Best Things To Do In Hanoi, Vietnam

By Tim Kroeger August 10, 2017 Asia, Best Things To Do In, Vietnam

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Hanoi can seem very chaotic at first glance but there is much more to it than meets the eye.

There are some things you simply can’t miss out on like visiting a temple and eating street food.

And when you’ve had enough of visiting tourist attractions there are also some great alternative things to do, from a live escape game to spending the afternoon in a chilled cafe.

Here are the Best Things To Do In Hanoi.

1. Temple of Literature

This temple is dedicated to Confucius and was the first university in Vietnam, built in 1070.

It’s a really pretty area to walk around especially on a sunny day and there’s also a nice park next to it.

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Temple of Literature

2. Museum of Ethnology

Our favourite museum in Hanoi.

This is a really interesting museum where you can learn a lot about Vietnam’s 54 ethnic groups and see many artefacts from their traditions.

The highlights for us were the traditional stilt houses in the outside area.

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Museum of Ethnology stilt house

3. Best Things To Do In Hanoi – Hoa Lo Prison

Both Vietnamese and American prisoners were held here, including John McCain.

This is really interesting for its propaganda factor and is definitely worth a visit if you are interested in learning more about the treatment of prisoners and day-to-day life there.

*Tip: Explore the city with a Hanoi Full-Day City Tour or a Hanoi 2.5-Hour Street Food Walking Tour By Night

4. Hoan Kiem Lake

Located in the centre of the city this is a great place to go when you want to get away from the craziness of the old quarter streets.

There are many things you can do here: walk, watch exercise classes (maybe even join in!), enjoy a refreshing ice lolly, or visit the Ngoc Son temple.