Hanoi Travel Guide & Activities

Nhung Kieu13/07/2020

Hanoi is an ancient and peaceful city. There are many places to visit in Hanoi. If you are first coming, do not miss the main places of Hanoi such as Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Ho Hoan Kiem, Van Mieu Quoc Tu Giam, Long Bien Bridge. Traveling in Hanoi is very easy, you can take a taxi, motorbike taxi, bicycle or any type of vehicle you want. Regarding the time to visit Hanoi, it depends on where you want to go, because in addition to being a sightseeing spot, Hanoi is also a transit point for traveling between the northern provinces.

1. Ba Dinh – Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

If you have arrived in a land of thousands of years of civilization, the Uncle Ho’s Mausoleum – Ba Dinh Square is a tourist destination in Hanoi that you cannot ignore. This is the political center of Vietnam with the National Assembly House, Presidential Palace, Ho Chi Minh Museum, …

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

Uncle Ho’s mausoleum is home to the remains of the beloved leader. Outside the mausoleum are rows of green bamboo. The mausoleum of the tomb is open on the morning of 3,4,5,7 and Sunday. You choose the hotel near Uncle Ho’s Mausoleum for your sightseeing as well as trips. When visiting Uncle Ho’s mausoleum, pay attention to dress modestly, do not bring electronic devices to record and keep order in the mausoleum.

2. Ho Guom

Sword Lake or Hoan Kiem Lake is one of the places to visit in Hanoi when traveling to the capital. Located in the middle of the center, Sword Lake is like the heart of this thousand-year-old city. The surface of the lake is like a big mirror reflecting ancient trees, willow trees, hairs, temples and ancient pagodas. , mossy old towers, new high-rise buildings rise into the blue sky.


An interesting experience for tourists is walking around the lake, you will see an ancient but still full of modern Hanoi. Next to the lake are architectural works such as But tower, Nghien tower, The Huc bridge leading to Ngoc Son temple, King Le Thai To temple, Hoa Phong tower, …

3. Hanoi Old Quarter – attractive tourist destination

If you want to learn about the life, culture and people of Trang An, do not miss the old town – one of Hanoi’s tourist attractions full of interesting and attractive to visitors. Hanoi Old Quarter is located in the west and north of Hoan Kiem Lake, which is home to the densely populated area with 36 streets. Each street here mainly focuses on selling a certain type of item. Wandering in the neighborhood and enjoying the old town cuisine such as Bat Dan pho, La Vong grilled fish, Manh bun noodle, Dinh Liet zebra noodles, O Quan Chuong cold snail noodle, … will make your trip more memorable. great number of! Choose from many Old Quarter hotels to enjoy the cuisine here.


4. Literature Temple – Quoc Tu Giam

If you name the most famous tourist destinations in Hanoi in the past and now everyone will probably think of Van Mieu Quoc Tu Giam. This is a leading architectural and cultural complex and the pride of the people of the capital when referring to the thousand-year-old tradition of Thang Long – Dong Do – Hanoi.


Temple of Literature Quoc Tu Giam is considered a symbol of knowledge, of Vietnamese education. This is a place of worship for the saints, masters of Confucianism and Quoc Tu Giam, Chu Van An, a private teacher, a typical teacher of the high and virtue of Vietnamese education.

5. Hanoi Cathedral

Located at 40 Nha Chung Street, Hang Trong Ward, the Cathedral is one of the interesting destinations in Hanoi, a place to visit not only for believers but also a familiar place for young people and tourists. quadrilateral calendar. The church is designed in the style of medieval European Gothic architecture with high masonry walls, arches and many windows.


Inside the church, the sanctuary is carved with wooden patterns painted with golden veneer and combined with the stained-glass painting system. It feels like standing in an old castle with classical music, surely you are really want to try it.

6. Tran Quoc Pagoda

Tran Quoc Pagoda is one of the oldest temples in Hanoi and Vietnam, located on a peninsula south of West Lake, near the end of Thanh Nien Street, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi. Once a Buddhist center of the Thang Long citadel in the Ly and Tran dynasties with historical and architectural values, Tran Quoc Pagoda is famous as the sacred Buddha’s gate, which attracts many Buddhists. , visitors, domestic and foreign tourists.

Tran Quoc Pagoda, Hanoi, Vietnam 2020

In early 2017, Tran Quoc pagoda was listed among the 16 most beautiful temples in the world voted by Daily Mail (UK). Visit Tran Quoc Pagoda, make sure you will be amazed at the quiet space, the poetic beauty of the “lotus” floating on the surface of West Lake.

7. Hanoi Opera House

Located at No. 1 Trang Tien, the Opera House is one of the beautiful tourist destinations in Hanoi with many historical landmarks. This is the venue for major art programs of many leading singers and artists in Vietnam. Visitors can admire the magnificent architecture of the Opera House or buy tickets to one of the regular shows held to see the magnificent interior of the theater.

Hanoi Opera House Hanoi

8. Hanoi flagpole

The Hanoi Monument, better known as the Hanoi Flag Tower, is located within the grounds of the Vietnam Military History Museum. Considered to be the most intact and majestic construction in the complex of Thang Long Imperial Citadel, Cot Co is a tourist attraction in Hanoi that visitors can not ignore in the journey to discover the history of the land Ha Thanh.


9. Imperial Citadel of Thang Long

Imperial Citadel of Thang Long is a historical relic of the ancient Thang Long citadel, developed strongly under periods. This is a huge architectural work, built by dynasties in many historical periods and became the most important monument in the system of Vietnam’s monuments. Thang Long Imperial Citadel has been recognized by UNESCO as a world cultural heritage.

Imperial Citadel of Thang Long

Hoang Thanh Thang Long now belongs to Dien Bien and Quan Thanh wards, Ba Dinh district, Hanoi. Hoang Thanh Thang Long relic area has a total area of ​​18,395 ha, including archaeological sites of 18 Hoang Dieu and other remnants in Hanoi ancient relics such as Doan Mon, Hanoi flagpole, Dien Kinh. Thien, the D67, Bac Mon, Hau Lau, the walls and the eight gates of the palace under the Nguyen Dynasty.

10. Water Puppet Theatre

It can be said that the Thang Long Puppet Theater, an ideal cultural spot for you, the “unique” water puppet show, is a “special” spirit that is extremely attractive and always ready to serve. Over the years, the brand of Thang Long Puppet Theater has been known as a miracle, especially with its “strange” attraction, becoming a destination favored by many domestic and international friends.

Hanoi Water Puppet Theatre: Flaming Dragons & Frisky Phoenixes
Water Puppet Theatre

The art of water puppetry has different characteristics from the common puppet show: using the water surface as a stage (called a puppet house or water house), behind a mask (called a medical sheet) to create a performance stage. Water puppet puppets are like the large altar in Dinh, Vietnamese pagodas, decorated with flags, fans, elephants, parasols, gates … on the “stage” are puppets (made of wood). performed by the control of the people behind the background through the pole system, strings … The water puppet show is indispensable for drumming and supporting firecrackers.