit Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is one of the famous tourist attractions in Hanoi. This is the final resting place of President Ho Chi Minh – the great Vietnamese leader. Ho Chi Minh body is preserved here in a glass case at the Mausoleum.

Address: 2 Hung Vuong, Dien Ban, Ba Dinh, Hanoi

Price: 25 000 Dong

Opening hours: Tue, Wed, Thu from 8:00 am – 11:00 am; Saturday and Sun from 8:00 am – 11:30 am; Closed Monday and Friday.

8. Temple of Literature

Built-in 1070 under King Ly Thanh Tong, it is considered the first university in Vietnam. Up to now, the Temple of Literature has become a symbol of the thousand-year-old Capital and a cultural cradle of Vietnam. Visit the Temple of Literature is an exciting thing when coming to Hanoi.

Address: 58 Quoc Tu Giam, Van Mieu, Ba Dinh, Hanoi

Price: 30 000 Dong (1,4 USD), free for children under 15 years old.

Hours: Summer from 7:30 am – 6:00 pm, Winter from 8:00 am  – 6:00 pm.

9. Enjoy Hanoi Cuisine

Hanoi – The cradle of heritage, includes cuisine. Hanoi dishes are traditionally Vietnamese. Besides must-try dishes such as Pho, Bun Cha or Bun Thang, Hanoi still has awesome dishes like Egg Cafe, Com and Ice Cream.

In Hanoi, each street has its own typical dishes such as Cha Ca Street (typical dish: Cha Ca), Lang Vong Street (typical dish: Com) and Trang Tien Street (Ice Cream).

Please read the article Top 8 Must-try foods in Hanoi for more information.

 

10. Visit Hoa Lo Prison Museum

If the War Remnants Museum is a must-visit place in Ho Chi Minh City, Hoa Lo Prison Museum is a must-visit attraction in Hanoi to witness the crimes of war. Built by the French colonial government in the late 19th century, Hoa Lo Prison Museum was originally used to harbor Vietnamese revolutionaries and any dissidents of the French rule.

Dubbed the “earthly hell” place, the most feared prison in Southeast Asia, during its time of operation, Hoa Lo Prison became a detention place of generations of Vietnamese soldiers. The prison architecture was designed with torture and forced forms of cruelty.

Hours: 8am-5pm
Price: 30 000 VND

TIPS

 

Above are the 10 best things to do in Hanoi, Hanoi is a beautiful city and one of the 10 best places to visit in Vietnam.

Recommended length of stay: 3 -4 days. You should choose a stay in Hanoi Old Quarter.

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