Hanoi Tourist Attractions

Hanoi Tourist Attractions

Hanoi is a beguiling city which reflects both the traditional Vietnamese charm and French colonial heritages. It is a place where you find timeless pagodas mingle with modern vibes, skyscapers and busy street life. 
As one of the most visited cities in Asia, Hanoi isn`t lack of things to see and do. To start your holiday to Hanoi, these remarkable attractions are just perfect to add to your itinerary: 
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Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre

To those still hesitating about the top things to marvel in Hanoi, a puppet show is tremendous. This show is the motive why holidaymakers reserve some time for a visit to the Thang Long Water puppet theatre. From this locality, you can watch the puppets dance in a pool of water as they tell a story about the ancient village life and the notable legend of the Restored Sword of King Le.

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

As far as Vietnam’s politics, Mausoleum is legendary. For your trip to Vietnam, you can tour his final resting place “Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum” – this is one of the most prominent pulls in Hanoi.  

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Thang Long Imperial Citadel 

Standing at 40 m high in the centre of Hanoi, the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long is a must-visit for seekers of Viet history.
Declared a UNESCO site in 2010 and consists of numerous monuments. Visitors are fascinated by its showrooms that display excavated items.
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Hoan Kiem Lake

Hoan Kiem Lake is a true delight for all visitors, whether locals or foreigners. The highlight here is the Ngoc Son Temple that lies in the waters and linked by a red bridge to the mainland. Its setting provides an elegant background for pretty photos –actually, couples use this area to take their honeymoon or engagement snaps.

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Dong Xuan Market

Dong Xuan Market is eminent among Hanoi’s top draws; it’s the biggest in the city.
Tourists like it not only to grab the best deals on goods but as well to experience the real day to day life of the locals.

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Museum of Ethnology

For a taste of Vietnam’s ethnic history, head to the Museum of Ethnology. It is positioned in Cau Giay district – at about 8 km from Hanoi city Centre.
The museum offers an insight into the 54 ethnic tribes in the country. A diverse exhibit that consists of over 15000 artefacts and antiques awaits for explorers.

Perfume Pagoda

Set amid the dramatic mountain range of Huong Tich, perfume pagoda is a sight worth to behold while in Hanoi. It is located about 60 km from Hanoi – was built in the 15th century. The pagoda pleases guests with a range of girdling temptations including the mysterious caves, rich forests, scenic rocks and streaming rivers.

Hanoi Old Quarter

There are multiple spots to applaud for your time in Hanoi. One of them is Hanoi Old Quarter; it treats visitors with an active vibe combined with the colonial splendour exhibited by the raised structures. The Quarter is full of varied eateries where you can savour the tasty Viet cuisine.

Ba Vi National Park

Well-known for its spectacular natural beauty, Ba Vi National Park overwhelms both nature enthusiasts and those who are after trekking adventures. It’s a two-hour drive from Hanoi. Travellers visit the park to explore its abundant species of flora and fauna. Don’t miss hiking – it rewards panoramic views of the Red River.

Hanoi Opera House

Hanoi Opera House is an incredible landmark and one of Hanoi’s most talked about. It stands 34 m above the ground – its designs are influenced by the 19th-century French architecture. Besides the dance performance, adventurers are stunned by its splendid appearance. It’s even more glamorous at night when the brilliant floodlights are on.

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Temple of Literature

Established in 1070 by Emperor Ly Thanh Tong, the Temple of Literature is inclusive of Hanoi’s most scenic tourist spots. This complex consists of the Imperial Academy, the oldest Vietnamese university. It is a learning centre – dedicated to the Chinese Philosopher “Confucius”.
Temple of Literature is listed in all our Hanoi Travel itinerary whether it is a quick visit or a long stay. 

Hoa Lo Prison

For those still yearning for a glance of history about the Vietnam War, Hoa Lo Prison should be your first start. It is located in Hoan Kiem district, Hao Lo Street – Hanoi city. The French colony built it in 1896 to serve as a political prison; it housed Vietnamese revolutionaries and American POWs like Senator John McCain.

One Pillar Pagoda

The one Pillar Pagoda is an iconic temple in Vietnam – a reason for some trippers to the Vietnamese capital. Erected on a single wooden pillar of 1.25 m diameter, this monument is unusual. It is used as a symbol for Hanoi representing a lotus flower that grows out of water. This Pagoda is attractive and stirs explorers with its tranquil garden setting.

military museum

Vietnam’s Military Museum

What a fantastic addition to Vietnam’s top must-sees? Several explorers visit the site to soak up the grand indoor and outdoor displays of military artefacts. This memorial is among the seven national museums in the country. It is located in the centre of the city near the famed Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum.

St. Joseph’s Cathedral

St Joseph’s Cathedral is an artistic church in Ninh Binh province. It is one of the first structures that were constructed in the 1880s by the French colonial government. It consists of stone cave pillars together with tilled rooftops. The cathedral was modelled after the one in Paris. Its grandeur is of neo-Gothic style.

West Lake

Nestled just in the city centre, this is the biggest freshwater lake in Hanoi. With its idyllic gardens, restaurants, villas and hotels, West Lake is a sound getaway from the lively streets of the capital. 
West Lake is also well known for its unique cuisine. You will not regret to spend time to taste the famous Shrimp cake or wander along the " frying noodle street" or participate in one of the best Hanoi Food Tours 

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Ho Chi Minh Museum

Sketched in a white lotus symbol, Ho Chi Minh Museum is devoted to the most beloved Vietnamese president of all time “Ho Chi Minh”. It occupies an area in Ba Dinh district. The best way to traverse the multiple artefacts and documents showcased on the five extensive floors is to start from the last and descend to the ground.

Bao Son Paradise Park

A range of family-friendly destinations exist in Hanoi, but Bao Son Paradise Park is the most bewitching. It mesmerizes visitors with its majestic sections including a small zoo, an aquarium with unusual sea creatures, carnival rides for kids and posh restaurants that serve luscious cuisine.

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Long Bien Bridge

Long Bien Bridge was meant to help the locals cross the river and also preserve the historical memories of the Vietnam War. The designing was by the French but put up by the Vietnamese. It spans across the Red River and connects two districts in Hanoi (Long Bien and Hoan Kiem).

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