Sightseeing Hanoi

Hanoi is one of the best places in the world to enjoy sightseeing and with so much to see you will fill up that memory card pretty quickly.

Sightseeing Hanoi can be enjoyed by hop on hop off bus services in service today or by taking the relatively short walk between attractions.

Take a look at some of the places we at Vietnam Backpacker Tips would recommend sightseeing Hanoi & delve in to the history and culture that makes this City so great.

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum
<p>Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum at Ba Dinh Square is the most visited of the attractions in Hanoi and well worth the queuing.</p> <p>
</p> <p>I would try to avoid Sundays as this will be filled with Vietnamese weekenders and can be very long waits to enter the mausoleum.</p> <p>Closed on Mondays and Fridays and also from 11am you will need to schedule your Hanoi trip with care if you do not wish to miss out.</p> <p>It is the final resting place of the leader of Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh. He was an iconic and popular leader for the Vietnamese and known to them as Uncle Ho. His body is preserved in a glass case at the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and can be viewed by entering in total silence and in constant motion. The guards here are quite strict so be on your best behaviour!</p> <p>Opening Hours: Tuesday - Thursday 07:30 - 10:30, Saturday & Sunday 07:30 - 11:00</p> <p>Location: <a href=",105.8346447,15z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x620e85c2cfe14d4c!8m2!3d21.0367789!4d105.8346447" target="_blank" rel="noopener">8 Hung Vuong, Dien Bien, Ba Dinh, Hanoi</a></p> <p>Price: 40,000 VND</p> <p> </p> <p>
Temple of Literature
<p>The Temple of Literature is a beautifully preserved attraction which many would say is the most beautiful in Hanoi.</p> <p>
</p> <p>Situated just down the road from the mausoleum, it is a natural walk from there to this wonderful Temple, which is more for a place of study than religious purposes.</p> <p>With stunning gardens and quite often at weekends local female students from Hanoi Universities in their traditional Ao Dais can be seen here and a wonderful photo opportunity.</p> <p>Opening Hours: Tuesday - Sunday 8:30 - 11:30 & 13:30 - 16:30</p> <p>Location Address: <a href=",105.8406958,15z/data=!4m12!1m6!3m5!1s0x0:0x620e85c2cfe14d4c!2sHo+Chi+Minh+Mausoleum!8m2!3d21.0367789!4d105.8346447!3m4!1s0x3135ab9926e7bd67:0x580e078874d5df1e!8m2!3d21.0293643!4d105.8361644" target="_blank" rel="noopener">58 Quoc Tu Giam, Van Mieu, Dong Da, Hanoi</a></p> <p>Price: 30,000 VND</p> <p>
Tran Quoc Pagoda
<p>Tran Quoc Pagoda is the oldest pagoda dating back to the 6th Century and worth a visit during your trip to Hanoi.</p> <p>
</p> <p>This Buddhist shrine has been renamed in recent years from An Quoc to Tran Quoc (meaning protecting the country) and is nestled in between West Lake and Truc Bach lake.</p> <p>Standing 15 metres tall with 11 levels this is one the most iconic buildings you will see in Hanoi and worth a visit, especially as it is free to enter, although stay clear during TET holidays or weekends as it will be extremely busy and not many "selfies" but "groupies" to be had!</p> <p>Opening Hours: Daily 07:30 – 18:00</p> <p>Location: <a href=",+H%C3%A0+N%E1%BB%99i,+Vietnam/@21.0473444,105.8350946,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x3135abae5931e32b:0xb5d945346116c5ff!8m2!3d21.0473444!4d105.8372833" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Thanh Nien, Truc Bach, Ba Dình, Hanoi</a></p> <p>
Hoa Lo Prison
<p>Hoa Lo Prison, also known as Maison Centrale & The Hanoi Hilton is nestled in between offices and businesses deep in the suburbs of Hanoi city nearby Hai Ba Trung street.</p> <p>
</p> <p>The most famous prison in Vietnam housed Vietnamese revolutionaries & American POW's during the (American) Vietnam War.</p> <p>Portraying horror stories from past residents this is certainly an eye opener for the new Vietnam Backpacker travelling through Hanoi. From  guillotines to claimed uniforms from American soldiers to photos showing the living conditions during different periods, this is one attraction not to miss.</p> <p>Opening Hours: open daily from 08:00 until 17:00 and closed from lunch from 11:30 until 13:30</p> <p>Location: <a href=",105.8446515,17z/data=!4m13!1m7!3m6!1s0x3135ab94003cb3a9:0x8907e8c8de03e894!2zSG_huqMgTMOyLCBUcuG6p24gSMawbmcgxJDhuqFvLCBIb8OgbiBLaeG6v20sIEjDoCBO4buZaSwgVmlldG5hbQ!3b1!8m2!3d21.0259893!4d105.8468402!3m4!1s0x3135ab96aa51de95:0x9701e10bee31af54!8m2!3d21.025418!4d105.8465935" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Hoa Lo Street</a></p> <p>Price: 30k VND</p> <p>
Train Street
<p>Train street in Hanoi is now one of the most visited streets in Vietnam with hundreds of visitors every day taking snapshots in between the tracks posting to Instagram or Facebook.</p> <p>
</p> <p>With a few quaint little cafes dotted along the train tracks offering anything from egg coffees to beer, you can end up sitting here taking in the view even if a train isn't due for hours.</p> <p>The best time to visit train street in Hanoi is at weekends when more regular trains pass through the houses and give everyone a buzz as it steams on past inches away from the houses enveloping the tracks.</p> <p>Here is a photo of the timetable which may help you get the best out of the visit to train street in Hanoi.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="aligncenter wp-image-1465 size-medium" src="" alt="" width="225" height="300" /><br /> </a></p> <p>
Military History Museum
<p>The Military History Museum is not for everyone but certainly for those people who enjoy seeing military weaponry or machinery dating back generations through Vietnams war history.</p> <p>
</p> <p>The Military Museum has a lot of aircraft on display and one which commands the most attention is the American B-52 bomber downed by the Vietnamese Army during the conflict.</p> <p>Inside you will come across a massive collection of war memorabilia with photos not too biased towards the Americans admittedly but with propaganda all over it is certainly a great place to visit for military buffs.</p> <p>
Hoan Kiem Lake
<p>Hoan Kiem Lake is at the epicentre of Hanoi and probably the most visited lake in the whole of Vietnam with its ice cream parlours, cafes and the one true place to capture the culture of Vietnam.</p> <p>
</p> <p>Beautiful gardens & trees dipping their branches in to the water line this wonderful setting. The most photographed bridge in Hanoi & its lattice of red along with the simple but mesmerising turtle monument in the centre. This is one place you need to tick off your Hanoi Bucket List today!</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="aligncenter wp-image-1495 size-medium" src="" alt="" width="300" height="225" /></a></p> <p>
Phung Hung Mural street
<p>This once dilapidated street has been given a 21st century facelift with stunning mural artworks which depict the culture and traditions of the local people of Hanoi.</p> <p>
</p> <p>Set up as a joint venture between Vietnamese and Korean artists in a community project back in 2018. The murals depict different parts of Hanoi such as Trang Tien, Old Quarter, Long Bien Bridge (just a short walk from here) and also local people hard at work whether carrying bamboo baskets or deeply engrossed in their calligraphy.</p> <p>Free to any passing tourists to pop along and take as many photos as one wishes, it is worth a walk from train street, maybe along the edges of the tracks getting a unique look on local life in Hanoi.</p> <p>A visit here will be a stepping stone on to the next attraction that Vietnam Backpacker tips would recommend visiting.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="aligncenter wp-image-1491 size-medium" src="" alt="" width="225" height="300" /></a></p> <p>
Long Bien Bridge
<p>Long Bien Bridge is probably the most painted or drawn iconic landmark in quaint cafes all over Hanoi. Built between 1899 - 1902 crossing the Red River to connect two districts of Hanoi.</p> <p>
</p> <p>A walk along this busy bridge is a sight to see any day of the week. Full of mopeds, bicycles, tuk tuks and people either exercising or fishing off the edge with nothing but a ball of string and a weight.</p> <p>A look down will also bring a whole new look in to life by the river with a floating village, gardeners working in their vegetable patches & at certain times you will get to see people swimming in the Red River.</p> <p>Not a lot of people know this but there is a nudist colony (only men, sorry guys) on the stretch of land filled with banana trees and foliage. This is a bit of a shock to an unsuspecting guy cycling around taking photos for his website for the first time...I can tell you 😮</p> <p>With a delightful old lady under the bridge camped out selling Tra Da (iced tea) and a great mural on the wall celebrating the year of the Pig, this for us at Vietnam Backpacker Tips is a venture in to real Hanoi.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><img class="aligncenter wp-image-1488 size-medium" src="" alt="" width="300" height="225" /></a></p> <p>