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Seeing Hanoi on foot

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Hanoi is an easy city to traverse - We saw lots of this place on foot following and Lonely Planet. History is awesome.

Good for
  • Senior
  • History Buff
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Foodie
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • Thrifty Traveller

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23 Places

Vietnam Military History Museum

Military Museums

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

Historic Sites

Vietnamese Air Force Museum

Military Museums

Presidential Palace Historical Site

Historic Sites

Hoa Lo Prison

Historic Sites

Vietnamese Women's Museum

Speciality Museums

Old Quarter

Neighbourhoods, Historic Walking Areas

Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake)

Bodies of Water

St. Joseph's Cathedral

Points of Interest & Landmarks, Sacred & Religious Sites

Thang Long Water Puppet Theater

Theatres

Green Mango

Restaurants

Hang Gai Street (Street of Hemp)

Points of Interest & Landmarks

West Lake

Bodies of Water

Hanoi Opera House

Architectural Buildings, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Theatres

One Pillar Pagoda

Sacred & Religious Sites

Thap Rua Tower

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Old City Gate

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Hanoi Flag Tower

Military Museums, Historic Walking Areas

Long Bien Bridge

Points of Interest & Landmarks, Bridges

Botanical Gardens (Vuon Bach Thao)

Gardens

Bach Ma Temple

Points of Interest & Landmarks

B52 Victory Museum

Speciality Museums

Huu Tiep Lake and the Downed B-52

Battlefields, Historic Sites

terger45's City Tips

  • Traffic is a nightmare - secret is when crossing roads look them in the eye and keep moving. DO NOT HESITATE!
  • Vietnam Military History Museum
    Military Museums
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    terger45 Says:

    Lots of history here from the American War. It is worth a visit - we used Lonely Planet to get us to this attraction.

    Good for
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #23 of 234 things to do in Hanoi
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Truly an oasis 18/05/2019
    • Interesting 17/05/2019
    • Vietnam Military History Museum
    Address:
    28A Dien Bien Phu St.
    Hanoi 10000
    Vietnam
    Phone:
    +84 (0) 4823-4264
    Hours:
    Sun
    13:00 - 16:30
    Tue
    13:00 - 16:30
    Tue - Thu
    08:00 - 11:30
    Wed
    13:00 - 04:30
    Thu
    13:00 - 16:30
    Sat - Sun
    08:00 - 11:30
    Sat
    13:30 - 16:30
    Other:
  • Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum
    Historic Sites
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    terger45 Says:

    This is an amazing place. It was interesting to watch the guards on duty. Museum in these grounds were worth a visit.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • No cameras are allowed. Cameras are taken off you at gate and returned at the other end. Go early in the morning (and not on weekends) to avoid the crowds.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 234 things to do in Hanoi
    • Well Managed centre 24/05/2019
    • Impressive & Imposing Monument; Just Behave! 23/05/2019
    • Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum
    Phone:
    +84 4 3845 5128
    Hours:
    Tue
    08:00 - 16:30
    Wed - Thu
    08:00 - 11:30
    Sat - Sun
    08:00 - 11:30
    Other:
  • Vietnamese Air Force Museum
    Military Museums
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    terger45 Says:

    This is a great place for history buffs. Worth a walk around

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    From the community
    Ranked #51 of 234 things to do in Hanoi
    • Interesting and full of propaganda 15/01/2019
    • A great museum. 10/12/2018
    • Vietnamese Air Force Museum
    Address:
    Truong Chinh Street
    Hanoi
    Vietnam
    Phone:
    +84 695 62322
  • Presidential Palace Historical Site
    Historic Sites
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    terger45 Says:

    Ho Chi Minh was such a humble man and here is a view of the house he lived in instead of the palace.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Go early to avoid the crowds.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #25 of 234 things to do in Hanoi
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Sunrise at Angkor Wat 18/05/2019
    • Good to visit after HCM mausoleum. 18/05/2019
    • Presidential Palace Historical Site
    Address:
    1 Bach Thao
    Ba Dinh
    Hanoi 10000
    Vietnam
    Phone:
    +84 24 3804 4529
    Other:
  • Hoa Lo Prison
    Historic Sites
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    terger45 Says:

    This prison has been well set out showing how prisoners were treated.

    Good for
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #14 of 234 things to do in Hanoi
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Interesting and worthwhile doing 24/05/2019
    • Great tour 23/05/2019
    • Hoa Lo Prison
    Address:
    1 Hoa Lo St
    Hoan Kiem
    Hanoi 10000
    Vietnam
    Phone:
    +84 4 3934 2253
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    08:00 - 17:00
    Other:
  • Vietnamese Women's Museum
    Speciality Museums
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    terger45 Says:

    After our visit to Sapa, this place had much more meaning. There has been a lot of thought gone into this museum and the displays.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #6 of 234 things to do in Hanoi
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Wow!! 22/05/2019
    • Incredible, highly educational experience 20/05/2019
    • Vietnamese Women's Museum
    Address:
    36 Ly Thuong Kiet
    Hang Bai Ward, Hoan Kiem District
    Hanoi 100000
    Vietnam
    Phone:
    +84 4 3825 9936
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    08:00 - 17:00
    Other:
  • Old Quarter
    Neighbourhoods, Historic Walking Areas
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    terger45 Says:

    What can I say about this place other than it is a must do and see. Do this on foot otherwise you miss too much.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 234 things to do in Hanoi
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Rickshaw ride through old Hanoi town 24/05/2019
    • Lots to do 24/05/2019
    • Old Quarter
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    00:00 - 23:59
  • Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake)
    Bodies of Water
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    terger45 Says:

    This is a must see and do along with all of the other tourists. It is great to walk around this lake early morning and night. Different way of life at this time.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Walk around early in the morning
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 234 things to do in Hanoi
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Historic Heart of Hanoi 23/05/2019
    • Brilliant loch 23/05/2019
    • Lake of the Restored Sword (Hoan Kiem Lake)
  • St. Joseph's Cathedral
    Points of Interest & Landmarks, Sacred & Religious Sites
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    terger45 Says:

    When the doors were opened for the service, it was interesting to see the congregated gathered outside standing near their scooters. Worth a visit to see the inside of the church

    Good for
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #22 of 234 things to do in Hanoi
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful 17/05/2019
    • Glorious Gothic Revival, Roman Catholic Cathedral 14/05/2019
    • St. Joseph's Cathedral
    Address:
    40 Nha Chung
    Hang Trong, Hoan Kiem
    Hanoi 100000
    Vietnam
    Hours:
    Sun
    07:00 - 11:30
    15:00 - 21:00
    Mon - Sat
    08:00 - 11:00
    14:00 - 17:00
  • Thang Long Water Puppet Theater
    Theatres
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    terger45 Says:

    This is a must see. Puppeteers come out after the show and you can see how it is done.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Try not to sit right in the front row.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 234 things to do in Hanoi
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A fantastic experience 24/05/2019
    • Water Puppet Show 24/05/2019
    • Thang Long Water Puppet Theater
    Address:
    57B Dinh Tien Hoang - Hoan Kiem - Ha Noi
    Hanoi 10000
    Vietnam
    Phone:
    +84 24 3936 4335
    Price range:
    US$10 - US$10
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    08:30 - 20:30
    Other:
  • Green Mango
    Restaurants (Italian, Fusion, Vietnamese)
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    terger45 Says:

    Food was well presented and prices reasonable. We would recommend this restuarant.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    From the community
    Ranked #130 of 2,564 restaurants in Hanoi
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Too difficult to find. Does this exist? 17/05/2019
    • Loved it! 20/03/2019
    • Green Mango
    Address:
    16-18/52 To Ngoc Van
    Tay Ho District
    Hanoi 100000
    Vietnam
    Phone:
    +84 24 3928 9916
    Price range:
    US$5 - US$40
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    07:00 - 23:00
    Other:
  • Hang Gai Street (Street of Hemp)
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    terger45 Says:

    We visited this street on our walking tour. We also visited lots of other streets eg shoe street, silk street, etc etc.

    Good for
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    From the community
    Ranked #27 of 234 things to do in Hanoi
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Hang Gai Street (Street of Hemp) 29/04/2019
    • night walk on Hanoi streets 15/03/2019
    • Hang Gai Street (Street of Hemp)
  • West Lake
    Bodies of Water
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    terger45 Says:

    Depending on the location of your accommodation, a taxi will take you there. Worth a visit.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #31 of 234 things to do in Hanoi
    • Remarkable beach.. should go 18/05/2019
    • Very relaxing place 17/05/2019
    • West Lake
    Address:
    Ba Dinh District
    Hanoi 100000
    Vietnam
    Other:
  • Hanoi Opera House
    Architectural Buildings, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Theatres
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    terger45 Says:

    This building was amazing. Only saw it in the daytime.

    Good for
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #17 of 234 things to do in Hanoi
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Modern Building get attraction 23/05/2019
    • Great website with adequate personal space 19/05/2019
    • Hanoi Opera House
    Address:
    1 Trang Tien Street
    Hanoi 10000
    Vietnam
    Phone:
    +84 91 105 30 30
    Price range:
    US$30 - US$30
    Other:
  • One Pillar Pagoda
    Sacred & Religious Sites
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    terger45 Says:

    This is worth a visit but do it after the visit to Presidential Palace and it makes more sense.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    From the community
    Ranked #49 of 234 things to do in Hanoi
    • Revered Eleventh Century Historic Buddhist Temple (Recreation) 23/05/2019
    • Iconic Pagoda 19/05/2019
    • One Pillar Pagoda
    Address:
    Ong Ich Khiem St
    Ngoc Ha, Ba Dinh District
    Hanoi 100000
    Vietnam
  • Thap Rua Tower
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    terger45 Says:

    This is seen when walking around the lake. Didn't see anybody at the tower.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #28 of 234 things to do in Hanoi
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Was smoggy and the water really dirty 05/04/2019
    • Iconic and Beautiful 10/03/2019
    • Thap Rua Tower
    Address:
    Hoan Kiem Lake
    Hanoi
    Vietnam
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    19:00 - 23:00
  • Old City Gate
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    terger45 Says:

    This is included in walking tour out of Lonely Planet. Very interesting!

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #55 of 234 things to do in Hanoi
    • Interesting part of history 13/05/2019
    • Oldest city gate Hanoi 18/04/2019
    • Old City Gate
    Address:
    56 Hang Chieu
    Dong Xuan, Hoan Kiem
    Hanoi 100000
    Vietnam
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    00:00 - 23:59
    Other:
  • Hanoi Flag Tower
    Military Museums, Historic Walking Areas
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    terger45 Says:

    This is included in a visit to the Military History Museum

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    From the community
    Ranked #40 of 234 things to do in Hanoi
    • Historical watch tower of Hanoi 22/04/2019
    • Stately ... 31/03/2019
    • Hanoi Flag Tower
    Address:
    Vietnam Military History Museum
    Hanoi
    Vietnam
    Phone:
    +84 24 3823 4264
    Other:
  • Long Bien Bridge
    Points of Interest & Landmarks, Bridges
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    terger45 Says:

    It is good to walk across this bridge but it needs to be done at sunrise or sunset. Colours are awesome. Lots of history to this bridge.

    Good for
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Take a walk over this bridge at sunset.
    From the community
    Ranked #15 of 234 things to do in Hanoi
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Modern Structure could get attraction 23/05/2019
    • Beautiful old scenic bridge 17/05/2019
    • Long Bien Bridge
    Address:
    Tran Nhat Duat Street
    Hanoi
    Vietnam
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    00:00 - 23:59
    Other:
  • Botanical Gardens (Vuon Bach Thao)
    Gardens
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    terger45 Says:

    This is another attraction that tourists can walk to and well worth a visit for the serenity.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nature Lover
    From the community
    Ranked #130 of 234 things to do in Hanoi
    • The Lung of Capital - Sad keeping cage 15/03/2019
    • Caged peacocks 10/02/2019
    • Botanical Gardens (Vuon Bach Thao)
    Address:
    Entrance on Hoang Hoa Tham Rd.
    Hanoi 10000
    Vietnam
  • Bach Ma Temple
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    terger45 Says:

    This is another attraction which shows how the locals lived and what has been done to this building. another attraction that was in Lonely Planet on our walking tour.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    From the community
    Ranked #42 of 234 things to do in Hanoi
    • A little Gem in the Busy city: Bach Ma Temple 12/05/2019
    • Small, Historic Site in Hanoi's Old Quarter 30/03/2019
    • Bach Ma Temple
    Address:
    76 Hang Buom
    Hoan Kiem
    Hanoi 100000
    Vietnam
    Hours:
    Mon - Thu
    07:00 - 17:00
    Fri - Sun
    07:00 - 22:00
    Other:
  • B52 Victory Museum
    Speciality Museums
    See more photos
    terger45 Says:

    If you are interested in history, this is another attraction to wet your appetite.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    From the community
    Ranked #33 of 234 things to do in Hanoi
    • Worth a Visit EVEN While Under Renovation 20/04/2019
    • Museum closed for renovation 11/04/2019
    • B52 Victory Museum
    Address:
    157 Doi Can Street, Ba Dinh District
    Hanoi 100000
    Vietnam
    Phone:
    04-823-7075
    Other:
  • Huu Tiep Lake and the Downed B-52
    Battlefields, Historic Sites
    See more photos
    terger45 Says:

    There is work being done on this attraction to make it more presentable. To get to this attraction, one has to walk through lots of little alleyways which is where the locals trade and live. This was a geocaching adventure for us.

    Good for
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #29 of 234 things to do in Hanoi
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • B52 scenic walk 12/05/2019
    • Take the time to find this 03/05/2019
    • Huu Tiep Lake and the Downed B-52
    Address:
    55 Hoang Hoa Tham
    Ngoc Ho, Ba Dinh
    Hanoi 100000
    Vietnam
    Other:
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