Things to do in Hanoi, Vietnam

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If you are visiting Vietnam, then you should miss taking a tour of the capital city of Hanoi. I loved this city that had a great mix of ancient and modern Vietnam. It is a vibrant and happening city that has plenty of mouthwatering restaurants, busy city streets, and great sights and sounds.

Places of Interest


  • Hoan Kiem Lake


This is a popular landmark of the city. There is a small island on the other side of the lake that can be reached on the red bridge. I was told about this bridge by an old friend who works for a Schenectady roofing contractor back in New York.  He mentioned it as he is from the area.  I loved the visit to the Ngoc Son Tempe on the island that is dedicated to three great leaders of Vietnamese history: Van Xuong, Tran Huang Dao, and La To.


  • Vietnam Museum of Ethnology


I love to get deep insights into the art and culture of the cities that I visit and hence I loved every minute that I spent in this museum. It housed the national treasures and ancient collections that showcased the diverse Vietnamese culture. I got to see their traditional dresses, metalwork, wood carving, etc.


  • Water Puppet Theatre


The water puppet shows are very popular in Vietnam and is an ancient art form. There are regular shows held at this center and most of them are based on the local legends. 


  • Imperial Citadel


This is a very popular place during the Vietnam War and also has a bunker where the military maps are displayed. It was a very popular military power area then and now recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


  • Temple of Literature


This is a Confucian temple that was built in the 11th century as a university. It pays tribute to the popular Vietnamese scholars. The series of pillars of this temple has the names of the students etched. The pagoda, where Confucius statue is situated, is very attractive.