Often the stopover city for those wanting to see Halong Bay, Hanoi can easily get overlooked as a place of interest in itself. We share our top things to do in Hanoi, Vietnam.
Take a day or overnight trip to Halong Bay, a natural wonder of the world with some fascinating caves and cliffs. Cruises offer various activities and itineraries – we loved our trip on Marguerite Junk. Various trips our available from one day trips to 1, 2 or even 3 night cruises to explore the Bay. The cruise we booked is available from Agoda.
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum
Found in Ba Dinh Square, the Mausoleum is a popular attraction in Hanoi. Ho Chi Minh was an iconic and loved leader of Vietnam, making his resting place popular for both tourists and Vietnamese residents. Entrance is free for the Mausoleum but is only open from 8am to 11am.
A strict dress code is in place at the Mausoleum with no short skirts or tank tops allowed and bags are required to be put in a safe deposit before entering. Photos, talking and finger-pointing is also strictly prohibited whilst you are inside the Mausoleum.
Hoan Kiem Lake
Take a break from the city and head to Hoan Kiem Lake for some lovely views and some giant turtles. In the centre of the lake you will find Ngoc Son Temple, built in the 18th century whilst ‘Turtle Tower’ stands on the edge of the lake in memory of the legend surrounding the lake. The temple is open from 8am to 5pm and the lake can be found in Hanoi’s Old Quarter.
St. Joseph’s Cathedral
An impressive Roman Catholic Church found on Nha Chung Street is definitely worth a visit for those interesting in Neo-gothic architecture. Entrance is free and the church is open from 8am to 5pm.
Tran Quoc Pagoda
Found on Thanh Nien Road, next to West Lake, the Tran Quoc Pagoda is a tower of beauty standing alongside a tranquil backdrop of greenery. There is no entrance fee but visitors must dress appropriately and men must wear long trousers.