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Explore Hanoi

It would not be an exaggeration to say that Hanoi is an incredibly hospitable place, despite being the second largest city in Viet Nam. This is why visitors are often told to prepare themselves for sudden greetings from strangers, even when simply walking through Hanoi’s streets. The city is also coloured by a unique blend of French and Sino-Vietnamese architecture, which is especially evident in its colonial Old Quarter. All this, in an environment of more than 3,000 square kilometres that buzzes with energy, history and–as expected of a busy area–traffic.

Explore Other Must Do in Hanoi

There are many places that you can visit. Here are the destination for you to eat, shop, see or do. Explore them!

  • Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

    Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

    To See

    The Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum was built between 1973 and 1975 to honour the revolutionary president that it is named after. Also referred to as ‘Uncle’s Mausoleum’ by the Vietnamese people, this magnificent complex was created by bringing together materials from all across the country, including marble and wood. Do note that a dress code is strictly enforced here.

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  • Hoàn Kiếm Lake

    Hoàn Kiếm Lake

    To Do

    Hoàn Kiếm Lake is known as the heart and soul of Hanoi due to its location in the centre of the city. It is also referred to as such because of its unique green hue, as well as for its role as the home of countless tortoises. Courtesy of the lake’s serene and relaxing atmosphere, it is common to find locals—both old and young—exercising around it in the morning and evening.

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  • Chợ Hôm

    Chợ Hôm

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    Chợ Hôm—or the Hôm covered market—is where the people of Hanoi go for all things related to fabrics. It is an affordable place to have clothes custom-made, with various shops specialising in different types of materials and varying forms of stitching or weaving. Additionally, when you’re done shopping for clothes, you can easily pop by one of the market’s food stalls for a good meal.

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  • Trấn Quốc Pagoda

    Trấn Quốc Pagoda

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    Trấn Quốc Pagoda stands proudly by Hanoi’s West Lake, shouldering the title of the city’s oldest temple. Its construction was reportedly completed in the year 548, and the temple has since become an important icon for Buddhism in Vietnam. It is considered to be one of the best places to watch the sun set in Hanoi, and is also revered for its intricate and colourful architecture.

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  • Pho Ga

    Pho Ga

    To Eat

    What makes pho ga such a remarkable dish is its immensely flavourful broth, which is surprising since the broth is mostly clear in nature. These flavours come from chicken—the broth’s main meat component—and a variety of herbs and spices, like coriander seeds and cilantro. Rice noodles are the starch element of choice in this dish, and it is best enjoyed with lime wedges for a tangy punch.

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  • Weekend Night Market

    Weekend Night Market

    To Shop

    Hanoi’s Weekend Night Market takes place in the city’s Old Quarter. It is a major attraction in the city due to its vast and varied culinary offerings, along with other items—like fashion accessories—that appeal to a younger crowd of shoppers. Keep in mind that you should be on the lookout for pickpockets here, though, as the market is often flooded with visitors.

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  • National Museum of Vietnamese History

    National Museum of Vietnamese History

    To See

    Since its opening in 1958, the National Museum of Vietnamese History has stayed true to its role as one of Vietnam’s main keepers of heritage and history. Its highlights include Hindu statues from both the ancient Champa and Khmer kingdoms. It sits in a yellowish-brown architectural masterpiece that marries French and Chinese design styles.

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  • Gỏi cuốn

    Gỏi cuốn

    To Eat

    Gỏi cuốn is a spring roll dish that is uniquely served at room temperature, if not chilled. This is done to bring out the flavours of the pork and shrimp that it contains. These pieces of meats are wrapped into rolls with sheets of rice paper, before being served with nước chấm (Vietnam’s favourite dipping sauce). Cucumbers, carrots and rice vermicelli are also common components of these rolls.

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  • The Garden Shopping Center

    The Garden Shopping Center

    To Shop

    Encompassing an area of 27,000 square meters, The Garden Shopping Center gives guests the chance to indulge in six floors of retail and dining outlets. It is the host of one of Vietnam’s most advanced gyms, Star Fitness Bitexco, and is also a popular venue for cultural events. Its architecture and interior design scheme are said to be mainly European in styling.

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  • Vietnamese Women’s Museum

    Vietnamese Women’s Museum

    To Do

    The Vietnamese Women’s Museum was created to honour the contributions that women have made throughout the growth of Vietnam. It was formed officially in 1987, and has grown to an extent that it’s able to showcase a collection of exhibits that consists of more than 25,000 items. Each of these items are tied to Vietnamese women and their influence on Vietnamese culture.

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  • Bún bò Huế

    Bún bò Huế

    To Eat

    Bún bò Huế is the product of marrying the stock of beef and pork bones with rice vermicelli. It gains a large part of its flavour from lemongrass, and is also delineated by a fine balance between sour, spicy, sweet and salty notes. Its name is a tribute to Hue, the Vietnamese Imperial City from which it originates.

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  • Ca trù Hanoi Club

    Ca trù Hanoi Club

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    If the performing arts pique your interest, the Ca trù Hanoi Club is an attraction that you will thoroughly enjoy. Showcasing the traditional and peaceful Vietnamese art form that is Ca trù, this club hosts performances on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday nights in a restored ancient complex on Hang Bac Street. And yes, English translations of performed pieces are provided.

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  • Bánh cuốn

    Bánh cuốn

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    Bánh cuốn—which literally means ‘rolling cake’—is a Vietnamese dish that best captures the wonders of steamed delicacies. Just imagine chewing on juicy minced pork and mushrooms that are wrapped in a delicate rice flour crepe and seasoned with fish sauce, salt and pepper. Its flavours are further enhanced with nước chấm, a Vietnamese fish sauce created specifically for dipping.

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  • Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre

    Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre

    To Do

    Water puppetry is a unique Vietnamese art form that continues to entertain people today despite having been born centuries ago. It commonly revolves around Vietnam’s folklore, the daily life of locals or stories of communal activities. Performances in the Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre are especially famous due to the fact that they have been staged worldwide since the 1990s.

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  • Bún chả

    Bún chả

    To Eat

    Bún chả is a dish from Hanoi that is often said to rival phở in terms of popularity amongst locals in Vietnam, and understandably so. Its rich taste of grilled pork blends seamlessly with the flavour of herbs and rice noodles, creating a delight that is best accompanied by a dip that is made of fish sauce, vinegar and other ingredients.

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  • St. Joseph’s Cathedral

    St. Joseph’s Cathedral

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    Built in 1886 by French colonists, St.Joseph’s Cathedral stands out in Hanoi’s cityscape due to its neo-gothic architecture. It was crafted in the image of cathedrals in Paris, and features two bell towers with a height of 31.5 metres each. These towers are reputed for the intricate designs of their stained-glass windows. The church is a place of worship for Hanoi’s Roman Catholic community.

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  • Golden Bell Show

    Golden Bell Show

    To Do

    The Golden Bell Show is an especially perfect treat for those who are exploring Hanoi and Vietnam with time constraints. It gives an overview of the country’s folk art scene, and also helps audiences to better understand Vietnam’s culture. All of this is done within an hour or so in one of Vietnam’s most historic sites: The Golden Bell Theater.

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  • Hang Da Market

    Hang Da Market

    To Shop

    Aside from the scenic architecture of its building, Hang Da Market is a favourite shopping destination amongst locals for fabrics, wine and flowers. It is best enjoyed in the morning, when stocks are still fresh and the energy levels are high. Bargaining is a common practice here, so be sure you unleash the haggler in you to secure the market’s best deals.

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  • Ho Chi Minh Museum

    Ho Chi Minh Museum

    To See

    Ho Chi Minh is arguably the most renowned Vietnamese figure in the world, primarily for his status as the country’s champion of liberation. This museum was opened in 1990 to commemorate his life, and this is done through exhibits that shed light on the efforts and work he undertook throughout the course of his life. Over 120,000 different items are displayed in this museum for this purpose.

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  • Hidden Hanoi

    Hidden Hanoi

    To Do

    Hidden Hanoi is a one-stop centre for introductions to Vietnam’s culture, language and cuisine. It hosts cooking classes, a language school, walking tours and beauty spa to both educate and pamper you during your visit to Hanoi. The establishment was born in 2003, and has since become a popular destination for those who would like a comprehensive taste of Vietnam.

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  • Đồng Xuân Market

    Đồng Xuân Market

    To Shop

    Đồng Xuân Market is both a renowned place for shoppers and an important distribution centre of goods for retailers across Hanoi. It rests in the Old Quarter, and is easily recognised by its wide variety of offerings, such as home appliances, plants and even pets. It is also a good place to sample local delicacies like bún chả.

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