19 Best Things To Do in Hanoi, Old Quarter, At Night and Around Hanoi [2018]

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  1. Temple of Literature 

If you want to the cultural signature of Vietnam then you have to go to Temple of Literature

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Temple of Literature in Hanoi is not only a historical place representing the long progress of Vietnamese culture. It made a big contribution on both Confucian civilization in Vietnam and human culture in the world also. Temple of literature was ranked as the cultural and historical site on 28th April, 1962.


  • Address: No.58 Quoc Tu Giam Street
  • Opening hours:  7:30 – 18:00 from Monday to Friday and  8:00 – 21:00 from Saturday to Sunday
  • Ticket Price: VND 30.000 (~$ 1.3)

2. Visiting Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

Ho Chi Minh is considered as the great father of Vietnam, who dedicated his life to save the country from invaders.
The construction project started on the 2nd  of September 1973 and completed on the 21st  of August 1975.

When you come to Ho Chi Minh mausoleum at night , you will see a pretty and peaceful night space which attracts a lot of people’s eyes. It is Ba Dinh square that taking off and raising flag ceremonies are hold every morning and evening.

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  • Address: Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Hung Vuong Street, Ba Dinh District
  • Opening days : Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
  • Opening hours : 07:30 -11:00
  • Ticket Price: VND 25.000 (~$1)


  • Dress code: No shorts or miniskirts.
  • Other: Stay silent. No smoking, no arm cross. Only filming when allowed.

3. Walking around Hoan Kiem Lake

Almost all travelers stay in the old quarter, this may take 10 minutes from your hotel to the first stop Hoan Kiem Lake (The Heart of Hanoi).

If your hotel is not in the old quarter, the best way to get the is taking a taxi (Uber or Grab are popular as well).

Hoan Kiem Lake

Hoan Kiem Lake

Activities: interesting cultural activities especially in the weekend – Walking Street (from Friday to Sunday)


  • Dress code: Free styles.
  • Other: Only filming when allowed

4. Sightseeing from Long Bien Bridge

Long Bien Bridge is a great place for sightseeing and taking photos

Long Bien Bridge is a great place for sightseeing and taking photos

Interested in sightseeing?

Long Bien bridge becomes the usual spot for people to hang around at night. You might wonder what to do there?

Nothing could be better than seeing the Red River—while sitting in a small corner, eating some baked corns and potatoes by locals. It’s a cozy and relaxing experience.

5. Hoa Lo Prison

Maison Centrale in Hanoi, also known as Hoa Lo Prison or the ‘Hanoi Hilton’, housed Vietnamese revolutionaries and American POWs during the Vietnam War.

The fortress was once a vast colonial-style prison, most of which was torn down in the 1990s.

hoa Lo Prison

hoa Lo Prison

  • Opening Hours: Daily 08:00 – 11:30 and 13:30 – 17:00
  • Address: 1 Hoa Lo Street, Tran Hung Dao, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
  • Tel: +84 243 824 6358
  • Price Range: VND 30,000

6. Visiting Hanoi Opera House 

Things to do in Hanoi - opera House

Inspired by the famous Opéra Garnier Theater in Paris, the Hanoi Opera House is actually a massive architectural work of its time

If you want to see the landmark of Hanoi—then you must check out The Opera House. The place is located in the French Quarter in Hanoi.

To get more about the Opera House


  • Address: No.01 Trang Tien Street
  • Opening hours: 8:00 – 22:00
  • Ticket Price: VND 400.000 (~$20)

7. A cup of special coffee

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Hanoi itinerary

Give yourself an egg coffee at the end of 1st day in Hanoi

You can have the detailed information and get a free local guide to tell you information about Old Quarter Below.

This Hanoi walk takes us through the colonial architecture of the precinct known as the French Quarter. The Opera House, The Metropole Hotel, the Vietnam History Museum and other important architectural and historical landmarks are located here. And there are plenty of other interesting street scenes as well.

8. Shopping at Dong Xuan Market 

Dong Xuan Market

If you are a shopaholic, you cannot miss Dong Xuan market – A paradise for shopping. Dong Xuan market is the busiest and most popular traditional market of Hanoi.


  • Address: Dong Xuan Street.
  • Opening hours: 8:00 – 18:00

9. St.Joseph’s Cathedral

An Neo-Gothic Cathedral located in the heart of Hanoi Capital, Saint Joseph Cathedral is the representative evidence of the French colonial architecture.

Want to see some European construction?

You must go to St.Joseph’s Cathedral!

The church was built by the French in December 1886. It is the oldest church in Hanoi.


  • Address: No.40 Nha Chung Street
  • Opening hours: Usually closed by noon

10. Visiting Tran Quoc Pagoda

If you love religious places then you should go to Tran Quoc pagoda.

Located on a small peninsula on West Lake, Tran Quoc is extremely magnificent. The pagoda is considered as the most ancient pagoda in Hanoi with its history line of more than 1,500 years. In 1962, Tran Quoc pagoda was listed as historical heritage of Vietnam.


  • Address: Thanh Niên Street
  • Opening hours: 8:00 – 20:00


  • Dress code: No shorts or miniskirts.
  • Other: Stay silent. No smoking, no arm cross. Only filming when allowed.

11. Visiting Museum of Ethnology

things to do in Hanoi - ethnology museum

Unique wooden sculptures at the museum

Are you interested in different cultures of vietnam?

If so then go to Museum of  Ethnology .

Coming to Museum of Ethnology you get to see the traditional features of 54 ethnic groups of Vietnam. You will learn about how different ethnics group carry out their marry, funeral, their clothing and their entertainment.


  • Address: Nguyen Van Huyen Street
  • Opening hours: 8:00 – 20:00
  • Ticket Price: VND 40.000 (~$2)

12. Visiting Bat Trang Village

Bat Trang Village

An excitement of a tourist when trying to do a vase himself in Bat Trang Village

Interested in Vietnam traditional porcelain?

Come and join pottery class—have an interesting experience in how to make pottery product by yourself.

Bat Trang Pottery Village has the longest tradition of making pottery in Vietnam. The pottery here is diverse in their styles and shapes. One of the best thing here is you can see for real the artisans making pottery. You can also create your own pottery products by joining a workshop.


  • Address: Bat Trang Commune, Gia Lam District.
  • Distance: 10km or 30 minutes by car/motorbike.
  • Opening hours: 8:00 – 20:00
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The common scene of crowded Ta Hien street

13. Drinking cold beer

Drinking cool beer is a common thing to do in Hanoi at night, it can also be considered  the best thing to do in Hanoi at night.

Ta Hien and Luong Ngoc Quyen Street are the most popular places to grab some beer. It’s always crowded at night when a lot of locals and foreigners enjoy beer together. Now it has become a gathering destination for party lovers. Grabbing some beer, feeling the music and having fun with locals and foreigners would be great to spend your night.


  • Address: Ta Hien Street, Luong Ngoc Quyen Street
  • Price: 20.000 VND (~$1)/glass or 80.000 VND (~$4) for a bottle

14. Watching Water Puppet Show in Hanoi 

 things to do. Watching water puppet show

The traditional puppets in a Water Puppet Show in Thang Long theatre

Interested in traditional cultural art?

You should see Water puppet show in Hanoi.

This traditional performing art has been existing for more than a thousand year. And now it has become the symbol of art of Vietnam. Water puppet show is a Vietnamese folk culture performing the life of  Vietnamese farmers (catching fishes, tending buffalo, cultivating …) or historical legends.


  • Address:  No.57b Dinh Tien Hoang Street
  • Opening hours:  15:30, 17:00, 18:30, 20:00, 21:15 and Sunday at 09:30
  • Ticket Price: Around VND 150.000 (~$6,5 )

15. Visiting Skyline Observation Deck

Want to explore a different view of Hanoi?

Go to Hanoi Lotte observation deck, which is near by Skywalk. Standing on the 65th floor of Lotte center, at that height, you can clearly see the beautiful and sparkling view of Hanoi.


  • Address: 54 Lieu Giai Street (Lotte Center buiding), Ba Dinh district.
  • Ticket Price: 200.000 VND (~$9)

16. Eating Street food

things to do in Hanoi - Grilled Pork

Grilled Pork on Charcoal

If you are a true foodie then you must go to Hang Buom Street at night. You could not imagine how many things you could do and could eat there.

At night, there are many kinds of tasty Street food being served in every single corners. There are so many kinds of food for you to try including: barbecued beef, Che, Banh Troi Tau, hot pot and so on. Nothing could be better than having some food while walking on the Street enjoying your night.


  • Address: Hang Buom Street
  • Ticket Price: VND 20.000-30.000/dish (~$1,5)

17. Visiting Ninh Binh Province 

Trang An complex in Ninh Binh is the best choice for busy travelers. Just one day tour package includes dozens of must-see sites.

Trang An now draws more and more attention to its tourism activities. The tour covers religious worship, history, boating, excavation learning, and an optional cycling choice for those who loves biking.

Things to do in Hanoi - Trang An Complex

The poetic and charming beauty of Trang An complex

  • Address: Ninh Binh Province
  • Distance: 100km from Hanoi, 2.5 hours by car/bus
  • Ticket Price: VND 200.000/pax (~$8) for boating

18. Visiting Ha Long Bay 

As one of the top things to do in the northe Vietnam, recommended by Tripadvisor Halong Bay is totally worthy

Designated a World Heritage site in 1994, Halong Bay is a vision of ethereal beauty and, unsurprisingly, northern Vietnam’s number one tourism hub.

Losts of travelers do not know How many days they should spend in Halong Bay

things to do in Hanoi. Visiting Halong Bay

A breathtaking view in Halong Bay

Activities to do in Ha Long bay includes: Floating on the boat, visiting caves, sun set party, cooking class, enjoying kayaking to discover Halong Bay…


  • Address: Quang Ninh Province
  • Distance: 180 km from Hanoi or 4 hours by bus

19. Visiting Sapa

The natural landscape of Sa Pa is combined with people’s creativity along with the terrain of the mountains, the green of the forest.

The picture of Sa Pa is arranged in a harmonious arrangement to create a region with many romantic poetry and attractive scenes

things to do in Hanoi. Visiting Sapa

The enchanted landscape of Sapa – the most famous mountainous traveling area of Vietnam


  • Address: Lao Cai Province
  • Distance: 317km from Hanoi or 5 hours by bus.


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