Hanoi is one of the most popular destination for tourists in Vietnam. We recommend travelers to stay at least two nights to have enough time to visit its numerous attractions and landmarks.

A city between the rivers, built on lowland, Hanoi has many scenic lakes and it is sometimes called "city of lakes". Among them, the most famous are Hoan Kiem Lake, West Lake, Halais Lake (Hồ Thiền Quang in Vietnamese) and Bay Mau Lake.

Hoan Kiem Lake, also known as Sword Lake, is the historical and cultural center of Hanoi, and is linked to the legend of the magic sword. Many of Hanoi's best hotels are located in that area. West Lake (Hồ Tây) is a popular place for people to spend time. It is the largest lake in Hanoi and there are many temples in the area. There are small boats for hire and a floating restaurant.

Hanoi has a treasure trove of French architecture. Look for buildings in the trademark yellow ochre color, well maintained colonial houses often repurposed as clothing boutiques or government buildings.

Mixed in with the recent past are ancient pagodas and temples, classic Vietnamese monuments to the nation’s history. Carvings at the Temple of Literature show that little of the nation’s past are available in books. Here it is set in stone, preserved for generations to come.

In one form or another, Hanoi has been a capital city for around 1000 years. With its many museums, pagodas, the jumbled maze of narrow streets of the Old Quarter and legendary Hoan Kiem Lake, the city is a history buff’s delight. 

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Revolution Museum

This homage to Vietnam's independence movement offers the usual blurry photographs along with some more interesting artefacts such as the ...

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

Silence reigns as visitors file by the preserved body of Vietnam's revered leader, Ho Chi Minh. The long lines and ...

Hanoi Museum

Shaped like an inverted pyramid and spread over nearly 5.4 hectares, Hanoi Museum opened in 2010 to mark Hanoi's 1,000 ...

Vietnamese Women’s Museum

Be they national heroes, mothers, intellectuals or fashion icons, women's contributions to the Vietnamese nation and society are told beautifully ...

Ho Chi Minh Museum

Dedicated to Vietnam's founder, this museum in Hanoi is worth a visit mostly for its hallucinatory third floor exhibitions which ...

Hoa Lo Prison

Referred to ironically as the 'Hanoi Hilton' by American POWs, Hoa Lo Prison was built by the French in 1896 ...

Ethnology Museum

Dedicated to educating the public about Vietnam's 53 ethnic minority groups, the Ethnology Museum is far and away Hanoi's most ...

National Museum of History

The National Museum of History in Hanoi is one of the country's top museums. An extensive collection of over 7,000 ...

My Thuat Museum

A good introduction to Vietnamese painting, lacquer and ceramics, the collection inside Hanoi's My Thuat Museum includes everything from 1,000 ...

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