Hanoi tourist information - what to do

One of the reasons that Hanoi is steadily growing in popularity among foreign visitors is that there is such a diverse range of things to do and see here. It’s quite possible to stroll round one of its many museums in the morning, relax in a park in the afternoon, then sample a glass of the local bia hoi before taking in a performance at the Opera House in the evening, then do a completely different set of activities the following day.

Given the fact that the city is 1,000 years old, it’s not surprising that there are plenty of historic sites to visit, such as the Temple of Literature and the One Pillar Pagoda, so sightseeing can occupy several days just to see the main attractions. However, sightseeing can be both physically and mentally taxing, so it pays to mix up your activities and avoid trying to fit too much in to one day.

Sightseeing

From the Old Quarter to the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Hanoi has plenty of unusual sights that are fantastic fun to explore on foot, by guided tour or using public transport...more

Festivals

Sample delectable Vietnamese fare whilst drinking in the sublime culture at one of Hanoi’s many festivals which embrace a wide range of influences from around the region...more

Shopping

Pick up backstreet bargains in the bustling markets, get a suit made to measure by tailors or browse for stylish designs in the city’s shopping malls which have all the top international brands...more

Entertainment

Chuckle over the antics of the water puppets in this centuries-old Hanoi artform or catch a performance of live jazz music at one of the new breed of expat-friendly chic lounges...more

Activities

There is much to do in Hanoi including many activities, classes and sports and we have the complete rundown of what’s going on in town here so visitors can never be bored...more

Children

All the best activities for kids and young people in Hanoi including water puppet theatre shows, all the latest and coolest museums in the city plus a whole lot more besides...more

What to do in Hanoi - activities, sports and shoppping

Hanoi’s bars are worthy of extensive research in order to decide which shakes the meanest cocktail, which has the coolest ambience and which the best live music.

The Vietnamese love a good party so you are likely to encounter a celebration during your visit.

Likewise, it would be a crime against your stomach not to indulge in as many of the city’s fine restaurants as you possibly can, savouring regional Vietnamese dishes as well as the occasional Indian or Japanese meal when the urge strikes. There are plenty of other entertainment options to consider as well, including the cinema, night clubs and performances of traditional dance or water puppets.

The Vietnamese all seem to have a gift for art, so when you go shopping, look out for paintings by aspiring Picassos, locally-woven silk scarves and recordings by traditional or modern musicians. These make not only excellent souvenirs for yourself, but also ideal gifts for friends back home.

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