Photo: Hanoi offers plenty to do for children.

What to do with kids in Hanoi

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The crazy streets and hectic traffic in Hanoi make it seem less than child-friendly, but the city offers many activities that children will enjoy. Here’s a selection of things to do with kids in the Vietnamese capital.





Most people want to explore Hanoi’s atmospheric Old Quarter with its famed 36 streets, but walking around the area with young children can be stressful as you negotiate your way around streetside barbecues, speeding (and parked) motorbikes plus shop displays spilling onto the road. Avoid the stress by taking an hour-long ride on one of Hanoi’s electric cars, which cost 300,000 dong for an hour-long tour. The cars seat up to seven adults officially, or probably five or six Westerners comfortably. Head to the north end of Hoan Kiem lake, and you can’t miss the cluster of them parked there with a ticket booth. You can also ask your hotel to arrange for them to pick you up directly. Do this early on during your stay as it will help you get your bearings of the city. Another more traditional option is to hire a cyclo (or two) to guide you round the city. An hour is plenty to get an initial taste of Hanoi and a few key sights.

Plenty of space for kids to run around by the lake. Also: spot the deer! Photo taken in or around What to do with kids in Hanoi, Hanoi, Vietnam by Samantha Brown.

Plenty of space for kids to run around by the lake. Also: spot the deer! Photo: Samantha Brown

If you do want to walk to explore, then avoid the central part of Old Quarter and spend your time to the east, along roads like Hang Vai and Hang Ga, or near St Joseph’s Cathedral, where streets are quieter and, in the cathedral area at least, the shopping is good, too. A large number of Western-oriented cafes are also in this area—we liked colourful Eden, in particular. If the traffic doesn’t bother you, kids will love Old Quarter’s Luong Van Can—Toy Street—but take a big wallet and an even ... please log in to read the rest of this story.


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