Hanoi Sights

We’ve compiled the best of the best in Hanoi - browse our top choices for the top things to see during your stay.

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The Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Nearby 11

The Old Quarter 11

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West Lake 6

Ho Chi Minh Trail Museum and the Perfume Pagoda 3

Thay Pagoda and Tay Phuong Pagoda 2

Ba Vi National Park 1

Tam Dao Hill Station 1

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Ambassador's Pagoda

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This stately prayer house once served the many ambassadors who called on the Le kings. A hall named Quan Su was built in the 15th century...

Ba Dinh Square

  • Plaza/Square/Piazza

Dien Bien Phu Street comes to an end at the minimally landscaped Ba Dinh Square, in the center of which flutters Hanoi's largest Vietnamese...

Ba Vi National Park

  • Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

Magnificent and (especially on one of the frequent foggy days) moody, Ba Vi offers a convenient natural refuge from the bustle of Hanoi.

Bia Hoi Corner

  • Historic District/Site

For some in-your-face Vietnamese chaos, venture into Hanoi's lively Old Quarter, home to cheap eats, authentic cuisine, and the bia...

Botanical Gardens

  • Garden/Arboretum

This 50-acre park behind the Presidential Palace was designed by French landscape engineers in 1890. After defeating the French in Hanoi...

Co Loa Citadel

  • Archaeological Site/Ruins

The first fortified citadel in Vietnamese history (dating back to the 3rd century) and a one-time capital of the country, Co Loa is worth...

Cultural Friendship Palace

  • Castle/Palace/Chateau

Never one to downplay its influence, the Soviet Union assisted with the design and construction of this "workers' cultural palace," formerly...

Dau Pagoda

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

This 11th-century pagoda from the Ly dynasty houses Vietnam's two most famous mummies. In 1639 the Buddhist monks Vu Khac Minh and Vu...

Dong Xuan Market

  • Market/Bazaar

Once conveniently accessible by riverboat, this market, the oldest and largest in the city, has seen trading with the whole of Southeast...

Fine Arts Museum

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Silk paintings, folk art, sculptures, artifacts, and lacquer works are among the works of art at this museum neighboring the Temple of...


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