I have been to Hanoi 4 times and still want to come back to this place. There is always something special about Hanoi that makes you feel this place is different from the other big city like Ho Chi Minh or Da Nang.
With over 1000 years of culture, from the time of Thang Long citadel, Hanoi has always been the largest cultural center of the country with tangible and intangible cultural relics. The wholesome land has produced folklore with many legends, folk songs, proverbs, famous heroes, and celebrities and folk festivals imbued with history, with a profound impact on the spirit of the people.
- Latest Hanoi travel guide 2020
Top 10 places to visit in Ha Noi
Hanoi capital is not only famous for its long-standing historical sites but also beautiful and romantic attractions. One of the places traveling in Vietnam you can’t miss. Here are the top 10 places to visit in Hanoi I want to introduce you to below will help you easy to choose destinations.
Hanoi Old Quarter
Hanoi Old Quarter is an attractive tourist destination not to be missed when traveling to Hanoi. Coming to Old Quarter, you will have the opportunity to learn about Hanoi’s life, culture, people in history, and every day. In addition, you also enjoy and discover the unique cuisine of Hanoi. This is considered a highlight and not to be missed when coming to Hanoi.
This is one of the first places that you want to visit in Ha Noi. The food is not only cheap but also quality and very characteristic of the flavor of Northern Vietnam
Ha Noi Opera House
The theater bears many historical imprints in the heart of Hanoi capital. This place is the venue for major art programs of many leading musicians and artists in Vietnam. It hosts both classical French and Italian opera and Vietnamese plays. The theater has historical and architectural values that are very important in the cultural life of the capital’s people.
Location: No. 01 Trang Tien, Phan Chu Trinh, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
Ticket price: Free
One Pillar Pagoda
- Location: Doi Can, Ba Dinh, Hanoi
- Ticket price: Free
One Pillar Pagoda is one of the famous temples, mentioned many times in Vietnamese history. This is an excellent architectural work showing bold nationalism. The architecture of the temple is unique. The temple is shaped like a lotus flower blooming on the water. The flower symbolizes the purity and nobility of the Buddha Dharma. Therefore, people still call One Pillar Pagoda Lien Hoa Da
Vietnam Museum of Ethnology
- Location: Số 1 Nguyễn Văn Huyên, Quan Hoa, Cầu Giấy, Hanoi
- Ticket price: 40,000 VND / 1 adult
Vietnam Museum of Ethnology is a place to store all cultural values, housing works, customs, traditions, and rituals of Vietnamese ethnic groups. This place includes 2 exhibition areas: outdoor and indoor. The variety and originality in the galleries really appeal to any visitor. This is an opportunity for you to experience extremely meaningful about the material and spiritual life of the people of Vietnam.
Temple Of Literature
Temple of Literature – Quoc Tu Giam is a historical monument symbolic of the cultural development process of Vietnam. Consisting of two relics: Temple of Literature worships Confucius, Confucian sages and Quoc Tu Giam Chu Van An Enterprise – a teacher of high and respectful virtue of Vietnamese education; Quoc Tu Giam – The first university of Vietnam. Currently, there are still many tourists visiting and sending wishes for their studies.
- Location: 58 Quoc Tu Giam Street, Temple of Literature, Ba Dinh, Hanoi
- Ticket price: VND 30,000 (1.5 USD)
Bat Trang pottery village
- Location: Bat Trang, Gia Lam Ward, Hanoi
- Ticket price: Free
This is a famous traditional village of ceramic products. Bat Trang pottery is highly appreciated for its quality, has many designs and colors. Bat Trang pottery village is not only a place to make a product brand, but also to preserve the cultural value of the capital. This will be an enjoyable weekend experience for anyone who wants to relax.
This is one of the best places in Hanoi you don’t want to miss.
Sword Lake (Hoan Kiem Lake)
Hoan Kiem Lake is one of Hanoi’s most famous landmarks. It is also home to the most romantic temples and pagodas in the capital. On the lake, there are 2 islands, Ngoc and Turtle. Only a short walk from the old town, the lake is a peaceful green space in the heart of the crowded, bustling capital. Here, visitors can join the people in chess, walk around the lake or relax under the trees.
- Location: Hang Trong, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
- Ticket price: Free
Hoan Kiem Lake is one of the most popular places in Ha Noi, Vietnam.
Hanoi Cathedral or we can call Josephs’s Cathedral is one of the earliest Catholic constructions in Hanoi. This place is characterized by European Gothic architecture with high walls, arches, and many windows. There is also an intersection with the East, between Christian culture and Buddhism.
- Location: 40 Chung House, Hang Trong, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
- Ticket price: Free
Ta Hien Beer Street
Ta Hien Street in Hanoi is like Bui Vien Street. It’s a nightlife area in the center of Hoan Kiem District. Not too unique nor trivial, cheap street beer has all the bitterness, sweetness, and unique taste of Hanoi sidewalk culture.
Ta Hien beer is also good because of the combination with grilled dried squid dishes, wormwood eggs, heat from the boiled cassava stalks, boiled corn, making the sidewalk taste more addictive. If you are a fan of beer I recommend this is one of places to visit in Hanoi city.
Address : Ta Hien Street, Hang Buom, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
Ba Vi National Park
If you have backpacking interest this place you can’t miss. It only takes 60km from Hanoi to transport to Ba Vi. Ba Vi National Park is located among the tourist resorts of the Ba Vi mountains. This is one of the ancestral mountains of our country and a mountain of spirituality.
This destination is endowed with nature’s gift of charming paintings, rich ecosystems, diverse vegetation. With a fresh and cool alpine climate, it has long been one of the best destinations in Hanoi for domestic and foreign tourists.
- Location: Ba Vi, Hanoi
- Ticket price: 60,000 VND (2,6$)
More places to visit in Hanoi, Vietnam
This is just the top 10 places to visit in Hanoi I recommend, there are many destinations also amazing as well. If you plan to spend in Hanoi for 2-3 weeks you can refer to some of the places below
- Thang Long Bridge
- Tram Moutain
- Hanoi Ga Station
- Dong Xuan Market
- Huong Pagoda