Hanoi is an absolute amazing place for foodies, adventures, cultural traveler, and even nightlifers. There are so many amazing things to do in Hanoi, we had to create a huge list for you.
To make it easy, we put all these Hanoi activities on a map at the end of this article.
So, I am assuming you are planning to go to Vietnam soon? Cool, cause we share with you right here our list of 41 things to do in Hanoi. Some of them you need to book in advance, others can be done spontaneously.
This list covers almost everything for
families with kids
There is a bunch of fun things to do, entertainment at night, interesting slow downs, where to eat in Hanoi, local secrets, shopping, as well a huge share of history.
You will find many bars offering live music at night. It is really a great experience to end the day surrounded by locals and other travelers. Ask your host for any special occasions, they might know some concerts/ live music bats in the area.
16. Vietnam Military History Museum
For History nerds, the Vietnam Military History Museum displays over 200,000 exhibits.
You will find items from prehistory up to the 1947 revolution and founding of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam.
The Vietnam Military History Museum is housed in on an impressive building which defines Indochina architecture:
A colonial french building with a cupola shaped as a pagoda.
17. Say Hi to Lenin
Just opposite the Vietnam military history museum, you will find a big Lenin Statue.
It is one of the last standing Lenin statues in the world. If I am not mistaken, it is the biggest Lenin Statue outside of Russia!
18. Experience traffic jam
Get to experience an authentic traffic jam in Vietnam renting a motorbike or, for those who don’t dare to drive, taking a Grab.
Grab is like a taxi but in a cheap version. It is great because you will know the price in advance.
That means, you don’t have to bargain neither discuss with the taxi drivers.
In Grab, you can choose a car or, a motorbike.
Do you dare to get on a Grab motorbike?
I can assure you once thing: it’s unique and one of the crazy things to do in Hanoi.
19. Driving a motorbike
If you want to drive a motorbike, but don’t feel like doing it alone, why not joining a motorbike tour?
We found this tour where you will have a driving guide, a city tour, and even a meal with your new motorbike buddies.
A good way to get to know the Hanoi famous sights.
Once you get to Hanoi, you might suffer a bit of fear when crossing the streets.
It is so impressive how many motorbikes and cars are basically everywhere.
Fear not, crossing the streets is safe, you just need to watch for a moment to cross and cross slowly, avoiding the vehicles.
Sounds more difficult than it is. Just try it.
Important to know: Move slowly so people can see and realize which your next steps are.
The traffic in Hanoi and Vietnam overall is chaotic, but slow. So the name of the game is being slow and don’t make sudden moves. Just walk slowly over a street – you will see everybody will start driving around you, ignoring you almost.
It’s really special!
Want proof? Have a look at this tough woman in the photo below…
21. Ngoc Son Temple – Đền Ngọc Sơn
Located in the center of Hanoi, in the main Lake mentioned in number 2, Hoan Kiem Lake, you will find the Temple of the Jade Mountain.
Temple of the Jade Mounaint is NGoc Son Temple.
Cross the instagramable red bridge and decide if you want to enter the temple.
Entry is only around 2 USD.
Watch out: there are many scams around. You will find many people trying to sell you things, telling you you need a mandatory guide (not true) and re-selling used tickets.
If you are lucky, you will see many Vietnamese women in traditional dresses posing for pictures along the bridge.
That makes it even more instagramable!
22. Go Shopping in Hanoi
It is not a surprise, many people dedicate their last day in Hanoi for shopping.
Vietnam is a big manufacturing industry: textile garments, leather products, silk, electrical goods, dried fruits, shoes…
You can find many fake items (and some originals) from known brands all around the city.
To find specific items, think about this: products are divided on different streets.
I just put on the map all the interesting shopping points in Hanoi.
I added a description about what it is sold on that street.
We created a Hanoi map with all the points and activities mentioned + FULL Guide for Shopping in Hanoi, Vietnam.
You can check it anytime and even share it with your travel friends.
That way, you will move easily around Hanoi City.
Over to you
I just gave you an EPIC list of things to in Hanoi.But, I am not perfect and maybe this list is also missing a few things or I missed to explain a few things.
Therefore: Do you have any questions, doubts?
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Summary: Things to do in Hanoi
Vietnam’s capital is AWESOME! So many things to do, so many different kind of activities.
Have a look at our video we made about Hanoi.
And the life and culture to experience on every corner, it just does not stop.
We have visited Hanoi for two full weeks. It was really hard to say good bye.
Without a doubt, we will be back.
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