Best places to visit in Hanoi Vietnam

Hanoi has many places must visit. There are places that are not important, you can ignore, but here are the places you must visit when you travel in Hanoi.

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The places must see in Hanoi

To help you easy to visualize the position and location of each place to visit, I would arrange them in groups, with each group is a location located adjacent or in the same area. Sure, you can not find this in other sites about what like my guiding.

Here are 10 best places must visit in Hanoi city:

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Uncle Ho's stilt house - one of the best places to visit in Hanoi Vietnam

1. Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

A place where you can not miss while in Hanoi. From here, you also will visit the house was the residence and work of President Ho Chi Minh. We usually call this place is "Uncle Ho's stilt house". Read more about Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

2. One Pillar Pagoda and Ho Chi Minh Museum

These are two places located after the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

Imperial Citadel of Thang Long
Imperial Citadel of Thang Long. Photo: Dang Dinh

3. Imperial Citadel of Thang Long

Thang Long Imperial Citadel is located in the east of Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. In other words, Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is located at the western gate of the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long.

In the south of the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long is Hanoi Flag Tower (on the road leads from Hanoi Old Quarter to Ba Dinh square and Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum).

4. Quan Thanh Temple and Tran Quoc Pagoda in the West Lake

Hanoi has so many temples and pagodas but these are the best beautiful pagodas in Hanoi, Vietnam. These two places are located in the north of Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. Please check more: Hanoi West Lake attractions

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Van Mieu - Quoc Tu Giam: one of the top places to visit in Hanoi

5. Van Mieu - Quoc Tu Giam

From the Hanoi Flag Tower, if you go to the south with about 500 meters as the crow flies, you will come to Van Mieu Quoc Tu Giam (but you can walk to there). This is one of the major architectural works in the area outside of the ancient Thang Long capital city. Van Mieu Quoc Tu Giam is one place to conduct the examinations and honor those who get good grades, be promoted into the feudal imperial. Here is all of the infomation about Van Mieu - Quoc Tu Giam (Temple of Literature in Hanoi)

6. Hanoi Old Quarter

Hanoi Ancient Quarter is located in the east of Thang Long Imperial Citadel. This is place has 36 ancient streets, also where you can going to booking a hotel or hostel if you'd like to. In this quarter, you can visit the hiretage house at 87 Ma May street and 38 Hang Dao street.

Also in the old quarter, you can visit St. Joseph's Cathedral, Hanoi in the Nha Tho street (near Hoan Kiem Lake).

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Interesting places to visit in hanoi: Hoan Kiem Lake

7. Hoan Kiem Lake and Turtle Tower

Hoan Kiem Lake and Turtle Tower are located in the south of Hanoi Old Quarter. From here, you also can visit Ngoc Son Temple and Hanoi Red Bridge

8. Hanoi Opera House and Vietnam History Museum

In the south of Hoan Kiem Lake, it is Hanoi Opera House (with Hanoi Hilton Opera Hotel) and behind of them is the Vietnam History Museum.

9. Hoa Lo Prison

From the Hanoi Opera House, you may walk to the west about 600m, you will arrive the Hanoi Hilton Prison (Hoa Lo). You can walk. Hoa Lo Prison Monuments is located near Hanoi Melia Hotel.

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Places to visit in Hanoi city: Vietnam Museum of Ethnology

10. Vietnam Museum of Ethnology

If you're traveling to Hanoi, a nation with a lot of museums, but there are two places you can not miss, that are Vietnam History Museum and Museum of Vietnam Ethnology.

This is a place for you learn about a country has 54 ethnic groups with the totally unique costumes and traditional manners.

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However, this place is too far from downtown (with distance is about 7km) and located on the way (Hoang Quoc Viet street) from the center to the Hanoi airport. [Hanoi weather]