- 1. Train Street
- 2. Walk around Hoan Kiem Lake
- 3. Drink Beer on Ta Hien Street
- 4. Watch a performance at Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre
- 5. Visit Imperial Citadel of Thang Long
- 6. Hanoi Old Quarter
- 7. Visit Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum
- 8. Temple of Literature
- 9. Enjoy Hanoi Cuisine
- 10. Visit Hoa Lo Prison Museum
1. Train Street
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
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.
+ 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.
Recommended length of stay: 3 -4 days. You should choose a stay in Hanoi Old Quarter.
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