Hanoi, Vietnam things to do: 10 best things to do in Hanoi

Hanoi, Vietnam things to do: 10 best things to do in Hanoi

16-11-2016 08:27 Posted by: Thao Tran
Best things to do in Hanoi, Vietnam that you should try once to get memorable experiences in the capital - thousand years of civilization.

Hanoi, Vietnam things to doHanoi, Vietnam things to do (Internet)

Here are 10 best things to do in Hanoi that travelers should try once to get memorable experiences in the capital - thousand years of civilization and one of best places to visit in Vietnam:

1. Go to market in the early morning

Quang Ba flower market and Long Bien wholesale market are two places tourists should go to in Hanoi. Main products here are flowers and food. The markets open almost all night. Those visiting two markets are not only buyers and sellers but also ones who want to find a different perspective on a special culture in the lives of Hanoi people.

Hanoi Vietnam things to do - Going to market in the early morning

Going to market in the early morning

(Photo: Hoang Minh Bui)

2. Walk around Hoan Kiem Lake in the early morning

Triston Yeo, a famous photographer having lived for long time in Vietnam voted visiting Sword Lake in the early morning was the best thing to do in Hanoi, Vietnam. You will see not only the gentle and loving beauty of nature but also the routine of Hanoi people like doing exercises regardless of winter or summer. You can stroll along the lake to enjoy the fresh and cool air, rest on a park bench to observe or even blend in with crowds doing Tai Chi and aerobics.

Hanoi Vietnam things to do - Walk around Hoan Kiem Lake in the early morning

Walk around Hoan Kiem Lake in the early morning (internet)

3. Eat at roadside stalls

Hanoi is famous for street vendors and stalls. Everyone going to the capital is surprised by all kinds of food here, from Vietnamese flavor Pho to snacks like fermented pork roll, fried cheese sticks, sugarcane juice along with dishes making the soul of the capital like Thanh Tri steamed rice rolls (banh cuon) or noodles and grilled meat (bun cha), etc. Visiting the capital at any time of the year, tourists always can enjoy good food here. Finding seasonal food to feel full Hanoi culinary at roadside stalls is in the list of top things to do in Hanoi, Vietnam.

4. View Hanoi from above

Hanoi Vietnam things to do - View Hanoi from above

View Hanoi from above (internet)

Tourists visiting Hanoi don’t forget to find some convenient locations to see the city from above like Keangnam Landmark72, Lotte Center (65, 67th floor), Sofitel Plaza (20th floor), etc. This is not new, but surely it will bring you amazing feelings. Depending on the time or location, visitors can observe the city during the day or evening. Our advice is to try both periods at the same location to see differences.

5. Walk around Hanoi Old Quarter

Hanoi Vietnam things to do - Walk around Hanoi Old Quarter

Walk around Hanoi Old Quarter (internet)

Old Quarter of Hanoi is the most attractive place for many visitors. Although streets are parallel and perpendicular to each other like a chessboard, not everyone can easily find their way when they are lost in such "maze". In Hanoi - Vietnam things to do, walking around the narrow streets or visiting shops tucked away deep in small alleys will be really interesting experience for any tourists. If you feel tired, find a cafe located on the balcony of an old house to observe the bustling life beneath a cup of dark coffee.

6. Enjoy the sunset at West Lake

Located in the northwest of Hanoi, West Lake is a charming tourist destination. Many people often come there to enjoy West Lake’s specialty but many ones also want to drop into the placid large space. Specially, West Lake becomes fanciful in dyed orange color on the horizon in the afternoon. Visitors can stop to take some pictures to save these impressive memories.

Hanoi Vietnam things to do - Enjoy the sunset at West LakeHanoi Vietnam things to do - Enjoy the sunset at West Lake (internet)

7. Go around the city by bus

Hanoi Vietnam things to do -Traveling Hanoi by bus

Traveling Hanoi by bus

(Photo: Do ​​Huyen)

Apart from trams and cyclos, buses are other mean that travelers should try in Hanoi. It is not only cheap but also intrigued by rich routes, passing most famous tourist attractions of Hanoi. With two eye-catching colors - red and gold, buses can also contribute to highlight your travel pictures.

8. See flag lowering ceremony at Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum 

If you cannot get up early to witness the flag raising ceremony (6am), see flag lowering ceremony at 9pm (daily). This is a sacred ritual that many domestic and foreign tourists even Hanoi people wait to witness.

All activities at Ba Dinh Square will stop when a loudspeaker begins to notice the preparation of flag lowering ceremony. The National flag will be lowered by a troop of 34 soldiers marching from the right side of the mausoleum in the music of the song "Our Uncle is still marching along with his grandchildren." You will be surprised to witness so many people around standing solemnly watching the flag slowly lowered.

9. Walk on Long Bien Bridge

Hanoi Vietnam things to do - Walk on Long Bien Bridge

Walk on Long Bien Bridge (Internet)

Not merely crossing the Red River, Long Bien Bridge is also historical witness of Hanoi where many tourists visit when coming to the capital. The bridge was built in 1898 with three vehicle lanes, the middle one for trains. Possessing an ancient look and impressed architecture, the Long Bien Bridge has appeared in many works of foreign artists as well as young Vietnamese projects. One of best things to do in Hanoi is to try to walk on the bridge in the early morning or late afternoon. That would be an interesting experience and hard to forget.

10. Wander Hanoi at night

Hanoi Vietnam things to do - Wander Hanoi at night

Wander Hanoi at night (Internet)

Hanoi is a vibrant and bustling city in daytime but it is a completely opposite picture at night. Daytime streets full of colorful shops are replaced by the silence and noisy centers seem to put on its rare calm. Walking along previously busy streets and places to enjoy another atmosphere of the capital is actually best things to do in Hanoi.

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