Hanoi is the capital of Vietnam, is known for its centuries-old architecture and rich culture like other Southeast Asian countries, Hanoi is Chinese and French influences. At its heart is the chaotic Old Quarter, where the narrow streets are roughly arranged by trade. It’s a typical Asian metropolis, with traffic, chaos, and noise every corner that can at times be overwhelming.
You will never be stuck for something to do in Hanoi, here is the list of things to do and get ready to see famous attractions without getting broke.
Walk along Hoan Kiem Lake and St. Joseph cathedral
This green body of water is nestled in the core of urban Hanoi and is an ideal hangout spot throughout the day, but especially in the early morning and late afternoon till midnight. Around the lake, you will encounter the famous red Húc Bridge, Ngọc Sơn Temple, and iconic Turtle Tower. Walk 5 mins from the lake you can easily find St. Joseph’s Cathedral in Vietnamese Nhà thờ Lớn Hà Nội, Nhà thờ Chính tòa Thánh Giuse; in French Cathédrale. Neo-Gothic Cathedral located in Nha Chung (Church) Street in the Hoàn Kiếm District of Hanoi, Vietnam, Saint Joseph Cathedral is the representative evidence of the French colonial architecture. Familiarly called by the local as “The Big Church”, Saint Joseph Cathedral is the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hanoi for more than 4 million Catholics in the country.
Hanoi Flag Tower and Military History Museum
The Flag Tower of Hanoi is one of the symbols of the city in Hanoi, Vietnam and 5 mins walk to Hanoi Citadel, a World Heritage Site, and a 3- 5 mins walk to Ho Chi Minh building. This 33.4-meter tower built-in 1812. You need to buy an entrance fee to the Museum and also go on visiting the Flag tower. So make your trip combine with the Military History Museum with the Flag Tower. The entrance fee is 40,000vnd/person and your Camera is 30,000vnd. Open 9am – 5pm.
Explore Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum + Ho Chi Minh Museum + One Pillar Pagoda
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Vietnamese: Lăng Chủ tịch Hồ Chí Minh is a mausoleum which serves as the resting place of Vietnamese Revolutionary leader & President Ho Chi Minh in Hanoi, Vietnam. It is a large building located in the center of Ba Dinh Square. Security is tight and visitors should dress with respect. (You can see in the video above) Admission is free but donations are accepted. Ho Chi Minh Museum is located in the Ho Chi Minh Complex same as One Pillar Pagoda. Rising from one pillar in the center of an elegantly square-shaped lotus pond, The One Pillar Pagoda is said to represent a lotus flower growing up out of the water. The little temple is constructed from wood based on a single stone pillar crafted into the shape of a lotus blossom and has been rebuilt several times, most recently in 1955 when the base was destroyed during the French evacuation. You can combine your tour with these three famous attractions.
Trấn Quốc Pagoda is regarded as the most ancient pagodas in Hanoi. Tran Quoc Pagoda looks new with its clean orange bricks. Located on a small island near the southeastern shore West Lake Hanoi, Vietnam. Standing at 15 meters, the main pagoda is made up of eleven levels, while its surrounding buildings include an incense burning house and a museum housing historic relics. You can also see intricately carved statues dating to 1639, each of which bears unique facial features. Open daily from 8 am- 5 pm, Tran Quoc Pagoda is free admission. As it’s a place of worship, visitors are advised to dress conservatively out of respect for the monks and locals.
Explore the Temple of Literature
The Temple of Literature or Temple of Culture is a Temple of Confucius in Hanoi. This ancient site offers a lake of literature, the Well of Heavenly Clarity, turtle steles, pavilions, courtyards and passageways that were once used by royalty. Visiting the Temple of Literature you will discover historic buildings from the Ly and Tran dynasties in a revered place that has seen thousands of doctors graduate in what has now become a memorial to education and literature. Temple of Literature is a short stroll from Ba Dinh Square and is also close to the Presidential Palace and Vietnam Fine Arts Museum. The temple is between Ton Duc Thang Street and Van Mieu Street which is about 2km west of Hoan Kiem Lake.
Experience to walk Long Bien bridge
Long Biên Bridge is a historic cantilever bridge across the Red River that connects two districts, Hoan Kiem and Long Bien district of the city of Hanoi, Vietnam. Long Bien Bridge is the first longest steel-made bridge retaining the splendid architectural style in Vietnam in the early 20th century, which was built by the French (1898-1902). Despite more than a hundred years of age, the bridge is nowadays still in use and becomes one of the most superb tourist attractions in Hanoi alluring numerous both domestic and international tourists to delve into. Nowadays, Long Bien Bridge is the only one of five bridges crossing the Red River, but it may be the most special bridge with its own unique historic and cultural value. Long Bien Bridge is the only bridge in Vietnam’s capital where the riders have to go on the left side, and especially tourists can stroll along the bridge and taste mouthwatering desserts offered by the vendors.
Enjoy the view from Lotte Observation deck
Lotte Observation Deck Lotte Observation Deck Hanoi offers beautiful panoramic views of the city as it is located on the 65th floor of the Lotte Center. It is divided into four sections, namely: Attraction Zone, Welcome Zone, Experience Zone, and Romantic Zone. Features of these different zones include The Skywalk, Bamboo Road, Welcome Theatre, Photo zone, View Terrace, and Sky Gallery. Two high-speed elevators(360m/min) will take visitors from B1 to the 65th floor in 50 seconds. (You can see in the video). F&B(Lotteria & Angel-in-us), Multimedia, Photo Counter, and Souvenir Shop. Entrance Ticket 230,000 VND/person.
Visit the Imperial of Thang Long Citadel
The Imperial Citadel of Thang Long, is an intriguing relic of Vietnam’s history and, signifying its historical and cultural importance, was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2010. A notable attraction in the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long was the Hanoi Flag Tower, a renovated 40-meter-tall stone fortress offering expansive views of Ba Dinh Square and Hanoi City Centre. Located in Ba Dinh District, entrance to the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long is priced at VND 30,000 and it is open from 08:00 to 17:00 every day except Monday. This prominent site is also within a 15-minute walk from attractions such as Quan Thanh Temple, 3-mins to Vietnam Military History Museum, and 10-mins to Cua Bac Church.
Learn the History of Hoa Lo Prison
Hỏa Lò Prison also known Maison Centrale in Hanoi, or the ‘Hanoi Hilton’ housed Vietnamese revolutionaries and American POW during the Vietnam War. The Hỏa Lò prison opened in 1886 when Vietnam was under French colonial rule as part of Indochina. Most of its prisoners at that time were political agitators. Open daily from 8 am – 5 pm. The entrance fee is 30,000 VND/person. You can buy a book or you can use the audio.
Have fun in Hanoi Train Street
Train Street in Hanoi where the train passes daily at 3 pm and 7 pm, on the rail line between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City in the south. The Train Street”, which sees a twice-daily speeding train pass close to buildings, cafe, and houses on each side in Hanoi. Tourists can safely watch the train from the outdoor seating areas of the local cafes; owners will typically move their stools closer to the wall and advise patrons to do so as the train approaches. Lately, pulis are very strict, they don’t allow to get inside but coffee shop owners can help you to get in, and while having a snack, beer, or coffee in their coffee shop you have a chance to have a nice picture.
For my tour, I only do by foot and Hop In- Hop-Off Bus. You can also book a tour in advance without any hassle by Viator, KKday, Klook Travel, BookaWay, Trip.Com, and get the good deals from SkySanner, Thai Airways for your comfortable and safe flight. Grab the good deals from Agoda for your comfortable accommodation.
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