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Things to see and do



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Temples


Hoe Nhai Pagoda
19 Hang Than St, Hanoi

Hoe Nhai Pagoda was a major Buddhist pagoda under the Ly Dynasty and today offers a serene retreat from the busy city at its gates. The dynasty ran from the 11th to 13th centuries, when it was set on a much larger plot of land. It was trimmed to its present more modest size when the French colonised Vietnam. One of the steles found here dates to the early 18th century, and allowed for ... Read more about Hoe Nhai Pagoda .

One Pillar Pagoda
Beside Ho Chi Minh Museum, Ba Dinh Square, Hanoi

Located in Ba Dinh Square right by the Ho Chi Minh Museum, the One Pillar Pagoda is one of the most recognisable symbols of ... Read more about One Pillar Pagoda .

Temple of Literature
Quoc Tu Giang St, Hanoi
T: (04) 3845 2917

The tranquil and sprawling Temple of Literature was established in 1070 by Emperor Ly Thanh Tong, and became the site of Vietnam's first university, the Imperial Academy or Quoc Tu Giam, six years ... Read more about Temple of Literature .

Tran Quoc Pagoda
Thanh Nien Rd, Hanoi

Tran Quoc Pagoda, the oldest pagoda in Hanoi, offers beautiful architecture, historic artifacts and a peaceful and serene ... Read more about Tran Quoc Pagoda .

Pho Linh Tay Ho Pagoda
Dang Thai Mai St, Tay Ho District, Hanoi

Pho Linh Tay Ho Pagoda in Hanoi’s Tay Ho district is a fine example of a Vietnamese pagoda, with both traditional Buddhist symbolism and Tibetan statues and ... Read more about Pho Linh Tay Ho Pagoda .

Tay Ho Temple
End of Dang Thai Mai St, Tay Ho District

One of the most popular and important places of worship in Hanoi, Tay Ho Temple trumps even Tran Quoc for its enviable lakeside ... Read more about Tay Ho Temple .

Bach Ma Temple
76 Hang Buom, Hanoi

Bach Ma or White Horse Temple is beautiful, well-maintained and bustling, serving as a good example of what small temples in Vietnam are all ... Read more about Bach Ma Temple .

Ba Da Pagoda
Nha Tho St, Hanoi

Chua Ba Da is an historic pagoda tucked away down an alley just near St Joseph's Cathedral. It's a touch difficult to find (we had to ask a security guard across the road to point it out), but look for the archway with Chua Ba Da written across the top on Nha Tho, the street leading down to St Jospeph's Cathedral. Wander down the alley and it opens into a wide, leafy courtyard, at the back of ... Read more about Ba Da Pagoda .

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Museums


Hanoi Police Museum
67 Ly Thuong Kiet, Hanoi

While told from a clearly pro-government perspective, the Hanoi Police Museum showcases the interesting history of Hanoi's police force and offers some fascinating photographs and exhibits to ... Read more about Hanoi Police Museum .

Ho Chi Minh Museum
19 Ngoc Ha St, Ba Dinh, Hanoi
T: (04) 3846 3757

The Ho Chi Minh Museum does exactly what, given its name, you would expect it to do. Opened in 1990 on the anniversary of Ho Chi Minh's birth, the Soviet-style museum is a bizarre hagiography brought to life. ... Read more about Ho Chi Minh Museum .

Vietnam Military History Museum
28A Dien Bien Phu St, Ba Dinh, Hanoi
T: (04) 3823 4264

The Vietnam Military History Museum has a comprehensive collection of war relics charting Vietnam's struggle for liberation. If you're only going to see one war museum in Vietnam, this should be it. While the styles of the displays are definitely outdated by today's whizz-bang interactive exhibition standards, there is a lot of history packed into this museum that is still fascinating. The old ... Read more about Vietnam Military History Museum .

Hoa Lo Prison (Hanoi Hilton)
1 Hoa Lu (Hai Ba Trung St) , Hanoi
T: (04) 3934 2253

Originally sprawling over 13 hectares, Hoa Lo Prison, better known as the Hanoi Hilton to Westerners in one of its later iterations, was one of the largest prisons built by the French in Indochina. ... Read more about Hoa Lo Prison (Hanoi Hilton) .

Vietnamese Women's Museum
36 Ly Thuong Kiet St, Hanoi
T: (04) 3825 9936

The Vietnamese Women’s Museum is one of the best museums in Hanoi and is well worth a visit for anyone interested in the culture of Vietnam. It gives insight into Vietnam’s 54 ethnic groups, addressed through the lens of women’s ... Read more about Vietnamese Women's Museum .

Vietnam Museum of Ethnology
Nguyen Van Huyen St, Hanoi
T: (04) 3765 2193

The Vietnam Museum of Ethnology is a little out of the way from Hanoi's main sights, but as one of the city's best and most informative museums, it's worth seeking out. If you're planning on going trekking to the north and northwest of Hanoi, this museum should really be considered essential, but it goes well beyond covering the groups who live ... Read more about Vietnam Museum of Ethnology .

National Museum of Vietnamese History
1 Trang Tien St and 216 Tran Quang Khai St, Hanoi
T: (04) 3825 2853

The National Museum of Vietnamese History is spread across two sites; Site One is set in a stunning colonial-era building and houses some simply beautiful historically important exhibits, while Site Two (on Tran Quang Khai), which was formerly known as the Vietnam Museum of Revolution, is less compelling, but still worth a spin through. ... Read more about National Museum of Vietnamese History .

Vietnam Fine Arts Museum
66 Nguyen Thai Hoc St, Hanoi
T: (04) 3733 2131

The Vietnam Fine Arts Museum has one of the best and most diverse art collections in the country, and a visit here will provide some good insight into Vietnamese culture and ... Read more about Vietnam Fine Arts Museum .

The Ho Chi Minh Trail Museum
15km outside Hanoi

Located about 15km outside Hanoi, this is often a stop along the way to the Perfume Pagoda. The two-storey museum has seven galleries dedicated to the system of trails collectively known as the Ho Chi Minh Trail. The trail stretched from northern Vietnam along the Laos border at a latitude parallel to Vinh along the coast (which was the main port for supplies destined for the trail), down to ... Read more about The Ho Chi Minh Trail Museum .

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Public parks and zoos


Hoan Kiem Lake

A visit to Hanoi would be incomplete without a wander around Hoan Kiem Lake, the centrepiece of the city. No matter the time of day, the lake is surrounded by activity and points of ... Read more about Hoan Kiem Lake .

Thong Nhat Park

Thong Nhat (or Reunification) Park is a great spot to relax with a book or enjoy a hassle-free stroll or jog. While you wouldn't come out of your way to visit as a tourist, if you're looking to do a spot of people-watching or running, it will do the trick very ... Read more about Thong Nhat Park .

West Lake
Northwest Hanoi

Also known as Ho Tay or Lake of Mist, West Lake covers a sizeable part of northwest Hanoi and offers an array of ... Read more about West Lake .

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Art galleries or venues


Mosaic wall
Dyke Road, Hanoi

Hanoi is home to the world's largest mosaic mural wall, which snakes just shy of four kilometres along the Red River dyke running north to south to the east of city's Old Quarter. ... Read more about Mosaic wall .

Art galleries
Various

Hanoi offers an array of art galleries, from commercial ones pumping out appealing art and copies for the masses through to higher-end spaces, where you might pick up an original $5,000 piece from one of Vietnam's in-demand ... Read more about Art galleries .

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Markets


Quang Ba Flower Market
Off Au Co, Tay Ho, Hanoi

If you love flowers, you'll love a poke around Hanoi's colourful and photogenic Quang Ba Flower Market, where masses of glorious flowers are bought and sold by the impossibly ... Read more about Quang Ba Flower Market .

Chau Long Market
Between Chau Long/Tran Vu, Truc Bach

Chau Long Market is a great example of an everyday Hanoi wet market. Come early for the full experience, or a little later in the morning for a more relaxed ... Read more about Chau Long Market .

Long Bien Market

It’s not top of any must-do list in travel guides, but a visit to Hanoi’s chaotic Long Bien market is a fascinating exposure to the life of a large proportion of Hanoi residents. But you’ll need to get up early — very ... Read more about Long Bien Market .

Dong Xuan market
Bordered by Nguyen Thien Thuat, Cao Thang, Hang Khoai and Tran Nhat Duat, Hanoi

Hanoi's oldest market Dong Xuan mainly sells bulk food items, clothing and accessories targeted towards locals in its three storeys of packed ... Read more about Dong Xuan market .

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General activities


Gyms

For most people a holiday is a chance to escape from the gym — well, it certainly used to be for me — but for longer-term visitors who want to work off the bia hoi, or gym addicts, Hanoi offers a selection of gyms, both cheap and ... Read more about Gyms .

Lacquerware classes
No. 5, 9/2, Lane 9 Dang Thai Mai St, Tay Ho
T: 9880 82447

Lacquer items — paintings, photo albums, bowls, vases — are a popular souvenir in Vietnam. Old Quarter in Hanoi is flooded with shops selling the same selection of items at the same — negotiable — prices. But why not make your own take-home piece of lacquerware? Here’s ... Read more about Lacquerware classes .

What to do with your kids in Hanoi

The busy streets and hectic traffic in Hanoi make it less than child-friendly, but don’t let that put you off: the city offers many activities that children will enjoy. Here’s a selection you might want to consider during a ... Read more about What to do with your kids in Hanoi .

Lotus flowers

When lotus flower season hits in June, the West Lake area becomes awash with the blooms, which hold particular significance in Vietnam, where they are considered one of four graceful plants, along with pine, bamboo and ... Read more about Lotus flowers .

Learning Vietnamese

Ask any foreigner in Hanoi, particularly one who’s already tried to learn the language, and you’ll be told how difficult it is to master. Well, not just to master: even to speak more than a few ... Read more about Learning Vietnamese .

Swimming

Hotels with pools are certainly out of the budgetary reach of most visitors to Hanoi, and I definitely wouldn’t be jumping into the Red River or Hoan Kiem Lake, but fortunately a few public pools provide a reasonably priced alternative if you’re in need of a swim — quite possible now the weather has heated ... Read more about Swimming .

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Churches


Cua Bac
56 Phan Dinh Phung St, Hanoi

Cua Bac Church was built in 1932 by the French and is one of the most important in Hanoi today for Catholics. Originally called Church of the Martyrs, the 700-capacity church was designed in a somewhat eclectic style by French architect Ernest Hebrard, featuring a bell tower on one side of the main building and various Art Deco touches though the roof tiles remain in Vietnamese style. In ... Read more about Cua Bac .

St Joseph's Cathedral
40 Nha Chung, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi

The beautiful neo-Gothic St Joseph's Cathedral in downtown Hanoi was consecrated in 1886 and remains active today thanks to the city being home to a large community of local ... Read more about St Joseph's Cathedral .

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Cooking classes


Cooking courses

While many visitors to Vietnam elect to take a cookery course in Hoi An, Hanoi also offers cooking school options worthy of ... Read more about Cooking courses .

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Hiking, walking tours and itineraries


One day in Hanoi

Hanoi is often, sadly, just somewhere visitors stop off for a night or two en route to Ha Long Bay, mountainous Sapa or a dash down the coast to Ho Chi Minh City. But for those who do want to take a look around, however fleeting, Hanoi can be a fascinating destination in its own right. So, if you just have one day in Hanoi, how do you make the most of ... Read more about One day in Hanoi .

Two days on a budget in Hanoi

Most people travelling through Hanoi give the city a couple of days before heading to Halong Bay, Sapa or down to the centre and south of the country. Here are our suggestions for what to do on a tight budget if you have just two days here and want to make the most of ... Read more about Two days on a budget in Hanoi .

Four days in Hanoi

We've written about how we'd spend two days on a budget in Hanoi, but what about if you have a little longer? Linger for four days to see a bit more of Vietnam's capital, and here's what we'd suggest you ... Read more about Four days in Hanoi .

Hanoi on a splurge

We’ve covered Hanoi on a tight budget, but what if you’ve got a few extra dong to rub together during your visit to the Vietnamese capital? If you want to mix some luxury in with your Hanoi exploring, here are some ... Read more about Hanoi on a splurge .

Do nothing and see the best of Hanoi

I am writing this from a chair barely inside the doorway of The Cart - a small coffee and sandwich place in a narrow alley not far from St Joseph's Cathedral. My laptop tells me I have a choice of six different WiFi options courtesy of the surrounding hotels. My coffee, on this occasion, is Italian but during warmer seasons I'd choose the more ubiquitous iced Vietnamese ... Read more about Do nothing and see the best of Hanoi .

Stay another day

Two or three days? Four or five? If you’re wondering how many days to spend in Hanoi, err on the generous side as there are plenty of ways to fill your time. Here’s our pick of some less common ways to spend that extra ... Read more about Stay another day .

Which is the best street food tour in Hanoi?

After four tours, approximately 13 kilometres of walking, three portions of banh cuon, a kilo of extra weight and enough sugar to dissolve a few dozen teeth, my food tour adventure in Hanoi is over. It's reinvigorated my love of street food and inspired me to try a few new places, but which was the ... Read more about Which is the best street food tour in Hanoi? .

Hanoi Street Food Tours

Continuing my exploration of street food tours in Hanoi, I booked onto an afternoon tour with Hanoi Street Food Tours, run by Mark Lowerson, of Sticky Rice fame, and Van Cong Tu, the “Vietnamese God“. Bring on three hours of snacking ... Read more about Hanoi Street Food Tours .

Hanoi Cooking Centre
44 Chau Long Street, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi
T: (04) 3715 0088 / 3715 3277

With street food being such a defining feature of Hanoi, it’s no surprise that a variety of tours here explore the world of the 10-inch plastic stool. We’ve checked out a few of the options, starting with Hanoi Cooking Centre ... Read more about Hanoi Cooking Centre .

Food on Foot
19B Hang Be Street, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi
T: (04) 3990 1733/3994 2555

Food on Foot, operated by Vietnam Awesome Travel, offers great tours with plenty of ... Read more about Food on Foot .

Urban Adventures
(0904) 193 308

The Hanoi Street Food by Night tour, offered by Urban Adventures, is perhaps better described as a walking tour of Old Quarter with some food stops thrown in -- not necessarily a bad ... Read more about Urban Adventures .

Street food tours in Hanoi

As well as being a tasty and cheap dining option, eating street food provides a great opportunity for people watching and an insight into local ... Read more about Street food tours in Hanoi .

Friends of Vietnam Heritage (FHV)
Hanoi City Library, 4th floor, 47 Ba Trieu St

If you’re interested in seeking a really good understanding of the heritage and culture of Vietnam while in Hanoi, check out Friends of Vietnam Heritage (FHV), a non-profit group that holds interesting events and publishes books on intriguing ... Read more about Friends of Vietnam Heritage (FHV) .

Hanoi photography tour
T: (0121) 515 0522

What’s worth getting up for at 04:00 on a chilly Sunday morning in Hanoi? A sunrise photography tour of Long Bien market with Vietnam In Focus, that’s ... Read more about Hanoi photography tour .

Explore Hanoi's French Quarter

If you need a break from the chaos of Old Quarter, wander down to Hanoi’s French Quarter, where wide open streets, majestic buildings and high-end hotels, restaurants and shops ... Read more about Explore Hanoi's French Quarter .

Walking tour of 1930s architecture in Hanoi

I recently attended a talk at The Bookworm entitled “Stories houses tell” and given by Linda Mazur, a Canadian who has been living in Hanoi since 1998. ... Read more about Walking tour of 1930s architecture in Hanoi .

A walk around Hanoi's Truc Bach lake

Truc Bach Lake lies about three kilometres to the northwest of Hoan Kiem Lake and is easily reachable on foot or by cyclo. ... Read more about A walk around Hanoi's Truc Bach lake .

HanoiKids: City tours the fun way
T: (0166) 503 4898

HanoiKids was set up in 2006 and is a student-run organisation offering free city tours in Hanoi. ... Read more about HanoiKids: City tours the fun way .

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Shopping


Buying a secondhand motorbike

If you are planning a long roadtrip, or one that doesn’t start and end in Hanoi, it’s likely to be more economical to buy a motorbike rather than rent. Here’s a rundown of where to buy a secondhand bike in Hanoi. Do remember that if you don’t have a local license, your travel insurance may be invalid — do check ahead of your trip. Here’s a rundown of where to buy a secondhand bike in ... Read more about Buying a secondhand motorbike .

Propaganda posters

During the Vietnam War, propaganda posters were painted to help rally the troops and to raise spirits; the printing of them continued for about a decade after the end of the war. The visuals reflected the different styles and skills of the artists who painted them, but consistent themes were bold images, powerful messages and strong use of colour. They are increasingly recognised as works of ... Read more about Propaganda posters .

Tan My Design
61 Hang Gai, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
T: (04) 3938 1154

Although Tan My Design stocks some of the same traditional items, as its parent Tan My Embroidery, it’s predominantly a showcase for stylish, modern designer items and makes for a unique and calming shopping experience amid the mayhem of the streets of ... Read more about Tan My Design .

Buying Western-sized clothes

Your favourite T-shirt turned pink at the laundromat in Hue or you lost your shorts somewhere between Ko Samui and Bangkok. Here's where to get replacements -- though bear in mind the city isn’t the best place for Westerners to add to their off-the-rack ... Read more about Buying Western-sized clothes .

Where to buy classy Hanoi souvenirs

While the standard Hanoi souvenirs available all over Old Quarter offer plenty of options for take home pressies for pals, if you want something more special, or just want to avoid the haggling and trooping around, Hanoi also offers some good little shopping ... Read more about Where to buy classy Hanoi souvenirs .

Where to find Western goodies

If you're looking for the kinds of treats you'll easily find in the West but not so easily come across while on the road in Southeast Asia, here's where to head in ... Read more about Where to find Western goodies .

The Bookworm
44 Chau Long, Hanoi
T: (04) 3715 3711

The Bookworm is the self-proclaimed “best little book cafe in Southeast Asia” and while some may argue, I see no reason to dispute the fact. The cool, tidy interior — though not spacious — is a pleasant spot for browsing and the choice of more than 10,000 new and used English-language books and friendly staff ensure you won’t go away empty ... Read more about The Bookworm .

Buying paintings

Copying is rife across Vietnam, and art is no exception. Hanoi’s Old Quarter is littered with art shops selling life-size copies of a wide range of artists’ work: from Van Gogh to Da Vinci to Klimt. ... Read more about Buying paintings .

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Day trips


Perfume Pagoda

The sprawling Perfume Pagoda, or Chua Huong, is a series of revered shrines and temples tucked into the pretty Huong Tich mountains, a few hours' drive out of ... Read more about Perfume Pagoda .

Booking a Ha Long Bay cruise

With more than 400 boats to choose from, selecting a Ha Long Bay tour is tricky enough to start with. Throw in the third party travel agents and hotel tour desks – who can quote whatever they want for a cruise – and it’s a minefield. Here are some tips to get the best for your ... Read more about Booking a Ha Long Bay cruise .

Two or three days in Ha Long Bay?

When planning your trip to Vietnam, it can be a challenge to fit everything in, and one of the questions you may well ask yourself is how long to spend in Ha Long Bay. While this is a personal choice, here’s our ... Read more about Two or three days in Ha Long Bay? .

Hanoi to Mai Chau by motorbike

At 139 kilometres from Hanoi, Mai Chau is a popular two- or three-day trip from Hanoi. Having squeezed onto over-crowded, under air-conditioned buses on previous trips, on our latest soujourn we decided to jump on motorbikes and cruise there at our own pace, wind in our hair, sun on our backs and all that. Was it worth it? Yes. Is it for everyone? No. Here’s ... Read more about Hanoi to Mai Chau by motorbike .

Bat Trang ceramic village
Bat Trang, Gia Lam, Hanoi

Home to the pottery families of Hanoi, Bat Trang village is also referred to as the ceramic village and makes for an easy half-day excursion from the city. It's one of numerous old villages on the outskirts of the capital that have specialised in a range of cottage industries for ... Read more about Bat Trang ceramic village .

An overnight trip to Tam Dao

While not a must-visit destination, if you’re not in a rush and are keen to explore less touristy spots in Vietnam, Tam Dao hill station is worth an overnight from Hanoi, especially to escape the capital’s summer heat. Here’s some advice on how to spend your time ... Read more about An overnight trip to Tam Dao .

Cu Da, or Vermicelli Village

After my enjoyable visit to Bamboo Village (Bang So) I was really looking forward to the trip to Vermicelli Village (Cu Da); I love food and am always keen to learn more about ... Read more about Cu Da, or Vermicelli Village .

Son Tinh campsite
Son Tinh, Dong Mo Island, Son Tay

Son Tinh campsite, 40km from Hanoi’s centre (but still technically in Hanoi), provides a peaceful retreat from the capital’s maddening crowds. ... Read more about Son Tinh campsite .

Motorbike trips

There has been a motorbike-supply eruption in Hanoi in recent years, with numerous operators offering not only bike rental and sales but also organised tours. Here's the ... Read more about Motorbike trips .

Dau pagoda and Horn village

Dau pagoda, considered Vietnam’s oldest, is located 24 kilometres south of the centre of Hanoi, in Bac Ninh province, and takes about one hour to reach by ... Read more about Dau pagoda and Horn village .

Bang So (Bamboo village)

In the past, villagers in Vietnam tended to specialise in making particular items to meet their needs, sharing their skills with neighbours and relatives. This led to individual villages becoming known for a particular handicraft. As people moved to the cities they gravitated towards others with the same trade and hence we have areas such as Hanoi’s Old Quarter, where different streets ... Read more about Bang So (Bamboo village) .

Motorcycling around Ha Giang

Motorcycling from Ha Giang offers arguably the best scenery in Vietnam or even Southeast Asia, and provides the opportunity to explore a stunning region as yet relatively untouched by ... Read more about Motorcycling around Ha Giang .

Jeep tour
46 Gia Ngu Street, Hanoi
T: (0918) 763 515

As well as bike tours, Cuong’s Motorbike Adventures offers a range of tours by US Army Jeep to destinations within and outside Hanoi such as Mai Chau and Duong Lam village. While slightly on the pricey side, they are an unusual and fun option if you want to set your own agenda for a tour of Hanoi or are keen to explore further ... Read more about Jeep tour .

Exploring Bac Kan province

You don’t always have to stick to the tourist trail in Vietnam; simply striking out somewhere for the hell of it can be richly rewarding. Bac Kan province is little visited by tourists, although its main point of interest, Ba Be Lake, attracts those looking for natural beauty outside of Ha Long ... Read more about Exploring Bac Kan province .

Thay and Tay Phuong Pagodas

If you haven't had a good mountainside pagoda experience, these two spots (with confusingly similar names) are some of the oldest and most historically important pagodas in Vietnam, reachable via an easy daytrip. The first of the two, Chua Thay or 'Master's Pagoda', is about 19km from Hanoi. Just head southwest out of Hanoi on Duong Lang-Hoa Lac, take a right turn, go under the new flyover, ... Read more about Thay and Tay Phuong Pagodas .

Co Loa Citadel
16km outside Hanoi

This is the easiest of the Hanoi daytrips, about 16km outside the city. The main draw here is that it's one of the oldest structures still extant from Vietnamese history (though Cham and Sa Huynh culture is much older). The ancient, spiral-shaped citadel dates back to the third century BC, with a few of the ancient ramparts remaining but hard to spot among the more recent construction. There's ... Read more about Co Loa Citadel .

Ba Vi National Park

If you're planning to visit only one national park in Vietnam, other parks, like Bach Ma near Hue, should be higher up on your list than Ba Vi. Nevertheless, it's a beautiful park and if you just want a quiet getaway for a day or so, it's a fine choice. The main attraction at the park is the mountain itself, which rises to more than 1,200m above sea level. There's a very good road leading 12km ... Read more about Ba Vi National Park .

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Performing arts


Thang Long Water Puppets
57B Dinh Tien Hoang St (near Hoan Kiem Lake), Hanoi
T: (04) 3824 9494, (04) 3825 5450

Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre is the place to go to experience a traditional Vietnamese water puppet ... Read more about Thang Long Water Puppets .

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Cinema


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Hanoi: 36 Streets


Hang Quat

Hang Quat is one of the most colourful streets in Old Quarter. Quat means fans, which were of course traditionally made on this street, be they from bamboo, paper or palm ... Read more about Hang Quat .

Hang Giay

Hang Giay is right in the centre of Old Quarter, running from Luong Ngoc Quyen to Hang Chieu. Giay means shoes — though with different tones, it means paper -- but nowadays there are very few shoes on sale along its ... Read more about Hang Giay .

Hang Buom and Ma May

While the streets around the edges of Old Quarter tend to be oriented towards local life, Hang Buom smoothly makes the transition into ... Read more about Hang Buom and Ma May .

Hang Vai and Lan Ong

Hang Vai, which runs off Phung Hung, was traditionally Hanoi’s main textiles street. Nowadays its main attractions are twofold: a pleasant vibe, with few tourists and little traffic, but plenty of on-street action such as sugar cane juice spots, pho restaurants, tea stands and street vendors; secondly, it’s home to bamboo shops, which sit at the junction with Thuoc ... Read more about Hang Vai and Lan Ong .

Hang Bac and Hang Bo

One Hanoi street remaining true to its name and of interest to tourists is Hang Bac. Bac means silver and the street is still lined with silver shops, although some have expanded their wares to include jade bangles and the like. ... Read more about Hang Bac and Hang Bo .

Hang Ma and Hang Chieu

Coming through the arch of Hanoi’s Old City Gate, the road straight ahead is Hang Chieu. A dozen or so shops have stayed reasonably true to the street’s original wares — Vietnamese grass tatami ... Read more about Hang Ma and Hang Chieu .

Ngo Gach

In London, Brick Lane is famous for its Indian food; in Hanoi, it used to sell bricks. Ngo (lane) Gach (brick) is a small road that runs between Hang Giay and Hang Duong and is one of those streets very easy to miss, but a shame not to ... Read more about Ngo Gach .

Hang Dieu

Hang Dieu comprises a strange melee of stores. Running north from the six-way junction at Duong Thanh until it turns into Hang Ga, it sold cigarettes in the 19th century and, more recently, leather shoes and sandals. No sign of a Mars ... Read more about Hang Dieu .

Hang Manh

Manh are roller blinds made of thin strips of bamboo and the traditional wares of this street. Now they’re in short supply, although still available at a couple of places, and vinyl flooring seems to have taken over as the household item of ... Read more about Hang Manh .

Hang Be and Gia Ngu

Some Hanoi streets have completely given themselves over to tourism -- and Hang Be is one such example, though that's not to say it isn't worth a ... Read more about Hang Be and Gia Ngu .

Ta Hien

Try as I might, I can’t find out what “Ta Hien”, one of Hanoi’s 36 streets, originally sold, although according to a friend’s father, it sold food when he was young and during his parents’ generation — whether that was the original wares sold here or not, I’m not ... Read more about Ta Hien .

Au Trieu

Despite not being one of Hanoi's so-called 36 streets, Au Trieu is still worth browsing to enjoy a classic experience of shopping and ... Read more about Au Trieu .

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Massages and spas


Where can I get a good massage in Hanoi?

Massages in Hanoi range from very cheap and cheerful foot massages through to high-end luxury spas, where you’ll pay nearly $100 for just an hour of pampering. The choice can be overwhelming but here’s a selection of places we think are worth checking ... Read more about Where can I get a good massage in Hanoi? .

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Giving back


Humanitarian Services for Children of Vietnam
T: (04) 3715 1263

Humanitarian Services for Children of Vietnam (HSCV) was founded in 2002 to help orphans, homeless children and other children living in poverty in Hanoi and surrounding areas through the provision of food, shelter, clothing, health and ... Read more about Humanitarian Services for Children of Vietnam .

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Interesting buildings


Heritage house at 87 Ma May St
87 Ma May St, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi

Dating back to the 19th century, this special house is a great example of the type of architecture that once prevailed throughout Hanoi's busy Old Quarter. ... Read more about Heritage house at 87 Ma May St .

Hanoi Opera House
1 Trang Tien St, Hanoi
T: (04) 3933 0131

The Hanoi Opera House, located in the French Quarter, is an attraction in itself. Do try to catch a show here so you can experience the building in all its ... Read more about Hanoi Opera House .

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Viewpoints


Lotte Tower Observation Deck
54 Lieu Giai, Ba Dinh, Hanoi
T: (0980 724 3922

With 360-degree views over Hanoi from 65 storeys up, the Lotte Centre Observation Deck is where you'll get a real sense of how huge the city has ... Read more about Lotte Tower Observation Deck .

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Historic attractions


Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum
8 Hung Vuong (access via 5 Hgoc Ha St), Ba Dinh, Hanoi
T: (04) 3845 5128

In that great communist tradition, the liberator of Vietnam Ho Chi Minh remains lying in state so his admirers can pay their respects, even nearly five decades after his ... Read more about Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum .

Presidential Palace and Ho Chi Minh's House on Stilts
North of Ho Chi Minh's mausoleum, Ba Dinh Square, Hanoi
T: (084) 0804 4287

A visit to the exterior of the Presidential Palace, plus a house Ho Chi Minh lived in from 1954 to 1958, then his so-called House on Stilts, and his car collection, naturally follows a stop at nearby Ho Chi Minh's ... Read more about Presidential Palace and Ho Chi Minh's House on Stilts .

Chuong Duong Bridge

The Chuong Duong Bridge opened in 1985, and is one of the main bridges that moves traffic across the Red River in Hanoi. The four-lane, steel span bridge's claim to fame is that it was the first sizeable bridge designed and built by Vietnamese workers, with no international assistance. Located just south of Long Bien Bridge, and beginning near the Old Quarter, it took almost two years to ... Read more about Chuong Duong Bridge .

Thang Long Citadel
Hoang Dieu St, Ba Dinh, Hanoi
T: (04) 3734 5927

The sprawling grounds of the World Heritage-listed Thang Long Citadel are a palimpsest across which Hanoi's history has been written and re-written. You can easily spend a few hours here exploring the grounds and the archaeological dig just across the ... Read more about Thang Long Citadel .

Long Bien Bridge
Eastern Hanoi

Impressive Long Bien Bridge, which spans Hanoi's Red River to connect Hoan Kiem and Long Bien districts, was built by the French colonists at the turn of the 20th ... Read more about Long Bien Bridge .

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