Visiting Hanoi and you will find white French villas next to temples and monuments and there is always something to amaze you. The Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum is one of the most visited attractions in the country and should not be missed.
Hanoi Old Quarter is another must – where you will be able to witness Hanoi at its liveliest moments: flows of people and motorbike permeate all through out the streets
- Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum
This is the number one tourist attraction in the city and it is only open on limited time so prepare for very long queues. Watch out for the guards who will prod you hard if you linger, chat or fail to pay due respects.
This museum honours President Ho Chi Minh who is considered to be a Vietnamese hero. The museum holds a collection of his letters and military orders.
- Address: Điện Biên, Hanoi
- Public Transport: Bus number 9 stop at the rear of the Mausoleum. Opening hours: 8.00-11.00 (closed Mondays and Fridays)
- Phone: +84 4 3828 9465 Tickets: Free entrance More Info: Ba Đình District
- Vietnam History Museum
Vietnam History Museum is open seven days a week. This rich collection of archaeological finds illustrates the development of Vietnam from ancient times up until the start of Communist rule.
- Address: 1 Pham Ngu Lao Street, Hanoi Opening hours: 08.00 to 11.00, and 13.30 to 16.30 More Info: Hoan Kiem District.
- Ngoc Son Temple
Sitting on an island at the north end of Hoan Kiem Lake, this peaceful temple site honouring scholars and war heroes is best known for its preserved turtle corpse which links to the lake’s mythology. There is a red-painted bridge that takes you to the island.
- Address: Dinh Tien Hoang St
- One Pillar Pagoda
- Address: Pho Ong Ich Kiem, Ba Dinh Square
- Tickets: Free entrance
- More Info: The One Pillar Pagoda is located within Ho Chi Minh Complex, making an easy visit from either the Museum or Mausoleum
- Hoa Lo Prison
Constructed by the French in 1896, the prison was taken over by the Vietnamese in 1954 to house prisoners of war. The original guillotine room and stories told by the ex-inmates themselves make this a gruesome but compelling experience.
- Address: 1 Hoa Lo Street, Hanoi Public Transport: Quan Su Phone: +84 4 824 6358
- Temple Of Literature
The Temple Of Literature is the most revered of the city’s temple complexes and the 1,076 site of Vietnam’s first university. It sits within the old Imperial City west of the old Quarter.
- Address: Pho Van Mieu, Hanoi Public Transport: Bus number 23 stops at the front of the site Phone: +84 9154 2268 Tickets: VND 15,000 More Info: Corner of Pho Quoc Tu Giam.
- Vietnam Women’s Museum
This museum shows the history of Vietnam’s women through times. Over an area of 2,000 square metres more than 25,000 objects display information about their lives during war time until today.
- Address: 36 Ly Thuong Kiet Street, Hanoi Phone: +84 4 3825 9936
- Internet: www.womenmuseum.org.vn More Info: Hoan Kiem District
- Thang Long Water Puppet Theatre
Water Puppet Theatre is a traditional and prestigious artwork in Vietnam and especially in the northern parts of the country. Live musicians and beautifully made puppets on a scene made of water, perform together and shows local and traditional stories.
- Address: 57B Dinh Tien Hoang, Hanoi
- Phone: +84 04 8249494
- Internet: www.thanglongwaterpuppet.org
- Vietnam Museum of Ethnology
With over 50 different ethnic groups in the country, this museum has a lot to show. Inside the museum you can watch all types of artefacts and exhibitions and on the outside, it offers an area showing different types of houses in various parts of Vietnam.
- Address: Nguyen Van Huyen St, Hanoi
- Opening hours: Everyday 8:30 to 17:30. Closed Mondays
- Phone: +84 4 37562193
- More Info: Cau Giay District
- St. Joseph’s Cathedral
This cathedral is one of the sights remaining from the French colonial time. It was built in 1886 in neo-gothic style and its interior with coloured windows and religious paintings is still the same.
- Address: 40 Nha Chung street, Hanoi