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One day in hanoi - must see's?

Posted by ajf on 18/10/2012 at 05:29

Hi guys, so schedule is tight and budget is tight (end of a three week trip) and I've only got one full day in Hanoi (2 nights) before heading to Halong bay for a junk cruise, what would you recommend as must see's / must do? And the best/ cheapest way to get around the city? Thank-you! Andrea

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Posted by chinarocks on 18/10/2012 at 08:20

Don't think of Hanoi as a "must see this and that" kind of place. Find a nice back street, drink a beer, eat a spring roll, move on and repeat the drill somewhere else. The area around the lake is probably best if you've just got one day there.

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Posted by daawgon on 18/10/2012 at 12:57

If you have a few weeks lead time, I thoroughly recommend booking a free tour with Hanoikids, the student guide service (English practice). You just give your guide(s) lunch and pay for the cab. You tell them your interests and they do the rest. Send them an email now -

(similar services in Saigon and Danang/Hoi An)

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Posted by ajf on 23/10/2012 at 02:18

Great advise - thanks guys! We have been able to stretch it to 2 days 3 nights and are considering the overnight train to sapa or a day trip to the perfume pagoda to.

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Posted by Lila_Kue on 30/10/2012 at 04:40

Wow, you shoudn't miss trekking in Sapa since it's worth it. About Hanoi, i suggest you take some references from They are free tour. They have some fun and interesting tour around Hanoi.

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Posted by worldcitylust on 2/11/2012 at 06:44

I love Hanoi and could easily live there.
Some choice things to do are sitting on the street drinking a beer and eat (can't go wrong with pho bo).

Or at the roundabout at the north end of the main lake you will see balcony bars above where you can watch the traffic madness and get great photos.

A great walking tour to do independently would be up to the War Museum, then on to Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. The lineup to file past the great leader is an experience in itself. Then not too far from the Mausoleum is a small lake surrounded by residental blocks and a B52 bomber engine/wing is still sitting in the lake. A bit hard to find and I can't remember how I found it without asking lots of locals along the route but well worth it. Here is a link to show you what I mean.

And if you got the guts, hire a motorbike and go over one of the bridges to the suburbs and see the sights away from tourists. Remember your helmut though as Hanoi police are stricter about this rule than anywhere else I've been.

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Posted by travellingsarah on 4/11/2012 at 02:16 TF writer

Posted from within Vietnam.

Well here's what I'd do...

And here are directions to the B52 lake...

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Posted by andlynsheeba on 30/11/2012 at 06:27


Hanoi is the most exciting place in Vietnam. While we visiting to Vietnam Hanoi is the hottest tourist spot. These are the following attractive tourist places in Hanoi, They are as follows...
Tran Quoc Pagoda
Ly Quoc Su Pagoda
Saint Joseph Cathedral
Bat trang Pottery Village
Hanoi Opera House
Hanoi Ancient House at 87 Ma May Street
Vietnam Women's Musem
Van Phuc Slik Village
Hanoi Flag Tower
Long Bien Bridge

So enjoy tour holidays in your favorite place of Hanoi....



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