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Top Attractions in Hanoi

Hanoi, the central heart of Vietnamese culture and history, has numerous things to do and places to visit. With an abundance of wonderful sightseeing, a day trip in Hanoi covers all the must-see attractions and must-do activities that everyone should try at least once in a lifetime. Here are the top places to visit in Hanoi.

Hanoi Old Quarter

For those who want a getaway out of the hustle and bustle, Hanoi Old Quarter is the first place to visit with a handful of tranquil streets, food vendors, and interesting boutiques. Once you discover our list of places to visit in Hanoi, you will capture the essence of Vietnamese local life.

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Hang Ma Street, one of 36 ancient streets in Hanoi Old Quarter

While Hanoi Old Quarter features the ancient beauty of old streets, the nearby districts boast a large number of contemporary scenes filled with historical sites, colonial buildings, pretty cafés, and restaurants.


Hoan Kiem Lake

The serene Hoan Kiem Lake, which is located right on the southern tip of the old town district, is Hanoi's most well-known sight.

The stocky Turtle Tower is located on a different tiny island in the lake's southern region and is best observed from the bridge.

The Turtle Tower On The Hoan Kiem Lake

The Turtle Tower On The Hoan Kiem Lake

The small island including Ngoc Son Temple is connected to the lake by a red bridge. It is the main tourist attraction. It is dedicated to three important historical figures in Vietnamese history: La To, who is revered as the patron saint of doctors; Van Xuong, a renowned scholar; and Tran Hung Dao, a general who fought against the invading Mongol army in the 13th century.


Ho Chi Minh Complex

The Ho Chi Minh Complex includes Ho Chi Minh's mausoleum as well as a number of museums and monuments. It is located inside the city's gardens.

Ho Chi Minh's embalmed body is kept in a glass case in the tomb, a stern marble structure under the Mausoleum.

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Reflection Of Vietnam's Grand History

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Reflection Of Vietnam's Grand History

The Ho Chi Minh Museum, which is also part of the complex, offers a diverse collection that includes items that belonged to Ho Chi Minh personally and a wealth of knowledge about the background of the Vietnamese Revolution.


Hanoi Opera House

Standing in the heart of Hanoi, the Hanoi Opera House was located in a beautiful intersection downtown, where five main city roads lead to. The building was completed in 1911 after 10 years of construction, by two French architects, Broyer and V. Harley, resembling the Opéra Garnier de Paris.

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Hanoi Opera House, a symbol of colonial architecture in Hanoi

In addition to historical and cultural highlights, the outskirts of Hanoi still have many traditional villages to visit and learn about its long-lasting history.

To get more ideas of places to visit in Hanoi, see our following list of top attractions to inspire your wanderlust.

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  • Ho Chi Minh Complex
  • Hoan Kiem Lake
  • Temple of Literature
  • Hanoi Old Quarter
  • Long Bien Bridge
  • Duong Lam Ancient Village
  • Tran Quoc Pagoda
  • Bat Trang Ceramic Village
  • Hanoi Opera House
  • Hoan Kiem Lake
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    Hoan Kiem Lake Hoan Kiem Lake
    • Traditional and spiritual heart of the city
    • Legendary story of the "Sword Lake"
    • Green space for vibrant weekend activities
    Best for: Natural lover, Families with Kids
  • Dong Xuan Market
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    Dong Xuan Market Dong Xuan Market
    • The largest trading point in Hanoi under French occupation time
    • A busy trading place with nearly 4,000 stalls
    • Convenient waliking location which stretches about 3km from Hoan Kiem lake
    Best for: Families, Group of friends
  • Temple of Literature
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    Temple of Literature Temple of Literature
    • The first prestigious University of Vietnam
    • 5 spacious courtyards with gardened landscape and multiple scarved turtle statues
    • Historical place for career wishes from candidates and students
    Best for: Young adults, Culture vulture
  • Long Bien Bridge
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    Long Bien Bridge Long Bien Bridge
    • One of the 5 bridges crossing Red Rive to Hanoi
    • The only bridge in Hanoi where all vehicals go to the left hand side
    • Beautiful place to enjoy sunset
    • Mouthwatering dessesrts offered by the sidewalk vendors
    Best for: Solo travelers, Backpackers, Foodie
  • Bat Trang Ceramic Village
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    Bat Trang Ceramic Village Bat Trang Ceramic Village
    • Famous high-quality ceramic and pottery products
    • Perfect location for sightseeing and shopping
    • Opportunity to learn about art of making ceramic by hand
    Best for: Families with kids, Young adults
  • Ho Chi Minh Complex
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    Ho Chi Minh Complex Ho Chi Minh Complex
    • Combination of respectful Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and historical Ba Dinh Square
    • Unique architecture of One Pillar Pagoda
    • Influential records inside the Ho Chi Minh Museum
    Best for: Culture vulture, Group travel
  • Hanoi Opera House
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    Hanoi Opera House Hanoi Opera House
    • A project built by the French government in the early years of the 20th century
    • A popular tourist destination for foreigners
    • Various cultural entertaining performances, bamboo cirque, contemporary dance
    Best for: Couples, Architiecture lovers
  • Hanoi Old Quarter
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    Hanoi Old Quarter Hanoi Old Quarter
    • A perfect blend of laidback streets and bustling daily life
    • Long-lasting cultural and historical relics
    • French colonial architecture & antique brick houses
    • Appetizing street food & local beers
    Best for: Culture vulture, Foodie
  • Duong Lam Ancient Village
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    Duong Lam Ancient Village Duong Lam Ancient Village
    • A National Historic & Cultural Monument
    • The agricultural lifestyle vibe from this ancient village
    • Unique architecture which strongly inspired by Vietnamese traditional culture
    Best for: Culture vulture, Solo travelers
  • Tran Quoc Pagoda
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    Tran Quoc Pagoda Tran Quoc Pagoda
    • A must-visit spot of Buddhists in Hanoi
    • The longest historical age in Thang Long (Ha Noi former name) with up to 1,500 years
    • A complex of many layering houses, with 3 main houses connected in a Nom letter
    Best for: Group travelers, Seniors

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