An independent selection of the best things to see and do in Hanoi. No paid placements, no advertorial.

Hanoi see and do guide

Ba Da Pagoda, Hanoi

Ba Da Pagoda is a delightful and historic pagoda on Nha Tho St a short walk from St Joseph’s Cathedral. Read more

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Ba Da Pagoda, Hanoi
3 Nhà Thờ, Hoan Kiem Hanoi

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Bach Ma Temple, Hanoi

11th century Bach Ma Temple is Hanoi’s oldest place of worship and is easily visited while strolling through the Old Quarter.... Read more

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Bach Ma Temple, Hanoi
76 Hang Buom St, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi - in the Old Quarter
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Perfume Pagoda, Ha Tay

The Perfume Pagoda is a complex of pagodas located in limestone mountains 60 kilometres from Hanoi. It's a popular day trip from... Read more

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Perfume Pagoda, Ha Tay
Ha Tay province around 60kms from Hanoi

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Hoa Lu and Tam Coc day trip

In classic tourist parlance, brochures describe the mystical Hoa Lu and Tam Coc  landscape as “Halong Bay on land” on account of... Read more

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Hoa Lu and Tam Coc day trip
Ninh Binh Province - around 2 hours from Hanoi

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Hoan Kiem Lake, Hanoi

An early morning spent wandering around legendary Hoan Kiem Lake is a perfect way to start any Hanoi day. If you’re feeling... Read more

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Hoan Kiem Lake, Hanoi
Central Hanoi

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One Pillar Pagoda, Hanoi

One of Hanoi’s most revered sights, the One Pillar Pagoda dates back to Hanoi’s founding and is a commonly used symbol of the... Read more

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One Pillar Pagoda, Hanoi
Ba Dinh Square Hanoi, nearby the Ho Chi Minh Museum
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Thay and Tay Phuong Pagodas, Ha Tay

These two mountainside pagodas can be visited in a pleasant half day from Hanoi. Read more

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Thay and Tay Phuong Pagodas, Ha Tay
Ha Tay province around 30kms from Hanoi

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West Lake area

Hanoi's West Lake area is home to the city's oldest temple - Quan Thanh Temple, as well as the Tran Quoc Pagoda. Opposite West... Read more

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