Hanoi is a capital of Vietnam which is known for its centuries-old architecture and a rich culture with Southeast Asian, Chinese and French influences. You will never be stuck for something to do in Hanoi, where ancient and proudly preserved Vietnamese culture is feeling of most keenly by visitors.
There’s certainly plenty to explore, ranging from mouthwatering street food to traditional entertainment and the fascinating history, rich culture of a city with 1000 years history. Here are list must-do activities in Hanoi.
Inside the City
1. City Tour
Hanoi is an interesting city which is a blend between traditional and modern life. Based on your taste and time, I can suggest a personalized tour based on the top attractions are mentioned on our website as link below:
If you have limited time in Hanoi, I’m guessing your question is: “What can I do in Hanoi for one day?”.
Don’t worry, our travel guide experts will recommend for you the best itineraries for a one day tour such as:
2. Try a coffee and drink some cold beers
Don’t miss our strong egg coffee by any means when strolling in Hanoi Old Quarter. There are some suggested places:
13 Dinh Tien Hoang street
11 Hang Gai Street
39 Nguyen Huu Huan street
On a beautiful day, grab some cold beers in Ta Hien street or easily taste some “Bia Hoi” anywhere in Hanoi. It’s our super cheap and famous beer of Vietnam.
3. Visit Dong Xuan market and Night Market
If you are shopaholic or simply want to explore local cultures, visiting our local markets is one of the most appealing activities to do in Old Quarter. Stop by Hanoi’s largest indoor market -“Dong Xuan” during the day.
If you’re in Hanoi on the weekend, exploring the lively night market in the Old Quarter is a MUST on any traveller’s to do list. Located all around Hoan Kiem Lake, you can’t miss the traditional folk games, modern street performers, and delicious night market street food.
4. Taking a Vietnamese Cooking Class or Tasting Street Food
We welcome you to our Street Food Paradise. Just wandering along streets anywhere in Hanoi you will be amazed by many street food vendors. Try tasting some traditional Pho soup, or Bun Cha. If you’re feeling adventurous, try some strange drink like “Snake’s Heart.”
Want to take a taste of Vietnam home with you? Try taking one of our cooking classes with local families. Even famous Master Chef Judge Gordon Ramsay was pleasantly surprised by Vietnam’s cuisine on his trip to Vietnam.
With our enthusiastic and knowledgeable tour guides, exploring authentic side of Hanoi is easier than ever. See our recommended tours below:
Do you wish to escape the hustling and bustling of the city, but don’t have time to go too far from Hanoi?. Here are our suggestions for best countryside destinations as below:
1. Bat Trang Ceramic Village
Bat Trang pottery village is a well-known traditional ceramic village in Vietnam that tourists should not ignore. Taking a half day trip tour from Hanoi, tourists can receive insights into Vietnamese ceramic art. After witnessing the ceramic making process, visitors have a chance to show their skills and bring their accomplishments back home.
2. Duong Lam Ancient Village
It has reserved origin of Vietnam’s culture of ancient village. With pristine natural scenery and lively unique laterite museum with mossy antique houses over 400 years old, Duong Lam Village is a worthy place to explore.
3. Perfume Pagoda
About 70 km far from Hanoi, Perfume Pagoda is one of the top spiritual attractions of the area. It is a plentiful complex of Buddhist temples and shrines built into the limestone Huong Tich Mountains. The Perfume Pagoda draws a large number of tourists by its own beauty with sparkling stalactites inside the beautiful Huong Tich Cave.