7 most amazing things to do in Hanoi

15/6/2022| 21:51

Located in northern Vietnam, Hanoi is the perfect place to make a base when visiting places in Vietnam like Halong Bay and Sapa. But Hanoi needs to be explored for at least a few days to experience its culture, food, history, and nightlife. So this is a list of 7 most amazing things to do in Hanoi.

The capital of Vietnam, Hanoi is also one of the most ancient capitals in the world. Its history is rich, devastating and full of legends. This French-colonial city is a cultural mix of Eastern and Western influences that are mirrored in the style of many architectural gems in Hanoi. For many travelers, Hanoi offers a great adventure – to get lost in the labyrinth-like old town. Let’s go and figure out these most amazing things to do in Hanoi.

1. Discover the Imperial Citadel of Thăng Long

The Imperial Citadel of Thang Long is an intriguing relic of Vietnam’s history and, signifying its historical and cultural importance, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Standing 40 metres high, the central flag tower is the most recognizable feature of the Imperial Citadel and is often used as a symbol of Hanoi.

7 most amazing things to do in Hanoi



This site was the centre of ancient Hanoi and served as the political centre for 8 centuries. Located in Ba Dinh, the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long is close to many other of Hanoi's top attractions.

2. Visit the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is a sombre landmark in Hanoi and a tribute to a figure that has left an indelible mark on Vietnamese history. Ho Chi Minh is revered in Hanoi as the country’s greatest leader. Nicknamed ‘Uncle Ho’ by locals, his preserved body is now laid to rest in a glass case in the Ba Dinh area of Hanoi. The building was modelled after Lenin’s mausoleum in Moscow.

7 most amazing things to do in Hanoi

 The mausoleum is more than a mere tourist attraction. During peak holiday periods, the lines can get insanely long so head early in the morning and be preprared to wait. This is a part of living history and a visit here stays long in the memory, pay your respect to the greatly admired liberator of Vietnam preserved for all eternity.

you can also have a chance to see the spectacle changing of the guard outside the Ho Chi Minh mausoleum daily or head to the nearby Ho Chi Minh Museum for a glorified look into Uncle Ho’s life and the flourishing of revolutionary socialism in Vietnam.

3. Enjoy a show in the Hanoi Opera House

Hanoi Opera House, set in the heart of the French Quarter, is arguably one of the most elegant buildings in all of Hanoi. Built in 1911 and modelled after the Paris Opera House, this historical landmark exudes Parisian charm from its ivory-toned columns, ornate balustrades and Gothic domes.

7 most amazing things to do in Hanoi

 Performances take place most nights still of either Vietnamese opera and dance performances or sketches and music concerts by world-renowned artists and are well worth viewing if you get the chance. Check the Hanoi Opera House website in advance to reserve tickets and see what’s on.

4. Craft beer tour in Hanoi Old Town

If you're looking for something special when coming to Hanoi, a craft beer tour is a perfect choice. Especially, if you are a beer lover, this tour should definitely be on your list. You can experience the Vietnamese culture and enjoy drinking craft beers, eating street food, riding on the back of motorbikes, seeing the city through a local’s eyes and so much more.

7 most amazing things to do in Hanoi

 This tour is a ticket for those who want to see and experience more of the really Hanoi aesthetic. A great way to spend an evening riding around Hanoi enjoying good beer and good food. It wasn't just all about the beer...it was the immersion of being side by side with the locals.

5. See a puppet show at the Hanoi’s Water Puppet Theatre

No trip to Hanoi would be complete without stopping by for a showing of the world-famous ancient art of water puppetry — and the best place to see a performance is the multiple showings at the Municipal Water Puppet Theatre right in the heart of the old town.

7 most amazing things to do in Hanoi

The original – and widely regarded as the best – theatre in town is the Thang Long Puppet Theatre. Puppets dance and slide elegantly over the liquid stage, controlled by a whole troupe of puppet masters hiding behind a screen. Most shows also feature the famous Legend of the Restored Sword of King Le which tells the tale of Hoan Kiem Lake and the giant tortoise.

6. Visit the Temple of Literature

 7 most amazing things to do in Hanoi

 The Temple of Literature is a charming temple complex in the centre of Hanoi. The landmark temple was originally built to be a centre of learning dedicated to the Chinese sage and scholar Confucius. This destination was considered as the first university in Vietnam. The whole place is steeped in Vietnamese history. Temple of Literature has undergone three renovations in the last century and today stands as one of the finest examples of traditional Vietnamese architecture.

Over the proceeding 1,000 years, many more buildings have been added and beautified. This large area is now filled with ornate pavilions, shrines, and a rich garden. It has become a rite of passage for graduating doctors to visit The Temple of Literature.

7. Experience Hanoi’s weekend night market

It wouldn’t be Vietnam without incredible street food, and Hanoi is one of the brightest star with a wide range delicious options dotted all over town. If you can time your visit to Hanoi over a weekend, you’re in for a treat with the Hanoi Weekend Night Market. Discover the best options with this fabulous Hanoi Food Market Tour, or wait until Hoi An where they have one of the world’s best food tours…

7 most amazing things to do in Hanoi

 A crazy collection of vendors and street food in Hanoi starting from Hang Dao Street and going to the edge of Dong Xuan Market; you’re sure to find everything and anything your heart desires. Take a camera as everything is so photogenic.